Undergraduate Course: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to develop an integrated understanding of modern approaches to some of the core areas of psychology such as individual differences and abnormal, developmental and social psychology (the remaining core areas to be covered in Psychology 2B). Students are also presented with a broader conceptual and methodological framework of psychological research, as well as its ethical dimensions. Besides this, students are taught transferable skills such as identifying and summarizing key literature.
The course will cover four core areas of psychology, building on the introductory lectures to most of the topics in Psychology 1.
The course will consist of 4 thematic lecture blocks of six lectures, grouped into two double-blocks. Before each double-block, there will be two to three lectures covering broader conceptual and methodological topics that cut across multiple areas of psychology (observational and qualitative approaches to psychology, literature search and summarizing and meta-analysis, and ethical issues in research and publishing).
Each thematic lecture block will be accompanied by a lecture content-oriented small-group tutorial and a lab that teaches and enhances a general research-related or transferable skill (literature search, psychological testing, study design).
Halfway through the course, in week 6, is Activity week, when typical lectures, labs and tutorials are suspended. The Activity week consists of group-based hands-on activities that illustrate the course content as well as teach transferable skills. The Activity week draws inspiration from the University-wide Innovative Learning Week. The Activity week activities are not assessed.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least one introductory level Psychology course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||60% exam: 40% multiple-choice exam; 2 x 10% short essays«br /»
20% literature summary (for which drafts can be submitted before final submission, with tutors providing feedback on the drafts)«br /»
20% practical assessments in labs and tutorials
||Feedback on participation and performance in tutorials and labs
Feedback in literature research report draft
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Psychology 2A Resit||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Show knowledge of the key concepts, research areas, methods and empirical findings in the four core areas of psychology (individual differences and abnormal, developmental and social psychology).
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of how the core areas relate to one another: what are their similarities and differences in terms of conceptual and empirical approaches.
- Show basic knowledge of key issues and skills in doing literature search.
- Can succinctly summarize the state of art in a specific research problem.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the main ethical issues in psychological research.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Independent learning skills
Be prepared to look for connections in the material covered in different parts of the curriculum and look beyond the presented material
Database use skills
Efficiently identifying key research papers on particularity topics (e.g., using keywords) and identify specific papers based on limited information.
Write your texts in a well-structured and succinct way that enables a clear and coherent message to build up; write in APA style.
|Keywords||Psychology,individual differences,social,developmental,abnormal,database,literature search
|Course organiser||Dr Rene Mottus
Tel: (0131 6)50 3410
|Course secretary||Miss Susan Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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