DN720 Psychology (PCS2)

Academic Year 2019/2020

Psychology is a very broad discipline and the undergraduate degree in Psychology in UCD will introduce you to its major theories and research methods.

The degree is recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland, and as such provides the foundation for further postgraduate training in any field of psychology.

However, Psychology graduates also go into a variety of other career paths including education, business and health. If you have a questioning attitude and good reasoning skills, you will really enjoy the world opened up by Psychology.

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The purpose of a degree in Psychology in UCD is to foster an evidence-based appreciation and scientific understanding of mind, brain, lived experiences, social context, and behaviour, and the nature and outcomes of their complex interactions. Students will learn the importance of psychological approaches to problems in modelling the full richness of mental life, as well as the role of empirical research in shaping, influencing and sculpting theory. The programme stresses the importance of critical thinking, informed awareness of the multiplicity of levels of understanding psychological phenomena, the significance of building research skills, and of ethics in research and practice.





Knowledge is developed through teaching core areas at a number of stages; beginning at an introductory level, supported by tutorials and team-teaching, but becoming steadily more advanced, complemented with increased individual choice and selection of options. Learning is based on active participation, and culminates through demonstrating an ability to undertake an independent piece of research, from hunches and hypotheses, through to execution, data collection, analysis and write-up. A range of assessment methods is used including traditional, innovative and group-based, with detailed feedback to the student an essential component.



 


  • Thinking Broad: An ability to think critically and reason scientifically. Specific: An ability to appreciate the multiplicity of psychological approaches, and be aware of their theoretical, practical, methodological and ethical implications.
  • Knowing Broad: An understanding of the scientific process of building knowledge. Specific: A thorough knowledge of core domains of psychology - biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology, individual differences & research methods.
  • Planning and Implementing Broad: An ability to generate hypotheses and research questions. Specific: An ability to generate a hypothesis around why humans or animals act the way they do, and design a research process to test this hypothesis.
  • Communicating Broad: An ability to communicate and present ideas in a clear and incisive way. Specific: An ability to communicate and present psychological data in a professional and sophisticated manner, in both written and oral form.
  • Integrating Broad: Comprehend, organise and use data in an effective manner, and apply psychological knowledge to real-world issues. Specific: Use a wide range of psychological tools, equipment, computer software and psychological tests.
  • Managing Broad: Demonstrate effective planning, time-management and project-administration skills. Specific: Carry out an independent research project, from the formulation of a research question, ethical approval, data analysis and write-up.

In your first year (called Stage 1) you take 11 modules over two semesters.You must study seven core modules in Psychology (six are 5 credit modules, and one is a ten credit module), along with two electives (we recommend one in each semester) and two option modules. The School of Psychology has selected for you a range of possible option modules from relevant modules offered by other Schools from which to choose based on your timetable and own interests.

In Stage 2, typically a student will take build up 60 credits from a mix of core, option and elective modules, taking at least 10 modules in Psychology from the total of 12.

In Stage 3, a student, under the supervision of a researcher within the School, undertakes their own independent piece of research, written up as a final year thesis (the research project). This is a 15 credit module. Core, option and elective modules are also taken.

Overall, the student is required to build up 180 credits based on their modules, with the standard module contributing five credits.

In Stage 1 you will be introduced to some key areas within Psychology: a general introduction to the discipline; the brain and its link to behaviour, social psychology and the importance of groups; perception; the great diversity of applications of psychology, as well as learning specific psychological research and writing skills.

In Stage 2 you will continue with the key areas introduced at Stage 1 along with additional modules on child development, health and work, but you will also begin to learn about doing your own psychological research by taking two modules of laboratory practicals, as well as modules on research methods and statistics.

In Stage 3, you will have the opportunity to make many more specialist choices from a very wide range of modules (for example, on behavioural neuroscience, intelligence, psychology of the media, psychology and crime) and will undertake a research dissertation on a topic that you have chosen, under the individual supervision of an experienced researcher in psychology.

The School of Psychology has Erasmus exchange agreements with Universite Catholique de l'Ouest (Angers), Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid and Free University, Berlin. There are also international links to unviersities in the US and Australia permitting student exchanges.

The degree is recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland and, as such, provides the foundation for further graduate training in any field of psychology, as well as for a wide variety of careers, including:




  • Clinical psychology

  • Educational psychology

  • Organisational psychology

  • Forensic psychology

  • Counselling psychology

  • Health psychology



There are also career opportunities in research alongside other social scientists, such as economists and sociologists.


