Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE An Overview of Psychology

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit offers students an overview of psychology. This study material is organized in four general sections: The first section consists of an introduction to psychology including perspectives in psychology and research methods in psychology; evolutionary and the biological roots of behaviour: the brain and the nervous system; Consciousness. The second section focuses on knowledge and thought including the psychology of learning; memory; thinking and language. The third section focuses on the person in context: cognitive and social development; social cognition and emotion and social influence and relationships. Finally the fourth section focuses on individual differences: intelligence; personality; motivation; psychopathology and treatment of mental health problems.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to offer non psychology students an overview of psychology which can facilitate their understanding of human development and behaviour in society.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- understand basic psychological concepts;
- understand the person's development in context;
- understand individual differences.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- have a basic knowledge of psychology in order to incorporate their understanding of their main subject and its effects on the individual and the individual in a wider context.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text Book:
- Gleitman H., Reisberg D., Gross J.,(2011) Psychology.(8th Edition). New York, London: W.W. Norton & Company.

Supplementary Readings:
- Atkinson & Hilgard.,(2009) Introduction to Psychology.(15th Edition).Cenage Learning EMEA.
- Cardwell M.,Clark L., Meldrum C., (1996) Psychology for A level. Collins Educational.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to students who do not have Psychology as an area of study.

Note: Please note that the topics from this study-unit will be included in the final assessment of PSY3400.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (3 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Roberta Farrugia Debono
Pamela Portelli

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