PY1SKE-Skills for Psychology with Academic Language

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: PY1SK Skills for Psychology
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Juliane Honisch


Summary module description:
The module is available to students registered for Single or Joint programmes within Psychology. It introduces students to a range of academic and practical skills that are important for studying psychology with the additional focus on improving students’ academic language. Students will be encouraged to develop their academic skills with feedback from personal tutors and other staff. The module combines lectures, practical sessions, computer work, self-study and tutorial meetings.

Students will develop their skills as psychologists, to a level appropriate for first-year university students, providing a good foundation for more advanced work in the subject. Some of these skills, such as literature searching, research interpretation, essay writing and critiques, will be useful in spheres other than academic psychology. The module specifically aims to support international and national students to develop good written and verbal academic language skills so that they can achieve their best in their studies.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
- Identify and critically evaluate research evidence, to communicate an argument
- Distinguish different approaches to psychological research.
- Contribute to tutorial group discussions.

Additional outcomes:
Students will additionally develop their communication skills, give presentations, learn to reflect on feedback to inform future work, and strengthen their time management and planning abilities. There will be a specific emphasis on written communication skills in this module.

Outline content:
The module covers six key areas to be explored in a number of lectures, tutorials and assignments:
- Library and internet
- Referencing, Plagiarism and independent writing
- Reading, summarising & presenting
- Finding, interpreting and evaluating research
- Writing and feedback
– Academic Language

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, practical classes, tutorials, computer study sessions and self-study. We will draw on resources provided by the University (e.g. SOAR website, study advice website, Library website) as well as subject-specific teaching material within the Department. Specialist workshops will be run, developed by staff from ISLI and Psychology.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4 4
Tutorials 2 2
Practicals classes and workshops 9 9
Guided independent study 85 85
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Set exercise 10
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is assessed by coursework and a classroom test. Students undertake a variety of written and practical assignments.
Written assignments (which contribute 65% of the module mark) include a critical review (25%), an essay (10%), an academic portfolio (25%) and a reflective report (10%).
Other assessments include an oral presentation to the tutorial group (10%), and completion of two workshops (5%), a class test (10%), and exercises in preparation for tutorials (5%).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    An average mark of 40% for the module.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission of written assignments before end of August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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