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PSY1001 : Psychological Enquiry 1 - Psychological Literacy and Academic Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Billie Moffat-Knox
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 completion138:0038:00Skills Portfolio
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities22:004:00Non-Synchronous IT & Library skills sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Present in person presentation skills sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00PIP workshops (shared by PSY1001 and PSY1012 students) to take place at the start of the semester. This intensive induction week will cover several knowledge and skills outcomes and their accompanying portfolio components; providing students with key skills relevant to other skill and content module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:3015:00PIP workshops incorporating mentor sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops15:005:00Enterprise Challenge delivered alongside careers service.
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. Non-synchronous practical sessions will develop relevant IT and Library skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M1009 components: 1000-word summative essay, literature search, plagiarism understanding, APA referencing, critical thinking, one 5min oral presentation, feedback reflection, .ethics, and EDI/cultural competency. The module mark is derived from the essay although if the other portfolio components are n
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MFormative oral presentation (5 mins)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The skills portfolio assesses the core skills developed over the course of the module. The skills focus on academic and scientific communication and include literature searching, referencing, plagiarism, critical thinking, presentations, feedback reflection, ethics, EDI/cultural competency and culminate in an essay.

Students will be encouraged to complete all portfolio components, 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. The literature searching and, referencing task, will be focused on the essay topic in order to help develop the essay writing skills. The critical thinking task will develop skills in evaluating the credibility of evidence and/or scientific communication.

The skills portfolio will help develop basic competencies in written presentations and public speaking. The ethics and EDI/cultural competency exercises will develop their understanding of ethical and inclusive practices in psychology and decolonising initiatives. Students will be required to submit their skills portfolio which consists of the summative essay and the eight additional competencies.

The module mark will be derived from the mark awarded to the essay and the other portfolio components will not receive individual marks, however failure to complete the other 8 portfolio competencies will result in the module mark being capped at 40. Any student who fails the essay and therefore the module will need to resubmit the essay component in the August re-sit period.

Reading Lists