Introduction to Psychology

Course summary

  • Wed 04 Oct 2017 to Wed 13 Dec 2017
  • 10:30am-12:30pm 10 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7DD
  • From £220.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code O17P664PCW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • Course ended

Introduction to Psychology


Psychology is a truly fascinating subject. This course aims to provide a brief introduction to some of the elements of Psychology that underpin our everyday lives. Students will explore human behaviour, and see examples of how our brains fool us!

This course aims to provide a brief introduction to some of the elements of Psychology that underpin our everyday lives: perception, memory, learning, social behaviour and developmental psychology. Students will be introduced to explanations of human behaviour, see examples of how our brains fool us, and explore how we learn to operate in a socially sophisticated world.

Programme details

Term Starts:   4th October

Half Term:  25th October

Week 1: Course Introduction

Week 2: Perception and Visual Illusions

Week 3: Short Term Memory

Week 4: Long Term Memory

Week 5: Psychology over the lifespan

Week 6: Alternative Perspectives

Week 7: Learning and Behaviour

Week 8: Social Psychology

Week 9: Ethics and Research with People

Week 10: Conclusions

Background Reading;
Carlson et al., Psychology: The Science of Behaviour, (2012) Allyn & Bacon

Eysenck & Keane, Cognitive Psychology, A student's handbook,

Bruce, Georgeson & Green Visual Perception,
Gross Psychology: the science of mind and behaviour 2010 (but earlier editions post 1990 will be OK)

Upton, D., Developmental Psychology

Roth, I., Open University's Introduction to Psychology

If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.

If you have enrolled on a course starting in the autumn, you can become a borrowing member of the Rewley House library from 1st September. If you are enrolled on a course starting in other terms, you can become a borrowing member once the previous term has ended.

Recommended reading

All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.

Recommended Reading List



Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.



Course Fee: £220.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


Dr Jane Pollock

Independent Consultant and Researcher

Jane Pollock is a Chartered Psychologist, Independent Consultant and Researcher. She has a wide experience of both Academic and Commercial sectors, with a history of highly successful courses at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are focussed on engagement and creativity in the workplace, in the context of diversity and interpersonal style.

Jane is passionate about the productive workplace, where employees are encouraged to be at their best.

Course aims

A brief and selected introduction to Psychology

Course Objectives

1. Introduction to basic theories in selected areas of Psychology.

2. Exploration of how our brains fool us in specific ways.

3 Exploration of human behaviour in selected areas of Psychology.

Teaching methods

Seminar style workshops, group discussions, debate, mind maps, coursework

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Have an understanding of basic theories in selected areas of Psychology.

2. Have an understanding of how we construct the world in perceptual and information processing terms, and in recollection.

3. Understand how we become socially sophisticated using specific examples from the Psychological literature.

Assessment methods

One piece of coursework, either an appraisal of a theory (choice of possible alternatives) or a short essay discussing alternative viewpoints on a selection of given topics.

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)