Module Code: H6AIHP
Long Title Applied Introduction and History of Psychology
Title Applied Introduction and History of Psychology
Module Level: LEVEL 6
EQF Level: 5
EHEA Level: Short Cycle
Credits: 10
Module Coordinator: Faye McGinley
Module Author: Joanna McHugh
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Articulate the nature, history, and content of psychology.
LO2 Describe and explain the basic principles and issues in the study of different aspects of human behaviour.
LO3 Show evidence of an ability to identify and explain contemporary and historical theories, research, and/or principles related to the content
LO4 Explain the role that psychology plays in a range of applied and interdisciplinary settings
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the class and the subject, discovering psychology
The historical roots of Psychology
• Psychology as a science • Areas of Psychology • introduction to research methods in Psychology • key debates in Psychology
Biological Psychology
• the nervous system • sensation and perception • the sensory systems
Social Psychology
• Social cognition • Attribution theory • Heuristics, stereotypes and schemas
• Learning • Classical and operant conditioning
• Cognitive psychology • Memory, attention, remembering and forgetting • Language, intelligence: what does it mean? • The history of intelligence and attainment
Developmental Psychology
• How children’s thinking develops • Piaget • Vygotsky
• Types and traits, trait theories, • Psychodynamic approach, • Humanistic approach, • Assessment of personality
Health Psychology
• stress and health, • models of health promotion, • health behaviours
Psychological Disorders
• What is abnormal? • Perspectives on causes of disorders • mood disorders, schizophrenia • Treatment models
Assessment Breakdown%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Assignment (0350) % of total: 100
Assessment Date: Every Second Week Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
This will typically involve five parts, each worth 20%: • Short essay outline on the history of psychology • 1,000-1,200 word essay on a topic in biopsychology • Short MCQ based on material covered to date • Group report based on fieldwork conducted in cognitive psychology • Group presentation based on groupwork within health psychology
No End of Module Assessment
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat failed items
The student must repeat any item failed

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 48 Every Week 48.00
Tutorial No Description 12 Every Week 12.00
Independent Learning No Description 190 Once per semester 15.83
Total Weekly Contact Hours 60.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Kalat, J.W. (2010), Introduction to Psychology, International Edition, 9th. CA: Wadsworth:Cengag.
  • Plotnik, R & Kouyoumdjian, H.. (2011), Introduction to Psychology,, 9th. Thomson Wadsworth..
  • Brysbaert, M & Rastle, K. (2013), Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology, [ISBN: 9780273743].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Kardas, EP. (2014), History of Psychology: The Making of a Science, [ISBN: 978-1-111-186].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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Discussion Note: This updated module reflects the changes made in the QQI Programmatic Review, June 2017.