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PS1901 - Introduction to Psychology 1

Academic year

2021 to 2022 (Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits

20

The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 7

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Only available to those enrolling on the MA Combined Studies or already enrolled on the MA/BSc General degree taken in the evening.

Planned timetable

Thu 6.30 - 9.30 pm

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module coordinator

Dr S D Pehrson

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module Staff

Team Taught

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

This module is designed to introduce the principles of some of the key areas of modern psychology, and to demonstrate that it is a diverse and interdisciplinary science. A major component of the module will involve treatment of the underlying psychological theory and mechanisms. Tutorial and practical sessions will introduce and demonstrate some of the principles and techniques used in psychological research. It will be assumed that entrants have no scientific background or previous knowledge of psychology.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisites

Students must have gained entry to the part-time evening degree programme

Anti-requisites

You cannot take this module if you take PS1001 or take PS1002

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 0%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 100%

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have compiled/developed an indicative list of learning and teaching methods:
  • Written: Is included in this category any assessment done under exam conditions (exams during diets, class tests) that do not involve the use of practical skills.
  • Practical: Are included in this category oral assessment and presentation as well as practical skills assessed in situ (in a classroom or laboratory for instance). Performances in the performing arts context are also classed as practical assessment.
Further details can be found on the QAA website.

Re-assessment

Coursework = 100%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

1 x 2.5-hour session: lectures, practicals and tutorial work.

Scheduled learning hours

30

The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours

170

The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.

Intended learning outcomes

  • demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the breadth of psychology as a science
  • evaluate contrasting perspectives in psychology from the individual to the social level
  • understand the role of brain dysfunction in the processing of everyday objects and faces
  • communicate with clarity and accuracy, orally (including presentation) and in writing