PC3001 - Being a Psychologist: Scientist and Practitioner (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|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 2020/21||
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.
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
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%.
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.