Psychology 1B: Social, Developmental and Mental Health and Wellbeing PSYCH1002

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The aim is to introduce students to core material in the area of social, developmental psychology, mental health and wellbeing, inclusive of individual differences, and research methods.

Timetable

Lectures:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am and 1pm. Laboratories throughout term.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Psychology 1A

Assessment

1 written assignment (20%), 1 lab portfolio (30%), degree exam (50%). The degree exam will last 2 hours and take place at the completion of the course in April/May.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim is to introduce students to core material in the area of social, developmental psychology, mental health and wellbeing, inclusive of individual differences, and research methods broadly defined including continuation of data wrangling (working with real and messy data to ensure in a suitable format for analysis) and visualisation skills as well as the introduction of probability. The course also continues to develop skills of professional standards in the communication of research critical evaluation and self-reflection on skill development. Communication skills are also encouraged by means of regular practical classes and group discussions/presentations.


Although the lectures form part of a programme which eventually lead
s to an Honours degree with the Graduate Basis of registration for the BPS, together with Psychology 1A, it would also serve as an introduction to the field for students taking the course as part of the general degree or as an outside subject in another honours programme.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to :

■ Describe, explain, and evaluate a broad range of theories and research findings in Psychology which will introduce students to Social Psychology; Human Development; Mental Health and Wellbeing (inclusive of Individual Differences); and Research Methods.

■ Discuss and evaluate the methodological bases for psychological research.

■ Explain the nature of current debates in Psychology.

■ Practice and understand data wrangling, visualisation and probability in a practical context.

■ Report research based critical evaluation adopting professional standards.

■ Discuss and critically evaluate psychological ideas in a written format.

■ Express and explain psychological ideas and skill related self-reflection orally in front of an audience.

■ Show evidence of evaluation and collation of relevant resources in a personal skill toolbox collated by the student reflecting development of skills over all assessments e.g. essays, lab assessments, exams.

■ Summarise and critically evaluate psychological theories and research findings in an unseen examination.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

 

Completion of all the class work at a grade D or above.