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Module

PSY1012 : Introduction to Psychology for Joint Honours

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Billie Moffat-Knox
  • Lecturer: Mrs Sophia Daoudi
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aims of the module are.
•       To introduce research, study, and IT skills that are essential for a degree in psychology.
•       To teach, through practical experience, research design and statistical techniques for psychology
•       To describe different approaches that have been taken historically to answering key questions in psychology
•       To support the transition into the academic environment through study groups facilitated by final year student mentors.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures, practicals and workshops will cover several topics, including:
•       IT and library skills
•       Literature searching, referencing and plagiarism
•       Essay writing for psychology
•       The history of psychology
•       An introduction to research methods and ethical principles
•       Quantitative and qualitative analysis
•       Writing lab reports

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials71:007:00Non-synchronous online lecture material and associated activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Present in person session
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of experimental report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of essay
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Reading of essential and recommended sources
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities71:007:00Non-synchronous online curated activities to support development of skills
Guided Independent StudySkills practice201:0020:00Independent work to practice and improve skills relevant to the learning outcomes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Synchronous online interactive guided discussions/activities to support development of skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online to introduce staff and students and module fundamentals
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The scheduled module talk and the non-synchronous lecture materials will introduce key skills, the history of psychology and the basics of experimental methods and statistics. A combination of non-synchronous academic skills activities and synchronous (scheduled) workshops will then allow students to learn and develop essential skills in psychological enquiry, research methods and statistics, and to plan and conduct a research project. The synchronous workshops encourage peer interaction, support and discussion. Peer mentor sessions then help to support the students’ transition into the academic environment, whilst encouraging group work related to other aims of the module such as essay writing. Guided independent study allows students to carry out reading on the topics covered in lectures and practicals, and then prepare and complete the two module assignments

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50Essay on the History of Psychology (1000 words)
Practical/lab report1M50Mini practical report on the study conducted during academic skills activities (1000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MEssay plan to be submitted for formative feedback (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay is designed to assess (and provide feedback on) students’ knowledge of the history of psychology, and the skills of sourcing relevant literature, writing essays, and referencing in APA style. The practical report is designed to assess students’ knowledge and application of basic statistical concepts in psychology, and the skills of analysing data in order to present descriptive statistics, and writing experimental reports using APA style.

Reading Lists

Timetable