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BSc Psychology

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Psychology

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

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

PSY-BSC-S

UCAS Code

C800

JACS Code

C800 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level: ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade C. There are no specific subject requirements at A-level.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered. A profile equivalent to the stated A-level requirements is usually expected of those applicants offering other qualifications.

Information on international qualification equivalents can be found at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/StudyatQueens/InternationalStudents/YourCountry/
For students whose first language is not English: An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

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 6

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

Psychology (2010)

Accreditations (PSRB)

British Psychological Society

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 30-11-14

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Prof Peter Hegarty

University of Surrey

Prof Rory O’Connor

University of Glasgow

Prof Andrew Bremner

Goldsmiths, University of London

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Students who do not attend a laboratory class or other class at which data are gathered will not be permitted to submit coursework based on that class.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

• Appreciate the breadth and depth of contemporary psychological research, knowledge and understanding;

• Use a variety of graduate-level intellectual, methodological and generic skills;

• Proceed to postgraduate study and/or to directly enter the graduate job market;

• Satisfy appropriate professional accreditation standards;

• Express their academic, intellectual and personal potential developed through well-managed systems of learning and pastoral support;

• Engage with the processes of review, evaluation and self-reflection.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Problem solve, reason scientifically on the basis of evidence, and make critical evaluations in the context of psychological theory, methods of inquiry, applications and interventions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are developed at Levels 1 and 2 in lectures, practical classes and tutorials. Lectures, seminars, the independent thesis and guided independent reading for the General Paper at Level 3 offer further opportunities for development and consolidation.

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, coursework essays, exams and the independent thesis. At Levels 2 and 3 integrative, well-reasoned, evidence-based answers are required.

Demonstrate an understanding that adopting multiple perspectives on psychological issues is important

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The importance of multiple perspectives is a feature of many modules at Levels 1 and 2, and is explicitly addressed in the lectures on Conceptual Issues at Level 2 and again in the guided reading for the General Paper at Level 3.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and exams

Detect meaningful patterns in data and experience

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures in statistics, practical classes, tutorials and research supervision sessions provide opportunities to develop this skill.

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, coursework, the independent thesis at Level 3, exams

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Show knowledge and understanding of the scientific understanding of psychology from broad overview at Level 1 to a deeper understanding at Level 2 of the core areas including research methods, biological psychology, cognitive psychology, personality and individual differences, developmental psychology and social psychology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is achieved mainly through lectures and demonstrations, practical classes and directed reading, reflection and discussion in seminars and tutorial groups, and preparation for coursework assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework essays, laboratory reports, exams

Recognise the variability and diversity of psychological functioning as well as a range of influences on that functioning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, demonstrations, practical classes, seminars and tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework essays, laboratory reports, exams

Demonstrate specialised, up-to-date knowledge of a number of key areas acquired at Level 3

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, guided reading for the independent thesis and research supervision sessions

Methods of Assessment

Essays and other coursework, independent thesis, exams

Display systematic knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research paradigms, methods and techniques, including statistical analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practical classes, demonstrations, tutorials, thesis work at Level 3.

Methods of Assessment

Tutorial essays, independent thesis

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Comprehend the research literature related to psychology and be able to use it to help formulate and operationalise research questions;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, guided reading, practical classes, research supervision sessions

Methods of Assessment

Coursework essays, laboratory reports, independent thesis

Show skill at designing, performing, analysing, interpreting and communicating the results from empirical studies.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials, practical classes, research supervision sessions

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, posters, presentations, independent thesis, exams

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Communicate ideas and research findings in written, oral and visual form;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Communication skills are taught in lectures, practical classes, tutorials and research supervision sessions.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework essays, presentations, laboratory reports, independent thesis, exams

Interpret quantitative and qualitative data;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills of data interpretation are taught in lectures, practical classes, tutorials and research supervision sessions.

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, independent thesis, exams

Be computer literate for the purposes of furthering their learning and communicating their ideas and analysing data;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Computer literacy in developed in practical classes.

Methods of Assessment

Laboratory reports, essays, presentations, independent thesis

Be aware of the issues surrounding group and team work;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Group work including presentations and research reports

Be self-directed in their learning and project management;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, individual tutorials, research supervision sessions, placements

Methods of Assessment

Coursework essays and laboratory reports, independent thesis, employability and placement portfolios, exams

Recognise the need to assess their own skills and to use them for ongoing learning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, placements

Methods of Assessment

Employability and placement portfolios

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Using Psychology in Everyday Life

PSY1006

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Psychopharmacology

PSY3088

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

32%

0%

68%

Developmental Disorders

PSY3066

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

32%

0%

68%

Typical and Atypical Literacy Development

PSY3096

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Psychologists at work: Insights Into Graduate Employment

PSY3100

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

The Visual Brain

PSY3104

3

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Psychological Approaches to Distress

PSY3106

3

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Using Psychology in Everyday Life 2

PSY1007

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Youth and Political Violence: Risk and Resilience Processes

PSY3112

3

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development

PSY3111

3

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

The Psychology of Music

PSY3109

3

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Exploring Psychological Issues in Cancer

PSY3108

3

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Foundations in Psychology

PSY1008

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Introduction to Methods in Psychology

PSY1009

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

55%

5%

40%

Psychology Thesis

PSY3114

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

80%

0%

20%

Sport and Exercise Psychology

PSY3115

3

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Core Psychology I

PSY2065

2

40

24 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Core Psychology II

PSY2066

2

40

24 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Psychological Methods

PSY2067

2

40

24 weeks

N

YES

85%

15%

0%

Psychology of Gender

PSY3117

3

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Using Nudges to Change Behaviour

PSY3118

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

3

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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