Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE PSY3658

 
TITLE Thinking, Writing and Presentations in Psychology

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Psychology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit is of a technical nature. It covers the three main steps of presenting work in psychology. These are:
- Understanding and cognitively processing the topic;
- Planning;
- Writing or delivering a presentation.

The focus will be on academic presentations in Psychology, although many principles could be carried over to other areas. In addition students are helped to think more on what they are learning in Psychology and develop their own academic “voice”:
- Types of academic writing;
- Commonest mistakes;
- Thinking Skills;
- Understanding the purpose of the written task required and analysing questions;
- Planning essays;
- Own voice: good and bad opinions;
- Opinion and intention statements;
- Introductions and conclusions.

Study-unit Aims:

The objectives of this study-unit are the following:
- To help students be aware of the technicalities of presentations in the discipline;
- To teach students how to write a psychological essay of quality, and be able to assess their and other written work;
- To help students answer test and examination essay questions;
- To inform and educate about writing a dissertation;
- To help students improve their knowledge and skill regarding oral presentations in psychology.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Writing skills (paragraphs, sentences, marker words etc);
- Common mistakes and faulty styles;
- Language issues: Psychology, Gender etc.;
- Writing a dissertation;
- Introduction to oral presentations;
- Planning an oral presentation;
- Preparing an oral presentation;
- Delivery of oral presentation;
- Evaluating oral presentations.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Evaluating one’s own written work;
- Understanding the requirements and planning an essay;
- Writing a dissertation;
- Structuring an idea and supporting it in writing;
- Having and expressing an opinionl;
- Writing effectively;
- Writing good introductions and conclusions.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

There is no main text for the study-unit. Lecturer will provide notes.

- Beins, B. C., & Beins, A. M. (2012). Effective writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters and Presentations (2nd ed.). Wiley Blackwell.
- Connelly, M. (2004). The sundance writer (2nd ed). London: Thomson.
- Creme, P. & Lea, M. R. (1997) Writing at university. Buckingham: Open University Press.
- Cutts, M. (1995). Plain English guide. London: Oxford University Press.
- Fairburn, G. J. & Winch, C. (1996). Reading, writing and reasoning. UK Buckingham: Open University Press.
- Inglis, J. & Lewis, R. (1993). Clear thinking. London: CollinEducational.
- McDonald, S., & Salamone, W. (2004). The writer’s response. London: Thomson.
- Parrot, L. (1999) How to write psychology papers. New York: Longman.
- Redman, P. (2001). Good essay writing (2nd ed.). London: Sage.
- Scott, J.M., Kock, R., Scott, G.M., & Garrison, S.M. (2002). The psychology student writer’s manual (2nd ed.). New York: Prentice Hall.
- Turner, J. (2002). How to study: a short introduction. London: Sage.
- Wingersky, J., Boerner, J., & Holguin-Balogh, D. (2006). Writing paragraphs and essays (5th ed). London: Thomson.
- Wyrick, J (2005). Steps to writing well (9th ed). London: Thomson.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 No 40%
Take Home Examination SEM1 Yes 60%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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