Introductory Psychology 2

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introductory Psychology 2

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Only students attending for the full academic year may take this course, provided that they have attended PS122 Introductory Psychology in Semester 1.

  • 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 module provides students with an introduction to three key areas of psychology, Biological Psychology, Social Psychology, and the psychology of Learning. The areas covered in PS124 can change from year to year, so students are advised to check the School of Psychology website in early September of the year of study to ascertain the exact content for that year. Biological Psychology is concerned with the biological influences on human emotion and behaviour and the way that biology, psychology and the environment interact to shape human action. Social Psychology is the study of the
    individual and the way that situation (the environment) and disposition (the person) interact to determine behaviour. Finally, the psychology of learning deals with the processes leading to behavoural change, or the impact that learning has on our perceptions of the world and thus the way we behave. Together these three areas of psychology, and those covered in PS122, have made major contributions to our understanding of human behaviour.

    Module Objectives:
    - To provide a coherent overview of three key areas of psychological enquiry.
    - To contribute to our understanding of human behaviour, cognition, motivation and emotion.
    - To provide foundation knowledge that can facilitate more in-depth understanding later.

    Learning Objectives:
    - Students will understand what Biological Psychology, Social Psychology, and the Psychology of Learning have to say about human behaviour, cognition, emption and motivation.
    - Students will have the ability to apply this understanding to an aspect of human behaviour they find particularly interesting.
    - Students will be able to apply acquired knowledge to the kinds of actions they witness each day.
    - Students will be able to review the literature and summarise it in essay format.

    1 MCQ (60%) and 1 continuous assessment 1200 word essay (40%).

    Core Text:
    Martin, Carlson & Buskist (2010). Psychology (NUIGalway Edition, Kiran Sarma). Harlow: Pearson Bologna ECTs Calculation:
    Direction Tuition (lectures and tutorials) 24 hours
    Independent Reading 40 hours
    Completion of essay 16 hours
    Exam Preparation

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.

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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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