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PSY3029 : Psychological Enquiry 3: Psychological Literacy and Professional Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Patrick Rosenkranz
  • Lecturer: Dr Amy Fielden
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Psychological Enquiry 3 is the final in a series of modules designed to support student’s development of academic and professional skills as well as psychological literacy. Psychological literacy is defined as “the general capacity to adaptively and intentionally apply psychology to meet personal, professional and societal needs”. This module builds on previous Psychological Enquiry modules and furthermore draws on knowledge and skills gained from the wider degree programme. It provides the opportunity to develop and evidence competencies in preparation for life after graduation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Weekly interactive lectures and workshops on topics including:
•       Applying psychology to meet your personal and professional needs.
•       Planning your career.
•       Critical and scientific thinking in the 21st century.
•       Enhancing your social media presence,
•       Using psychology to live a healthy, ethical and meaningful life.
•       Intercultural competence and working with diversity.
•       Coding and computer skills for psychologists.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00Interactive lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Enterprise challenge
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity146:0046:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

At the end of this module, students will be able to:
1)       Plan the next steps of their professional development.
2)       Plan, design and write effective CVs as well as managing effective professional online presence.
3)       Communicate effectively and professionally through different modalities.
4)       Effectively disseminate their empirical project through an oral presentation.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M50Individual presentation, 8 mins duration plus 2 minutes for Q & A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M50See further information below.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reflective log is the main assessment of knowledge outcomes 1 – 3. Student will submit a reflective journal that evidences their development and application of psychological literacy and professional skills. This journal will also require the inclusion of action plans and CV, evidence of a professional social media profile to cover the attainment of these skill outcomes (1-3).
The oral presentation assesses skill outcomes 3 & 4. The topic of the presentation is the final year research project of the student. Presentations will be given as part of the final year project conference to a small group of their peers and will be marked by two members of staff.

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