Module Title: Introduction to Psychology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above 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. Tutorials: smaller group learning. 3. Active & collaborative learning through class and group discussion: students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions and in the tutorials, 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. 4. E-Learning — It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials including discussion boards. 5. 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. D1 p8 p23; D2 p3; D3 p1; D4 p 4; D5 p1 p4 p6 p7 p10 p19
LO2 Describe and evaluate psychological research methods as they apply to evidence based practice for contemporary issues: D1 p15; D5 p1 p4 p6
LO3 Understand the debates in psychology as they relate to professional practice D3 p1; D5 p1 p4 p6 p7
LO4 Discuss and analyse approaches to learning D3 p1; D5 p1 p4 p6 p10
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

9342 PSYC H1413 Introduction to Psychology
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 • Behavioural perspective • Cognitive perspective • Psychoanalytic perspective • Evolutionary perspective • Ecological theory • Humanistic perspective D1 p8 p23; D2 p3; D3 p1; D4 p 4; D5 p1 p4 p6 p10 p19
Psychology as a Science
Methods of research • Experimental method • Quantitative and qualitative research • Ethics in psychological research • Application of psychological research methods to professional practice • Psychology research in contemporary issues (e.g. homelessness) D1 p15; D5 p1 p4 p6
• Behaviourist Approach • Classical conditioning, • Operant conditioning • Social learning theory • Practical application of learning theories D3 p1; D5 p1 p4 p6 p10
Debates in Psychology
• Nature and Nurture • Critical and Sensitive Periods D3 p1; D5 p1 p4 p6 p7
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Written assignment, requiring evaluation of different psychological perspectives and debates and the application of theory to practice, independent research and reading including peer reviewed journal articles and evaluation of research evidence. D1 p15; D5 p1 p4 p5 p6 p7 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow 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 4.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CW_HHSST_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies 1 Mandatory
CW_HHPSC_D Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory