Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time 4.5 years part-time (for further information on part-time course combinations available click here)

Overview

Why study this course?

This programme provides an excellent foundation for any student interested in a career as a psychologist with a particular focus on applying those skills to the areas of sport, exercise and health maintenance. Students on the Sport and Exercise Psychology programme will gain knowledge, understanding and skills in all the core domains of psychology (e.g., Individual Differences, Cognition, Human Development, Biopsychology and Social Psychology), whilst specialising in psychology and its application to sport and exercise contexts. Students will be taught by a highly qualified and experienced team  of academic lecturers who are at the cutting-edge of their disciplines, allowing students to discover and explore the latest developments in the field. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

What does the course cover?

In years 1 and 2, the curriculum of the programme is structured to cover all the main theoretical areas within psychology, providing a sophisticated level of understanding by the end of year 2. In year 1, students will also receive an introduction into the methods of conducting psychological research, and this introduction will be extended in year 2, to provide students with a clear training of research within sport and exercise psychology. In addition, during year 1 students will study a range of themes within sport and exercise science (e.g., elite sport, health and well-being, etc) that will investigate a range of sport science disciplines. In year 2, this advances to study contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology.

All students on this programme complete a work- based placement in year 2 and the department has links with a number of local organisations through which students can acquire additional voluntary experience working alongside coaches or as part of a sport science team. In year 3, modules will address both the research and application of sport and exercise psychology in practical settings. Students will also choose from several optional modules on aspects of applications of psychology, such as health psychology, educational psychology and the psychology of mental health. In addition, students will undertake a piece of research (in the form of a dissertation) in the sport and exercise psychology area.

What is GBC?
 

Newman's Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and students gaining at least a lower 2nd class honours degree and pass their final year project/dissertaition gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

In the United Kingdom, psychology degrees are regulated by the BPS. Only those degrees which meet a minimum standard, and are judged as providing a sound basis for progression into further post­graduate training in psychology, are accredited. Accredited courses are said to provide the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC).

How will I be assessed?

We pride ourselves on giving good academic and individual support to each of our students. Teaching is varied and assessment is much more than just essays and exams, involving poster presentations, journal articles and reports.

What careers can I consider?

Whilst this degree does not provide a professional qualification as a Sports Psychologist, it is ideal preparation for a career in Sport and Exercise Psychology, as well as many other psychology careers, for example Health, Clinical and Occupational, following further postgraduate training. Postgraduate study, and the undertaking of research opportunities, may also be followed, as well as following the teaching route.

Sports-related positions our graduates have taken up include sports coaches, exercise physiologists, sport  psychologists, junior sports agents, personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, membership advisors, and sports development officers.


Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

September 2018 Entry Requirements

104 UCAS points, to include minimum grades of CC at A Level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma) or 96 UCAS points from a maximum of 3 A Levels. 
As it is not possible to achieve 104 UCAS points through an Access course, Access students will need 106 UCAS points.

Access Students can achieve this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course:
D27-M0-P18; D24-M6-P15; D21M12-P12; 
D18-M18-P9; D15 M24-P6; D12-M30-P3; 
D9-M36-P0

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above to include GCSE English, mathematics and science or recognised equivalents are also required.

Fees

Fees per academic year: 2017/18

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

Part-time UK/EU Students: £4,950*

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

As a full time student, you will study a total of 120 credits each year. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits and dissertations are 40 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING


MODULE TITLE : INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING

MODULE CODE : PLU404


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and self-management skills to make informed choices in preparing for work placement and the transition to employment or further study on graduation.  

Learners will be provided with the opportunities to develop awareness of the workplace, identify different career and study options, recognise and articulate their own experience, accomplishments and talents and plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 12.00
Independent : 88.00
Placement :
Total :  100.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Support students in developing informed choices about the career pathways available to them, in relation to their subject choices.
  • Prepare students for work-based learning and the application / exploration of subject knowledge in the workplace.

  • Encourage students to make connections between their learning, placement choice, future job aspirations and contribution to society.

  • Enable students to build confidence in securing work placements and future employment.

  • Support students in reflecting upon their preparation for their work placement and future employment.  

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to:

  1. Examine how their experiences, accomplishments, and abilities relate to employer expectations.

  2. Demonstrate engagement with, and an understanding of, graduate employment pathways and employability issues relating to their own career aspirations.

  3. Research organisations for the purposes of securing a work placement.

  4. Reflect upon their learning and development.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Reflective Essay and Appendix, 2000 words

PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU401


MODULE SUMMARY :

Students will be introduced to the principles of psychology as both an academic and an applied discipline. Definitions of psychology will be considered, along with its claims to being an evidence-based science, and definitions of science and of empiricism will also be explored. Students will examine the methods used by psychologists, including an introduction to research and to the research cycle; empiricism and the scientific method; observation (measurement and sampling); explanation (e.g. correlation and causality; and the differences between quantitative and qualitative methods).

