In the first year of BSc Psychology, we lay the foundations for understanding the basic principles of psychological theory, of the research methods and analysis that will be used, and introduce you to practical psychology experiments. We also require you to select two options and encourage you to consider options outside of psychology to widen your perspective and get experience with subjects you may not have tried previously.
Modules taught in Year One closely interrelate.
Year One includes weekly practical classes (delivered in PSYC 1012), two data analysis units (PSYC 1010 and PSYC 1011) and the two lecture‑based units (PSYC 1004 and PSYC 1009), as well as a key skills course (PSYC 1005). The practical modules provide you hands‑on experience of how psychologists run studies to test hypotheses and theories, and also teaches you how to write up the results of an empirical study as a paper. The lecture modules provide the theoretical and empirical background for the practical module: they specifically help you write introduction and discussion sections of the research paper. In addition, the data analysis modules provide you with the numerical expertise to analyze and interpret results for the research paper. Finally, the tutorial‑based module, PSYC 1005, has been carefully designed to interface with and support your other first-year activities in two ways. First, it enables you to acquire, practice and explicitly reflect on the key skills that you will need to study across all three years (e.g., essay writing, time management, delivering oral and written presentations, having group discussions). Secondly, it provides additional tutorial support for the two substantive lecture units. As the year progresses, there will be a steady increase in the complexity and challenge of the academic demands that will be made on you. In addition, Year One features two internal option modules, one in each Semester (PSYC 1014 and PSYC 1015), that enable students to build their knowledge of particular areas of psychology.