Module code: PSYM028

Module provider


Module Leader

RUSCONI P Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 126

Lecture Hours: 24

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework WORKSHOP REPORT 1 15
Oral exam or presentation ORAL PRESENTATION 40
Coursework WORKSHOP REPORT 2 15
Coursework WORKSHOP REPORT 3 15
Coursework WORKSHOP REPORT 4 15

Alternative Assessment

Workshop reports can be alternatively assessed by means of a critical review of an article in the reading list. In-class oral presentations can be alternatively assessed by means of a video of the PPT presentation uploaded to SurreyLearn. Students who have not yet started their dissertation project can present on a topic covered in the literature in which a psychological theory is applied to address a real-world issue.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module comprises a series of workshops that cover selected topics in which social psychological theory and findings can be applied to applied questions and issues. The specific topics covered may vary year-on-year and will depend on staff’s research interests. The workshops are conducted in small groups and give students the opportunity to generate and critically discuss ideas surrounding the translation of valuable theoretical questions into plausible and effective methodologies.


Module aims

This module aims to guide students through the complexities of research crafting, enabling them to generate research questions in inductive and deductive ways and select appropriate tools to investigate them. The module encourages the development of a critical and reflective approach to research design and implementation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Link theoretical and empirical questions to social issues and have developed an in-depth understanding of the practical applications and action implications of Social psychological theories and empirical findings
Work in groups to produce research plans enabling the development of appropriate interpersonal skills to achieve collaborative research
Plan research that is ethical and maintains appropriate standards of conduct.
Reflect on and evaluate your own values and ideals with regard to defining and designing high-quality research
Effectively communicate your understanding of and reflection on the process of crafting research

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Course Content and Schedule (this is indicative based on 2014/5 and is subject to change dependent on the appointment of new staff)

Week 1:           Workshop 1: Risk perception and communication (CFS)

Week 2:           Reading Week

Week 3:           Workshop 2: Culture Change: Identity and Resistance

Week 4:           Reading Week

Week 5:           Workshop 3: Prejudice

Week 6:           Reading Week

Week 7:           Workshop 4:  Reading Power in Science

Week 8:           Reading Week

Week 9:          Student Oral Presentations (Assessed by CFS and PR).

Week 10:        Student Oral Presentations (Assessed by CFS and PR).

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Expose students to the problems of creating meaningful research projects in the face of real world constraints.  The workshop format is intended to engage students both with each other and with the lecturers to explore research problems and suggest creative solutions to them.    

The learning and teaching methods include:

Workshops facilitating class and small-group discussions; observing and participating in oral presentations of research.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Workshop Report 1 15%

Workshop Report 2 15%

Workshop Report 3 15%

Workshop Report 4 15%

Oral-/PPT Presentation 40%


Formative assessment and Feedback

Formative and summative feedback is provided on the short workshop reports.  Formative feedback occurs during the in-class discussions.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Health Psychology MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Social Psychology MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Environmental Psychology MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Research Methods in Psychology MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.