module specification

PC6073 - Cyberpsychology (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Cyberpsychology
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
111 hours Guided independent study
39 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Literature review and research proposal
Running in 2021/22
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 used to investigate online behaviour and 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 domain of human-computer interaction 

This module introduces students to core concepts, theories, models and research methods in cyberpsychology and associated topics (e.g. human-computer interaction; psychology of artificial intelligence) and allows them to develop a critical understanding of this rapidly expanding branch of psychology. This will allow students to undertake future study in the related subject areas.


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. LO 1 - 3

The syllabus includes an introduction to the nature and aims of different types of cyberpsychology research and topics, including different methods of collecting data. LO 1 - 4

The syllabus includes a research formulation method where students are able to critically evaluate technology used in human computer interaction and how this.     LO 1 - 4

Throughout the module, students will engage with lecture material in seminars and workshops to develop their understanding of cyberpsychology and the research methods in cyberpsychology. LO 3, 4

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 at appropriate times in the module. Students will receive feedback from formative assessments delivered through the module to facilitate their own learning and development.

Learning outcomes

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

(1) Demonstrate critical evaluation of knowledge and understanding of cyberpsychology
(2) Think critically about and demonstrate understanding of the implications of technology for human behaviour
(3) Design research on topics related to cyberpsychology
(4) Understand the ethics of research and practice in this area of psychology

Assessment strategy

The assessment consists of a comprehensive literature review and a research proposal based on the findings from the literature review (2500 words). Formative assessments and constructive feedback will be provided to help students prepare for the summative assessment. A minimum grade of 40% is required to pass the module.


Connolly, I., Palmer, M., Barton, H., & Kirwan, G. (Eds.). (2016). An introduction to cyberpsychology. London: Routledge. (Core)
MacKenzie, I. S. (2012). Human-computer interaction: An empirical research perspective. London: Newness.