Psychology of Learning

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology of Learning

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to some psychology courses will depend on the academic background of the student in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines theoretical developments in the psychology of learning from a behaviour analytic perspective. It provides definitions of the basic behavioural terminology and an overview of the emergence of the experimental analysis of behaviour. By focusing on theoretically important experiments, it traces the evolution of behaviour analytic research, starting with animal-based work utilising simple classical and operant conditioning paradigms and finishing with an examination of modern behaviour analytic investigations into language and higher cognition in humans. The strong scientific tradition of behaviour analysis is emphasised, as evidenced by rigorous measurement of behaviour, precise specification of methods, and careful interpretation of outcomes.

    Module objectives

    * To provide students with an understanding of the philosophy underlying the behaviour analytic approach to psychology
    * To acquaint students with behaviour analytic theory and research
    * To introduce and explore a modern behaviour analytic approach to language and cognition

    Basic Reading

    * Leslie, J. (2002). Essential behaviour analysis. London: Arnold.

    Additional, topic-related reading lists are provided during the course.


    One two-hour examination at the end of Semester 1 (85%); Web-based tutorial to be completed at any time during the semester and before the examination (15%).

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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