Discovering Psychology: The Science Behind Human Behaviour

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
03 June 2020


Requisites for this module


LG215, PS212, PS407, PS414, PS416

Key module for

BA L3C8 Criminology with Social Psychology,
BA L3H8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA LHC8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA 63C2 Psychological Studies,
BA C801 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C802 Psychology,
BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BA C810 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C800 Psychology,
BSC C803 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C811 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C806 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C808 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
BSC C809 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC999 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
MSCICA98 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
MSCICA99 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BA CL83 Sociology with Social Psychology,
BA CL93 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
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BSC C814 Psychology with Economics,
BSC C815 Psychology with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C816 Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year),
BA C841 Economics with Psychology,
BA C851 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C861 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C148 Economics with Psychology,
BSC C158 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
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BENGH170 Neural Engineering with Psychology (including Placement Year),
BENGH171 Neural Engineering with Psychology (including Year Abroad),
BENGH172 Neural Engineering with Psychology (including Foundation Year),
BSC H167 Neural Technology with Psychology,
MSCIC998 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods,
MSCICB98 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
MSCICB99 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module is an introduction to the core topics that comprise psychology. It will include lectures on biological psychology and neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and the study of individual difference. It each lecture you will be introduced to some of the main theoretical ideas which underpin study in that area of psychology.

Module aims

The principle aim of the module is to make students familiar with the way psychologists have and are tackling the investigation of human behaviour. This familiarity is also intended to offer the psychology student a basic command of areas of research that will be covered in more detail in future years of a psychology degree programme. The module will therefore introduce students to a wide variety of topics. Students will learn about the most important
empirical findings, theories, and the current state of research in a number of areas of psychological inquiry.

Module learning outcomes

Have knowledge and understanding of:
Basic psychological theory, research methods and statistics.
Psychological theory within the core domains as outlined by the British Psychological Society.
This is assessed in the two Coursework MCQ tests.

Be able to:
Critically evaluate the relative strengths of a range of theories and techniques used in psychology
Communicate ideas effectively by producing written reports/essays.
This is assessed in the two Coursework Essay.

Module information

Each main lecture will cover a broad subject area in psychology and will be designed around one of the chapters in the module textbook. The lectures are intended to serve as a guide to student reading of the relevant chapter and further reading about that topic. The tutorials are designed to support subject understanding and help students to prepare for the coursework (one essay in each term).

Learning and teaching methods

The module runs over the autumn and spring terms. It consists of one 2-hr lecture per week, one 1-hr tutorial per term, and one office hour per week. A lecturer will be available during a weekly office hour to further discuss the content of lectures if students so wish.


  • Martin, G. Neil; Carlson, Neil R.; Buskist, William. (2013) Psychology, Harlow: Pearson Education.
  • Martin, G. Neil; Carlson, Neil R.; Buskist, William; Hogg, Michael A. (2018) Psychology, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Coursework MCQ Test A     25% 
Coursework   Coursework MCQ Test B     25% 
Coursework   Coursework Essay A    25% 
Coursework   Coursework Essay B    25% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Andrew Simpson, email:
Dr Andrew Simpson, Dr Philip Cozzolino, Dr Alex Sel, Dr Vanessa Loaiza, Prof Chris Barry



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 257 hours, 206 (80.2%) hours available to students:
47 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
4 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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