PC6073 - Cyberpsychology (2021/22)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2021/22|
|Module level||Honours (06)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Social Sciences and Professions|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2021/22||
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.
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
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.