Surrey University Stag


Module code: PSY0003

Module Overview

This module introduces the student to the fundamentals of psychology and integrates the professional skills relevant to psychology. It provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and comprehension, practical skills and reasoned judgements in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. The student will take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures. The module will use a combination of teaching strategies that encompass cross discipline learning, reflection on outcomes, self-guided research and traditional lecture teaching. There will be synoptic assessment of the assimilation of knowledge and understanding across the main strands of study in the module.

Module provider


Module Leader

HACK Sarah (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 75

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 40

Independent Learning Hours: 504

Lecture Hours: 16

Guided Learning: 20

Captured Content: 20

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

The content for this module will build knowledge and understanding of debates and issues within core areas of Psychology, examples of which are:

Current debates and issues in Psychology

Approaches and perspectives in Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Social Psychology


Personality and Individual Differences

Developmental Psychology


Core transferable skills

  • Professionalism, team working

  • Reflection

  • Engagement in feedback

  • How to make notes

  • Understanding academic integrity, referencing

  • How to perform effective literature searches         

  • How to critically read an academic paper

  • How to write academically

  • Presentation skills; how to communicate clearly (written and oral)

  • Data presentation, analysis and interpretation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Essay (3 pages) 30
Coursework Essay (3 pages + Reflection) 30
Coursework Reflective Essay (3 pages) 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological principles that will benefit their introduction to L4.

The module will be assessed using synoptic methods to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning across the subjects taught over the two semesters.  A range of formative and summative assessments will be set throughout the programme. The formative assessments feed in to the summative assessments.

Formative assessment

Formative assessment will be used to support the summative assessments. This will support the development of knowledge and understanding, intellectual and cognitive skills. The formative assessments will take the form of (i) an essay plan, which will prepare students for the summative essays and (ii) a short reflection on their learning and experiences of studying psychology, which will prepare students for the summative end-of year reflection.  These assessments will combine subject-specific learning with academic skills.

Summative assessment

Students will complete three summative assessments: two academic essays (30% each) and a reflective essay (40%).  An example of the focus of the essays is a critique of a topic covered during the year.  The end-of-year reflection will require students to further reflect on their learning and developing.  These assessments will build on the learning from the formative assessments, again combining subject-specific learning with academic skills development. They will demonstrate the embedding of key psychological, analytical and academic skills. 

Opportunities for self and peer assessment will also be introduced to support the summative assessments.


Continuous feedback strategies are built into the module to capture the students experiences and development of their:

  • Peer and tutor facilitated

  • Ability to articulate reflective practice through their writing

  • Reflect and discuss learning

  • Develop their interpersonal skills

  • Encourage engagement and communication skills


Module aims

  • Introduce students to a range of psychological topics and professional skills to prepare students for access into a psychology degree programme
  • Develop key and transferable skills that will help in the assimilation of knowledge and develop autonomy in learning
  • Develop cognitive skills that allow for critical thinking, problem solving and analysis of data and information

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Relate principles and concepts to underlying theoretical approaches C
002 Carry out defined investigative strategies and effectively communicate the result C
003 Collect information to solve standard problems C
004 Analyse a range of data using pre-defined principles or criteria C
005 Have an enhanced understanding of the basics of psychology K
006 Demonstrate an awareness of the subject area and current areas of debate in the field K
007 Demonstrate attitudes and behaviours that support lifelong learning T
008 Demonstrate skills in communication, interpersonal skills and reflection T
009 Demonstrate confidence and self-awareness in becoming an independent learner T
010 Demonstrate an ability to assess own capabilities against given criteria T
011 Undertake a given task and clearly defined role P
012 Undertake given complex performance tasks P
013 Adapt behaviour to work with others in joint tasks P
014 Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues in psychology P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Please note that this module has been formulated by default using the traditional Face-to-Face model of teaching but a hybrid model of teaching and delivering the content will be explored given the current context. 

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Enhance the students learning experience

  • Encourage active student engagement

  • Adopt innovative approaches to learning and teaching

  • Offer high quality educational delivery

  • Create the ability to study independently with support

During the course a number of learning and teaching methods may be used, including:

  • Lectures and interactive seminars

  • Flipped learning

  • Discussion groups and problem solving classes

  • Revision and feedback tutorials

  • Independent study and self-directed learning

  • Guided group/team work

  • Experiential learning

  • Blended learning

  • Reflective learning

  • Peer evaluation


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the International Engagement Office email:

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.