PY3PPP-Project for Psychology & Philosophy Students

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Katie Gray


Summary module description:
PY3PPP: Project for Psychology & Philosophy students

This module allows students to conduct an independent piece of research that includes the necessary components of good research (literature review, planning, ethical considerations, data collection, data analysis, writing of a final project report). The student may choose also to consider relevant philosophical aspects or implications of the topic.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the project, students should be able to demonstrate their ability to plan, execute and report an empirical study in a chosen area of Psychology. Where appropriate, the student will also report on relevant philosophical aspects or implications of the topic.

Additional outcomes:
Projects provide the opportunity to work in close collaboration with a supervisor, and where appropriate with other members of the supervisor's laboratory, and with a student co-worker.

Outline content:
The project will be supervised in the Department of Psychology and there may be additional supervision in the other department where appropriate. Students are required to produce a written plan by the start of Autumn Term in part 3, which can usefully be developed into a full project report by the end of Summer Term of Part 3. The Plan will summarise the background and justification for the project, and proposals for the main project. The final project report will demonstrate that the project plan has been implemented, updated where necessary in the light of supervisor's feedback and further reading, and should answer a particular hypothesis on the basis of the data collected. It may also cover philosophical aspects or implications of the topic.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
(a) Regular supervisory support is given at all stages of the project.
(b) Written feedback is provided following submission of the Project Plan. This will help students produce an accomplished final report, whilst also allowing them to demonstrate their ability to work independently at the final report stage.
(c) Statistics support workshops are available to support data analysis.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 4
Project Supervision 20 20 2
Practicals classes and workshops 50 60
Guided independent study 90 154
Total hours by term 160.00 234.00 6.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 10
Dissertation 90

Other information on summative assessment:
The project is assessed by coursework.

Students submit a Project Plan (worth 10% of the marks for the module), and a final project report by the end of Spring Term of Part 3 (worth 90% of the marks for the module).

Formative assessment methods:
Students are provided the opportunity to submit a draft report (excluding the discussion) for feedback from the supervisor.

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:
    Project to be resubmitted by 1st September if it carries an original mark of less than 40%

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: Two hard copies should be submitted. Assuming a 50 page report, printing should cost approximately £10. Binding costs will also be incurred - £6 for two bound copies.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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