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MSc (T) Psychology of Childhood Adversity

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Psychology of Childhood Adversity

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

PSY-MSC-CA

UCAS Code

JACS Code

C820 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Applicants must normally have a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology or related cognate discipline.

Exceptionally, candidates who do not meet the above academic criteria will be considered on an individual basis.

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Psychology

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Psychology (2010)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Laura Biggart

University of East Anglia

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aims of this programme are to offer a high quality, supportive teaching and learning environment that is academically challenging, intellectually stimulating and provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and applied issues concerning the psychology of childhood adversity.

The General Aims of the programme are to:

1. Provide graduate students with an opportunity for advanced study in developmental psychology with a particular focus on the impact of growing up in adverse environmental conditions.
2. Prepare graduate students for more advanced research in topics relevant to the psychological consequences of growing up in adversity.

The Specific Aims are to:
Provide students with an advanced understanding of different theories of development in the context of adversity.

1. Enable students to link theories of normal development to understanding development in the context of adversity.
2. Raise students’ awareness of how growing up in adversity can impact on their psychological and educational development
3. Enable students to critically evaluate research in order to better understand mediators and moderators of outcome
4. Enable students to evaluate interventions designed to mitigate the effects of growing up in adversity.
5. Provide students with the skills to use appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to address theoretical and applied research questions as well as with the skills to interpret quantitative and qualitative data
6. Educate students to conduct research ethically and maintain appropriate standards of conduct
7. Enable students to plan and conduct an independent research study from conception to dissemination.
8. To enable students to demonstrate self-direction and the capacity to deal with complexity and uncertainty
9. Facilitate self-reflection in support of personal and professional development

The General Aims of the programme are to:

Provide graduate students with an opportunity for advanced study in developmental psychology with a particular focus on the impact of growing up in adverse environmental conditions.

Prepare graduate students for more advanced research in topics relevant to the psychological consequences of growing up in adversity.

The Specific Aims are to:

Provide students with an advanced understanding of different theories of development in the context of adversity.

Enable students to link theories of normal development to understanding development in the context of adversity.

Raise students’ awareness of how growing up in adversity can impact on their psychological and educational development

Enable students to critically evaluate research in order to better understand mediators and moderators of outcome

Enable students to evaluate interventions designed to mitigate the effects of growing up in adversity.

Provide students with the skills to use appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to address theoretical and applied research questions as well as with the skills to interpret quantitative and qualitative data

Educate students to conduct research ethically and maintain appropriate standards of conduct

Enable students to plan and conduct an independent research study from conception to dissemination.

To enable students to demonstrate self-direction and the capacity to deal with complexity and uncertainty

Facilitate self-reflection in support of personal and professional development

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Show a high level of scientific reasoning, linking and evaluating theory and evidence in developmental psychology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, talks

Methods of Assessment

Informally assessed through class discussion and exercises. Formally through coursework such as Essays, Dissertation, literature reviews and presentations, policy briefing

Contrast different levels of explanation in developmental psychology, examine their implications and recognise their limitations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, talks, project work

Methods of Assessment

Essay, literature reviews, proposal, dissertation, presentations

Critically analyse research studies, commenting both on theory, methods and conclusions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, talks, project work

Methods of Assessment

Essay, literature reviews, Ethics report, dissertation, presentations

Reflect on how theory and research can inform interventions and practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Policy briefing

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Communicate ideas, principles, theories and research findings by oral and written means

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, talks, project workLecture, seminars, workshops, Project /placement workwork

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, presentations and dissertation, placement report

Elicit high quality information and data from field sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, Project /placement workwork

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, placement report and dissertation

Use information technology (e.g. WWW, bibliographic data bases such as Psych info, word processors, statistics packages)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, project work

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework and Dissertation

Conduct themselves in a professional (accountable, responsible, ethical) self-regulated and constructively critical fashion

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework and Dissertation

Use interpersonal and social skills as appropriate

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, workshops, project work

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework and dissertation

Pursue continuous improvement via self-reflection and other forms of professional and personal development activity

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student-self-assessment will be promoted through Personal Development Planning.

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework and dissertation

Use analytical skills in a problem solving context

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Use analytical skills in a problem solving context

Methods of Assessment

Use analytical skills in a problem solving context

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The recent history of developmental psychology in relation to theoretical approaches to development in the context of adversity.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, talks and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Essays, literature reviews, presentations, dissertation

Different levels of explanation in accounting for children’s development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, talks and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Essays, literature reviews, presentations, dissertation

Theories and research related to specific examples of childhood adversity. Practical issues relating to research and/or intervention with children raised in the context of adversity.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, talks, placement work and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Essays, literature reviews, presentations, dissertation, placement report

Basic and advanced research design and methods of investigation, data analysis and techniques and how they relate to theoretical and applied issues in child development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars and workshops, placement work

Methods of Assessment

Class tests, Ethics Report, dissertation, placement report

The ethical conduct of research with human participants, specifically with children

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars and workshops

Methods of Assessment

Ethics Report, ethics submission, dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Show competence in a range of methods to analyse both quantitative and qualitative data using statistical packages, if appropriate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, placement work

Methods of Assessment

Statistics assignments, ethics assignment, dissertation, placement report

Show specialist competence in the methodology and analyses chosen for thesis and placement work.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, research supervisor meetings

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation

Use a variety of psychological tools relevant for working with children, e.g., psychometric tests, laboratory equipment, specialist software.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, research supervisor meetings, placement work

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation, proposal, essays, presentations, placement report

Write well-structured and well –argued prose, using style and conventions appropriate for publishing in the psychology literature.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, research supervisor meetings

Methods of Assessment

Essays, Ethics assignment, dissertation. presentations

Make a successful application for ethical approval for planned thesis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, research supervisor meetings

Methods of Assessment

Ethics assignment, Essays

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 1

PSY7063

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 2

PSY7064

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantitative Data Analysis 1

PSY7065

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantitative Data Analysis 2

PSY7066

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood Adversity

PSY7077

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Improving Outcomes using Evidence Based Interventions

PSY7080

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Theoretical Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development

PSY7081

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation Childhood Adversity

PSY7082

7

60

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Psychological Methods in Developmental Research

PSY7034

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Children in International Contexts of Adversity

PSY7035

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Skills: Atypical Child Development

PSY7031

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Placement - Childhood Adversity in Applied Contexts

PSY7036

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood Adversity 2

PSY7095

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes