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PSYC1614 Psychology at Leeds

10 creditsClass Size: 270

Module manager: Dr Tiina Eilola

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology programme entry requirements

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module showcases some of the excellent research that is undertaken at Leeds; you will get to sample the diversity of research topics within psychology and begin to appreciate the importance and value of research to society. Research within the School of Psychology is addressing five Research Grand Challenges; these are:- Healthy and Well-being - The Nervous System and its Disorders - Successful Ageing - Successful Childhood Development - Behaviour Change You will discover how fundamental research conducted by staff within the School of Psychology contributes towards these important topics.This module will also introduce you to the critical skill of being able to evaluate published work to help you in your academic writing. You will learn how to read and evaluate published research related to the research at Leeds, understand its merits, and discover how to analyse it to enhance your academic writing.


This module aims to provide an overview of the research grand challenges in order to highlight some of the research expertise of staff within the School of Psychology at Leeds.
The module will be taught by a number of staff including a team of leading researchers from the five Research Grand Challenges.
Students will be encouraged to see their learning as one aspect of the work of an active and vibrant School; they will appreciate the importance of research in creating the best learning environment.
Students will also learn to critically evaluate work: a skill crucial for successful progression through their degree.

Learning outcomes
This module aims to provide an overview of the key issues and research approaches contained within the School's five Research Grand Challenges, and give students the skills necessary to evaluate research for use in their own work.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. show an understanding of the variety of research expertise in psychology at Leeds
2. appreciate key concepts and issues in psychological research, as it is conducted at Leeds
3. demonstrate knowledge of some current issues and controversies in psychology, and appreciate how research at Leeds is addressing these issues
4. critically evaluate published research related to research at Leeds.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students should have begun to develop skills in:
- understanding a scientific approach to the study of behaviour, as it is practised in Leeds
- developing an understanding of the range of psychological research at Leeds, in relation to the broader discipline
- evaluating research evidence to support their writing and learning and appreciating the relationship between data and theory
- following up taught material with relevant reading and research


The first two lectures will provide a background to psychology in general and an overview of Psychology at Leeds specifically.
There will subsequently be five lectures on topics that fall within each of the five Research Grand Challenges. There will also be several more skills-based lectures where students learn skills related to evaluating research for use in their own writing.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning22.004.00
Private study hours89.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

6 x 6 hours reading, researching and evaluating for each lecture
2 x 6 hours preparing, reading and evaluating for skills group learning sessions
41 hours preparation for coursework and exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will complete an online, formative assessment in week 6.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ.0.00
AssignmentCritical Evaluation Sheet70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment0 hr 30 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/10/2021


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