module specification

PC6P53 - Psychology Joint Project (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Psychology Joint Project
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
16 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
134 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Report
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity of studying a chosen area of psychology in depth. The project involves students researching and reviewing the literature for a chosen research question. The student is also required to present a critique of the chosen question along with future possibilities for research.

Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.  This module will provide each student with the opportunity of studying an area of psychology in depth, involving designing an ethical piece of research, evaluating previous theory and research related to it, in order to derive independently meaningful research questions and/ or testable hypotheses from a theoretical basis. This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: written communication skills, discussion skills, independent study and time keeping, summation and evaluation skills, understanding of the scientific method and ethical research considerations.


There is no taught syllabus as students will study material relevant to their own independent project. Workshops will be held approximately every 4 teaching weeks during the year or as appropriate to the current status of project progression.

Learning and teaching

Each student has a project supervisor whose role is to advise and monitor progress and to intervene in the case of serious problems. Students carry out a literature search on their chosen topic and write a research proposal on which they receive feedback. The report will be assessed in terms of their ability to develop a rationale for a chosen area of psychological research; the ability to provide appropriate evidence that covers the chosen question; an ability to demonstrate an understanding of the chosen area; the Organisation/structure of the final report and the critical evaluation of research area. The feedback aims to develop students’ understanding of how to design research, which is interesting, relevant, valid and ethical.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will,

  1. present in-depth knowledge and understanding of a selected topic in psychology;
  2. be able to evaluate previous theory and research to derive independently meaningful research questions and/ or testable hypotheses from a theoretical basis;
  3. have developed an understanding of the process involved to design a valid and ethical research study;
  4. Be able to interpret and present the research literature appropriately in relation to the research question/hypothesis.

These outcomes also aim to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills applicable to many forms of subsequent employment.

Assessment strategy

Achievement of the learning outcomes is assessed by the final report.


Wood, C., Giles, D., & Percy, C. (2009). Your Psychology Project Handbook. Prentice Hall.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition
American Psychological Association

Students are expected to find appropriate sources through academic databases.