PSY3029 : Professional Skills in Psychology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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
Risk assessment
Research and experimental design
Constructing a research proposal
Statistical analysis
CV, and document management
Oral presentation skills
Using E-Portfolio to document skills and achievements while using the University’s Graduate Skills Framework.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity130:0030:00N/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).

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M50See further information below.
Prof skill assessmnt2M50Project presentation
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Research proposalAResearch 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.

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.

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.

Reading Lists