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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. One of the pre-requisites for PSYC2022 and PSYC3048

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Introduction to Psychology introduces students to several different areas of psychology. Psychology is made up of many different sub-disciplines and has many different approaches, but it is unified in that the ultimate goal is to understand human behaviour and mental events. In the module, students will learn about some of the most important empirical findings, theories, and the current state of research in a number of areas of psychological inquiry.

Learning Outcomes


Week 1 Introduction Week 2 The Science of Psychology Week 3 Sensation Week 4 Perception Week 5 Memory Week 6 Metacognition Week 7 Social Cognition Week 8 Attitudes and Emotions Week 9 Interpersonal processes Week 10 Development & Health Psychology Week 11 Clinical Psychology Week 12 Reading Week

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
Coursework 20%
Exam  (2.5 hours) 77.5%
Research Participation 2.5%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite of PSYC1017


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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