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Undergraduate Course: Psychology Tutorial Course (PSYL10090)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will develop students' ability to think critically about psychology, integrate information and knowledge from across the discipline, and act as preparation for the Psychology General Paper.
Course description In this course students will complete two 5 week blocks of seminars. In each block, students will work in small groups, discussing themes and questions that span multiple psychological disciplines. The goal is to enable students to think critically about the information they have learned across their psychology degree, and to integrate this learning to answer synoptic questions about psychology as a discipline, as well as how psychological insights shape our wider understanding of contemporary issues. As such it is ideal preparation for the General Paper course, but can also stand alone as an option for students wanting to challenge themselves to learn more about the ways in which psychology influences the wider world. Students are expected to prepare in advance of each class, and make meaningful contributions to discussion across each of the five week blocks.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Data Analysis for Psychology in R 3 (PSYL10168) AND Qualitative Methods in Psychology (PSYL10174)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One piece of written work (of a maximum 1000 words), a presentation or a poster per Block, to be weighted equally.

Marks for Tutorial Attendance and Participation (5% per block) and Oral or Written Assessment (45% per block)
Feedback Weekly formative feedback through in class discussions.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply their critical thinking skills to uncover connections between psychology and other sciences or contemporary issues;
  2. Communicate complex ideas and arguments - both orally and in writing;
  3. Identify crucial issues in current debates and controversies;
  4. Evaluate the quality of arguments presented by their peers and themselves;
  5. Collaborate and debate effectively with others to test, modify and strengthen their own views.
Reading List
Reading will be provided at the start of each block by the member of staff leading the tutorial.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication: Verbal Communication and Presentation; Interpersonal Skills; Written Communications; Influencing and Negotiating Skills

Research and Enquiry: Critical Thinking; Knowledge Integration and Application; Handling Complexity and Ambiguity; Analytical Thinking

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: Decision Making; Creativity and Inventive Thinking; Independent Learning and Development
Course organiserDr Hannah Cornish
Tel: (0131 6)50 4521
Course secretaryMiss Georgiana Gherasim
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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