Undergraduate Course: Psychology 1A (PSYL08009)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| Priority will be given to Year 1 students, in particular those who need to take this course as a requirement of their degree programme.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The breakdown of the course mark is as follows:
Exam = 50%
Essay = 30%
Tutorials = 8%
Practical = 12%
||Feedback on participation and performance in tutorials and labs (weekly)
Feedback on essay (standard marking turnaround)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Show knowledge of the key concepts, research areas, methods and empirical findings in four core areas of psychology.
- Understand basic theoretical questions and arguments.
- Outline types of research methods used in addressing these issues.
- Summarize some classic and some recent findings, and show basic understanding of how they relate to one another.
- 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.
|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.
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.
Will be able to present arguments in a well-structured and succinct way that enables a clear and coherent message to come across.
|Course organiser||Dr Alex Doumas
Tel: (0131 6)51 1328
|Course secretary||Miss Georgiana Gherasim
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440