Alongside of this, the module will also examine the range of professional applications of psychology, the main roles and ways of working of psychologists working in these areas. It will also assess the role of evidence and of the scientific method in guiding the work of professionals in these areas, and the socio-political context within which professional psychologists work. Where relevant, the role and approach taken by the professional psychologist will be compared and contrasted with the role of allied professionals, such as counsellors, sports coaches and nurses. Routes to professional careers in psychology will also be considered, including the role of Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 48.00
Independent : 152.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Introduce students to the discipline of psychology and to its guiding scientific principles
  • Introduce students to the key principles of research (e.g. the research cycle, variables and strategies of enquiry)
  • Develop students' understanding of the role of evidence-based practice in psychology
  • Introduce students to applications of psychology within real world contexts
  • Give students and understanding of the range of contexts in which psychologists work, and of the socio-political issues associated with these contexts

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Explore definitions and the underlying principles of psychology as an academic and applied discipline.
  • Display a scientific understanding of aspects of human behaviour and experience, and an awareness of the complex interaction between these.
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning to examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of differing methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.
  • Understand the range of professional applications of psychological knowledge and routes into these.
  • Understand the role of the BPS and of Graduate Basis for chartership as a basis for entry into professional training.
  • Consider the socio-political context in which professional psychologists work
  • Understand how psychological professions employ an evidence-based approach to practice
  • Analyse and evaluate a range of key research evidence in the field of Applied Psychology.  

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

Component 2 - 50% Essay (1500 words)

THE REFLECTIVE LEARNER IN PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING


MODULE TITLE : THE REFLECTIVE LEARNER IN PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING

MODULE CODE : PYU402


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will focus on the development of ethical, reflective and academic practice within psychology and counselling. The application of study skills such as referencing skills, group work, report and essay writing, will be enhanced. Students will evidence their personal development of learning through the application of psychological learning theories and concepts. The module will also aim to facilitate the development of students' psychological literacy and their understanding of the role that anxiety and stress can play as blocks to effective learning. Students will be required to reflect on their work in semester 1 and to produce an action plan related to achievement of personal goals and career development.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 76.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  100.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop ethical and reflective practice through the application of learning perspectives to studying a psychology degree
  • Develop students' psychological literacy
  • Develop understanding and application of group work skills
  • Develop report and essay writing skills
  • Introduce effective action planning for further personal and career development.
  • Develop IT confidence and skills relating to word processing, bibliographic databases and e portfolios.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Relate the main learning theoretical perspectives and examples of key research evidence in the field of Psychology to an understanding of their learning development
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning to examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with students' learning process.
  • Discuss the extent to which psychological theories can explain, or provide solutions to enhance reflective independent learning.
  • Written and oral Communication: can communicate clearly, coherently, fluently and within a given structure, both in writing and orally.
  • Working with Others: work as part of a team, dividing tasks efficiently and employing group resources effectively.
  • Improving own learning and development (a) time management: successfully action plan, (b) autonomy : work autonomously, setting goals and deadlines as appropriate in order to complete set tasks, (c) problem solving: can solve problems by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions and evaluating outcomes.
  • Information Technology: developing confident in use of IT including word processing, bibliographic databases, and e-portfolios.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% ePortfolio (2000 words or equivalent in multimedia content)

FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU404


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module provides students with a broad introduction to the history of psychology as a scientific discipline. A number of different psychological perspectives will be introduced, for example, psychobiological, cognitive, behaviourist, psychodynamic, social constructionist, and students will be expected to apply and evaluate the application of such perspectives to important contemporary issues, such as drug addiction, violent behaviour, mental illness, etc. Research skills will be developed through the use of online databases and other library resources. Students will receive basic training in using Powerpoint to produce presentations, and in using the Library-based information resources.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Provide a broad introduction to psychology as a scientific discipline
  • Consider the historical origins of modern psychology
  • Introduce the student to a number of theoretical approaches
  • Illustrate how different approaches can be used to explain the same behaviour
  • Explore key issues and debates within psychology

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Describe the important antecedents contributing to the development of contemporary psychology
  • Apply psychological theories and evaluate research findings in applied contexts
  • Evaluate different psychological perspectives for an applied problem

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Lecture and Written Narration (15 minutes)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS 1


MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS 1

MODULE CODE : PYU406


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will introduce students to the practical applications of how psychologists design, conduct, analyse and write up an ethically sound research project.  It will also build on PYU401 (L4-1), enabling students to explore in greater depth the underlying principles of both quantitative and qualitative research. Students will explore how to use descriptive statistics to summarise quantitative data and develop their understanding of hypothesis testing and probability. Students will be introduced to the basic principles behind statistical tests (such as tests of difference and association).  General principles of qualitative design (developing research questions, interviewing) will be explored. Moreover, this module aims to develop students’ understanding of the initial steps in qualitative data analysis (code, coding).

