Module code: PSY3125

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to enable students to draw upon psychological research to improve risk and choice in applied settings. This involves acquiring knowledge about risk and choice, communicating this knowledge to influence wider audiences, and developing interventions to improve risk and choice in practical settings.
The module introduces relevant theories and research in risk and choice and examples of their application. The module will enable students to explore methods to communicate theories and research in risk and choice to the general public in an engaging manner. It will introduce techniques to analyse how risk and choices are made in practical settings and develop interventions to influence and improve them in a domain of the students’ choosing.

Module provider


Module Leader

BANKS Adrian (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: C855

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

 1.Introduction – major theories on risk and choice
2. Debiasing thinking 1
3. Debiasing thinking 2
4. TED talk preparation – presentation advice; background research on TED topics
5. Risk & visualisation for decision support
6. Applications: Medical decision making
7. TED talks 1 - Emotions
8. TED talks 2 – Unconscious and intuitive thinking
9. Consultancy cycle: Developing interventions to improve risk and choice
10. Bayesian approaches to risk and choice
11. Applying and evaluating decision tools

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation TED TALK PRESENTATION 50
Coursework 6 PAGE report 50

Alternative Assessment

Individuals to record presentation at an appropriate time.

Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment for this module consists of:
Assessment 1: TED talk Presentation (50%, in Weeks 5-6).
Students will have the opportunity to present in the form of a TED talk an argument/research topic and to collaborate with other students. The marking will take into account the individual component/group work. Students will be provided with a marking scheme and the criteria used to assess the presentations.
LO 2
Assessment 2: 8 page essay (50%).
LO 1 & 3
Assessment 3: Peer feedback
Students will read and provide feedback on a peer’s essay. This will provide valuable feedback prior to submitting their essay, and also providing feedback to others will deepen their own understanding.
LO 3
Formative assessment
Students will have the opportunity to discuss and debate on the main topics of the modules in class. They will receive formative evaluations on their contributions to in-class activities
Students will receive both verbal and written feedback during and after the lectures and assignments. They will receive peer feedback on their essay prior to submission.

Module aims

  • Provide students with knowledge of psychological research on risk and choice and their application to improve risk and choice
  • Introduce methods for developing interventions to improve risk and choice in applied settings
  • Equip students to communicate research on risk and choice to the general public in an engaging style

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Analyse risk and choice in practical settings and develop interventions to improve them CKPT
002 Effectively and engagingly communicate theories and research on risk and choice to a wide audience PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Enable students to develop a deep understanding of theory and research in risk and choice

  • Enable students to apply of theory and research in risk and choice to practical settings

  • Enable students to communicate theory and research in risk and choice

The learning and teaching methods include:
22 contact hours and 128 hours of independent study (reading and developing assignments).

The contact hours will be comprised of 11 two-hour sessions. The majority of the sessions will be seminars in which relevant material is introduced and then discussed during the class.
One session will be dedicated to presentation preparation.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for RISK AND CHOICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy3125

Other information

Students who take temporary suspension partway through this module may not be able to complete the remaining classes for this module on their return if it is not running in the following academic year. Such students will have the choice to take a replacement module, or, if they have already completed an assessment for the original module, to attend classes from a new optional module within the same stream (area of psychology) and complete an alternative assessment based on this content that meets the learning outcomes of the original module. The specific alternative assessment will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2020/1 academic year.