PY1AP-Applied Psychology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Dan Jones

Email: d.jones6@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Applied Psychology Module Convenor: Dr Adrian Whyte (UoR) Module Lead: Dr Dan Jones (UoRM)


Aims:
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the application of psychological theory. Through the lectures and recommended reading, students will be able to describe and evaluate how psychological theory is used in the topics covered.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Understand how psychology is used across a variety of occupations and roles
2. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts, theory and research in multiple areas of applied psychology
3. Understand how psychological theory can relate to real-life settings
4. Evaluate appropriate empirical evidence in relation to key theories

Additional outcomes:
Students will begin to consider the variety of psychologically-related professions available, as well as the roles these professional psychologists take.

Outline content:
PY1AP comprises 10 lectures in which the application of psychological theory will be explored. Examples of topics include health psychology, sport psychology, counselling psychology, consumer behaviour, educational psychology and forensic psychology. Relevant theory and research evidence will be described and evaluated. Weekly multiple-choice questions plus an end-of-module assessment will enable students to gauge their knowledge and understanding of the topics.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is taught via 10 lectures, plus a weekly online discussion forum, and supported by tutorial classes, recommended reading and online assessment. Teaching methods include the following:
(a) Lectures that encourage student participation
(b) Online discussion forum following lectures
(c) Recommended reading from texts
(d) Weekly multiple-choice questions to support learning

NB The contact hours in the table below are indicative of the contact hours for students studying this module in the UK, and may vary for students taking this module at branch campuses.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is examined by a 1500 word essay on a selection of topics covered in the module. Students are also assessed on the breadth of material covered in the module by weekly set exercises.

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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 submission of an essay in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 6 October 2017

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