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Unit information: Foundations of Psychology in 2021/22

Unit name Foundations of Psychology
Unit code LANG00033
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Andersen
Open unit status Not open

IELTS minimum 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5 in writing and 4.5 in all other components or equivalent



School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of the fundamental principles of psychology and will cover three core areas: social, cognitive and developmental psychology.

The aims of the unit are to introduce students to these foundation areas of psychology, to enhance their critical thinking and oral presentation skills in these areas, and to become familiar with contemporary methods and techniques for studying psychology.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the major theoretical perspectives taken in social, cognitive and developmental psychology.
  2. Describe and apply the methodologies and techniques used in social, cognitive and developmental psychology to illustrate and support the theory.
  3. Critically evaluate the theory and research in terms of strengths and limitations.

Teaching Information

Students will attend 3 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in small group classroom sessions involving a combination of teacher-led input, combined with discussion about the practical application of the topics and group-based activities which will be increasingly project related. On-line delivery of materials through Blackboard VLE.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment:

  • Multiple choice and short answer questions with peer and tutor feedback

Summative assessment:

  • Research report on a conducted experiment (1,500 words) (40%) ILO 1, 2
  • Written exam (60%) ILOs 1, 3 (3 SAQs)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.