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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 key findings and concepts in psychological science. Blocks of lectures will cover core psychological areas. Tutorials and labs will accompany the lectures teaching skills in consuming and producing psychological research and presenting that research to scientific audiences.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, 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 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The breakdown of the course mark is as follows:

Exam 50%
Essay 25%
Practical 25%
Feedback Feedback on participation and performance in tutorials and labs (weekly)
Feedback on essay (standard marking turnaround)

Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Psychology 1A Exam2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show knowledge of the key concepts and scope of psychological research.
  2. Understand basic theoretical questions and arguments in psychological science.
  3. Apply and report on a range of research methods commonly used by psychologists to address theoretical questions.
  4. Summarize some classic and some recent findings, and show basic understanding of how they relate to one another.
  5. Build critical thinking skills and develop the ability to critically evaluate psychological research studies and write-ups.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will start learning about Psychology in an academic context, and how to pick out arguments and concepts from readings and lectures. They will start to think critically about the concepts, looking for alternative perspectives and formulating their argument, which will help them during the essay section of the mid-term and final assignment. During the labs and tutorials, students work as a group to conduct studies and discuss readings - learning how to work as a team and collaborate respectfully. Through the literature review, students begin to learn how to write essays/long-form writing pieces, developing their written communication and how to convey arguments succinctly. During the exams, students will need to prepare well in advance to answer the questions, having understood the content from the lectures and readings.

Core skills gained on this course:
Critical thinking, critical analysis, considering alternative perspectives, formulating arguments, teamwork, written communication, writing lab reports, public speaking, preparation, planning, time management, data collection and analysis.
Course organiserDr Alex Doumas
Tel: (0131 6)51 1328
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