Psychology BSc (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time 4 years part-time (for further information on part-time courses available click here)

Overview

What does the course cover?

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It explores a wide range of fascinating areas from how we think and how we see other people, to how children develop, how relationships are formed, and how we can help people in distress. Psychology is useful because whatever you intend to do in life will involve trying to understand and deal with other people. Studying Psychology at Newman provides you with a solid grounding in all core areas of psychology, but with particular strengths in considering how psychology is applied to the ‘real world’. Many of our lecturers have particular specialisms in applied psychology, and this gives this degree programme its distinctive approach and appeal.

What is noteworthy about this course?

The course will enable you to explore these areas of human behaviour and teach you to reach valid conclusions based on scientific underpinnings.

On the programme you will be introduced to the five major strands of psychology, which are individual differences, cognition, development, biopsychology and social psychology, plus research methods. You can expect to deepen your understanding of these areas as you progress through the programme. In your final year you study a range of topics covering the applications of psychology, such as education, clinical, health, counselling, and forensic psychology.

 
How will I be assessed?

The psychology degree programme uses a wide variety of forms of assessment, designed to help you develop a range of skills that will be invaluable in the modern professional work place. The assessment strategy for the degree includes traditional essays, exams, short notes and multiple ­choice tests. Also included in the strategy are less traditional assessments, such as designing a web page, Power Point presentations, writing dialogues and presenting portfolios. Finally, there are a variety of assessments linked to research, which include writing reports, giving conference style presentations, and writing a dissertation.

What careers could I consider?

Many Single Honours students aim to enter the various psychological professions, including clinical, occupational, educational, counselling, forensic, health and sport psychology. Students can also pursue an academic career, and may progress into a PhD. Psychology graduates can also progress into a variety of careers, typically in people-orientated and caring roles; for example, nursing, teaching, social work, human resources, marketing, software design, health research, or rehabilitation. Psychology graduates must be both literate and numerate and these are skills that employers demand in the modern professional work place.

What is GBC?
 

Newman University's Single Honours Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and students gaining at least a lower 2nd class honours degree gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

In the United Kingdom, psychology degrees are regulated by the British Psychological Society. Only those degrees that 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).

"The course as a whole and its components in particular are well designed and involve a number of innovative elements …teaching quality is high."
External Examiner

 

Entry requirements

September 2016 Entry Requirements

A minimum of 280 UCAS points.  A Level students must  include minimum grades of BC or above at A2 level).  BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction Merit Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 level 3 units with Merit or Distinction.

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include GCSE English language and Mathematics or a recognised equivalent, are also required.

September 2017 Entry Requirements

You must achieve either at least 104 UCAS points (260 points on the old tariff) including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent, or a total of 96 points from a maximum of 3 A levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma. Access Diploma students will need a completed diploma with a minimum of 39 level 3 units at merit or distinction.

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics or a recognised equivalent, are also required.

Fees

Below are the Undegraduate fees for 2017/18

Full-time UK/EU Students - £9,250

Full-time International Students - £11,100

Part-time UK/EU Students - £4,950

From 2018/19 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation

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% WORK PLACEMENT E-PORTFOLIO (1500 EQUIVALENT)

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)

CLASSIC STUDIES AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : CLASSIC STUDIES AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU405


MODULE SUMMARY :

This course will introduce students to a number of influential early studies, positions, debates, movements and controversies in psychology.  The module will demonstrate how these early studies, positions, debates, movements and controversies are still relevant to psychology today.  Students' understandings of these positions will be illustrated through reference to classic studies, debates and controversies on topics such as tyranny and the Stanford Prison Study, Milgram's 'obedience' studies, Social Learning, classical and operant conditioning and intelligence testing. Issues concerning the ethics of psychological experimentation will also be introduced, through consideration of ethical issues arising from classic studies. 

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 key debates, studies and controversies in the history of psychology. 
  • Demonstrate areas where these debates are still relevant to psychology today. 
  • Introduce students to ethical debates and concerns within psychology.
  • Introduce students to the skills of academic reading, note-taking, summarising, literature searching and critical evaluation.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

  • Develop and demonstrate a knowledge and 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.
  • Develop their skills of summarizing and critical evaluation.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Essay (1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Portfolio (2000 words)

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)

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND CONTEXTS IN PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND CONTEXTS IN PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU407


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module builds on semester one modules, in which students were introduced to the core domains of psychology, and to classic studies and contemporary issues in psychology. In this module, students explore how these core domains and issues apply within different cultural contexts, and examine global perspectives in psychology. The module looks at what is meant be a global psychology and by cross-cultural psychology. It also briefly examines at the history of psychology from international perspectives, and at some of the key debates relating to international perspectives in psychology, as well as exploring the nature of psychology in different societies. The module also examines similarities and differences in behaviour across cultures (for example, individual development, social behaviour, personality, cognition, emotion, language, perception and health). Students will explore these issues through use of a range of sources, including international journal articles, from which they will construct an annotated bibliography.

CONTACT HOURS :

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

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Introduce to key debates in cross-cultural and global psychology.
  • Develop students' understanding of the application of multiple perspectives to address a single research question, through examining how particular topics in psychology (e.g. perception) may differ according to cultural context
  • Develop students' search strategy skills
  • Introduce students to the skill of constructing and annotating a bibliography

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

  • Conduct an in-depth search and bibliography of the literature relating to a topic of interest to them and of relevance to cross-cultural psychology.
  • Analyse, apply and critically evaluate a range of key research evidence in the field of Psychology and in applied areas.  
  • Discuss the extent to which psychological theories can explain, or provide solutions to, contemporary events or issues.
  • Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues.
  • Explore, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the addressing of contemporary events or issues.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Annotated Bibliography (maximum 1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

Year 2 modules


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)

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES IN PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES IN PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU504


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module extends students’ knowledge through a consideration of the applied area of Counselling Psychology.  Key theories used to work with clients in Counselling Psychology settings will be explored and evaluated.  The philosophy and professional context of the discipline will be discussed and students will develop and critique a range of counselling skills appropriate to helping professions

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 applied Psychology through consideration of the developing field of Counselling Psychology
  • Develop a critical appreciation of the key theories which are applied in Counselling Psychology when working with clients
  • Develop a critical awareness of the unique philosophy and professional context of Counselling approaches within the applied psychologies in the UK.
  • Facilitate a developing self-awareness and capacity for reflective practice
  • Identify therapeutic approaches that can be used by psychologists and others in helping professions

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

  • Illustrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the key theories, concepts, models and research within Counselling Psychology
  • Critically appreciate the role of research in counselling psychology, and apply this to the evaluation of material covered in the module and to their own helping skills
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the philosophy and professional context of counselling psychology in the UK
  • Identify and analyse the ethical, professional aspects of applying a counselling approach.
  • Demonstrate, and critique a range of skills appropriate to professionals using a counselling approach.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Essay (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Critical Reflection (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


PSYCHOLOGY DISSERTATION


MODULE TITLE : PSYCHOLOGY DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : PYU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

This tutored double module provides students with the opportunity to select an area of particular interest to them within the field of 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 : 0.00
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 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)

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)

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY


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


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


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


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% Critique of Article (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

Course code


Single Honours: 100% Psychology

UCAS code:

C800

Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.

Applications for flexible learning courses are made via Newman.

C801

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