University of Glasgow Psychology Level 2

By | 6th June 2017

University of Glasgow Psychology Level 2

university of glasgow logo

Psychology 2A PSYCH2010

  • Academic Session: 2016-17
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The aim is to broaden and, especially, to deepen knowledge of the subject area by building on the foundations laid in Psychology 1A and 1B


Lectures Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly laboratories

Requirements of Entry

Entry to the class, a B3 grade or above averaged over Psychology 1A and 1B is required. Other students will be admitted on a ranked basis to a class limit of 300.

Excluded Courses


University of Glasgow Psychology Level 2



1 research report (20%), 1 presentation (2%), practical lab MCQs (8%), 1 degree exam (70%).

The exam for L2A is split into two separate papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2 – both of which will be part of the December exam diet. The lecture module topics within these papers will be distributed as follows:

■ Paper 1 – will cover the four modules of Research Planning and Design, Cognitive Psychology, Psychobiology, and Perception & Visual Cognition, and will be 120 mins in duration.

■ Paper 2 – will cover the Statistics & Research Methods I module, and will be 60 mins in duration. This will be an open book exam.

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessment will not be available for any coursework items, i.e. the Oral presentation (2%), the Practical lab assessments (8%), and the research report (20%).

University of Glasgow Psychology Level 2

Course Aims

The aim is to broaden and, especially, to deepen knowledge of the subject area by building on the foundations laid in Psychology 1A and 1B. Also the aim is also to develop the student’s knowledge of core material in the areas of biological, cognitive and research planning and design broadly defined. A further aim is to provide students with fundamental research skills relevant to the British Psychological Society core strands, including instruction in and exposure to psychological experimental design and research methods, conduct of experimentation, data gathering, knowledge of statistical analyses, and scientific writing.

To provide via the laboratory experience both a demonstration of psychological phenomena and instruction in practical skills involved in conducting experiments with human subjects for psychological experimentation, including use of relevant statistical packages. In addition to building research skills and knowledge, the practical labs are designed as a complementary component, to support and integrate theoretical and practical knowledge acquired from the modules taught in 2A. Teamwork is encouraged by means of group work conducted in the lab.

The lectures form part of a programme which leads to an Honours degree that can confer eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS, subject to certain requirements); however the course is also intended for students who wish to take only Psychology Level 2. It would also serve therefore as an extension of knowledge in the field for students taking the course as part of the general degree or as an outside subject in another honours programme

University of Glasgow Psychology Level 2

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students at the end of this course will be equipped with skills and knowledge to:

– summarise a broad range of psychological theories and research findings in each core topic; cognitive psychology, psychobiology, perception, research planning and design, statistics research methods, using concrete examples from the British Psychological Society core strands.

critically evaluate theories in psychology in terms of their internal coherence and methodological underpinnings with reference to fundamental aspects of psychological research.
– prepare written reports relevant for psychological research to summarise empirical work, with a focus on research designs specific to addressing psychological questions.

– operate within a team to complete in-class exercises addressing psychological issues using theoretical knowledge and practical research skills relevant in psychological research.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course’s summative assessment