Short Title:Psychology 2
Full Title:Psychology 2
Module Code:PSYC H1002
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Social and behavioural Sciences
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:To introduce students to the study of psychology and to provide a foundation for future subjects within Psychology, namely Child Development, Social/Personality Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Counselling.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the nature of learning, conditioning, memory and thought and language
LO2 Understand and explain motivation and emotion
LO3 Identify cognitive and social/emotional processes as they relate to Child Development,Social/Personality, and Abnormal Psychology.
LO4 Apply psychological principles so as to improve study skills and exam-taking ability.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Learning and Conditioning
Perspectives on Learning. Classical Conditioning. Neural basis of Learning. Operant Conditioning. Complex Learning.
Three Stages of Memory. Short-Term Memory. Long-Term Memory. Implicit Memory. Improving Memory. Constructed Memories.
Thought and Language
Concepts and Categorization. Reasoning Development of Language. Thought in Action: Problem Solving.
Motivation and Emotion
Homeostatis and Drives. Hunger, Obesity. Sexuality, Sexual development. Arousal and Emotion. Aggression as an Emotional Response
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment n/a   50.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Michael Passer... [et al.] 2008, Psychology, 1st Ed., Mc Graw Hill London [ISBN: 0077118367]
  • John R. Beech, 2008, How To Write in Psychology, John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 978-1405156943]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Gross, R.D 2005, Psychology, 5th. ed. Ed., Hodder Arnold
  • Coats, J. 2006, No Big Deal: A Guide to Recovery from Addictions, Sow’s Ear Press
  • Eysenck, M. 2000, Psychology: A Student’s Handbook, Psychology Press
  • Rich, P. 2000, The Healing Journey through Addiction: An Integrated Approach, 2nd. Ed. Ed., Wadsworth Pub.
  • West, R. 2006, Theory of Addiction, Wiley Blackwell
  • Andrew M. Colman, A dictionary of psychology, Oxford [ISBN: 978-0199534067]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 2 Mandatory