School of Psychology


(BSc) Psychology

Entry for 2013

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

In the Psychology (BSc) degree course we aim to: the accreditation requirements of the British Psychological Society for undergraduate courses, to permit entry to professional training or research;
2.provide students with a firm grasp of the main theories, methods and findings of psychological research relevant to an understanding of the relationship between the brain and behaviour;
3.incorporate a wide range of teaching methods to broaden the range of learning experience offered;
4.offer a flexible and responsive admissions policy, offering access to students with special needs, and particularly to students in the local area who, while intellectually qualified to take a full-time degree course, have an unconventional academic background;
5.prepare students for future employment or training by providing them with opportunities to develop a range of personal, practical and intellectual skills;
6.encourage students to realise their potential in an environment that offers opportunities for learning and an integrated system of pastoral care;
7.enable students to participate in processes of course review and evaluation;
8.provide opportunities for students to develop analytical, critical evaluation and problem-solving skills for assessing psychological issues and evaluating research findings;
9.provide opportunities for students to develop progressively advanced research skills, including formulation of research questions, study design, data collection, selection and performance of statistical analyses and evaluation of findings;
10.provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of how the brain modulates behaviour and contributes to conscious experience and of the experimental techniques used to study the relationship between the brain and behaviour.

Course learning outcomes

Be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and critical understanding of the core area of biological psychology

Be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and critical understanding of the core area of cognitive psychology

Be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and critical understanding of the core area of developmental psychology

Be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and critical understanding of the core area of social psychology

Be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and critical understanding of the core area of individual differences.

Be able demonstrate knowledge of a range of research measurement techniques including statistical analysis

Be able to demonstrate competence in research skills through practical activities

Be able to demonstrate computer literacy, especially with statistical software and word processing

Be able to carry out data entry and manipulation and conduct inferential tests for simple and complex factorial designs.

Be able to use multivariate methods and qualitative analysis.

Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the scientific underpinnings of psychology and what it means to be a science

Be able to demonstrate knowledge of a number of specialised areas and or applications of psychology

Be able to analyse data to answer a coherent set of original questions

Be able to make independent decisions about data presentation and analysis, and to expand independently ones knowledge of statistics beyond what one has been taught

Be able to show understanding of ethical issues relating to research in psychology

Be able to reason scientifically and statistically, appreciating the relationship between theory and evidence

Be able to initiate, design, conduct, and report on an empirically-based research project under appropriate supervision

Recognise the need to assess ones own skills and to harness them for future learning

Be able to demonstrate awareness of contextual and interpersonal factors in groups and teams, and to develop the interpersonal skills that will allow effective participation in co-operative group planning and decision making

Be able to critically assess ones own and others work so as to improve it

Be able to approach problem solving in a systematic way

Be able to communicate ideas and research findings by written, oral, and visual means

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreCognition in Clinical Contexts (C8508)154
  CoreIndividuals and Groups (C8510)154
  CoreResearch Skills in Psychology 1 (C8511)154
 Spring SemesterCorePsychobiology (C8003)154
  CorePsychology of Childhood and Adolescence (C8813)154
  CoreResearch Skills in Psychology 2 (C8891)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreBrain and Behaviour (C8518)155
  CoreCognitive Psychology (C8551)155
  CoreDiscovering Statistics (C8552)155
 Spring SemesterCoreDevelopmental Psychology (C8546)155
  CoreSocial Psychology (C8035)155
  CoreSocial Research Methods in Psychology (C8300)155
  OptionAbnormal and Clinical Psychology (C8512)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterCorePerspectives on Psychology (C8840)156
  OptionAltruism and Helping: the psychology of caring about and for others (C8014)156
  Attention: An individual differences perspective (C8895)156
  Biological Bases of Mental Disorders (C8504)156
  Cognitive Neuroscience (C8517)156
  Fear and Anxiety in Children (C8821)156
  Health Psychology (C8017)156
  Human Vocal Communication (C8829)156
  Intelligence in Animals and Machines (C1118)156
  Pointing Apes (C8018)156
  Psychology of Appetite (C8839)156
  Psychology of Crowds and Collective Action (C8817)156
  Psychology of the Family: Beyond Attachment (C8549)156
  Reading, Writing and Dyslexia (C8013)156
  Self Regulation: The Science of Achieving Your Goals (C8894)156
  Social Cognitive Development (C8045)156
  Social Insects (C1139)156
  The Social Psychology of Prejudice (C8822)156
 Autumn & Spring TeachingCoreEmpirical Project (C8824)456
 Spring SemesterOptionClinical Psychology (C8002)156
  Conflict & Cooperation in Social Groups (C1114)156
  Conscious and Unconscious Mental Processes (C8828)156
  Drugs, Brain and Behaviour (C8528)156
  Dynamic Approach to Understanding Child Development (C8897)156
  Economic and Consumer Psychology (C8021)156
  Emotional Disorders and Development: The role of affective processing and self-focus (C8100)156
  Organisational Psychology (C8041)156
  Positive Psychology (C8892)156
  Psychobiology of Cognitive Ageing and Dementia (C8833)156
  Psychological Perspectives on Self and Identity (C8027)156
  Psychology in Education (C8042)156
  Structure and Function in the Brain (C7143)156
  The Psychology of Inequality: From Poverty to Power (C8898)156

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The University reserves the right to make changes to the contents or methods of delivery of, or to discontinue, merge or combine modules, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University. If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the University reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the University withdraws or discontinues a module, it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative module.