module specification

PC3000 - Key Studies that Shaped Psychology (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Key Studies that Shaped Psychology
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
228 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   Essay 1 (500 words)
Coursework 25%   Essay 2 (500 words)
Coursework 25%   Poster presentation
Oral Examination 25%   Pre-recorded oral presentation
Running in 2024/25

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Module summary

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) consider the historical and cultural context of those studies;(3) provide knowledge and understanding of different theoretical and methodological approaches within psychology;(4) foster independent learning by initiating student-led tasks;and (5) develop key skills relevant to pursuing further academic study of psychology. These outcomes will facilitate progression to level 4 of the BSc Psychology.

Prior learning requirements


Available for Study Abroad? NO


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

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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 in psychology
3.Understand the importance of ethics in research design
4.Be able to present a cogent account of psychological concepts and arguments based on empirical evidence.
5.Understand the systematic biases in the academic research and teaching process that have shaped psychology and our understandings of the mind.


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