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Introduce students to quantitative research methodology and analysis
  • Introduce students to qualitative research methodology and the initial steps of qualitative data analysis
  • Develop understanding of data interpretation
  • Develop students' awareness of ethics in psychological research
  • Develop research skills and report writing skills.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of quantitative and qualitative methodology in psychological research
  • Show awareness of the ethical issues related to research in psychology
  • Evaluate relevant background literature and psychological research evidence as reported in scientific publications
  • Generate and explore research questions and/or hypotheses
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse data sets effectively, using SPSS where appropriate
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret research findings and draw appropriate conclusions from research data
  • Demonstrate competent report writing skills.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Research Report (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING - optional module


MODULE TITLE : HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

MODULE CODE : PEU404


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module is designed to develop understanding of the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study of health and well-being.  The benefits of physical activity to health and well-being will be explored with reference to public health policy and recommendations.  Theoretical principles of health and risk will be explored from physiological, psychological and sociological perspectives.  The module will provide opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts in practical sessions. 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop knowledge of public health policy in relation to physical activity
  • Develop knowledge of health-related theories and concepts in relation to the disciplines of exercise psychology, exercise physiology the sociology of exercise
  • Develop skills in the evaluation of health, well-being and fitness with due regard for safety, risk and ethical considerations
  • Develop an understanding of the basic anatomy and physiological required understand development of a health, fitness and well-being.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Describe and analyse the role of health policy and recommendations for public health
  • Apply knowledge of theories and concepts in exercise psychology, exercise physiology and sociology of exercise in relation to health and well-being
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of different methods of measuring health, well-being and fitness
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiological involved in the assessment and development of health, fitness and well-being.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 40% Laboratory Manual (1500 words)

Component 2 - 60% Portfolio (2500 words)

EXPLORING PRACTICAL SPORT AND EXERCISE - optional module


MODULE TITLE : EXPLORING PRACTICAL SPORT AND EXERCISE

MODULE CODE : PEU405


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will offer students the opportunity to explore some of the disciplines of sport and exercise from a practical perspective. In the areas of biomechanics, physiology, psychology, coaching, and sociology students will gain a real world understanding of contemporary issues within sport and exercise contexts. Through practicals, empirical investigation, problem based learning tasks students will gain a critical approach to the study of sport and exercise.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop students’ understanding of sport and exercise in both academic and practical terms within a framework of critical evaluation
  • Promote students’ appreciation of how theory relates to practice in sport and exercise contexts
  • Develop students’ understanding of how scientific knowledge of sport and exercise settings is gained.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Make effective use of theoretical knowledge and understanding within practical sport and exercise settings
  • Observe, apply, and evaluate key concepts within practical sport and exercise settings
  • Gather, analyse, interpret, and evaluate scientific data from practical sport and exercise settings.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 60% Portfolio (2500 words)

Component 2 - 40% Group Presentation (10 minutes)

PARTICIPATION IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY - optional module


MODULE TITLE : PARTICIPATION IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

MODULE CODE : PEU407


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module sets out to promote an understanding of the factors that affect participation in sport and physical activity. Further to this, strategies for encouraging participation in sport and exercise will also be considered.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Enable students to gain a basic understanding of the socio-cultural factors in sport and the relationship between sport and the society
  • Allow students to investigate selected psychological theories and models related to sport and exercise participation
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of the basic factors that contributes to effective coaching for participation.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors that influence participation in sport and exercise
  • Critically discuss the content and application of psychological models related to sport and exercise participation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic factors that contribute to effective coaching for participation.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 60% Essay (2000 words)

Component 2 - 40% Group Presentation (10 minutes)

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN MOVEMENT - optional module


MODULE TITLE : INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN MOVEMENT

MODULE CODE : PEU410


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module takes a multi-disciplinary approach to investigating and understanding human movement from a biomechanical and physiological perspective. This module is designed to introduce the fundaments of functional anatomy and physiology, particularly the skeletal, neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The focus will be on the understanding of the biomechanics of movement and the physiological adjustments in response to the demands of sport and exercise.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop students’ understanding of human movement
  • Promote students’ appreciation of the integration of the disciplines involved in human movement.
  • Develop an understanding of the anatomy, physiology & biomechanics related to the assessment, development and maintenance of human movement.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate understanding of human movement in physiological and biomechanical contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics involved in the assessment, development and maintenance of exercise performance.
  • Discuss the integrative nature of various body systems in human movement and performance.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 60% e-Portfolio (2000 words equivalent)

Component 2 - 40% Examination (2 hours)

Year 2 modules


PRINCIPLES OF SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : PRINCIPLES OF SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PEU503


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module offers students an opportunity to explore some major personality and social-psychological constructs and theories that can be used to explain behaviour and performance in sport and exercise settings. Students will develop an understanding and critical awareness of how specific psychological principles can influence achievement and participation in sport and exercise contexts.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop students’ knowledge of some fundamental contemporary psychological theories related to sport and exercise.
  • Enhance students’ understanding and critical awareness of specific psychological constructs related to individuals’ participation in sport and exercise settings.
  • Promote students’ ability to investigate theoretical constructs as they are applied to sport and exercise contexts.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Make effective use of in-depth knowledge and understanding of an area of sport and exercise psychology.
  • Critically assess and conceptualise individual behaviour within a sport and exercise context.
  • Gather and critically evaluate psychological evidence using appropriate research methodologies and data sources. 
  • Describe, analyse, interpret, and evaluate psychological information and data relevant for solving problems in a sport and exercise psychology perspective.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 60% Journal Style Article (1500 words)

Component 2 - 40% Group Presentation (10 minutes, Groups of 2)

WORK PLACEMENT


MODULE TITLE : WORK PLACEMENT

MODULE CODE : PLU502


MODULE SUMMARY :

This year-long module offers learners the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for the learner’s role on placement, with the learner. Students complete 100 hours in the work setting. The learner will reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 10.00
Independent : 90.00
Placement : 100.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Encourage students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing their own placement in a workplace setting.

