20 credits at level HE4
This is an introductory module which will expose students to important and interesting areas within psychology. Students will have the opportunity to explore a range of topics and will develop an understanding of key concepts that underpin psychology and related disciplines. The module will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to psychology and will draw from a number of relevant perspectives. Students will be expected to engage in a significant amount of private study if they are to fulfil the potential benefits of this module. Although there will,inevitably, be overlap with some of the topics in other modules Exploring Psychology will give also give students the opportunity to explore some non-mainstream areas in psychology. This module will also equip students with a set of transferable skills associated with information literacy.
Students will have the opportunity to study four topics from the following list:
Evolutionary psychology:Is there an evolutionary basis for common behaviours? How can evolutionary behaviour be applied to moral development in children?
Psychodrama:What is psychodrama? How is it used and applied? Students will participate in various psychodrama-related types of activity.
Deception: Introduces students to a range of methods by which we can measure deception (e.g., facial microexpressions; polygraph, pupil size).
Stress and coping: What is stress? The relationship between responses to stress factors and the implications for health issues; the management of stress
Broken brains: Following brain damage a person may not be able to recognise a familiar face or be able to retrieve a correct word or understand what a word means. We will look at several cases of people who have suffered brain damage and what we can learn about the intact brain.
Comparative psychology: We will look at animal learning, classical and operant conditioning, and will utilize the program Sniffy the virtual rat where students will be given the opportunity to plan and carry out animal learning experiments.
Cyberpsychology;The developing field of cyberpsychology encompasses all psychological phenomena that are associated with or affected by technology. Topics include: online identity, online relationships, and online trust.
Historical perspectives: A brief introduction to the history of psychology from early ideas such as Plato's tripartite soul, through introspectionism to modern day perspectives such as behaviourism.
Handedness:Brain lateralisation and hand preference. How is handedness measured? What influences hand preference? What theories account for why we have a preferred hand?
Attraction & Non-verbal communication: Introduction to non-verbal behaviour; gaze and eye contact including visual dominance behaviour; correlates of being attractive, proximity, familiarity, reciprocity, similarity/matching
Understanding working in groups: An introduction to group dynamics, including decision-making in groups and stages of group development; ingroups and outgroups; issues that may influence one group's perception of another.
Psychology of work: Use of personality tests for selection and recruitment; communication in the workplace; leadership.
Stuidents will select four topics and each topic will be studied for three sessions (4 x 3 weeks = 12 weeks).
Teaching will be undertaken by short lectures, whole class discussion, group work, work-shops and role play. Audio-visual methods will be an integral part of the teaching process. Students will be expected to make an active commitment to class discussions and group work. Outside of class contact time students will be expected to engage in a significant amount of private study.
The learning outcomes will be assessed by coursework which will consist of two essays.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate an understanding of selected issues in psychology and their application.
Describe appropriate academic research in relation to the analysis of selected issues in psychology.
|2.||Understand and interpret relevant evidence to evaluate theories and applications of psychology.||Select and explain the relevance of psychological theory and research to a range of issues.|
|3.||Demonstrate an ability to write in the appropriate academic style.||Write an essay using the appropriate academic style including the Harvard form of referencing to cite sources of information.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||An essay with an indicative limit of 1500 words||An essay with an indicative limit of 1500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Each topic will have a specialised reading list including books, journal articles and web sources of information. However, some of the suggested reading given below will give students an introduction to general information.
Carlson, N. (2007). Physiology of behaviour (9th ed.). London: Allyn & Bacon
Eysenck, M. & Keane, M. (2010). Cognitive psychology: A studentís handbook (6th ed.). Hove: LEA.
McFarland, D. (1999) Animal Behaviour (3rd ed.) Longman
Sacks, O. (1985). The man who mistook his wife for a hat. London: Duckworth.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology|
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