Module Title:Introduction to Psychology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Strategies used for delivery include a broad range of learning methodologies. Classes will be based around lectures, lab sessions and group discussions. This class will be taught primarily by means of lectures, tutorials, class discussion and group activities.
Module Aim: 1. Promote an understanding of human behaviour 2. Understand many factors which effect behaviour and development
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe psychology and discuss and evaluate different psychological perspectives.
LO2 Describe and evaluate investigative and experimental methods in psychological research and the consequences of ethical procedures.
LO3 Explain the biological, social and cultural factors on human behaviour and development.
LO4 Discuss and analyse the behaviourist and social cognitive approaches to learning and development.
LO5 Discuss intelligence as a construct and evaluate the psychometric approach.
LO6 Explain and critically evaluate theories of personality, language acquisition and intelligence.
LO7 Describe and analyze theories of health psychology, theories of emotion/motivation and related theories of stress and coping.
LO8 Explain how psychological theory is applied to practice.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to psychology
• What is psychology? • Biological perspective • Socicultural perspective • Behavioural perspective • Cognitive perspective • Psycho analytical perspective • Evolutionary perspective • Ethological theory and ecological theory • Current debates in psychology
Development over the Lifespan
• Biological foundations of behaviour: the nervous system, neurons, structures of the brain and their functions. • Childhood development • Adolescence • Adult development
Psychology as a Science
Methods of research • Experimental method • Quantitative and qualitative research • Ethics in psychological research
• Behaviourist Approach • Classical conditioning, • Operant conditioning • Social learning theory • Practical application of learning theories
Nature of intelligence Intelligence testing, The influence of hereditary and the environment, Multiple intelligences, Practical application of theories of intelligence
Thinking and Language
• Concept formation • Problem solving • Language and thought • Language acquisition
Health psychology, Motivation , Emotion and Stress
• Theories of motivation • Theories of emotion • health Psychology: Stress, coping and health
• Freud, Humanism, Trait approaches, learning theories
The Ecology of Development
• Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory • The Family • The changing family in society • Extra-familial influences • Culture
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Written piece 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHYCW_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Youth and Community Work 1 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory