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PSYC1005 Thinking Psychologically

Module Overview

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 Personal Academic 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.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise the diversity of perspectives underpinning Psychology as a scientific discipline
  • Critically evaluate theoretical and empirical literature in Psychology.
  • Make reasoned arguments in Psychology based on appropriately selected source material.
  • Communicate effectively by written, verbal, and visual means.
  • Use IT effectively for information presentation.
  • Retrieve and organise information effectively, e.g., be familiar with collecting and organising information from library, electronic based search engines, and Internet based-sources.


Main topics covered in this module: • Thinking logically and critically • Writing a good essay: structure, content, use of APA style • Literature search using academic search engines • Academic Integrity • Preparing and delivering a conference presentation using Power Point • Working individually and as a team member

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Contact Hours: 28 hours • Private Study Hours (Recommended): 122 hours This module involves working within a small tutorial group of approximately 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 contribute effectively their own knowledge, expertise, and views for the benefit of other members of their tutor group. Students will also receive an additional individual tutorial to receive and discuss feedback on their Draft Essay assignment. There are also all year group lectures on Academic Integrity, Assignment Planning and Feedback, and Critical Thinking.

Independent Study122
Practical classes and workshops1
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list


University of Southampton Academic Integrity Statement.

study skills hub and drop in sessions - Hartley library.

Parson, V. (2018). Study and Communication Skills for Psychology. 

American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 


Assessment Strategy

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. You will complete three individual formative learning assignments: An evaluative learning exercise of 500 words, designed to assist you in taking personal responsibility for managing your own learning at University. A 1500 word Draft Essay for formative feedback. A reflective learning exercise of 500 words, designed to assist you in taking personal responsibility for managing your own learning at University. Your summative assignments will be: A 1500 word Individual Essay. A 15-minute Group Presentation at the module's end of term conference.


MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation  (15 minutes) 40%
Individual essay  (1500 words) 57.5%
Research Participation 2.5%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay or problem question 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay or problem question 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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