By: Lee Jia Ying Trena
Module taken in Sem 1 AY2014/15
What it is about: It’s basically an introduction to Psychology – it goes through the different areas of Psychology, such as abnormal, cognitive, social, and so on. It’s a prerequisite for Psychology majors (you have to get at least B- to declare Psych as your major, same for PL2131).
Lecturer(/s): Prof John Elliott and Ms Kaur, Susheel
For 1101, Prof John Elliott’s style is that he’ll go through materials from the textbook, though in his own order and not necessarily in the order the textbook presents it in. I was actually quite lost during his lectures, since I didn’t read the necessary textbook chapters (whoops) before his lectures, and he presents the information in a different order from that of the textbook. I can’t comment much on Ms Kaur, Susheel’s teaching style, since I think she only lectured for one lecture.
Tutorials: For the tutorials, there wasn’t much work to prepare, other than some research/worksheets to complete before tutorials. Tutorials were actually my favourite part of the module, as they were really interesting for me. My tutor was Mr Lee Li Neng, who’s a REALLY good tutor. I heard from my friends in the other tutorial classes that their tutors weren’t as good though.
Workload/Examinations: For me I would say it was medium-heavy. The textbook is massive, but I survived by sharing the cost of the testbank with my friends. The testbank was really useful, especially since you can practice+learn the topics by doing it, especially if you don’t have enough time to cram all required chapters for mid-terms and finals. Without the testbank, I think the workload would be heavy, since revision would probably have taken a lot more time.
Mid-terms were MCQs, while finals were MCQs and short-answer questions.
Other comments: I think for PL modules, the workload doesn’t really come until before mid-terms/finals. It might be my style of cramming/learning all the psych information only before tests, but the lack of assignments/projects for this module helps you in focusing on the assignments/projects for other modules, and not have to worry about this one. Honestly, for this module, lectures were quite useless, and I stopped going after a few. I would still recommend taking this mod though, even if you’re not majoring in Psych – especially if you’re interested in the theories behind human behaviour, the brain’s link to the body, and so on. The textbook’s really interesting too, and offers life advice hahaha.
My grade: A-