PYMCPL-Psychology Labe Placement (Conversion)

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
Non-modular pre-requisites: Only available to students on the MSc Psychology Conversion course.
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Ciara McCabe


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module provides students with an opportunity to work with an established researcher in psychology or language science or neuroscience. Students will be exposed to practical issues in research. They will work on practical problems and write a report about their activities, what skills they have acquired and what they have learned about the particular research field in which they have been embedded.


The aims of the module are that the student should further their understanding of research in a particular psychological domain. This will help decisions on their career path at the end of the course.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

  1. Show understanding of practical considerations affecting research in psychology.

  2. Describe how their understanding and skills have changed over the placement.

Additional outcomes:

Students will gain an appreciation of research as a career.

Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of research methodology, and use of database and library resources, acquired in other modules, in this module.

Outline content:

Content will depend on individual supervisors who will set specific tasks as described in advance in a ‘job description’. Exceptionally, students may identify and arrange their own placements. All such arrangements will be at the discretion of the Programme Director.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching will be by hands-on instruction by supervisors and others in the laboratory or equivalent work environment, as well as by consulting relevant on-line guides as appropriate (e.g. Library guides or software manuals). Students should spend at least 100 hours (2.5 full time weeks) working for their supervisor. This allowance does not include training time, which will vary from placement to placement.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Supervised time in studio/workshop 100
Guided independent study 100
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 50
Set exercise 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed by a single long piece of written work. The assignment combines (1) a report on the objectives of the placement, progress made, and theoretical understanding gained (so that marking criteria include understanding of the concepts being researched in the lab); (2) a reflective piece in which students assess the skills needed for/acquired in the placement.

Formative assessment methods:

As determined by the supervisor.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment of this module is by resubmission of the written assignment in August/September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 28 September 2018


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