Module Title:Introduction to Psychology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: 1. Lectures - interactive communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student, using PowerPoint slides with ongoing questions and discussion encouraged. 2. Active & collaborative learning through class and group discussion: students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions to reflect on elements of their own lives, the world around them and their professional practice. They will be encouraged to share learning, queries and challenges, and thus be enabled to make the theory-practice link under the guidance of the lecturer / tutor. 3. E-Learning — It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials including online journals. 4. Directed & independent learning through reading of books, peer-reviewed journal articles and critical reviews of both classic studies and recent research in psychology and the application of these studies in the real world
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 evaluate different psychological perspectives
LO2 Describe and evaluate psychological research methods as they apply to evidence-based practice.
LO3 Understand the debates in psychology as they relate to professional practice
LO4 Discuss and analyse approaches to learning
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to psychology
• What is psychology? • Biological perspective • Sociocultural perspective • Behaviourist perspective • Cognitive perspective • Psychodynamic • Evolutionary perspective • Humanistic perspective • Ethological theory and ecological theory
Psychology as a Science
Methods of research • Experimental method • Quantitative and qualitative research • Ethics in psychological research • Application of psychological research to evidence-based practice • The active role of children in research
• Behaviourist Approach • Classical conditioning, • Operant conditioning • Social learning theory • Practical application of learning theories - How children learn
Debates in Psychology
• Nature and Nurture • Critical and Sensitive Periods
Psychology and Professional Practice
The application of psychological theory to be embedded across all learning content with specific relevance to Aistear, Siolta and the First 5 and the UNCRC
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Written piece 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 6.73
Total Hours 125.00
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_HHECE_B Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Practice 1 Mandatory
CW_HHECE_D Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Practice 1 Mandatory