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  1. 1. Higher Psychology An Introduction
  2. 2. Recommended Entry <ul><li>Candidates will normally be expected to have attained the following or equivalent: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard Grade in a social subject at Credit level or an equivalent Intermediate 2 Course or Units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or Intermediate 2 Psychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And Standard Grade English at Credit level or Communication at Intermediate 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Should you be here? </li></ul>
  3. 3. A psychologist at a party…
  4. 4. So, what do you do then?
  5. 5. I’m a psychologist.
  6. 6. Oh! I’d better be careful what I say from now on.
  7. 7. I bet you meet some right weirdos in your work.
  8. 8. What exactly is psychology?
  9. 9. Welcome <ul><li>Welcome to the Higher Psychology Course </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Psychology is a really interesting course and is a great qualification to have for many careers and courses. </li></ul><ul><li>However, the course is hard work and requires lots of motivation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why do you think psychology is a difficult higher to take? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Getting Started <ul><li>Before we really begin the course there are two fundamental questions we need to consider. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you think they are? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is psychology? </li></ul><ul><li>How is the Higher Psychology course arranged? </li></ul>
  11. 11. What is Psychology? <ul><li>What do you think of when you think of psychology? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you imagine psychologists to look like? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know of any famous psychologists? </li></ul><ul><li>Your first task is to find a good definition of psychology and display this as a memorable and colourful poster. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How is the Higher Psychology course arranged? <ul><li>You will be studying 5 domains (areas) of psychology. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cognitive Psychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physiological Psychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Psychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology of Individual Differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Methods </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These domains are spread across three units. </li></ul>
  13. 13. How is the Higher Psychology course arranged? <ul><li>The three Units to be covered are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Understanding the individual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Investigating behaviour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. The individual in the social context </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1. Understanding the individual </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic: Memory (Cognitive Psychology) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic: Stress (Physiological Psychology) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. How is the Higher Psychology course arranged? <ul><li>2. Investigating Behaviour </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Domain: Research Methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature of research process is studied and an individual research investigation project is carried out. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Individual in the Social Context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Three of the following topics: </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. How is the Higher Psychology course arranged? Domains Topics Intelligence Atypical behaviour – therapies Psychology of Individual Differences Atypical behaviour – definitions and origins Social relationships Conformity & obedience Anti-social behaviour Social Psychology Prejudice
  16. 16. How is the Higher Psychology course arranged? <ul><li>Assessment Objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Knowledge & Understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Analysis & Evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Practical Research Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unit assessments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unit 1 = NAB covering objectives 1 & 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unit 2: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>50% = NAB covering objectives 1 & 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>50% = Research project covering objective 3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unit 3 = NAB covering objectives 1 & 2 </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. How is the Higher Psychology course arranged? <ul><li>Course Assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Investigation = 20% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Question Paper = 80% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Question Paper </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 hours 30 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 sections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100 marks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approx 60% K&U, 40% A&E </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. How is the Higher Psychology course arranged? <ul><li>Approximate grade boundaries: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>70% = A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>65% = B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50% = C </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Ground Rules <ul><li>Why should we establish ground rules in psychology? </li></ul><ul><li>Think of a rule which you would like to have for our psychology lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss your rule with the person next to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Get together in groups of four to share your ideas for rules. </li></ul><ul><li>Join to form a group of 8 and work together to pick your top 5 rules. </li></ul>