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Starting with psychology

Why do people behave in certain ways? What’s going on in other people’s minds? What influences our thoughts, feelings, abilities and behaviour? This module introduces key ideas in psychology. You’ll consider how aspects of our biology, ways of thinking, important relationships, and social identity combine to make us who we are; how psychologists gather their evidence; and the type of work that psychologists can do. This Openings Access module gently introduces you to OU study – ideal if you’re a beginner or returning to study. It also provides an opportunity to try out learning online; the perfect way to gain the basic computing skills you’ll need for the next step in your studies.

This Openings Access module is only available if you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

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Module

Module code
Y183
Credits
15
Study level
OU SCQF FHEQ
1 7 4
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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Entry requirements
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What you will study

Starting with psychology introduces key psychological concepts and develops your knowledge of the way psychologists work. Whether you are thinking of further study in psychology or are simply interested in finding out about this fascinating and challenging subject, this Openings Access module has much to offer.

A central feature of the module is its exploration of psychology from different viewpoints. Throughout the module, you’ll focus on the psychology of happiness, examining this topic from each viewpoint. The module uses interesting and varied examples to help you get to grips with the subject while at the same time developing the skills you need to become a confident learner.

How can investigating damaged brains increase our knowledge of healthy brain functioning? You’ll look at several case studies of people who have experienced some form of brain damage and consider any subsequent changes in their behaviour.

How do we think and how do we organise our thoughts? The way that we take in and manipulate information from the world about us can affect the way that we understand our world and can influence our feelings and behaviour.

How are we influenced by our relationships with people who are important in our lives? You’ll consider the impact of early relationships between babies and their main carers, and then the important features of later friendships and romantic partnerships.

How do the roles we play and the groups we belong to shape who we are? We play many roles throughout our lives and can belong to a number of different groups ranging in size from just a few people to large cultural groups.

You will complete your study of psychology with two more chapters on the website. You’ll look at what methods psychologists use to conduct their research, and how psychologists apply the knowledge gathered from their research in areas such as education, crime and work. You will also have the opportunity to gain skills such as working with podcasts, using online forums and searching the internet for information relating to the subject. This experience will provide you with a gentle introduction to using a computer to support your study, and will equip you with the basic computing skills you will need for the next step in your studies.

You only need to use a computer for the last part of the module once you've completed the book, so if you don’t currently have one you’ve plenty of time to make arrangements. You can use your own computer or one at a library or drop-in centre. Please note that you can study and pass this module if you don’t have access to the internet and a computer.

Outside the UK

This Openings Access module is only available if you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

If you live in England, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or if you have a British Forces Post Office (BFPO) address, we offer a choice of three 30-credit Access modules:

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will keep in touch by a combination of telephone, written correspondence and, if you want, email. There are no face-to-face tutorials; all tutorials are conducted between the individual student and their tutor on the telephone. Your tutor will help you to plan your work and to think about the ideas explored in the module. Your tutor will also comment on and help you with your written work. At the end of the module you will discuss your progress with your tutor, and you will work together to review your learning.

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You can choose whether to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and end-of-module assessment (EMA) on paper or online through the eTMA system. You may want to use the eTMA system for some of your assignments but submit on paper for others. This is entirely your choice.

The iCMA (interactive computer-marked assignment) needs to be submitted online.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in June and November 2013 and March 2014 when it will be available for the last time. Each module lasts for a maximum of 20 weeks.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

Course work includes:

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
1 Interactive computer-marked assignment (iCMA)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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Entry

Like all Openings Access modules, this module is ideal if you’re a beginner or returning to study, and we will help you to develop your study skills and become a confident learner.

You can study this module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification, or as a standalone module but whichever option you chose, you will receive all the preparation you need to be a successful university student.

The study materials have been prepared with the needs of new learners in mind. No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required. Taking examples from everyday life, this module enables you to use your general knowledge and interests and gradually build up to degree-level study. You will develop key study skills such as time management, note-taking, reading for study purposes and reflection on your own learning.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

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Start End Fee
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No current presentation - see Future availability

This module is expected to start for the last time in March 2014.

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later - OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your annual fees and spreads them out over up to a year, enabling you to pay your fees monthly and walk away with a qualification without any further debt. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

For more information about employer sponsorship speak to an adviser or request a call back.

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Gift vouchers

You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the following denominations, £10, £20, £50 and £100. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. You may, for example wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or request a call back.


Note: Your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is based upon current details for  year 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.
This information was provided on 23/07/2014.

What's included

Module books, DVD and a website where you can access the online resources.

Digital copies (PDFs) of most materials, and transcripts of the DVD can be found on the website. Transcripts are also available on the DVD itself if it is accessed through a computer.

You will need

Access to a telephone (preferably a landline) for contact with your tutor; and the equipment to play and watch a video DVD e.g. a television and DVD player or a personal computer with DVD-ROM.

You will need access to the internet and a computer to study the last two chapters of this module or if you wish to receive and send email and use our online services.

If you have a disability

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and scientific or foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. The printed study materials are available on audio in DAISY Digital Talking Book format. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

If you opt to do the online element of this module you will need to make use of a personal computer and the internet.  If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or have concerns about accessing the type of material outlined, talk to the Student Registration & Enquiry Service before registering about the support which can be given to meet your needs.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.