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PSY3029 : Psychological Enquiry 3: Psychological Literacy and Professional Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Amy Fielden
  • Lecturer: Dr Patrick Rosenkranz
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 indicative topics are:
•       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 completion122:0022:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities12:002:00Non-synchronous online: Presentation skills session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Present in person: CVs and LinkedIn
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops122:0024:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops72:0014:00Student led and organised group meetings
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity341:0034:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The interactive workshops and practical sessions will facilitate discussion and develop psychological literacy with a focus on encourage students to:
1)       Plan the next steps of their personal, professional and societal 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.
5) Engage in reflective practice.

These skills will be further developed through NSOL activities and guided independent study.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M40Present in person individual presentation, 8 mins duration plus 2 minutes for Q & A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M60Task 1- reflecting on the development of psychological literacy during their time at uni. Task 2- detailing the application of psychological literacy to address real world prof issue. 700 words or 5 mins audio/video recording to include both tasks
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reflective log is the main assessment of knowledge outcomes 1 – 3. Student will submit a reflective log made up of two tasks, these evidence (1) their development of psychological literacy during university and (2) their understanding of appropriate application of psychological literacy in a real world professional context. This log 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.

If the module is failed, Stage 3 students may only be offered a resit if an honours degree is not awarded on the first occasion. Failed assessments will be the same format during the August resit period.

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