Introductory Psychology:1 module (PY11001)

The module provides a foundation for studying the mind, brain, and behaviour by introducing you to a core topics and methods in psychological science

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Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. This module provides a broad overview of the diversity of core topics that make up psychological science. It also explores the methods used by psychologists to understand the mind.

Example topics that you will explore include the psychology of social interaction and group dynamics, the biological basis of the mind, personality, health psychology, and the evolutionary origins of human behaviour.

The module assumes no previous knowledge of psychology, so is accessible to learners from many different backgrounds.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • be introduced to the scientific study of the brain, mind, and behaviour
  • learn about a variety of theoretical concepts in psychology
  • consider the strengths, weaknesses, and application of different methods to investigate the mind

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of introductory material across the breadth of Psychology 
  • evaluate the quality of evidence used in Psychology 
  • construct and communicate a psychological argument 
  • comprehend and report basic research methods in Psychology

Assignments / assessment

  • open-book multiple choice quizzes (13%)
  • workbook (34%)
  • research participation (5%)
  • final exam (48%)

Teaching methods / timetable

This module will be delivered by a combination of lectures and workshops.

Lectures will cover introductory theoretical topics in psychology.

Workshops will take place in smaller groups and provide you with hands-on training in a range of academic skills needed to study psychology.


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