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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 28/03/2022 13:52:05

Title of Module: Introduction to Psychology (A)

Code: PSYC07001 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:C  Ballantyne

Summary of Module

This module introduces students to the discipline of psychology by focusing on a number of core areas. The module begins with a brief introduction to the historical development of psychology and related approaches, whilst also introducing students to possible career opportunities. The module will then introduce students to the areas of personality, attitudes and behaviourism. The module will then go on to cover other main areas of psychology i.e. child development, memory, intelligence, and perception.   The module also provides opportunities to reflect on the transferable skills gained in the module. Throughout the module, there will be an emphasis on real-world and practical applications.

At the completion of the module student will have experience of the following IamUWS graduate attributes: 

  • Analytical 
  • Inquiring 
  • Collaborative 
  • Research-minded 
  • Knowledgeable 
  • Digitally literate 


  • Historical and contemporary psychological theories

  • The different psychological approaches

  • An introduction to critical approaches of the development of psychological theories

  • The impact of theories of behaviour (i.e., memory, perception etc')

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Show an understanding of the core areas of psychology.

L2. Identify and then define a selection of key theories, paradigms and studies within psychology

L3. Describe the historical development of psychology in general and key topics within psychology.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Understand the development of psychology as a discipline.

Understand different models and approaches used to explore human behaviour.

Understand the importance of research-based, psychological explanations as opposed to common-sense explanations.

Understand the importance of cultural, ethical and diversity awareness.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Retrieve and reference basic psychological research

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Discuss and evaluate information core to the discipline of psychology.

Use different approaches to address applied problems and issues in human behaviour.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Discuss psychological issues in a coherent and structured manner, both verbally and written.

Use of information retrieval systems.

Use of Virtual Learning Environment

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Work effectively in class-based group activities.

Take account of personal responsibility to address own learning needs.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Qualifications consistent with entry to BSc Psychology/BA Social Science/BA Society, Policy & Politics/ BA Social Work Degree programmes
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module will be delivered using a hybrid approach in which students are encouraged to engage with the module through three learning activities, presented both synchronously and asynchronously. Students will be encouraged to engage asynchronously with pre-recorded lecture content designed to provide students with an overview of the topic area. Pre-recorded lecture material will be complimented with a series of asynchronous and synchronous activities to be undertaken in the student's own time or by the students/instructor simultaneously as appropriate".

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops/discussions about psychological concept and theory. Workshops will take place fortnightly.
Throughout the module, students will be required to engage in several workshops, online formative assessments as preparation for their coursework. In addition, students will engage in self-study activities to support the information covered in the lectures and workshops. The module utilises a blended learning approach that incorporates self-directed learning, mixing face-to-face and self-paced formative learning presented in the VLE.

The student’s first piece of coursework will involve writing up a research report on a topic within psychology and will encourage students to consider ethics, describe theories, interpret data and report findings.

Coursework two is an online multiple-choice test designed to assess the diverse range of material covered throughout the module. The multiple-choice test (random allocation of questions and correct responses) will be taken via the VLE and will be available for a fixed period of time for students to access.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery13
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop0
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Independent Study163
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Schacter, D., Gilbert, D. Wegner, D., & Hood, B. (2019). Psychology (3rd edition). Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, Hampshire.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance Requirements

All full-time students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPsychology & Social Work
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelUg/Pg Psychology
ModeratorA Parke
External ExaminerS Langton
Accreditation DetailsBritish Psychology Society
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
A multiple-choice online assessment worth 40%
Written coursework, such as an essay worth 60%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check mark check mark401
Combined Total For All Components100% 1 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries). The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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