PSYC06019 2016 IntroductoryPsychology for Counselling

General Details

Full Title
IntroductoryPsychology for Counselling
Transcript Title
100 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
John Kane, Patrick Broderick, Orla Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_PCOUN_E06 201600 Certificate in Counselling SG_PCOUN_S06 201600 Certificate in Counselling

In this module, learners will be introduced to theories, concepts and the language of psychology. How we think, learn, explain our own behaviour and that of others will be explored in this programme. The path of human development, milestones, landmarks and significance of relationships will also be examined. Learners will gain a basic understanding of the application of psychological theory to counselling practice.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

  1. Distinguish between the main theoretical perspectives in psychology (psychodynamic, behavioural, cognitive, physiological and humanistic)
  1. Identify the major psychological changes (cognitive, social and emotional) that take place across the lifespan and examine the contribution of significant developmental theorists.
  1. Outline theories of attachment and have an understanding of its importance to both child development and later life choices and behaviours.
  1. Examine ‘learning theory’ and how the principles of learning can be used to understand and manage behaviour.
  1. Application of psychological theory to counselling practice.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

online support and tutorial

Module Assessment Strategies

 Continuous assessment

Repeat Assessments

As per IT Sligo's policies and procedures and discussed at examination board.

Indicative Syllabus

What is psychology?
A brief introduction to the different theoretical perspectives in psychology including psychoanalytic, behavioural, cognitive, biological, social learning and, humanistic.
lifespan development

Human development from womb to the tomb and examining our emotional, social cognitive, physical and brain development. Emphasis will be placed on attachment theory and emotional development.

learning, attention and memory and methods of investigating

How we learn, change behaviour, human memory, attention, and why we forget. Introduction to ethical research in psychological science to gather information about human behaviour and experience.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre online support 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2006-12-18 Essentials of Psychology Wadsworth Publishing
ISBN 0618713123 ISBN-13 9780618713127

In a concise and accessible 14-chapter format, Essentials of Psychology, 4/e, retains key features of Bernstein's, Psychology, 7/e, including Thinking Critically, Focus on Research, and Linkages. Combining extensive pedagogical support and emphasis on active learning, the text challenges students to "learn by doing"--to actively participate using materials from the text and to think about what they're learning as opposed to passively receiving written information. The Fourth Edition includes the latest information on research in the field. The text's integrated pedagogical system helps students master the material by supporting the elements of the PQ4R (Preview, Question, Read, Recite, Review, and Reflect) Study System.

Recommended Reading
2012-01-01 Cengage Advantage Books: Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior Wadsworth Publishing
ISBN 1111834830 ISBN-13 9781111834838

Co-written by an author who garners more accolades and rave reviews from instructors and students with each succeeding edition, INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: GATEWAYS TO MIND AND BEHAVIOR, THIRTEENTH EDITION attracts and holds the attention of even difficult-to-reach students. The Thirteenth Edition's hallmark continues to be its pioneering integration of the proven-effective SQ4R learning system (Survey, Question, Read, Reflect, Review, Recite), which promotes critical thinking as it guides students step-by-step to an understanding of psychology's broad concepts and diversity of topics. Throughout every chapter, these active learning tools, together with the book's example-laced writing style, discussions of positive psychology, cutting-edge coverage of the field's new research findings, and excellent media resources, ensure that users find the study of psychology fascinating, relevant, and above all, accessible.

Module Resources