PY2PS1-Personality & Social Psychology 1

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PY1IP3 Introduction to Psychology for Consumer Behaviour and Marketing students or PY1PR Psychological Research or PY1IP1 Introduction to Psychology 1 and PY1IP2 Introduction to Psychology 2
Non-modular pre-requisites: For non-Psychology students only
Modules excluded: PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis or PY2SD Social and Differential Psychology
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Pape


Type of module:

Summary module description:
PY2PS1 Personality & Social Psychology 1

To familiarise students with theory and research on a selection of core topics in personality and social psychology.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be able to:

•Describe key areas of research in social psychology
•Critically evaluate some pieces of relevant research and techniques discussed in lectures
•Demonstrate a broad understanding of topics within social psychology, in the form of multiple choice tests and weekly continuous assessment

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Topics include social cognition; social perception; attitudes and attitude change; social influence; intergroup relations, prejudice and discrimination.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
(a) Lectures on personality and social psychology.
(b) Online discussion forum following lectures
(c) Recommended reading in social psychology.
(d) Continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures to support learning and preparation for end-of-term tests.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 2
Guided independent study 82
Total hours by term 98.00 2.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

This module is assessed through coursework (30%) and a summer exam (70%).

The summer exam is 45 minutes, multiple choice

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework involves continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures (30%).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment is by examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 28 September 2018


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