PSYC1005 Thinking Psychologically
Thinking Psychologically is designed specifically to help students develop a range of key academic skills that will be important to them both at University and beyond. These include concise and extended writing, critical thought and debate, visual presentation of information for academic purposes, and use of IT for literature search and information presentation. This occurs principally through tutor led, peer-teaching within a small group context. The module also provides a forum within which students can develop and maintain contact with their tutor and a small number of fellow students, obtain help and advice, and develop an active approach to learning, both as an individual and as a member of a group. These “Tutorial” sessions run between weeks 1 and 10 inclusive. In week 11, all groups will attend an in-house conference. These weekly meeting facilitate the student to develop supportive academic relations with their personal tutor and fellow members of their tutor group. Additional Year Group sessions are: Introduction to the module (week 1); Introduction to library and information literacy; Introduction to Academic Integrity; Introduction to essay planning and writing; Introduction to Critical Thinking skills; Introduction to Careers and Employability planning. The tutorial sessions centre on developing academic reading and academic writing skills, including paraphrasing and developing logical discussions. This is done around the core task of preparation for two summative coursework assignments (an Individual Essay and a Group Presentation), each of which focuses on developing specific writing, presentation, and study skills. Through both the individual and group assignments students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of a chosen area of psychological research. A further summative assessment comprises online quiz questions relating to topics including academic integrity and critical thinking. During the module, students are encouraged to engage actively in planning their own personal and academic development through completion of an in-class activity of an evaluative learning exercise and a formative assignment at the end of term of a Reflective Learning Exercise). These help students assess their current strengths and weaknesses, and to plan their future development. In addition to developing key skills, this module also provides students with the experience of working both as an individual and as a member of a group, and the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills The module will provide a forum in which students can create and maintain contact with their tutor and fellow tutor group members, obtain help and advice, and develop an active approach to learning, both as an individual and as a member of a group.
Aims and Objectives
The module is designed specifically to help students develop a range of key academic skills that will be important to them both at University and beyond.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Extended writing
- Concise writing
- Critical thought and debate
- Academic Integrity skills
- Visual presentation of information for academic purposes
- Use of IT for literature and information presentation
Lecture based introductory session during Week 1 provides students with an overview of the module and of essential School and University IT systems. Subsequent small group tutorial sessions will take place during Weeks 1 to 10, including one session of individual feedback on the draft essay. These tutorial sessions permit students not only to develop individual study skills, but also to gain experience of working as a member of a team. Supporting interactive Library Skills and IT workshops and year group sessions on Introduction to Academic Integrity; Introduction to essay planning and writing; Introduction to Critical Thinking skills occur between weeks 1 and 5 with an Introduction to Careers and Employability planning occurring in week 8/9. Students will be required to prepare in advance for each tutorial session, so that they will be able effectively to contribute their own knowledge, expertise, and opinions for the benefit of other members of their tutorial group. During the module, all students will receive ongoing feedback on individual and group coursework assignments from both their peers and tutor, helping them to develop a portfolio of essential writing, research, presentation, and IT skills. Although teaching methods and materials employed during these sessions will be chosen by individual tutors and thus differ across groups, an overall teaching framework is provided by the Module Coordinator that stresses the importance of encouraging peer-tutoring through group work activities and active learning techniques. Main topics covered in this module: • University IT systems and resources • Library skills • Literature search • Writing a good essay • Academic Integrity • Preparing conference poster and oral presentation • Working individually and as a team member
This is a compulsory module and attendance at all sessions is compulsory
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
• Contact Hours: 22 hours • Private Study Hours (Recommended): 128 hours This module involves working within a small tutorial group of approximately 9 to 10 students. This structure permits students not only to develop individual study skills, but to gain experience of working actively as a member of a team. Students are required to prepare in advance for each tutorial session, so that they will be able to effectively contribute their own knowledge, expertise, and views for the benefit of other members of their tutorial group.
|Practical classes and workshops||1|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Cottrell, S. (2014). The exam skills handbook.
Chivers, B., & Shoolbred, M. (2007). A student’s guide to presentations: makingyour presentation count..
McBride, A. (Compiler). (2015). Thinking psychologically: effectively managing your learning at university.
Redman, P. and Maples, W. (2005). Good essay writing: a social sciences guide.
Dunn, D. S. (2010). A short guide to writing about psychology.
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the AmericanPsychological Association.
The Writing Centre at University of Southampton. The Writing Centre is open for one-to-one tutorial bookings—all programmes, all levels, all backgrounds. 30-minute tutorials are available in the Hartley library in evenings from 5-8pm and in the Avenue building (room 2165) in the mornings/early afternoons. Students can bring in any piece of work they are currently writing (essays, CVs, dissertations, etc.) and get feedback intended to offer next steps for improving the text. Students can also come in to ask questions, brainstorm new ideas, or raise any other concerns. The booking site is located here: http://mywco.com/sotonwriting. Students can email any questions to email@example.com.
You will also complete two individual formative learning assignments of During the module you will receive a wide range of ongoing formative and summative feedback on individual and group coursework assignments that will help you to develop a portfolio of essential writing, presentation, research, and reflective learning skills. Formative assignments are: A draft of your individual essay for formative feedback, this draft is due for submission at the start of week 6. A reflective learning exercise of 500 words, designed to assist you in taking personal responsibility for managing your own learning at University. This is due after the Christmas vacation at the start of week 15. Your summative assignments will be Online quiz: these will occur between week 5 and 7 Final essay due start of week 9 Conference presentation in week 11.
|Computer assisted assessment (60 minutes)||15%|
|Essay (1500 words)||52.5%|
|Essay or problem question||100%|
Repeat type: Internal & External