  • Encourage students to work constructively with their workplace supervisor and university placement tutor, taking ownership of the placement and of their independent learning throughout the experience.

  • Enable students to negotiate the relationship between academic theory and their understanding of workplace settings and their roles within those settings.

  • Encourage students to reflect critically on their experiences.

  • Encourage students to produce a reflective digital resource aimed at an external audience, to contribute towards work and study transitions.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to: 

  1. Secure, negotiate and undertake a specific role in a workplace setting.

  2. Evaluate features of the workplace setting and their role within it.

  3. Critically evaluate the learning opportunities provided by the workplace experience and understand that learning will benefit current and lifelong learning, values and future employability.

  4. Present a creatively engaging argument within an appropriate digital medium for an external audience, which critically reflects upon an issue or interrelating issues affecting the workplace setting.

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % PLACEMENT REGISTRATION FORM

Component 2 - 60% WORK PLACEMENT REFLECTION (2500 WORDS)

Component 3 - 40% WORK PLACEMENT EVALUATION: DIGITAL RESOURCE (1500 WORDS EQUIVALENT)

RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS 2


MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS 2

MODULE CODE : PYU501


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will build on foundation level modules to enhance knowledge of research methodology and analysis, and will focus upon quantitative and qualitative approaches. 

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of both the quantitative and qualitative research process, focusing on methodology and analysis. In quantitative methods, they will be introduced to surveys and questionnaire methods, and explore the fundamental principles of more advanced quantitative analysis (such as two-way ANOVA and multiple regression). In qualitative methods students will be introduced to techniques such as interviewing and focus groups, and will be introduced to key specific analysis approaches in qualitative psychology such as IPA, and grounded theory. Students report writing and research proposal skills will be developed and enhanced throughout this module. Practical topics, where possible, will make theoretical links with other modules running concurrently. Additionally, there will be a focus on understanding of experimental design and data interpretation. Full guidance and technician support will be offered to students throughout.

 

 

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 48.00
Independent : 152.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Further develop knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methodology & analysis
  • Develop the ability to manipulate and interpret data sets using specialist software
  • Enhance understanding of ethical issues associated with psychological research
  • Enhance research report writing skills
  • Develop the ability to write a research proposal
  • Enhance understanding of data interpretation.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:


  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative methodology & analysis
  • Understand and evaluate psychological research evidence as they are reported in scientific publications
  • Formulate and present complex ideas in the form of research questions based upon previous literature and/or empirical findings
  • Carry out appropriate data collection methods and analysis using software where appropriate
  • Show awareness of the importance of ethical issues in psychological research where appropriate
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret data, report data findings in the conventional manner, and draw appropriate conclusions from research data
  • Evidence competence in planning and writing reports and research proposal.

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

Component 2 - 50% Qualitative Research Report with Research Proposal (2000 words)

THE INDIVIDUAL IN SOCIETY


MODULE TITLE : THE INDIVIDUAL IN SOCIETY

MODULE CODE : PYU503


MODULE SUMMARY :

Students will explore the breadth and depth of topics such as Intelligence, Personality, Groups, Interpersonal Behaviours, and Social Influence. Issues of measurement and testing, including psychometric testing, reliability, validity and usage will be explored.  This module will also touch upon issues of cross-cultural validity and globalisation in research -- whether observed phenomenon (for example, attribution errors, happiness, etc.) manifest across all cultures, and in the same way.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop a critical understanding of the Individual in Society
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of theories & psychological approaches relevant to the Individual in Society
  • Evaluate psychological explanations for social, interpersonal & intra-personal phenomena
  • Evaluate the utility of psychometric testing as applied to the real world 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Evaluate aspects of key models, theories and research of the Individual in Society
  • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of key areas of the Individual in Society
  • Evaluate and critique the extent to which psychological findings may offer credible explanations for a range of social, intrapersonal and interpersonal behaviours
  • Critically evaluate the usefulness of psychometric testing in real world contexts

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Essay (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Report (2000 words)

COGNITION AND THE BRAIN


MODULE TITLE : COGNITION AND THE BRAIN

MODULE CODE : PYU505


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module covers the key processes associated with cognition as well as the biological and neurological underpinnings of such cognitive processes. The module also introduces cognitive psychology as a specific approach to understanding behaviour with its emphasis on theoretically led hypothesis and the experimental testing of these hypotheses to further develop theory. The module will provide a foundation in the cognitive and biological aspects of psychology including understanding the principles of neuronal transmission, basic neuroanatomy, basic psychopharmacology, key cognitive processes such as memory, perception, attention, and language, and how neuropsychological functioning relates to cognitive processing. Learning occurs via two main components: a lecture series; and a series of seminars. The seminar series will develop further students’ research practical skills. Assessment of the module will be via two components: submission of a practical write-up in the form of a lab report; and an end of module exam.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

 

  • Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the rapidly developing fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and psychophysiology
  • Develop a critical awareness of where the disciplines of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and psychophysiology stand in a historical, academic and professional context
  • Consolidate students awareness of the biological and neurological approach to cognition
  • Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to predict and explain cognitive processes and examine the practical application of these models and processes in experimental situations and everyday life
  • Provide students with a thorough grounding in key cognitive processes such as, attention, perception, memory and how these process can be affected by factors such as language, sleep, stress, mood and anxiety
  • Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the automatic or non-conscious cognitive processes and how they affect our perception and judgment
  • Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and psychophysiology research

