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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Psychology

Undergraduate Course: Psychology 1A (PSYL08009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to develop an integrated understanding of modern approaches to some of the core areas of psychology (the remaining core areas to be covered in Psychology 1B). Students are also presented with a broader historical, conceptual and methodological framework of scientific and psychological research. Besides this, students are taught and can practice a range of general research skills.
Course description The course will cover four core areas of psychology. It will consist of 4 lecture blocks of six lectures plus additional lectures covering broader historical, conceptual and methodological topics. Each block will be accompanied by a lecture content-oriented tutorial and a lab that teaches and enhances a general research-related or transferable skill.

Halfway through the course, in week 6, is Activity week, when typical lectures, labs and tutorials are suspended. The Activity week draws inspiration from the University-wide Innovative Learning Week. The Activity week activities are not assessed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The breakdown of the course mark is as follows:

MCQ Test = 50%
Essay = 30%
Tutorials = 8%
Practical = 12%
Feedback Feedback on participation and performance in tutorials and labs (weekly)
Feedback on essay (standard marking turnaround)

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show knowledge of the key concepts, research areas, methods and empirical findings in four core areas of psychology.
  2. Understand basic theoretical questions and arguments.
  3. Outline types of research methods used in addressing these issues.
  4. Summarize some classic and some recent findings, and show basic understanding of how they relate to one another.
  5. 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.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Independent learning skills
Will be able to be prepared to look for connections in the material covered in different parts of the curriculum and look beyond the presented material.

Writing skills
Will be able to have learned to write texts in a well-structured and succinct way that enables a clear and coherent message to build up. Logical progression of ideas with supporting evidence properly used will be key.

Communication skills
Will be able to present arguments in a well-structured and succinct way that enables a clear and coherent message to come across.
Course organiserDr Peter Lamont
Tel: (0131 6)50 3372
Course secretaryMiss Chloe Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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