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PSY8055 : Investigative Psychology & Forensic Interviewing

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of the ways in which psychological theory can be applied to the process of criminal investigations and the advancement of methods designed to facilitate the detection of offenders and truth finding in forensic interviews. This includes offender profiling, eyewitness identification and the interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspected offenders, including children and vulnerable persons. The module will highlight a range of theoretical paradigms that are relevant to the investigative process (including decision making processes), and will provide students with a detailed understanding of the ways in which the collection of evidence, through appropriate and psychologically robust interviewing techniques, has been enhanced and improved upon over the past two decades.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Psychology applied to the process of criminal investigations;
•       Offender profiling;
•       Investigative interviewing of child/adult witnesses/suspects;
•       Vulnerability;
•       Use of intermediaries;
•       Face perception/recognition;
•       Eyewitness identification;
•       Detecting deception.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials54:0020:00Non-synchronous online sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Present in Person sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1176:00176:00
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Non-synchronous online structured learning activities will be used as the main way to impart knowledge and to stimulate interests in the topics. To attain the intended knowledge outcomes and skills in full, it will be essential that students engage in private study before and after the taught sessions. The private study time will allow students to carry out an in-depth review of the knowledge imparted through workshops, to generate their own views on the topics and to follow these out by carrying out independent literature reviews, thereby taking control over their learning and preparing them for the module assignment. Present in person teaching (PIP) sessions across the module will be delivered and will be used to facilitate a workshop approach to module delivery to clarify and enhance understanding of module content.

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
Oral Presentation201M100Online recorded Oral presentation. Includes powerpoint slides & 250 written abstract submission
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module will be assessed by one summative assessment as detailed below:

A 20 minute presentation linking practice to the theoretical (psychological) development-base (100% of total module marks). Students will choose a topic from a range of investigative/interviewing topics which will be provided.

Included in their submission will be an online recorded video of their presentation; and online submitted written abstract (250 words) and the powerpoint slides.


This will assess both the knowledge and skills outcomes for this module.

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