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PSY1012 : Introduction to Psychology for Joint Honours

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Billie Moffat-Knox
  • Lecturer: Dr Sophia Daoudi
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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, analysis, and ethical principles
•       Writing lab reports.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of experimental report
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Reading of essential and recommended sources
Guided Independent StudySkills practice121:0012:00Independent work to practice and improve skills relevant to the learning outcomes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00PIP interactive lecture/workshops with guided discussions/activities to support skill development
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Present in-person presentation skills sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops14:004:00Enterprise Challenge PIP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The weekly 2 hour interactive workshop/lectures are the primary teaching mode, where we introduce key skills in psychological enquiry, the history of psychology and the basics of experimental methods and statistics. The workshops will also be used to plan and conduct a research project for the report assessment. The workshops encourage peer interaction, support and discussion. Peer mentors will attend these sessions and 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.

Enterprise Challenge – introduces students to the challenges of generating an enterprising solution to a real-world problem while working in a team.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50Essay (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 draft 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 a key feature or historical aspect 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