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Undergraduate Course: Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)

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 having been covered in Psychology 2A). 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 Flexible Learning Week, when typical lectures, labs and tutorials are suspended. Any Flexible Learning 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 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
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% 8 minute Presentation
20% practical assessments in Labs and Tutorials.

Feedback Feedback on participation and performance in tutorials and labs
Feedback on presentation
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)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. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the main principles of experimental design.
  4. Show basic knowledge of and have basic skills in communicating science for lay audience.
  5. Show basic knowledge of and have basic skills in making presentations.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills To 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

Presentation skills
To be able to efficiently extract the key features of a scientific problem or research program and present these orally/audiovisiually in a succinct and engaging manner

Writing skills
To be able to efficiently extract the key features of a scientific problem or research program and present these in writing in a succinct and engaging manner
Course organiserDr Alex Doumas
Tel: (0131 6)51 1328
Course secretaryMiss Anna Jarvis
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