Course Description

Course Name

Psychology 4H Single: Concepts and Empirical Results In Education

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

10 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


Short Description

This course introduces several important educational concepts from literature applying to higher education (HE)


Examination 70%
Coursework 30%
Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course introduces some of the biggest published effects in teaching methods in higher education, such as Mazur who increased the amount learned on his level 1 course by a factor of nearly three times. It introduces several important educational theories from the literature applying to HE: Laurillard's model, deep and shallow learning, Perry's model. It requires students to apply these to specific course designs, and use them to critique those designs; but equally, to critique the theories by identifying concerns and issues not covered by the theories.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:
Discuss the extent to which learning in HE is:
- a basic mental function
- a problem-solving activity
- a social transaction

- Briefly describe and critically comment on some of the biggest educational effects reported; and some of the notable absences of evidence

- For a selection of topics and theories: describe them, discuss connections between them, give examples, and where possible connect them to their own experience.

- Discuss the extent to which any of the theories is complete, the challenges offered by the various other issues covered, and the prospects for an eventual complete, unified theory of learning and teaching in HE

*Course content subject to change