Psychology 1A: Biological and Experimental

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology 1A: Biological and Experimental

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

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

    Short Description

    To introduce students to core material in the area of biological, cognitive and experimental Psychology broadly defined, including exposure to the conduct of experimentation, data gathering and analysis


    Lectures weekly Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9 am and 5 pm. Weekly tutorials and laboratories by arrangement.


    1 essay (25%), 1 laboratory portfolio (25%), 1 degree exam 50%. The degree exam will last 2 hours and is comprised of one essay and 80 multiple choice questions. It will take place at the completion of the course in December.
    Main Assessment In: December

    Course Aims

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to core material in the area of biological, cognitive and experimental Psychology broadly defined, including exposure to the conduct of experimentation, data gathering and analysis. The course also teaches practical skills involved with experiments employing human participants, focussing on research design, statistical analysis, and professional standards in the communication of research findings. Communication skills are also encouraged by means of regular tutorials and group discussions/presentations.
    Although the lectures, together with Psychology 1B, form part of a programme which leads to an Honours degree with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS, the course is also intended for students who wish to exit after Psychology 1A. It therefore can serve as an introduction to the field for students taking the course as part of the general degree or as an outside subject in another honours programme.

    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

    By the end of this course students will be able to:
    1. Describe, explain, and evaluate a broad range of theories and research findings in Psychology which will introduce students to Research Methods; Biological Psychology; Perception and Visual Cognition; Human Memory; and, Language.
    2. Discuss and evaluate the methodological bases for psychological research.
    3. Explain the nature of experimentation in Psychology.
    4. Practice and understand experimental and statistical methods in an applied and practical context.
    5. Report empirical work adopting professional standards.
    6. Discuss and critically evaluate psychological ideas in a written format.
    7. Express and explain psychological ideas orally in front of an audience.
    8. Summarise and critically evaluate psychological theories and research findings in an unseen examination.

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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