for BSc (Hons) Psychology with integrated Foundation

Introducing Psychology

The aim of the module is to develop students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, Psychology. By introducing them to several different topics, approaches and the history of Psychology it is hoped they will acquire an understanding of the breadth of the discipline. Concurrently the aim is to establish basic skills and develop new ones in relation to library usage, note taking, reading academic materials, making decisions about sources, critical and analytical thinking, essay planning and writing skills, American Psychological Association style referencing, and a practice essay. English language support will be available throughout the course and can be accessed through the supervised study sessions.


Introduction to Developmental Psychology

This module offers opportunities for students to acquire familiarity with some basic ideas central to Developmental/Lifespan Psychology. The Developmental area of Psychology is often one that students as yet not overly familiar with Psychology have some knowledge of. It outlines human development, which is essential to a basic grasp of Psychology. For these reasons it form an ideal module to prepare students for Levels 4 and above.


Applied Psychologies

The module aims to provide students with an overview of aspects and practical uses of Psychology. Students will learn to evaluate the effectiveness and the impact of Psychological theories and research health, occupation, crime, education and sport & performance.


Brain and Behaviour

Cognitive psychologists are interested in the mental processes that we all use every day, for example, making sense of the sights and sounds in the world around us, learning, remembering, planning, speaking, listening, thinking and decision-making. Understanding how these processes operate in the healthy brain is very much informed by learning about what occurs when parts of the brain are damaged, and this module will introduce students to a number of brain disorders, their consequences and what we can learn from them about the healthy brain. The module will equip students with an excellent grounding for the study of cognitive psychology at BSc level, which is an integral part of a psychology degree.


Introduction to Social Psychology

This module aims to provide students with an overview of some core aspects of Social Psychology. Students will learn to evaluate the effectiveness and the impact of landmark psychological theories and research on issues such as the understanding of human group behaviour, as well as gaining a thorough understanding of the relevant research conducted. This module forms the basis for higher level study of Social Psychology in BSc Year 1 and beyond.


Research Methods (Experimental Design and Statistics for Beginners)

To develop the necessary practical skills in Research, Design and Statistics that will prepare students for the first year of a BSc Psychology:

• Understand data gathering and basic non-parametric statistical analyses & terminology (both descriptive and inferential).
• Be able to carry out a parametric statistical analysis (t-test) and interpret the outcome.
• Understand the principles of experimental design and the associated terminology.
• Have had experience of running an experiment.
• Know how to write up an experiment in the form of a Research Report.
• Be aware of different types of research methodology.
• Understand the principles of qualitative research as well as having acquired a grounding in quantitative research.