module specification

PC3001 - Being a Psychologist: Scientist and Practitioner (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Being a Psychologist: Scientist and Practitioner
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
228 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 30%   Multiple Choice Test
Practical Examination 40%   Presentation
In-Course Test 30%   Multiple Choice Test
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

The aims of the module are to: (1) introduce students to some of the key concepts and skills that psychologist in different areas of the discipline require; (2) provide knowledge and understanding of psychology as an academic discipline and of psychology’s role in society; (3) foster independent learning by initiating student-led tasks; and (4) develop key skills relevant to pursuing further academic study of psychology (e.g. critical thinking and digital literacy skills). These outcomes will facilitate progression to level 4 of the BSc (Hons) Psychology.


Topics include an introduction to the process of science and key concepts in psychology; historical and contextual issues in scientific thinking and practice; what psychologists in different areas of the discipline do (e.g., counselling psychology, forensic psychology, occupational psychology); conducting literature searches; disseminating psychological knowledge in different ways.

Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The learning objectives will be achieved through a combination of lectures and interactive workshops and seminars (81 hours), supplementary guided web-based learning (100 hours), and self-managed independent study (119 hours). Students will be encouraged and guided to reflect on their learning throughout the module.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will:
1. Have an understanding of some basic processes in scientific investigation
2. Have knowledge and understanding of key concepts and skills that psychologists require
3. Understand what psychologists in different areas of the discipline do and the types of issues they address
4. Have an understanding of ethical principles relevant to the discipline in both research and practice

Assessment strategy

Summative assessment will be via three assessments. This will consist of 1 x oral presentation and 2 x multiple choice tests of 1 hour each. Formative assessment will be via web-based exercises and seminar work. To pass the module students must achieve a minimum aggregate grade of 40%.