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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 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. There is an additional Year Group sessions in Week 1 which is an Introduction to the module. 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 (week 9) and a Group Presentation (week11), 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. To assist students in the transition to writing at University level, submitting a draft of the individual essay is a formative assignment due at the start of week 6. Students will receive written and verbal feedback on this by the end of week 7, meaning all students will have a minimum of one week to reflect on that feedback before submitting their final essay. Students will receive written feedback on their final essay, and if requested, an additional individual tutorial for verbal feedback. Written feedback is also provided on the Group Presentation. During the module, students are encouraged to engage actively in planning their own personal and academic development through completion of two formative assignments. First is evaluative learning exercise (due at the start of Week 3) and a Reflective Learning Exercise (due after the Christmas vacation in Week 15). 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

Module Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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

Syllabus

A 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 5 and 7 to 10. 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. In addition, students will have one 30 minute session of individual feedback on the draft essay sometime during week 6 or 7. 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: • Thinking logically and critically • Writing a good essay: structure, writing academically • Academic Integrity • Preparing a conference powerpoint presentation • Delivering a conference presentation • Working individually and as a team member

Special Features

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.

TypeHours
Independent Study122
Tutorial22
Lecture5
Practical classes and workshops1
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

McBride, A. (Compiler). (2015). Thinking psychologically: effectively managing your learning at university. 

eFolio.

Blackboard.

Redman, P. and Maples, W. (2005). Good essay writing: a social sciences guide. 

Cottrell, S. (2014). The exam skills handbook. 

Dunn, D. S. (2010). A short guide to writing about psychology. 

eHandbook.

Academic Skills.

study skills hub and drop in sessions - Hartley library.

University of Southampton Academic Integrity Statement.

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

Chivers, B., & Shoolbred, M. (2007). A student’s guide to presentations: makingyour presentation count.. 

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 sotonwriting@gmail.com.

Assessment

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. This is due at the start of Week 3. 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: Final essay due start of week 9 Conference presentation in week 11.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 57.5%
Presentation 40%
Research Participation 2.5%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay or problem question 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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