module specification

PC6073 - Cyberpsychology (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Cyberpsychology
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Research proposal
Running in 2022/23

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

Module summary

The aims of this module are to:
1. Introduce students to the topic of cyberpsychology
2. Understand research methods utilised online and in human-computer interaction
3. Investigate the impact computers have on human behaviour
4. Be able to understand how psychological theories can be applied to the area of human-computer interaction  

This module enables students to become familiarised with cyberpsychology and associated topics. These topics include human computer interaction and the psychology of artificial intelligence. This will allow students to undertake future study in the area. The aims of the module align with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Prior learning requirements

Cognitive psychology 
Social psychology
Research methods and design
Available for Study Abroad? NO


The module provides students with the opportunity to learn about, engage with, participate in, and develop a basic understanding of different types of cyberpsychology research.

The syllabus includes an introduction to the nature and aims of different types of cyberpsychology research and topics, including different methods of collecting data.

The syllabus includes a research formulation method where students are able to critically evaluate technology used in human computer interaction and how this

Throughout the module, students will engage with lecture material and workshops to develop their understanding of cyberpsychology and the research methods in cyberpsychology

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through a combination of group and individual activities. Each take place within a framework of lectures and workshops. Supplementary guided learning via Weblearn and self-managed private study will be provided. Students will receive summative feedback on development for their own development.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of to the topics discussed 
2. Read, understand and evaluate journal articles 
3. Evaluate computer systems in relation to human behaviour and the implications of technology on theories of human behaviour 
4. Propose research in the area of cyberpsychology and understand the ethics of research and practice in this area of psychology

Assessment strategy

A research proposal will be delivered that will address a topic of the students’ choice (100%).
A minimum grade of 40% is required to pass the module.