PY2CP-Careers in Psychology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: PY1PR Psychological Research
Non-modular pre-requisites: For Single Hons Psychology students only
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Hazel Mycroft


Summary module description:
Careers in Psychology

This module will enable students to critically evaluate and consider the wide range of career options that result from a degree in psychology. Students will gain career-related experience by completing a substantial work placement in a related area; further develop existing and new skill competencies related to a career in psychology to enhance their employability, and gain knowledge of how to deploy key techniques to effectively communicate their employability skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will be able to: 1. Identify, assess and articulate skills, interests, values and personality traits in the context of career decision making. 2. Demonstrate the ability to apply theory and research to perform effectively in recruitment interviews. 3. Deploy key techniques to effectively communicate employability skills and psychology related research to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 4. Develop new and further develop existing skill competencies related to a career in psychology to enhance students’ employability (for example, programming skills and psychometric testing in an occupational context). 5. Describe and critically reflect upon the knowledge and skills acquired during the work placement, incorporating critical evaluation of themselves, colleagues and the host organisation with reference to course-content, theory and research (written and in oral form).

Additional outcomes:

Students will further develop their skills in: 1. Successful team-work and self-confidence, through team-based learning. 2. Developing a battery of appropriate psychometric tests for selection and assessment of candidates for a specific job, or writing short experimental programs to test research questions related to theory. 3. Designing graduate level CVs.

Outline content:

The module comprises interactive lectures/workshops and drop in sessions. (a) Career development sessions, including effective career planning through self-awareness and goal planning. We will examine theories of nonverbal behaviour and related research from sport and performance psychology to develop effective interview performance skills. (b) Skills for psychologist workshops in areas such as designing psychometric tests or writing experimental scripts to test theory. (c) A work placement of 80-100 hours in a field related to students' career choice.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Career development (a) Taught sessions will use a team-based learning approach, interactive lectures and practical sessions. Students work in diverse teams to design and evaluate graduate level CVs or effective interview styles. Practical sessions will include hands-on experience of skills such as deploying and critical evaluation of different types of psychometric tests and/or hands-on experience of developing and writing a short experiment in PsychoPy (programming software). Students are expected to prepare for some sessions and workshops in advance by reading online material, nd engaging with preparatory activities. (b) Individual 'drop-in' time will support students in finding and making best use of their placement, and provide one-to-one advice on their assignments. Placement The module also contains a substantial work placement, which students will identify and carry out for themselves, with support. The module therefore strongly encourages self-directed learning in relation to work based skills.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 9
Practicals classes and workshops 8
Guided independent study 33 34
Placement 50 50
Total hours by term 99.00 101.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Report 20
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Set exercise 5

Other information on summative assessment:

The module is assessed through coursework (100%). 

Placement and career competency (75%)

Students will engage in career related activities and a work placement.  Assignments comprise a placement portfolio including:

  • A reflective personal profile requiring students to articulate their knowledge, skills, abilities and other attributes, also to apply theory to enhance performance.  Submitted in Spring Term (pass/fail)

  • A placement diary and reflective report (25%), to record the number of hours spent on placement, describe the tasks carried out and reflect on the development of skills related to career plans.

  • Students will prepare and deliver an oral presentation, summarising the placement report (25%)

Skills for Psychologists (25%)

  • Continuous Assessment Questions to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specific skills (programming and psychometric testing) (5%)

An assessment demonstrating the development of a specific skill, chosen by the students from a list of options. These might include the design of a battery of psychometric tests, or an annotated script in a programming language used by psychologists (20 %)

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:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment is by resubmission of the reflective Careers Skills assignment in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 30 October 2017

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