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Illustrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the core concepts, theories, models, and research within cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and psychophysiology and apply this to current topics
  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of how cognitive and biological concepts can aid understanding of key phenomena such as attention, perception, memory, language, sleep, and stress
  • Employ critical knowledge and understanding of cognitive and biological concepts to develop and conduct an empirical study in the domain
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing, and sustained argument, using a range of primary sources in cognitive and biological psychology, and use it to evaluate alternative arguments in cognitive and biological psychology
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of cognitive and biological psychology theory, methods, and research especially through the design and execution of an empirical study 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Written Lab Report (1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: AN ETHOLOGICAL APPROACH


MODULE TITLE : HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: AN ETHOLOGICAL APPROACH

MODULE CODE : PYU506


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module builds upon the first year course and particularly the modules PYU404 Foundations of Psychology and PYU406 Research Design and Analysis 1. Developmental Psychology is generally viewed as one of several core areas in the discipline. This module, however, suggests that developmental psychology must be viewed as something more important and pervasive: All areas of the study of human existence can only be fully understood if a developmental perspective is adopted in the sense that all behaviour develops either by evolution (phylogeny) or during the lifespan of the organism (ontogeny). Furthermore, this module places developmental psychology in the wider context of studying the human condition by exploring not only the phylogeny and ontogeny of behaviour and thought but also their function and mechanism.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop critical understanding of the complexities of development including cognition, language, socialisation and enculturation from infancy through childhood to adolescence
  • Enable students to critically evaluate the principle theories and research paradigms offered in explanation of human development
  • Develop students’ understanding of the benefits of the complementary nature of an ethological approach to understanding human psychology by exploring the evolution, development, mechanism and function of thinking and behaviour and how such an approach may impact on current research questions and approaches 
  • Further students’ knowledge of the nature and nurture account of human development and the likely interaction between these two domains
  • Enhance the development of written communication, problem solving and analytical  skills required by the assessment    

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of aspects of human behaviour and experience in relation to, for example: social development, social perception and social influence, and how psychological theories relate to and/or might explain this
  • Evidence understanding of the nature of socialisation in childhood and adolescence and appraise factors involved in the process of social development
  • Analyse the impact of developmental changes on children’s learning and acquisition of knowledge
  • Appraise distinctive theoretical stances in developmental psychology and their influence on interpretation of research findings
  • Construct a research project to examine a particular aspect of development and to draw appropriate inferences from the results
  • Evidence the ability to consider and critically evaluate alternative arguments
  • Consider ethical issues related to research with children and adolescents and demonstrate an understanding of the British Psychological Society guidelines

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Critique of an Empirical Paper (1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

Year 3 modules


INVESTIGATING SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : INVESTIGATING SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PEU606


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to develop students’ skills in investigating contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology. Following the presentation and discussion of a range of current issues in sport and exercise psychology, students will have the chance to conduct and communicate their own research into one of the areas discussed.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology
  • Allow students understand psychological factors involved in sport and exercise contexts by designing and implementing empirical research
  • Provide students with an opportunity to consider how key theories can be used to explain behaviour in varied sport and exercise contexts and situations.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of a specific area of sport and exercise psychology
  • Critically assess and evaluate psychological evidence
  • Plan, design, execute and communicate piece of research in sport and exercise psychology
  • Collect, describe, interpret and analyse psychological data to investigate behaviour in sport and exercise contexts.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Poster Presentation (600 words, 10 minutes)

APPLIED SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : APPLIED SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PEU612


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module explores the application of psychological profiling and intervention techniques in a variety of sporting situations. It seeks to develop evidence based criticality in the selection of specific strategies for particular situations and individuals/groups. It further seeks to provide a basis for appraising and critically evaluating the impact of any intervention strategies employed with reference to their effectiveness, appropriateness, and ethical use.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of applied sport psychology.
  • Critically appraise and apply psychological profiling and intervention techniques appropriate to a specific individual and particular sport setting.
  • Identify, interpret and evaluate major issues in applied sports psychology.
  • Apply principles, knowledge, techniques and skills to an area of sport psychological practice.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Synthesise knowledge and understanding of established theory and practice associated with applied sport psychology to interpret an athlete’s situation and supporting their development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective and considered psychological profiling and interview techniques.
  • Research and assess an athlete’s specific situation identifying important contributing factors to their psychological state and apply appropriate skills in explaining and solving the identified issue.
  • Demonstrate competence in critically employing at least one psychological intervention technique.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 40% Portfolio (1500 words)

Component 2 - 60% Report (2500 words)

PSYCHOLOGY IN QUESTION


MODULE TITLE : PSYCHOLOGY IN QUESTION

MODULE CODE : PYU603


MODULE SUMMARY :

This course will introduce students to a number of controversies and debates in contemporary psychology.  Students will be introduced to Critical Psychology, and the importance of the five themes of Power Relations, Situated Knowledge, Levels of Analysis, Epistemology and Temporality.  Students will be encouraged to consider how these themes might impact upon the production of knowledge within the discipline of Psychology, and what this might mean for Psychology as a whole.  These issues will be explored in relation to specific controversies within the discipline of Psychology.  

