PY3FPT-Forensic Psychology: Theory and Practice

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Jayne Freeman


Type of module:

Summary module description:

 PY3FPT: Forensic Psychology: Theory and 


The aims of this module are: to give students an understanding of some of the main theories of the aetiology of offending behaviour; to challenge students to consider the link between trauma and offending behaviour; to explore some of the main models of treatment, risk assessment and management; and to develop an understanding of some of the many ethical issues inherent in the work with forensic populations. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

1.    Appraise key theoretical explanations for offending behaviour with critical reference to the literature

2.    Critically evaluate key models of treatment, with critical reference to the literature.

3.    Appraise key models of risk assessment, with critical reference to the literature.


Additional outcomes:

1.    Analytical skills: sourcing relevant information, evaluating, critiquing, decision making, problem solving

2.    Communication skills: verbal and written

3.    Organisational skills: planning, prioritising, storing & using information


Outline content:

This module contains seven two hour seminars.  The module will introduce you to different theories pertaining to the possible aetiology of offending behaviour and what factors may maintain this behaviour.  It will explore current models of treatment, risk assessment and risk management and the ethical issues pertaining to work with forensic clients.  The module will aim to provide an opportunity to apply theory to examples of applied forensic tasks.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will use a combination of lectures, interactive activities, student presentations and both small and large group discussion to explore issues relevant to working as a forensic psychologist. At intervals through the module, students may be required to undertake reading and preparation in advance of the seminar and engage with team-based discussion and problem solving activities.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 14 1
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 99.00 1.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Written assignment including essay 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:

1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The coursework is a written report of 2000 words (25%).  The 1.5-hour Summer Exam (75%) will require students to answer 1 essay question on topics covered in the module

Formative assessment methods:

Students have the opportunity to provide the module convenor with up to two essay plans for comment and feedback in preparation for the exam. 

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall 

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment is by re-examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 28 June 2018


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