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Academic Skills for Psychologists

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2018/19

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Module Name:

Academic skills for Psychologists

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson

Module Teachers

James Tresilian; tba; library team; careers team

Module Aims

To provide students with basic academic skills needed to succeed in a Psychology degree course. Topics will range from the practical (how to navigate an academic environment) to the theoretical (an in-depth look at the concept of 'evidence' in science) and will cover core course-related academic skills (how to efficiently and critically dissect original research papers, how best to communicate scientific content). Throughout the module, the emphasis will be on developing a coherent skill set based on critical thinking and a deeper understanding of empirical psychological science.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Understand the difference between learning, teaching, and assessment methods in schools versus higher education
  • Understand the importance of academic integrity and demonstrate appropriate referencing techniques in psychology
  • Understand the basics of scientific thinking, and how they apply to Psychology as a scientific discipline
  • Critically evaluate empirical and theoretical scientific texts and communicate the outcome effectively
  • Understand the basic logic of empirical and qualitative research.

Assessed by:

L01 assessed by assessment 4

LO2 assessed by assessment 1

L0 3-5 assessed by

Assessment 2, Article Critique and

Assessment 3, Online Moodle Test

Module Work Load

Module Length

20 weeks


1x 1-hour lectures per week


1 x 1-hour seminar/workshop per week


All lectures and seminars are compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work: online test


Critical review


Online test


Resource creation


Module Reading List

Talis link here

Reading will be given in the lectures and be made available on the module webpage