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PSYC1016 Introduction to Psychology

Module Overview

Introduction to Psychology will touch on a number of different topics including The Science of Psychology, Sensation, Perception, Memory, Metacognition, Social Cognition, Attitudes and Emotions, Interpersonal processes, Development & Health Psychology, and Clinical Psychology. Pre-requisite of PSYC1010, PSYC1014, PSYC1017, PSYC1018, PSYC1019, PSYC1021, PSYC2003, PSYC2007, PSYC2018, PSYC2021, PSYC2025, PSYC2026, PSYC3002, PSYC3015, PSYC3024, PSYC3045, PSYC3048, PSYC3052, PSYC3056, PSYC3059, PSYC3061, PSYC3068, PSYC3071.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the important issues and current questions in each area covered.
  • Outline main experimental findings, interpretations and theories relevant to the covered areas of psychological research
  • Recognise the diversity of approaches to the scientific study of Psychology
  • Critically evaluate theories and data in Psychology


Topics covered include: Introduction The Science of Psychology Sensation Perception Memory Metacognition Social Cognition Attitudes and Emotions Interpersonal processes Development & Health Psychology Clinical Psychology

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly lectures plus practice quizzes, recorded lectures (if possible), lecture notes, short movies, and handouts. Most module materials are available through Blackboard, which can be accessed at:

Independent Study128
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Martin, G.N., Carlson, N.R, & Buskist, W.?(2013).?Psychology.?


Assessment Strategy

Final Exam – students must pass final exam to pass the course. Students who fail to do so resit the exam in August as is typical at the University of Southampton


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam? (2.5 hours) 97.5%
Research Participation?2.5%


MethodPercentage contribution

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students are required to purchase a copy of the textbook for the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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