PSY3029 : Professional Skills in Psychology
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Yoav Tadmor
- Lecturer: Professor Vicki Bruce
- Other Staff: Dr Lorna Dargan, Mrs Susan Vecsey, Dr Mike Cox
- Owning School: Psychology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||5|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||5|
The module’s two main aims are: (1) to ensure that students gain the necessary skills and experience required for their Stage 3 Empirical Projects (e.g. ethics approvals and risk assessment processes, constructing research proposals, scientific methodology and design) and (2) to bring their employability skills (e.g. oral presentations, CV writing and awareness of their relevant work experience and transferrable skills) to the fore by reflecting upon the Psychological skills they have acquired during their studies.
Outline Of Syllabus
Ethical issues in research with humans and animals
Research and experimental design
Constructing a research proposal
CV, and document management
Oral presentation skills
Using E-Portfolio to document skills and achievements while using the University’s Graduate Skills Framework.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||14:00||14:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||25:00||25:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||8||1:00||8:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||1||30:00||30:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures will be used to introduce knowledge and concepts such as advanced statistics, the writing of research proposals, the process of using Reflective Logs and of writing effective CVs as well as for refreshing previously introduced skills such as oral presentations and the use of E-Portfolio for making effective job applications The workshops will be used for group reading and discussions (e.g. ethical issues and how to design experiments) and the practicals will provide “hands-on” sessions for the practice of the various skills (e.g. using E-portfolio for the reflection logs, PowerPoint, document and reference management skills).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Reflective log||2||M||50||See further information below.|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||50||Project presentation|
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
|Research proposal||A||Research Proposal, Ethics & risk assessment for the projects. Marked as Pass/Fail - must be passed to proceed with projects|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The three components of assessment closely map onto the various component of the taught curriculum.
RESEARCH PROPOSAL, RISK ASSESSMENT AND ETHICS SUBMISSION FOR EMPIRICAL PROJECT.
This is a pass/fail component. Students will complete this assignment in conjunction with their empirical projects. They cannot start their project work before their supervisor confirms that this component has reached a satisfactory standard. Some may complete this earlier where data collection for project commences over the summer.
Evidence based reflective log that will map students’ experiences and the skills they have acquired during their degree onto the University’s graduate skills framework.
PROF SKILL ASSESSMENT
Project oral presentation. Oral presentations will be marked by two assessors using a customized 6-mark-bands rubric spanning a mark range from 35 to 85 in steps of 10 marks. The rubric’s marking criteria will be shared with students in advance.