PY2CP1-Careers for Psychology 1

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: PY1PR Psychological Research
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Amanda Branson


Summary module description:


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.    Critically reflect upon the learned skills acquired during the work placement, describe connections between observations about themselves and colleagues, and course content


Additional outcomes:

Students will further develop their skills in:

Successful team-work and self-confidence, through team-based learning


Outline content:

The module comprises interactive lectures / workshops, drop-in sessions, and a work placement of 40-50 hours.  Lectures cover topics such as interview techniques and evidence, effective career planning and theories of nonverbal behaviour.

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 poster presentations, graduate level CVs or effective interview styles. Students are expected to prepare for the sessions by reading online material each week.

(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.


The module also contains a 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
Guided independent study 34
Placement 50
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:

This module is assessed through coursework (100%)

Students will submit a portfolio comprising the following:

1.    A reflective Personal Profile, which will require students to identify their motivations and skills, and apply theory to enhanced performance

2.    A placement diary, to evaluate the tasks completed and the skills acquired during the placement, plus a reflection on personal career plans

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:

    Examination in August / September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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