module specification

PC3000 - Key Studies that Shaped Psychology (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19, but may be subject to modification
Module title Key Studies that Shaped Psychology
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
 
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Essay 1 (500 words)
Coursework 20%   Essay 2 (500 words)
Coursework 20%   Essay 3 (500 words)
Coursework 20%   Essay 4 (500 words)
Unseen Examination 20%   Multiple choice exam
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module provides an introduction to some of the key studies that helped shape psychology and its main sub-disciplines (biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology). The key studies are presented to student for analysis and interpretation. Through lectures, workshops, seminars and independent study the module provides an understanding of different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches within psychology. The module is delivered in a manner that is conducive to students with little or no background in psychology. The learning outcomes are assessed through four short coursework assignments (500 words each, with each counting for 20%) and a multiple choice exam (20%).

Module aims

The aims of the module are to (1) introduce some of the key studies that helped generate the fundamental paradigms and concepts in psychology, (2) provide knowledge and understanding of different theoretical and methodological approaches within psychology, (3) foster independent learning by initiating student-led tasks, and (4) develop key skills relevant to pursuing further academic study of psychology. These outcomes will facilitate progression to Level 4 of the BSc Psychology.

Syllabus

Topics include an introduction to psychology and its main sub-disciplines (biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology); key studies from across the broad discipline of psychology; theoretical and methodological approaches within psychology.

Learning and teaching

The learning objectives will be achieved through a combination of lectures and interactive workshops and seminars (81 hours), supplementary guided web-based learning (100 hours), and self-managed independent study (119 hours). Students will be encouraged and guided to reflect on their learning throughout the module.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will:

  1. Be able to describe and interpret key studies in psychology
  2. Have knowledge of different theoretical and methodological approaches within psychology
  3. Understand the importance of methodology and ethics in research design
  4. Be able to present a cogent account of psychological concepts and arguments based on empirical evidence

Assessment strategy

Summative assessment will be via four short coursework assignments (500 words each, with each counting for 20%) and a multiple choice exam (20%). Formative assessment will be via web-based exercises and seminar work. To pass the module students must achieve a minimum aggregate grade of 40%.

Bibliography

Davey, G. (2008). Complete psychology (2nd edition). Oxon: Routledge.
Martin, G. N., Carlson, M. R., & Buskist, W. (2013). Psychology (5th edition). London: Pearson.