FP3108 - Introduction to Psychology


Introduction to Psychology


20 CC   10 ECTS

Centre for Foundation Studies


Tutor contact: 60 hours 60 hours
Self directed study: 140 hours 140 hours

Lectures, seminars and workshops
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
60 0 140

Students are expected to attend all timetabled classes.

  • The role and historical context of psychology
  • Consider a range of topics from the main perspectives to include the core areas; biological, developmental, cognitive, individual differences and social psychology
  • Investigating current issues in psychology
  • Ethical issues and responsibilities
  • Exploring research methods used in Psychology
  • Introduction to using data in Psychology


1. To examine the main perspectives in psychology

2. To introduce students to research methodology and report writing

3. To consider ethical issues and responsibilities within the field

Lectures accompanied by seminars, group work, debate and discussion. Formative assessment will be ongoing and will comprise activities that enable a student to appraise their own learning and guide them towards the development of self-study.

LO1 Demonstrate knowledge of the main perspectives.

LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of a current issue in psychology.

LO3 Recognise ethical guidelines and identify potential ethical issues in research.

LO4 Produce an appropriately structured quantitative research report.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
1PowerPoint Slides & Written Commentary, (400 words)50%1 and 3Coursework
2Coursework 1500 word report50%2 and 4Coursework

Reassessment will use the same mode of assessment.

Coolican, H. (2019). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (7th ed.). East Sussex, UK: Psychology Press.

Cottrell, S. (2019). The Study Skills Handbook. UK: Red Global Press.

Gross, R. (2020). The Science of Mind and Behaviour (8th ed.) London, UK: Hodder Education

Holt, N., Bremner, A., Sutherland, E., Vliek, M., Passer, M., & Smith, R. (2019). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour (4th ed.). Maidenhead, UK: McGraw-Hill Education.


Catherine Edmondson

Centre for Foundation Studies

Centre for Foundation Studies Board of Studies

Wed, 29 Jun 2022

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