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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LISS1026 Introduction to Psychology: Perception, Cognition and Emotion

10 creditsClass Size: 31

Module manager: Amanda Harrison

Taught: 1 Jul to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

GPA of 2.8 (US) or equivalent and enrolled at a university

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Why do we do the things we do? Are we in control of our behaviour, or is the mind subject to influences we cannot control? How does the mind influence our behaviour, our reactions to our environment and the people meet, and even how we perceive art? This module considers these questions by analysing how human behaviour has evolved and by exploring what makes us both human and fallible. It also considers our perceptions of, and reactions to, art from a psychological perspective. You will also gain an understanding of how our mind can play tricks on us, for better and for worse, and how developmental and social factors influence our behaviour. The module provides you with the opportunity to explore core topics in psychology including neuroscience, perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, and social, developmental and abnormal psychology.


This module aims to provide an overview of key concepts in psychology and to introduce students to the different influences on behaviour including biological, social, developmental, cognitive and environmental. The application of psychology to our perception of art and the links between art, cognition and emotion will also be introduced.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
• demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in psychology
• demonstrate knowledge of different factors that influence behaviour
• reflect upon their experiences of art from a psychological perspective


The module will provide a general introduction to several core topics within the field of psychology, including:
What is Psychology? Conceptual and Historical Issues
Neuroscience: The Brain, Drugs and Behaviour
Sensation, Perception and Art
Motivation, Emotion and Art
Learning and Memory
Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning115.0015.00
Private study hours43.00
Total Contact hours57.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

15 hours preparatory VLE work before the module starts: Students will be asked to read chapter 1 of the recommended textbook and to prepare for a discussion class about the conceptual and historical issues in psychology.
43 hours private study during module: Students will be asked to read specified chapters from the recommended textbooks, and online materials, to prepare for class activities and for assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored during daily class activities designed to allow them to discus and apply knowledge from the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation15 minute group presentation30.00
Reflective log750 words50.00
Tutorial PerformanceSeminar participation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Class participation will be assessed in terms of student’s preparation for, and performance of, class activities. Groups of no more than 5 students will prepare and deliver a presentation about the different risk factors for a psychological disorder.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2022


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