PSY40700 Topics in Psychological Sci

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module will introduce students from diverse non-psychology backgrounds to a range of key topics in psychology and behavioural science. It will highlight the contributions of established and emerging theoretical frameworks with the aim of applying psychological research to theories of decision making, and the application of these theories in predicting patterns of economic and social behaviour. It will be divided into 3 sections:

(i) The Psychological Basis of Judgment and Decision Making
(ii) Judgment and Decision Making in Context
(ii) Individual Differences and Social Influence

The topics covered will include aspects of cognitive, social, personality, and political psychology. The lecture content will reflect aspects of psychology that are central to the context of behavioural economics.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The key learning outcomes of this module:
- A common knowledge base of topics in psychological and behavioural science.
- An understanding of the role of psychological science at the individual, interpersonal and societal level.
- The ability to critically examine current knowledge in psychological and behavioural science.
- The ability to use psychological knowledge to inform theories of human behaviour and decision making.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The primary teaching approaches taken will be group work, lecturing, student presentations, task-based learning, and critical writing evaluations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Critical review of societal issue Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Presentation: In Class Debate Week 8 n/a Graded No


Attendance: Attendance and participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual written feedback on their performance in mid-semester class presentations. This will be distributed through Brightspace in the weeks following class presentations. There will also be in-class post-assessment feedback given on the performance of the whole group.

Name Role
Ms Ailbhe Booth Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 14:00 - 15:50