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PSY1001 : Psychological Enquiry 1 - Psychological literacy and academic skills

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Amy Fielden
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Psychological Enquiry 1 is the first in a programme of modules designed to support students development of academic skills, professional skills and psychological literacy throughout their degree. In particular, this module supports the transition into the academic environment of the School of Psychology and the University through workshop sessions and study groups led by final year student mentors.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus is designed to introduce students to the academic skills and conventions required as part of a psychology degree. Furthermore it will introduce the concept of psychological literacy and provide students with the opportunity to develop the attributes and competencies expected of a psychology student and graduate. Sessions will focus on; finding, reading and evaluating psychological literature; academic conventions and conduct (e.g. referencing and plagiarism); communicating in different contexts (presentations, academic writing and science for non-scientific audiences); acting ethically, respecting diversity and being culturally competent. The module will also include an ‘Enterprise Challenge’ which will allow students to apply the principles of psychology to a real world problem whilst developing self and other awareness.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00IT & Library Skills sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Enterprise Challenge
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00Incorporates mentor sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00General reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Workshops will introduce the key topics and provide an opportunity to develop skills. In these sessions students will work alongside student peer-mentors and a small group of their peers to practice these skills. Each group will also be assigned an academic essay supervisor who will help support the students’ essay writing. Practical sessions will develop relevant IT and Library skills. The Enterprise Challenge will allow students to apply principles of psychology to a real world.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1001000 word essay and skills portfolio including literature search, presentation, referencing, plagiarism & critical thinking exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The main assessment is the written essay (1000 words) which is the direct test of the academic writing component of the course. Correct use of IT skills (computer literacy and document layout) will be assessed through the submitted essay. Appropriate citation conventions will also be assessed as part of the essay. Students will be provided with formative feedback on a draft of their essay by a member of academic staff.
The skills portfolio will assess other skills covered in the module including literature searching, presentation skills, referencing, plagiarism and critical thinking. Students will be encouraged to complete their portfolio in scheduled workshop sessions, the aim being that students work alongside their mentors and peers to ensure they have achieved the appropriate skills over the course of the module and demonstrate concept threshold of the assessed competencies. Students will be required to submit their skills portfolio alongside their essay. Failure to do this or failure to demonstrate less than three of the five required skills will result in the module mark being capped at 40. The module mark will otherwise be determined by their essay mark.

Reading Lists