This course will also consider the situated nature of research -- that psychological knowledge may be situated in time, place and epistemology.  Psychology in Question will look at whether Psychological phenomenon are necessarily bound to certain cultures and countries at certain times, or whether they may be considered truly universal.  Will also look at whether Psychological concepts, theories and constructs are universal or 'local'.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop an understanding of Critical Psychology
  • Be able to apply that understanding of Critical Psychology to contemporary issues in Psychology.
  • Be able to critically evaluate psychological research.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the relationship between the epistemological position taken, and the production of knowledge within psychology.
  • Defend psychological studies, methodologies, epistemologies and findings against critiques by others. 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Develop and demonstrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the core concepts, theories, models and research within psychology, and apply this to current topics.
  • Display a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical, sociocultural, and political issues evident across a range of psychological sub-domains.
  • Demonstrate an in depth, critical and analytical understanding of the importance and limitations of psychological research in understanding and explaining human behaviour. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing, and sustained argument, using a range of primary sources in from across all sub-disciplines of psychology, and use it to formulate arguments specific to the nature of Critical Psychological approaches.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Essay (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Short Report (2000 words)

SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY DISSERTATION


MODULE TITLE : SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : PYU691


MODULE SUMMARY :

This tutored double module provides students with the opportunity to select an area of particular interest to them within the field of Sport & Exercise Psychology and to design, plan and execute an in-depth empirical research project in their chosen area. Students will be required to produce a brief initial research proposal, for discussion with their supervisor. The proposal is then used as a basis for developing an application for Newman University ethical approval, which must be achieved prior to commencing data collection. The research design should include either quantitative and/or qualitative analyses and draw upon and critically evaluate a range of both classic and contemporary research findings throughout. A poster presentation detailing the research process and findings will also be an assessed element.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 12.00
Independent : 388.00
Placement :
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Further enhance the ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence relating to a selected area of interest in the field of Sport & Exercise Psychology

  • Further enhance the ability to select appropriate, ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research purposes and justify their use, with tutor support

  • Further enhance the ability to work constructively with an advisory tutor recognising that the content and execution of the project belongs to the student

  • Further enhance ability to present and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data clearly and in an appropriate format

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence relating to a selected area of interest in the field of Psychology

  • Select appropriate, ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research purposes and justify their employment, with tutor support

  • Carry out a substantial piece of independently-driven research

  • Present, analyse and evaluate either qualitative and/or quantitative data clearly and in an appropriate format

  • Draw appropriate conclusions from data analysis

  • Write up research findings using normal conventions

  • Recognise the need to consider aspects of gender, and cultural and ethical issues in their research design where appropriate

  • Communicate their research findings to an audience of tutors and peers for scrutiny

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 20% Poster Presentation (500-800 words, plus 15 minutes)

Component 2 - 80% Dissertation (10000 words)

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


MODULE TITLE : HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU604


MODULE SUMMARY :

Health psychology is an exciting field within psychology that has important contributions to make to our understanding of the causes, progression, and treatment of illnesses. The module explores the theoretical models, which attempt to explain and predict health behaviour and examines the practical application of these models in health promotion campaigns. It focuses upon the relationship between stress, health and illness, and the factors that mediate this relationship (e.g., individual differences). It considers the impact of living with a disability and/or a chronic illness from the biopsychosocial perspective, and considers the impact of illness cognitions on behaviour. The module will further consider the impact of being hospitalised on a patient's health and well being from a psychosocial perspective. Thus, the focus of this module is concerned with promotion and maintenance of health, prevention and management of illness, and the identification of biopsychosocial factors contributing to health and illness.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the  rapidly developing field of health psychology
  • Develop a critical awareness of where the discipline of health psychology stands in a historical, academic and professional context
  • Consolidate students awareness of  the biopsychosocial approach to health and illness
  • Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to predict and explain health behaviours and examine the practical application of these models in health promotion campaigns
  • Provide students with a thorough grounding in the relationship between stress, illness and health, individual differences in health and illness, and the ways in which the impact of stress on health and illness is mediated
  • Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the psychosocial impact of disability and chronic illness
  • Examine the psychosocial aspects of the hospital environment and its effect on patient health and well being
  • Critically examine the impact of illness cognition on understating health behaviour
  • Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating health psychology research.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Illustrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the core concepts, theories, models within health psychology.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of health psychology methods, and research.
  • Illustrate, a systematic understanding of the importance of health promotion within health psychology, and an in-depth understanding of the mechanism involved.
  • Display a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical issues evident within health psychology literature.
  • Demonstrate an in depth, analytical understanding of the importance and limitations of health psychology research to understanding health and illness.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing, and sustained argument, using a range of primary sources in health psychology, and use it to formulate arguments within health psychology.
  • Critically demonstrate knowledge of the conventions surrounding production of a Health intervention proposal.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Health Intervention Proposal (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND MENTAL WELL-BEING - optional module


MODULE TITLE : PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND MENTAL WELL-BEING

