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Psychology of Learning, Problem Solving and Decision Making


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Our Psychology of Learning, Problem Solving and Decision Making short course will introduce you to the psychological theories of learning, problem solving and decision making, exploring practical applications for learning and problem solving.

You will learn how to identify key principles from behavioural, cognitive, humanistic, psychobiological and neuropsychological schools of psychology which are useful in explaining how we:

  • learn, make decisions and solve problems
  • understand the basic stages of cognitive development through the lifespan and the potential role of education in this
  • identify current approaches and debates in relation to learning, problem solving and decision making
  • describe various forms of individual difference in learning and discuss the implications for learners and teachers, including intelligence, attention, personality, motivation and emotional factors.

Assessment is via a 1500-word home essay (25%), 1500-word home essay, case study or class presentation (25%), one-hour timed task (25%) and one-hour timed essay (25%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.