module specification

PC3001 - Being a Psychologist: Scientist and Practitioner (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Being a Psychologist: Scientist and Practitioner
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   Written Report
In-Course Test 25%   Multiple Choice test
Group Presentation 25%   Presentation
In-Course Test 25%   Multiple choice test
Running in 2019/20
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. These outcomes will facilitate progression to Level 4 of the BSc Psychology.


Topics include an introduction to the process of science and 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 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 the basic process of science
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. Be able to formulate research questions and testable hypotheses

Assessment strategy

Summative assessment will be via four assessments with each counting for 25%) 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%.


Identify core and additional reading
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Where possible, the most current version of reading materials is used during the delivery of this module.  Comprehensive reading lists are provided to students in their handbooks.  Reading Lists will be updated annually.

Northey, M., & Timney, B. (2015). Making sense. A student’s guide to research and writing: Psychology (2nd edition). Oxon: Oxford University Press. [CORE]
Parson, V. (2012). Study and communication skills for psychology. Oxon: Oxford University Press.