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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Psychology (LLLI07031)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is for students on the CAHSS International Foundation Programme.

Introduction to Psychology introduces a range of topics in psychology, including social psychology, individual differences, child development, memory, perception, and psychological disorders. Combining short lectures, class discussions and practical exercises, it will build new students' skills in academic study in the UK.
Course description This course is designed to introduce students to the study of Psychology and to develop academic skills in readiness for further study. Topics and individual classes are outlined in the indicative syllabus below.

1. Introduction: What is psychology?
a. Historical approaches to psychology
b. Psychology in everyday life
c. Current research: questions and methodologies

2. Individual differences (1): Personality
a. Personality traits
b. Methodology: how do we obtain the most robust evidence
c. Personality: Bio-psycho-social perspective

3. Individual differences (2): Intelligence
a. Intelligence - is there just one type?
b. Intelligence: how do we best measure it? Fancy a test?
c. Heritability and intelligence

4. Cognitive psychology (1): Remembering and forgetting
a. Types of memory and why do we forget
b. What is the mis-information effect and why is it so important?
c. In class experiment: research exercise

5. Cognitive psychology (2): Attention and perception
a. Selective attention: What do we attend to?
b. Perceptual constancies and illusions: do I see what I think I see?
c. Neuropsychology - what does it tell us about our mind, choices and behaviour?

6. Social psychology (1): Thinking about others
a. Stereotypes and schemas
b. Biases in social judgement
c. In-groups and out-groups

7. Social psychology (2): Acting around others
a. Bystander effect: when don't we act?
b. Conformity and obedience
c. Pro-social behaviour: Do we learn to be prejudiced or can we learn to overcome it?

8. Child development (1): Language acquisition
a. Theories about language acquisition
b. Bilingualism - is it worth it to learn another language?
c. Language and brain, language and culture - what do we take from relevant evidence?

9. Child development (2): Social development
a. Theory of mind
b. Developing moral judgments
c. Attachment behaviour

10. Mental health (1): Psychological/Psychiatric disorders
a. Abnormal psychology
b. Overview of some of the most cited psychological/psychiatric disorder
c. Addiction and phobias

11. Mental health (2): Therapy and coping strategies
a. Presentation of choice: Freud and PTSD; history and application of evidence from criminal psychology
b. How to write a first-class essay?
c. Revision: Q & A
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  30
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 48 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Report of classroom research exercise (week 4/5). This will give students the chance to practice using psychological terminology and will be returned with feedback before the submission of assessment 2.

Assessment 1: 10% Mean average of best 8 (out of 10) multiple choice quizzes based on course topics and readings
Assessment 2: 20% Summary of a psychology article
Assessment 3: 70% Essay
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify a number of major research topics within psychology, and understand some of the central issues within these topics
  2. Understand and be able to explain key concepts in psychology and psychological research
  3. Identify key methodologies and understand the advantages/ limitations of various techniques
  4. Summarise and apply ideas from readings
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will have started to develop a range of skills that are crucial for success in undergraduate study and employment including critical thinking, summarising, participation in classes and academic planning and writing
KeywordsPsychology,memory,child development,mental health
Course organiserDr Anya Clayworth
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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