MODULE CODE : PYU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module covers the key concepts related to psychological distress and mental wellbeing. The module will present different models of psychological distress including biological, psychological, social approaches as well as integrative bio-psychosocial models. The pervasiveness of medical views will also be discussed with typical use of terms such as mental illness, disorders, abnormality and clinical psychology as well as concepts of categorical (caseness) and dimensional views of psychological distress/illness. The module will include an historical account of mental distress and then focus on key psychological disorders and discuss their aetiology, diagnosis and treatment. Students will be encouraged to consider their own opinions and those of others as it relates to these topics. Learning occurs via two main components: a lecture series; and a series of seminars. The seminar series will especially provide a space for students to discuss and debate the key issues in psychological distress/illness. Assessment of the module will be via two components: submission of an analysis of a case study; and an end of module exam.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the  rapidly developing field of clinical or mental-health psychology
  • Develop a critical awareness of where the discipline of clinical psychology stands in a historical, academic and professional context
  • Consolidate students awareness of  the biopsychosocial approach to mental wellbeing and psychological distress
  • Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to describe and explain mental distress Provide students with a thorough grounding in the major type of mental disorders
  • Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the psychosocial impact of mental distress
  • Facilitate engagement in key debates in clinical psychological using a range of approaches and evidence
  • Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating clinical psychology research

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Illustrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the core concepts, theories, models, and research within clinical psychology, and apply this to current topics.
  • Display a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical, sociocultural, and political issues evident in the clinical psychology literature.
  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of the importance and limitations of clinical psychology research to understanding mental health and psychological distress.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing, and sustained argument, using a range of primary sources in clinical psychology, and use it to formulate arguments on specific topics of metal health and psychological distress.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of clinical psychology theory, methods, and research.
  • Critically evaluate research findings in the field of clinical psychology.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Written Analysis (1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY - optional module


MODULE TITLE : NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU607


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module builds upon the second year courses in cognitive and biopsychology, illustrating how these two important strands of psychology come together to help us understand patients with various types of neurological disorder. The major cognitive functions of attention, memory and language will be considered in turn, and then two major conditions, head injury and dementia will be considered as examples. 

N.B. This module cannot be taken with the module COU604 Neuroscience in Counselling, since this is an excluded combination.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the  rapidly developing field of health psychology
  • Develop a critical awareness of where the discipline of health psychology stands in a historical, academic and professional context
  • Consolidate students awareness of  the biopsychosocial approach to health and illness
  • Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to predict and explain health behaviours and examine the practical application of these models in health promotion campaigns
  • Provide students with a thorough grounding in the relationship between stress, illness and health, individual differences in health and illness, and the ways in which the impact of stress on health and illness is mediated
  • Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the psychosocial impact of disability and chronic illness
  • Examine the psychosocial aspects of the hospital environment and its effect on patient health and well being
  • Critically examine the impact of illness cognition on understating health behaviour
  • Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating health psychology research.

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of how psychological theories can help increase understanding of neurological conditions
  • Critically analyze neuropsychological research
  • Evaluate debates surrounding alternative theoretical accounts of neuropsychological conditions, and differing views about the implications of these for rehabilitation
  • Illustrate their critical awareness of gender, cultural and ethical issues in the area where appropriate
  • Critically discuss the extent to which theoretical knowledge increases understanding of patients 
  • Suggest how theoretical knowledge can guide rehabilitation and intervention
  • Show the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing and sustained arguments, using an appropriately wide range of evidence
  • Evaluate primary source material critically.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 40% Critical Appraisal (2000 words)

Component 2 - 60% Written Examination (2 hours)

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


MODULE TITLE : EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU608


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module builds upon the second year module Human Development: An Ethological Approach (PYU506) and applies an understanding of contextualised development in an educational setting. Educational Psychology explores various and seemingly discrete issues associated with the dynamic between teaching and learning. These issues include the qualities of a good teacher, the environment of the classroom, the form and function of assessment, diversity and the use of blended approaches to teaching and learning.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Advance understanding of research methodologies and psychological theories which inform educational practice
  • Enhance knowledge of the ways in which student diversity can impact upon teaching and learning
  • Further develop the ability to evaluate current research evidence offered in explanation of approaches to teaching and learning
  • Advance the ability to appraise different methods of assessment

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Critically evaluate ways in which psychological research and theories have been applied to educational practice
  • Assess the implications of psychological research for improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning
  • Appraise the impact of culture, exceptionalities in learning, and community on learning
  • compare and evaluate different types of student assessment and how good quality assessments must be valid measurements of ability
  • Write an informed critique on a piece of psychological research
  • Show the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing and sustained arguments, using an appropriately wide range of evidence
  • Evaluate primary source material critically

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% WRITTEN CRITIQUE, 2000 WORDS

Component 2 - 50% WRITTEN EXAMINATION, 2 HOURS

FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


Forensic Psychology


Module Code: PYU606
Module Summary:
This module explores applications of psychology to the Criminal Justice System. The work of forensic psychologists and the contexts within which they perform their duties will be evaluated. The major issues covered will be the use of forensic psychology in the investigative process, the court system, and the punishment and rehabilitation of offending populations. The work of forensic psychologists with victims and witnesses will also be covered. The links between theory and practice in these areas will be discussed. The future directions and contributions of forensic psychology will be considered.

