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PS1002   Fundamentals of Psychology 2

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available only to First Year students

Planned timetable: Lecture 12.00 noon - 1:00 pm Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri. 2-hour workshop: one of Mon 10-12, 2-4, 4-6, Tues 9-11, 11-1, 2-4

This module aims (i) to provide an introduction to the theoretical foundations, historical perspectives and modern developments of psychology; (ii) to provide an introduction to the variety of subjects which make up contemporary psychology; (iii) to provide a thorough grounding in the empirical basis of psychology. The principal teaching method for PS1002 is formal lectures, with a continuation of the specialised methodology and practical course exploring methods of research. It will be assumed that students have taken PS1001 and will therefore have some experience in methodology and writing research reports.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 4 lectures, 1 x 2-hour workshop

Scheduled learning hours: 64

Guided independent study hours: 136

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Research Proposal = 5%; Lab Report = 20%; Class Test = 40%; Exam = 35%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 35%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 65%

Re-assessment: Research Proposal = 5%; Lab Report = 20%; Class Test = 40%; Exam = 35%. Re-assessment applies to failed components only


Module coordinator: Dr D R McKay
Module teaching staff: Team taught
Module coordinator email

Intended learning outcomes

  • understand historical perspectives and the theoretical foundations of psychology
  • understand key areas of contemporary psychology
  • understand the role of research in the development of this discipline
  • critically evaluate key psychology studies
  • complete basic statistical analyses and interpret results
  • write in a format and style appropriate for a scientific journal