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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Psychology


Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap 500 Location Durham


  • None


  • PSYC1062 - Introduction to Psychological Research

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • This Level 1 introductory course is to allow students to acquire a broad foundation of knowledge in core areas of psychology, for example developmental psychology, social psychology and individual differences


  • The course is divided into four sections (NB the order in which the topics are delivered may vary): Topics covered may be drawn from different fields in psychology, for example individual differences, developmental psychology and social psychology
  • Each section introduces and explores central issues covering empirical findings and their theoretical interpretation
  • The sections have a common form of 10 one-hour lectures, including a one-hour formative multiple choice class test and revision classes.
  • The second section is comprised of seven one-hour lectures, and a formative one-hour multiple choice test with feedback
  • The first lecture of each sub-section provides a historical and conceptual introduction to the topic

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Acquisition of knowledge in the topic areas studied, for example developmental psychology, social psychology, and intelligence
  • Detailed understanding of some sub-areas within these topics
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Emerging understanding of the relationship between data and theory
Key Skills:
  • Developing ability to organise and utilise knowledge

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Student acquisition of a broad range of knowledge relating to developmental, social, abnormal psychology and intelligence is facilitated by the content of lectures and the provision of appropriate reading lists
  • Assessment of the breadth and depth of this knowledge is achieved via the summer examination
  • As students are expected to acquire a broad knowledge base, formative class tests and the examination use an MCQ format to probe students' knowledge of the full syllabus
  • Detailed understanding of some sub-areas within the core areas is supported by elements of lecture content which use examples to provide more detail about selected topics and issues
  • MCQs in formative class tests and the examination serve to probe the depth of students' understanding in these areas and students' ability to organise and utilise this knowledge
  • Formative class tests and the examination assess how well students are able to use the knowledge acquired through reading and provide students with almost instant feedback on this learning
  • Lectures and examples emphasise the recursive relationship between theoretical development and empirical testing. This guides students' emerging understanding of the relationship between data and theory

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 36 2 Per Week 1 Hour 36
Formative Class Tests 4 2 per term, in one of the scheduled lecture slots (Michaelmas and Epiphany Terms only) 1 Hour 4
Preparation and Reading 160
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
two-hour examination 100%

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment takes place in the form of quizzes and short informal MCQs. The class test MCQs also provide almost immediate feedback on students' progress and what has been learned.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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