Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code GOHI005
Coordinator Miss LA Cropper
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2018-19 Level 3 FHEQ Second Semester 10


To introduce research skills commonly used in psychology

To build an appreciation of core theories used in psychology

To introduce key skills in analysis and interpretation of data

Learning Outcomes

Identify and critically evaluate the main components of a particular text/source

Recognise and describe core explanatory frameworks used in psychology

Use introductory research skills appropriate to psychology

Outline certain key methods of psychological research.

Discuss issues and key theories of psychological thought.

Describe and debate, in broad terms, key contemporary psychological issues.

Develop confidence in using foundation level data interpretation skills.


A representative syllabus is:
Introduction to the module followed by sessions on topics such as:
Section 1) The psychological influences and factors involved in the development of the self and identity, and interaction with others eg 
 The Big Personality: This session will focus on theories of personality. Key approaches such as:  Trait theory and the Big Five, Psychodynamic theory, Social Cognitive and Humanistic theories of personality are discussed. Methodological and cultural differences are examined.
. Cognition & development: Attachment theory:  Cognitive theories of development: Piaget & Vygotsky. Real world applications of theories  (educational development). Morals and social development- the sense of self and understanding others. Prejudice and discrimination: causes.
. Social Learning  & Groups: Social learning theory, deindividuation:, social identity; aggression, Skinner and Operant behaviour.
Section 2) cognitive, developmental and biological psychology.
.  Introducing the brain: The anatomy of the brain and the nervous system. Neurons and how they communicate.
. Research methods: Reporting the research; analysis and interpretation. This workshop focuses on the construction of the report.
. Perception:  Factors affecting perception: motivation; emotion; previous experience; perceptual set. Development of perception: nature vs. nurture.  Fac e recognition. Visual development. Visual pathologies (agnosia, prosopagnosia etc.). Real world applications.
. Intelligence & learning: This session will examine Theories of intelligence, information processing and psychometric theories. The field of animal intelligence and behaviour in has contributed to our knowledge of human intelligence. Human intelligence: evolutionary, genetic and environmental factors.
. Psychopathology: abnormal psychology, disorders and effects of brain damage.
. Gender: Biological & biosocial influences on gender: role of hormones and genes; gender dysphoria. Psychological and social theories of gender development.
In addition there will be sessions interleaved at appropriate points on
Research methods 1: Application of the scientific methods of investigation. Designing the research project: using th e appropriate methods. Differences in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
Research methods 2: Concepts and issues of validity, reliability and sampling. Ethical considerations. Case studies illustrate the need for careful design
Research methods 3: Reporting the research; analysis and interpretation. This workshop focuses on the construction of the report.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture - Interactive lectures covering major themes.

Tutorial - interactive discussions on pre-agreed topics related to the lectures

Online Discussions - Group work which will be included in formative and summative assessment.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 14
Interactive lectures covering major themes.
interactive discussions on pre-agreed topics related to the lectures
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 76


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Coursework  1000 words  Semester 2  50  Yes  Standard UoL penalty applies  Research Proposal/Portfolio 
Coursework  2000 words  Second semester  50  Yes  Standard UoL penalty applies  Research Report Notes (applying to all assessments) - none 

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.
Explanation of Reading List:

Specific recommended reading tailored to each year''s version of this module will be available in the module handbook lodged on VITAL. A representative reading list is:

Coolican, H. (2009). Research Methods & Statistics in Psychology. London: Hodder.

Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics using SPSS. London: Sage.

Flick, U. (2008). Desi gning Qualitative Research. London: Sage. Online E-book,
University of Liverpool.
Gazzaniga,M., Ivury, R., & Mangun, G. (2008). Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of
the Mind. London: Norton.
Gleitman, H. (2002). Psychology. London: Norton.
Maltby, J., Day, L., & Macaskill, A. (2007). Personality, Individual Differences and
Intelligence. Essex: Pearson.
Saldana, J. (2011). Fundamentals of Qualitative Research. Oxford: OUP. Online e-book,
University of Liverpool.
Willig, C. (2012). Qualitative Interpretation and analysis in Psychology. Maidenhead:
McGraw-Hill. Online e-book, University of Liverpool
Ramachandran, V.S. Reith Lectures (2003). The Emerging Mind
BBC Child of Our Time: The Big Personality Test (series)

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