PC3001 - Being a Psychologist: Scientist and Practitioner (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification|
|Module title||Being a Psychologist: Scientist and Practitioner|
|Module level||Foundation (03)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module introduces students to some of the key concepts and skills required by psychologists in different areas of the discipline. It provides an understanding of some of (1) key concepts and skills required to become a capable scientist able to conduct psychological research, and (2) what being a psychologist involves, the types of things psychologists in different areas of practice do (e.g., counselling psychology, forensic psychology, occupational psychology), the issues they have to confront, and the skills they require. Through lectures, workshops, seminars, and independent study students develop an understanding of psychology not only as an academic discipline but also of its role in society. The module is delivered in a manner that is conducive to students with little or no background in psychology. The learning outcomes are assessed through four short coursework assignments (500-1000 words, with each counting for 20%) and a multiple choice exam (20%).
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. These outcomes will facilitate progression to Level 4 of the BSc Psychology.
Topics include an introduction to key concepts in psychology; skills that psychologists in different areas of the discipline do (e.g., counselling psychology, forensic psychology, occupational psychology); formulating research questions and testable hypotheses; presenting research findings.
Learning and teaching
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.
On successful completion of this module students will:
- Have knowledge and understanding of key concepts and skills that psychologists require
- Understand what psychologists in different areas of the discipline do and the types of issues that address
- Be able to formulate research questions and testable hypotheses
- Be able to present a cogent account of psychological concepts and arguments based on empirical evidence
Summative assessment will be via four assessments with each counting for 20%) This will consist of 1 x written report (25%, 1 x oral presentation (25%) and 2 x multiple choice exam ( 25% 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%.
Northey, M., & Timney, B. (2015). Making sense. A student’s guide to research and writing: Psychology (2nd edition). Oxon: Oxford University Press.
Parson, V. (2012). Study and communication skills for psychology. Oxon: Oxford University Press.