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Undergraduate Course: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011)

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 2 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 will be covered in Psychology 2B). Students are also presented with a broader historical, conceptual and methodological framework of psychological as well as its ethical dimensions and transferable skills such as identifying and summarizing key literature.
Course description The course will cover four core areas of psychology, building on topics addressed in Psychology 1A and Psychology 1B.

The course will consist of four lecture blocks (one per area) of six lectures each, plus additional lectures covering broader historical, conceptual and methodological topics that relate to multiple areas of psychology and ethical issues in research and publishing.

Each lecture 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 is Activity Week, when typical lectures, labs and tutorials are suspended. Any Activity Week activities are not assessed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Informatics 1 - Cognitive Science (INFR08020) OR ( Psychology 1A (PSYL08009) AND Psychology 1B (PSYL08010))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have completed at least one introductory level Psychology course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, 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 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 60% Exam: 30% Multiple-Choice Test; 2 x 15% Short Essays.
20% 1500-word Literature Summary.
20% practical assessments in Labs and Tutorials.

Feedback Feedback on participation and performance in tutorials and labs.
Feedback in literature summary report draft and submitted final summary.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Psychology 2A Exam2:00
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. 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.
  3. Show basic knowledge of key issues and skills in doing literature search.
  4. Can succinctly summarize the state of art in a specific research problem.
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the main ethical issues in psychological research.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Independent learning skills.
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.

Database use skills.
Be able to efficiently identify key research papers on particularity topics (e.g., using keywords) and identify specific papers based on limited information.

Writing skills
Be able to write texts in a well-structured and succinct way that enables a clear and coherent message to build up; write in APA style.
Course organiserDr Alex Doumas
Tel: (0131 6)51 1328
Course secretaryMiss Anna Jarvis
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