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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To introduce the student to the scientific study of human behaviour and cognition, and to basic psychological theories and principles.

Learning Outcomes

1. Define psychology, identify its subject matter and approaches and distinguish key psychological methods
2. Demonstrate awareness of the major aspects of behaviour and cognition investigated by psychologists
3. Describe the theories and contributions of major figures in the field
4. Identify key research findings and theories of the field
5. Recognise methodologies within psychology and their limitations

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30Taught lectures
Independent Study48Associated Reading and independent lecture preparation
Independent Study47Independent assessment preparation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to psychology

Historical and conceptual ideas


Social psychology

Clinical psychology

Cognitive psychology

Health psychology



Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Passer, M.W., & Smith, R.E.: 2004, Psychology, 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill, Boston, Mass., 9780072563306
  • Schacter, D.L., & Wegener, D.M.: 2010, Psychology, 2nd ed., Worth Publishers, New York, 978-1429269674
  • Eysenck, M.: 2009, Fundamentals of Psychology, Psychology Press, Hove, UK, 978-1841693729
  • Gross, R.: 2010, Psychology, 6th ed., Hodder Education, London, 978-1444108316
  • Martin, G.N., Carlson, N.R., & Buskist, W.: 2009, Psychology, 3rd ed., Pearson, Harlow, UK, 978-0273720102
  • Michael W. Eysenck,Mark T. Keane: 0, Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook, 6th, 978-184169540
  • Glassman, W., & Hadad, M.: 2009, Approaches to psychology, 5th ed., Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education, Maidenhead, UK, 978-0335228850
  • Myers, D.G.: 2012, Social Psychology, 11th ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 978-0078035296
  • Cervone, D., & Pervin, L.A.: 2009, Personality: Theory and research, 10th ed., Wiley, New York, 978-0470485064
  • Santrock, J.: 2015, Essentials of life-span development, 12th ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 978-0077861933
  • Nolen-Hoeksema, S.: 2010, Abnormal Psychology, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 9780071221627
Other Resources

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