Introduction to Learning


Topics to be covered:

  • History and background to behaviourism
  • Classical conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Observational learning
  • Explanations of problem behaviours: fear and phobias
  • Therapeutic applications of learning theory
  • Ethical aspects of behavioural research and interventions
  • Critique of learning theory and theoretical developments


  • 11 one hour lectures
  • 3 workshops
  • 11 one hour drop-in sessions


  • Coursework, one essay of 600 words (25% of final grade)
  • Examination (multiple choice) (75% of final grade)

Please note that the format of papers in the supplementary examinations may differ from the equivalent main examination paper or class test.  Re-sit and deferral students should check the details of the assessment format of supplementary examinations with the Module Leader.

Key skills

  • Written communication
  • Gathering information
  • Organisation and planning
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving