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BSc Psychology (Intercalated)

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title BSc Psychology (Intercalated) Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code PSY-BSC-IC UCAS Code HECoS Code 100497
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Intercalated Length of Programme 1 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 120
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Psychology

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Psychology (2010)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

None

Programme Specific Regulations

None

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:

• Demonstrate a clear and systematic understanding of specialized areas in psychology;

• Integrate and synthesise a range of generic skills in the context of psychology;

• Participate in original research;

• Use the intellectual, scientific, technical and personal skills that they have developed for research and independent study;

• Benefit from an environment in which students contribute to the design, operation and improvement of provision.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Demonstrate analytical, critical and problem‐solving skills in the context of psychological theory, methods of inquiry, applications and interventions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, and the research thesis.

Methods of Assessment

A wide variety of coursework elements and examination formats. Assessments require integrative, evidence‐based answers

Understand that psychology involves a range of theories, research methods, evidence and applications and that applying multiple perspectives is important

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, and the research thesis.

Methods of Assessment

A wide variety of coursework elements and examination formats. Assessments require integrative, evidence‐based answers

Analyse data in the context of a Psychological research thesis in order to test hypotheses about behaviour

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes, and supervision sessions for the research thesis.

Methods of Assessment

Research reports and the research thesis.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding surrounding the theories, concepts and practical aspects of Psychology, from advanced study, specialisation and application.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, and tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

A wide variety of coursework elements and examination formats.

Comprehend and evaluate primary scientific literature in specific areas of Psychology.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials and supervision sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A wide variety of coursework elements and examination formats.

Discuss and defend the application of new concepts in a range of learning contexts, using data from a variety of relevant sources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials and supervision sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A wide variety of coursework elements and examination formats. Assessments require integrative, evidence‐based answers

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Comprehend the research literature related to psychology and integrate and apply such information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, and research supervision sessions.

Methods of Assessment

There are a range of approaches to
assessment, including literature searching exercises, integrative essays, class‐tests, oral presentations and other methods, together with a research based thesis.

Apply scientific method and the principles of good experimental design to Psychology concepts.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes, lectures, tutorials, seminars, and research supervision sessions.

Methods of Assessment

Research reports, research thesis

Demonstrate generic and subject‐specific practical skills related to measurement, data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation of Psychological material in a research‐related context.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes, lectures, tutorials, seminars, and research supervision sessions.

Methods of Assessment

Research reports, research thesis

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Search for and retrieve information from databases, library collections etc.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed via the constant requirement for literature‐search in the preparation of assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments including
literature reviews, research reports, essays and the research thesis.

Deduce relevant outcomes through critical analysis and problem solving.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, research supervision sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A wide variety of coursework elements and examination formats.

Handle data and demonstrate numeracy.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practical classes, tutorials, research supervision, research thesis.

Methods of Assessment

Research reports and the research
thesis.

Work with other people and in teams.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The promotion of teamwork and interpersonal skills is stimulated through participation in class discussion, class exercises, group research, and working in pairs for collection of thesis data.

Methods of Assessment

Research reports and the research
thesis.

Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Development of good oral and written
communication skills is achieved
by tutorial participation and through
presentations during seminars, the research thesis and other assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Written communication skills are
assessed via coursework and exams.
Oral communication skills are assessed by seminar presentations and participation in class

Display time management skills, self‐discipline and work without close supervision.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed by requirement to produce multiple pieces of coursework, including the research thesis, by set deadlines.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments and the
research thesis.

Demonstrate IT skills including the use of word processing,
spreadsheets, databases and graphics

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Competent use of IT is engendered by the
constant requirement for word‐processing, data handling and graphical presentation in the preparation of coursework assignments and thesis.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework including essays, research reports and the independent thesis.

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Thesis PSY3001 3 30 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Typical and Atypical Literacy Development PSY3096 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Ageing: Mind, Brain and Behaviour PSY3098 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Psychological Research Methods for Intercalating Students PSY3102 3 30 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Psychology of Gender PSY3117 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Using Nudges to Change Behaviour PSY3118 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Psychology of Intergroup Relations: Theory and Applications PSY3121 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
An Introduction to Clinical Health Psychology PSY3122 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Evolutionary Psychology and Comparative Cognition PSY3123 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 15% 25% 60%
Introduction to Political Psychology PSY3124 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

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