PSY1012 : Introduction to Psychology for Joint Honours

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 and ethical principles
•       Quantitative and qualitative analysis
•       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 experimental report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Interactive lectures for key skills and history of psychology
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00Practical sessions for conducting research
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading127:0027:00Reading of essential and recommended sources
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops111:0011:00Student-led group activity. Weekly sessions with peer-mentor.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching session is one 2-hour slot per week. The lectures will introduce key skills, the history of psychology and the basics of experimental methods and statistics. Practical sessions will then allow students to plan and conduct a research project. The nature of presentation throughout the lectures and practicals encourages 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

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 report1M50Practical report on the study carried out in practical sessions (1200 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