Module Catalogue 2020/21

PSY3030 : Foundations in Forensic Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carla Chivers
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

This module is for single honours psychology students only, or with express permission from the Module Leader

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

To provide students with an insight into the general area of forensic psychology and to develop critical understanding of:

how psychological research has been applied to understanding the causes of criminal behaviour, including the assessment and treatment of offenders, and:

the way such research can be used in an applied setting through investigative psychology.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Introduction to forensic psychology
•       Theories of crime
•       Assessment and treatment of offenders
•       Psychological disorders e.g. Antisocial and Narcissistic Personality Disorders, Psychopathy.
•       Investigative and legal psychology

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1.       Describe and evaluate key psychological paradigms which have been used to explain criminal behaviour;
2.       Recognise ethical dilemmas and manage the implications by identifying and evaluating appropriate
information required for risk assessment/functional analysis;
3.       Compare and contrast knowledge of different methods of assessing and treating offenders;
4.       Evaluate the importance of investigative psychology and the different interview and interrogation
techniques used when conducting investigations;
5.       Explain how psychological disorders may result in aggressive behaviour and the subsequent implications
of such behaviour;
6.       Compare the many careers associated with forensic psychology and have an insight into what working in
that area entails.

Intended Skill Outcomes

After completing the module, students should be able to:
1.       gather information from a variety of sources and have the ability to select those most appropriate for
the specific task;
2.       critically evaluate theoretical arguments and research evidence in relation to forensic psychology;
3.       formulate independent views on a range of topics associated with forensic psychology;
4. develop the skills necessary to undertake a formulation of offender behaviour.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials62:0012:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Synchronous online - Skills practice - Functional Analysis Workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Synchronous online - exam Q&A session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Synchronous online - Introduction lecture
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials and non-synchronous online structured learning activities will be used as the main way to impart knowledge and to stimulate interests in the topics. The private study time will allow students to carry out an in depth review of the knowledge imparted through lecture materials, to generate their own views on the topics and to follow these out by carrying out independent reviews of the literature, thereby taking control over their learning and preparing them for the unseen exam. The synchronous online workshop will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge on assessment and treatment of offenders to an applied task and develop the skills necessary to undertake a functional analysis formulation of offender behavior. The functional analysis will be a formative group task.

The contact time for this module reflects the amount of preparation students are expected to do for the assessment (ECA).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A10024 hour take home written exam comprising two ‘unseen’ essay questions from a choice of six (1000 words each)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1MSkills Practice - Functional Analysis Workshop - 2 hours synchronous online group task
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam essays will test their knowledge of the topic area, their understanding of their further reading, the ability for planning and organising material, their writing communication skills and their critical evaluation skills.
     
FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely. The form of assessment will not vary from the original

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.