CATS Value: 20
ECTS Value: 10
Contact Hours:
Scheduled: 36 Independent: 164 Placement: 0 Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:
• Build on students theoretical knowledge and ability to apply it in practical contexts through a consideration of the discipline of forensic psychology
• Evaluate and examine current developments in the discipline and to consider the influences and impact of these in the Criminal Justice System (CJS)
• Develop an understanding of how psychological theories can be used throughout the CJS including working with victim and witness agencies, aiding police officers in investigations, within the courtroom and with the assessment and treatment of offenders
• Develop an appreciation of the professional role of forensic psychologists within the CJS



Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:
• Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of psychology’s contribution to the Criminal Justice System
• Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise into new forms, forensic psychological research
• Apply psychological theory to forensic psychology practice, including novel synthesis of diverse sources
• Illustrate a critical awareness of ethical issues in the area where appropriate
• Show the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing and sustained arguments, using an appropriately wide range of evidence
• Evaluate primary source material critically



Assessment:
Component 1: 50%
Produce a professional, academic information pamphlet about a specific application of forensic psychology for the relevant professional group (2000 words)
Component 2: 50%
Write an expert report based on a case study, which is provided (2000 words)

WORK PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


MODULE TITLE : WORK PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU609


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module explores the psychological factors operating within organisations and the workplace, and will examine current developments in the field. This module will outline the historical development of this discipline. This module will consider topics relating to human resource functions (including, personnel selection and assessment, and motivation) and it will explore workplace ergonomics, which will include workspace design, environmental conditions, and job design. Additionally, it will explore decision making and leadership.   Students will be offered practical experience of some of the techniques used in the field of work psychology, and there will be the opportunity to engage in small-scale research project in the workplace. It is anticipated that this module will offer students an opportunity to enhance their understanding of organisations thus aiding their preparation for the world of work.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Extend students theoretical knowledge of psychology through a consideration of the field of work psychology.
  • Extend students’ awareness of the role of psychology in applied settings
  • Examine and evaluate the importance of individual differences in determining the effectiveness of workplace settings
  • Develop a critical awareness of work psychology in historical and applied contexts.
  • Critically evaluate the use of personnel selection methods
  • Examine the psychological aspects of the physical and organizational work environment
  • Contribute to the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating work psychology literature
  • Illustrate how different approaches can be used to explain the same behaviour
  • Explore key issues and debates within psychology

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of concepts, theories, models, and relevant research evidence within work psychology, and to apply these to work related contemporary issues.
  • Illustrate a critical awareness of the interaction between the physical aspects work setting, individual psychological factors, and behaviour 
  • Evaluate and apply different methodological research designs in solving workplace problems
  •   Empirically evaluate the suitability of a workplace setting based on people’s self-reports and environmental factors 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Report (1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE METHODS - optional module


Advanced Quantitative Methods


Module Code: PYU610
Module Summary:
This module will introduce students to advanced quantitative research methods and techniques and explore the philosophical underpinnings (epistemology and ontology) relevant to quantitative research design.
In particular, students will develop their understanding of various types of regression. Moreover, data analytical techniques such as factor and cluster analyses will be introduced. Students will be introduced to the basic principles behind meta-analysis. Moreover, students will develop their understanding of mixed method design and triangulation of data.
CATS Value: 20
ECTS Value: 10
Contact Hours:
Scheduled: 70 Independent: 130 Placement: 0 Total Hours: 200
Module Leader: Lorna Dodd / Stella Williams /Anatoli Karypidou

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:
• Develop students understanding of advanced quantitative methodologies (e.g. types of regression)
• Introduce students to quantitative data analytical techniques (e.g. factor and cluster analysis, transforming data.)
• Introduction to meta-analysis.
• Develop students’ awareness of mixed method design and triangulation.
• Further develop students’ ethical awareness and research report writing skills.


Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:
• Illustrate an awareness of limitations within research design
• Illustrate valid interpretations from a range of methodological outcomes
• Critically apply a range of methodologies in research designs
• Demonstrate an ability to generate and explore hypotheses
• Critically, analyse, present and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings
• Demonstrate the use of evidence-based reasoning to examine theoretical and ethical issues within quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Assessment:
Component 1: 100% A quantitative research report for publication (3,500 words).


ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS - optional module


Advanced Qualitative Methods


Module Code: PYU611
Module Summary:
This module will introduce students to advanced qualitative research methods and techniques and explore the philosophical underpinnings (epistemology and ontology) relevant to qualitative research design.
In particular, students will develop their understanding of various types of analysis such as Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and Discourse Analysis. Students will also be introduced to the basic principles behind conceptual reviews. Moreover, students will develop their understanding of mixed method design and triangulation of data.
CATS Value: 20
ECTS Value: 10
Contact Hours:
Scheduled: 70 Independent: 130 Placement: 0 Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:
• Develop students understanding of advanced qualitative analytical strategies (e.g. IPA, DA)
• Introduction to systematic reviews.
• Develop students’ awareness of mixed method design and data triangulation.
• Further develop students’ ethical awareness and research report writing skills.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:
• Illustrate an awareness of limitations within research design
• Illustrate valid interpretations from a range of methodological outcomes
• Critically apply a range of methodologies in research designs
• Demonstrate an ability to generate and explore research questions
• Critically, analyse, present and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings
• Demonstrate the use of evidence-based reasoning to examine theoretical and ethical issues within quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Assessment:
Component 1: 100% A qualitative research report for publication (3,500 words).

Course code


CX83

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