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Undergraduate BA PSYCHOLOGY

Award Type and NFQ Level: UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)
Course code: PSY
CAO/PAC code: MH106
Points: 505
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Psychology is the science of human behaviour and experience.  Psychologists attempt to explain emotions, thoughts and behaviour.  Some devote themselves to practical issues, such as: How should parents deal with their child's temper tantrums? Why do some students do better in exams than others? How can you help someone to overcome a fear of public speaking? Other psychologists focus on more theoretical questions, such as: Can apes learn to use human language? Are serial killers born or made? How are memories stored in the brain?

As a student, you will begin to explore issues such as these, learning to support an argument with the rigours of scientific testing.  Indeed, the main aim of the undergraduate programme is to encourage the objectivity and detachment needed to study psychology as a science. You will learn to use research methods including observation, measurement, hypothesis testing, experimentation and logical inference. You will also learn to use statistical analysis and develop writing and communication skills.

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