Preparing for University Psychology

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The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
06 May 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

This module provides and enhances a variety of skills and techniques that allow first year undergraduate Psychology students to get the most from their degree. University work gives more responsibility to the students' themselves for their own outcomes. As such, most students need to adapt their approach to learning and performance assessments.

We have identified key areas that many students find challenging, but that are a central part of successful students' approach (see module outline below). The module is timetabled to introduce many of these skills in the first two teaching weeks of their Psychology course.
Additional classes introduce specific computer skills (literature searching, referencing, excel, image processing) and guidance on how to revise for exams.

Formative assessment will consist of a coursework poster submitted though FASER. This will require the skills learnt in the Spring Term.

Module aims

This module aims to empower students to use their time and resources at University effectively. Students will be introduced to ways of thinking about themselves, the nature of knowledge, and the scientific process. Students will also be introduced to a variety of computer-based tools and encouraged to develop their skills at using these.

Module learning outcomes

After taking part in this module, students should be able to:

1. Understand the main differences between school/college and University education and appreciate both the opportunities and responsibilities of University education.
2. Critically evaluate written work in terms of its meaning, writing style and structure.
3. Demonstrate computer literacy across a range of tools such as online databases, image processing software and commonly available office applications.
4. Take responsibility for their own learning via appropriate allocations of time across the variety of competing tasks that University comprises.

Module information

Lectures and labs start on the hour. Please arrive promptly to avoid disrupting the class. There will be a short break halfway through two-hour classes. Please ask questions during class if there is anything that is unclear. Active participation, sometimes verbally, sometimes on computers, is an important part of this module.

Learning and teaching methods

The module consists of lectures and labs. In the first two weeks of the Autumn term, six hours of lectures will combine formal-lecture style, individual writing, group-work and whole-class discussions. Eleven 1-hour lab classes will introduce and develop computer-based skills across the Autumn and Spring terms. A further 1-hour lecture in the Spring term will introduce and discuss effective methods for revising for exams.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.


Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Steffan Kennett, email:
Dr Steffan Kennett, Dr Geoff Cole, Dr Marie Juanchich, Dr Maria Filippetti, Dr Veronica Lamarche, Dr Gillian Sandstrom



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 75 hours, 17 (22.7%) hours available to students:
58 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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