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Your Course Structure and Module Choices

The individual elements of your degree course are known as "modules" (or courses)

1st-year degree structure:

1. PS111 Brain and Behaviour (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses).
2. PS112 Psychology in Context (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses).
3. PS113 Statistical Methods in Psychology (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses).
4. PS114 Research Methods in Psychology (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses).
5. PS116 Academic Skills for Psychologists (core for Psychology, Psychology & Linguistics & Psychology & Education courses)
6. For Psychology students: An Optional module, which you can choose to take either in Psychology (PS115 Psychology in the Real World), or as an ‘outside option’ from any other department.

6. For Psychology & Linguistics students: You will have 1 core module in Linguistics, ET118 Linguistics, Understanding Language.

6. For Psychology & Education students: you will have 2 core modules in Education, EQ107 Education Today & EQ109 Theories of Learning.

Choosing an Outside option

If you are interested in taking an outside module, you can find information about a Departments' module on their website. Some modules are open to all students, and some are not open to those from a different degree – it is always a good idea to have a talk with the module convener to check that the module is what you are looking for and is open. You will get more information in your first week, and won't be expected to register for optional modules until you have received this. We advise you to attend introductory lectures in Week 1, and during the first few weeks, for any outside option, you are interested in. Most departments are happy for you to go along to more modules to ‘try out’ the module. Module registration is open for a few weeks, but you must select your option before week 3.

Options information for other degree combinations:

Psychology with Linguistics All modules are core, so no outside modules are available unless taken as an Over CAT(i.e. above or on top of the core modules)
Psychology with Education Studies All modules are core, so no outside modules are available unless taken as an
Over CAT(i.e. above or on top of the core modules)
Psychology & Global Sustainable Development Must choose 2 from PS111, PS112 and/or PS115
Philosophy with Psychology Must take PS111, and can take PS112 if they chose

Tutorials

Group tutorials will be scheduled either 13:00 - 14:00 Mondays or at a mutually convenient time.

Tutorials are designed to:

  • help you to get the most out of lectures, seminars, practicals and the library;
  • organise and write essays and practical reports;
  • explain the various assessment procedures;
  • generally to discuss all aspects of the course in an informal setting.

Your personal tutor is also there to help you with any problems which may arise throughout your time at Warwick, and in addition to meeting in tutorials, you should feel free to arrange to talk to him or her at any time.

Reading lists

Outlines for first-year modules available at https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/psych/undergraduate/ugmodule/modules/. These will include information on any set of texts and other reading.

There is no need to buy books until you get here.

Basic reading for first-year modules can be from general textbooks, with additional reading coming from more specialised texts and journal articles. Any of the four general textbooks below, and the statistics text, would be suitable basic reading in the first year. They will be available in the university bookshop and as multiple copies in the university library. Earlier editions may be suitable and second-hand copies may be available.

  • Gleitman, H., Gross, J., & Reisberg, D.(2010). Psychology (8th ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

or

  • Kowalski, R., & Westen, D. (2011). Psychology (6th ed.). Hoboken, N. J., USA: Wiley.

or

  • Martin, N. G., Carlson, N.R., & Buskist, W. (2013). Psychology (5th ed.). Allyn & Bacon.

or

  • Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Fredrickson, B. L., Loftus, G. R., & Wagenaar, W. A. (2009). Atkinson & Hilgard's introduction to psychology (15th ed.). London: Wadsworth.

and

  • Howell, D. C. (2008). Fundamental statistics for the behavioral sciences (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.

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