Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Psychology of Learning and Thinking
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials
Practical A COMPULSORY MODULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP One session of 7 hours to be held over reading week (in same session as AD20120)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2500 WORD ESSAY  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2 HOUR WRITTEN EXAMINATION  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary assignmnet  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Supplementary exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an effective knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of thinking processes and the principles of major learning theories.

Critically evaluate theories, approaches and methods of assessing learning and thinking.

Critically discuss arguments in discussing theories, approaches and methods of learning and thinking.

Demonstrate a critical engagement with relevant source material.

Brief description

This module aims, and is specifically planned, to extend students' knowledge and critical understanding of the major theories of thinking and learning. These theories include: the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky and Skinner. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their learning styles and to relate these to key concepts in the field. In addition, students will be given opportunities to carry out experimental work in small groups in order to further their understanding of both the concepts underpinning the major theories and of their application.


Lectures and seminars will be based on the following:
Lecture and seminar 1: Foundations of psychology
Lecture and seminar 2: Intelligence
Lecture and seminar 3: Piaget's theory
Lecture and seminar 4: Vygotsky's theory
Lecture and seminar 5: How children learn summary
Lecture and seminar 6: Language development
Lecture and seminar 7: Attachment
Lecture and seminar 8: The development of self
Lecture and seminar 9: Research methods
Lecture and seminar 10: Peer relations and friendships


This module is at CQFW Level 5