Introduction to Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1031
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Amna Amer


Pre and co requisites



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 psychology.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this Module a student will be able to:
1 Discriminate between the different psychological paradigms and theoretical frameworks in psychology.
2 Discuss how contemporary psychology has developed historically into its present form.
3 Show an understanding of how psychological theory and applied techniques are underpinned by research.
4 Comprehend how biological, cognitive, developmental and social phenomena in psychology are inter-related.
5 Demonstrate a capacity to critique psychological concepts, theories and research studies.

Indicative content

Paradigms and approaches in psychology (e.g. behaviourism, cognitive psychology, social psychology, 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

Each week, you will have a 2-hour lecture and in certain weeks you will have supplementary seminars. Term One seminars will involve activities and discussions that expose you to different theories and problems, expect you to make reasoned judgements and develop an understanding of issues involved.
Term two seminars will be based on group work sessions, thereby giving you exposure to set goals including influencing, planning, questioning, listening, persuading, interpersonal sensitivity. Group work tasks will include an element of reflection on how the task was managed and how your group worked together.


Term 1 take-home test - 35% weighting, LO - 1,3,4. Pass mark - 40% Four short written answers from term one topics.
Essay - 30% weighting. LO - 2, 5. Pass mark - 40% 1500 words.
Term 2 Take-home test - 35% weighting, LO - 1,3,4. Pass mark - 40%. Four short written answers from term two topics.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Live quizzes with feedback.