Undergraduate 

Psychology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

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

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • 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 including data analysis using the programming language R.

Timetable

One-hour lectures weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Two-hour laboratories every two weeks throughout term.

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. Labs will include the continuation of data wrangling, visualisation, as well as the introduction of probability and data analysis using the programming language R. 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 (both quantitative and qualitative).

■ 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 using the programming language R.

■ Report research based critical evaluation adopting professional standards.

■ Conduct and write-up a group research project orally disseminate the descriptive results in a presentation.

■ 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.