UCD Social Sciences,
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Dublin 4
socialsciences@ucd.ie
www.ucd.ie/socialsciences

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
PSY10060 Brain and Behaviour Autumn

5

PSY10080 Introduction to Social Psychology Autumn

5

PSY10130 Key Skills and Concepts in Psy Autumn

10

PSY10050 Introduction to Psychology Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

PSY10040 Introduction to the Psychology of Perception and Cognition Spring

5

PSY10090 Introduction to Applied Psychology Spring

5

PSY10100 Research Methods & Stats I Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN3OF:
You should choose 15 credits of modules from this list
     
ARCH10160 The Human Past Autumn

5

ECON10770 Introduction to Economics Autumn

5

IS10050 Digital Judgement: Truth, Lies, & the Internet Autumn

5

LAW10420 Legal and Professional Skills Autumn

5

PHIL10040 Introduction to Ethics Autumn

5

PHIL10160 Critical Thinking Autumn

5

POL10170 Foundations in Political Research Autumn

5

SOC10010 Foundations of Sociological Thought Autumn

5

SPOL10030 Understanding Social Problems and Policies Autumn

5

SSJ10070 Exploring Gender Autumn

5

INRL10010 Foundation of Political Theory & International Relations Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ARCH10150 Anthropology: an introduction Spring

5

ECON10010 Principles of Microeconomics Spring

5

ECON10020 Principles of Macroeconomics Spring

5

ECON10040 Economics and Society Spring

5

GEOG10080 Dynamic Earth Spring

5

IS10010 Information & Social Media Spring

5

IS10030 Information Design Spring

5

LAW10260 Criminal Procedure Spring

5

PHIL10020 Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL10030 Introduction to Modern Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL10100 Existentialism and Humanism: An Introduction to Continental Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL10110 Introduction to Eastern Philosophy Spring

5

POL10120 Foundations in Global Development Spring

5

SOC10060 Ireland in Comparative Perspective Spring

5

SSJ10060 Inequality and Social Justice in Irish Society Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - B)MIN3OF:
You should choose 15 credits of modules from this list
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
PSY20020 Child & Adolescent Development Autumn

5

PSY20050 Laboratory Practicals in Psychology I Autumn

5

PSY20150 Foundations of Psychology Autumn

5

PSY20160 Research Methods & Stats II Autumn

5

PSY20060 Psychology of Language and Language Acquisition Spring

5

PSY20080 Visual and Social Cognition Spring

5

PSY30110 Laboratory Practicals in Psychology II Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - A)MIN3OF:
Select a minimum of three of the following option modules. Although stage 2 students may take level 3 modules, they should reflect on the difficulty level of module content and assessment.
     
PSY20100 Introduction to Disability Studies Autumn

5

PSY20110 Introduction to Health Psychology Autumn

5

PSY20130 Introduction to Work and Organisational Psychology Autumn

5

PSY20170 Clinical Psychology Autumn

5

PSY20220 Psychology of Ageing Autumn

5

PSY30400 Cross-Cultural Psychology Autumn

5

PSY30410 Advanced Cognitive Psychology Autumn

5

PSY20200 Psychology for Everyday Life Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

PHIL30030 Philosophy of Mind Spring

5

PSY20180 Counselling Psychology Spring

5

PSY30080 Psychology and Crime Spring

5

PSY30260 Practising organisational psychology: Diagnosing and solving workplace problems Spring

5

PSY30290 Applied Health Psychology Spring

5

PSY30310 Sport and Exercise Psychology Spring

5

PSY30320 Career development in psych Spring

5

PSY30440 How to Change Behaviour Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - A)MIN3OF:
Select a minimum of three of the following option modules. Although stage 2 students may take level 3 modules, they should reflect on the difficulty level of module content and assessment.
     
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
PSY30450 Research Project and Skills 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

PSY30050 Behavioural Neuroscience Autumn

5

PSY30340 Human Intelligence and Personality Autumn

5

PSY30350 Research Methods & Stats III Autumn

5

PSY30040 Lifespan Developmental Psychology Spring

5

PSY30140 Advanced Social Psychology Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Select a minimum of 1 of the following option modules:
     
PSY20100 Introduction to Disability Studies Autumn

5

PSY20110 Introduction to Health Psychology Autumn

5

PSY20130 Introduction to Work and Organisational Psychology Autumn

5

PSY20170 Clinical Psychology Autumn

5

PSY20220 Psychology of Ageing Autumn

5

PSY30380 Youth Mental Health Autumn

5

PSY30400 Cross-Cultural Psychology Autumn

5

PSY30410 Advanced Cognitive Psychology Autumn

5

PSY20200 Psychology for Everyday Life Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

PHIL30030 Philosophy of Mind Spring

5

PSY20180 Counselling Psychology Spring

5

PSY30080 Psychology and Crime Spring

5

PSY30260 Practising organisational psychology: Diagnosing and solving workplace problems Spring

5

PSY30290 Applied Health Psychology Spring

5

PSY30310 Sport and Exercise Psychology Spring

5

PSY30320 Career development in psych Spring

5

PSY30440 How to Change Behaviour Spring

5