Discovering Psychology: The Science Behind Human Behaviour

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
13 May 2019


Requisites for this module


LG215, PS212, PS407, PS414, PS415, 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),
BA CL83 Sociology with Social Psychology,
BA CL93 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA CLV3 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
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),
BSC C168 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module is an introduction to some of the various sub-fields that comprise psychology. It will include lectures on topics such as sensation, perception, learning, memory, abnormal psychology, child development, language, personality and social 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

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
• Describe the important issues and current questions in each area covered.
• Outline main experimental findings, interpretations and theories relevant to a range of psychological areas such as: perception, learning, memory, neuroscience, child development, language, personality and social psychology.

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 content and skills tutorials are designed to support subject understanding and coursework and exam essay writing. Students will be assigned to tutorial groups at the beginning of term 1.

Learning and teaching methods

The module consists of one 2-hr lecture per week, one office hour per week, one 1-hr content tutorial per every five-week period and twelve 2-hr literacy skills tutorials. Tutorials on literacy skills will be available across term 1 and the beginning of term 2 from academic staff from the Talent Development Centre. A lecturer will be available during a weekly office hour to further discuss the content of lectures if students so wish. No appointment will be necessary.


  • 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 Literary skills 4%
Coursework Practice Essay 24/10/2019
Coursework Assignment 1: Info literacy task 15/11/2019
Coursework Coursework Essay A 22/11/2019 20%
Coursework Assignment 2: Re-edit of practice essay 28/11/2019
Coursework Assignment 3: Summary 12/12/2019
Coursework Coursework Essay B 28/02/2020 4%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
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, 210 (81.7%) hours available to students:
47 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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