Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Introduction to Psychology for Business

Course summary

Course code: PSYH1032
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Education and Health
Department: Psych., Social Wk and Counsell.
Course Coordinator(s): Sandra Rankin

Specification

Aims

The main aims of this course are to provide a broad introduction to the discipline of psychology and introduce a range of paradigms in psychology and their historical context as well as help students to develop an understanding of psychological concepts that can be applied to management issues in business psychology.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1. Discriminate between the different psychological paradigms and research traditions, and understand their historical origins.
2. Describe the key features and functions of the brain and the nervous system.
3. Differentiate between approaches used to assess individual differences in mental ability, cognitive styles and personality.
4. Understand the various processes that underpin cognition, abnormal psychology, development and social interaction.
5. Understand how psychological theory and evidence in all core areas of psychology relate to and can underpin practices and problem in Business.

Indicative content

Paradigms in psychology (behaviourism, cognitive, social, individual differences, developmental, neuropsychology, abnormal psychology)
Cognitive and behavioural psychology (Processes including thinking, memory, attention, perceiving, learning)
Neuroscience (The biological bases of behaviour, the nervous system and the brain, the interaction between heredity and the environment, conditioning and learning and approaches to motivation)
Individual differences ( Intelligence testing and IQ, theories of personality and different methods of personality assessment)
Abnormal psychology (Classification of psychological disorders, causes and nature of schizophrenia, depression and anxiety)
Developmental psychology (Stages of cognitive development in children). Attachment, child rearing practices, gender identity. The importance of early experience for later development)
Social psychology (Social behaviour, beliefs and attitudes, social interaction and influences. The importance of cultural perspectives).

Teaching and learning activity

Learning and teaching activities will include lectures and seminars on all topics. These will include varied audio-visual content and participative activities, including:
• Creative brainstorms
• Poster-creating sessions
• Role-plays
• Article evaluation
• Quizzes
• Question-and-answer sessions
• Case studies
• Video discussions
• Sharing personal experiences
• Cognitive ability tests
• Debates
• Participative experiments

Assessment

Essay 1 - 20% weighting; pass mark: 40%; 1500 words. An essay from a choice of 3 titles relevant to Term One material.
Formative assessment: Feedback from tutor comments.
LO - 1 - 5.

Essay 2 - 20% weighting; pass mark: 40%; 1500 words. An essay from a choice of 3 titles relevant to Term two material.
Formative assessment: Feedback from tutor comments.
LO - 1 - 5.

Unseen Exam 1 - 90 minutes - 30% weighting; pass mark: 40%. Question to assess the range of material in Term 1. The exam is comprised of three sections containing four questions and students must answer one question from each section
LO - 1,2,4.

Unseen Exam 2 - 90 minutes - 30% weighting; pass mark: 40%. Question to assess the range of material in Term 2.. The exam is comprised of three sections containing four questions and students must answer one question from each section.
LO - 1,3,5.

Students are not required to pass all components in order to pass the course.