THINKING PSYCHOLOGICALLY - 2021/2
Module code: PSY0003
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
This module introduces the student to the fundamentals of psychology and integrates the professional skills relevant to psychology. It provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and comprehension, practical skills and reasoned judgements in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. The student will take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures. The module will use a combination of teaching strategies that encompass cross discipline learning, reflection on outcomes, self-guided research and traditional lecture teaching. There will be synoptic assessment of the assimilation of knowledge and understanding across the main strands of study in the module.
HACK Sarah (Psychology)
Number of Credits: 60
ECTS Credits: 30
Framework: FHEQ Level 3
Module cap (Maximum number of students): 75
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 45
Independent Learning Hours: 500
Seminar Hours: 21
Guided Learning: 17
Captured Content: 17
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
The content for this module will build knowledge and understanding of debates and issues within core areas of Psychology, examples of which are:
Current debates and issues in Psychology
Approaches and perspectives in Psychology
Personality and Individual Differences
Core transferable skills
- Professionalism, team working
- Reflection, ePortfolio work
- Engagement in feedback
- How to make notes, understanding academic integrity, referencing
- How to perform effective literature searches
- What is the scientific method?
- How to critically read a science paper
- How to write scientifically
- Presentation skills; how to communicate clearly (written and oral)
- Arithmetic and numerical computation
Data presentation, analysis and interpretation (including statistics)
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ePortfolio 1: Essay (3 pages + Reflection)||50|
|Coursework||ePortfolio 2: Reflective Essay (3 pages)||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological principles that will benefit their introduction to L4.
The module will be assessed using synoptic methods to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning across the subjects taught over the two semesters. A range of formative and summative assessments will be set throughout the programme. The formative assessments feed in to the summative assessments.
There will be a formative assessment ahead of each summative assessment. This will support the development of knowledge and understanding, intellectual and cognitive skills. The formative assessment will take the form of (i) a short essay, which will prepare students for the summative essay and (ii) a reflection on their learning and experiences of studying psychology, which will prepare students for the summative end-of year reflection. These two assessments will combine subject-specific learning with academic skills.
Students will complete two equally weighted summative assessments: an academic essay (50%) and a reflective essay (50%). An example of the focus of the essay is a critique of a topic covered during the year. The end-of-year reflection will require students to further reflect on their learning and developing. These two assessments will build on the learning from the formative assessments, again combining subject-specific learning with academic skills development. They will demonstrate the embedding of key psychological, analytical and academic skills.
Opportunities for self and peer assessment will also be introduced to support the summative assessments.
The two formative and two summative assessments may be uploaded to an ePortfolio to provide a record of learning and a learning resource which may be subsequently referred to on the undergraduate programme.
Continuous feedback strategies are built into the module to capture the students experiences and development of their:
- Peer and tutor facilitated
- Ability to articulate reflective practice through their writing
- Reflect and discuss learning
- Develop their interpersonal skills
- Encourage engagement and communication skills
- Introduce students to a range of psychological topics and professional skills to prepare students for access into a psychology degree programme
- Develop key and transferable skills that will help in the assimilation of knowledge and develop autonomy in learning
- Develop cognitive skills that allow for critical thinking, problem solving and analysis of data and information
|001||Relate principles and concepts to underlying theoretical approaches||C|
|002||Carry out defined investigative strategies and effectively communicate the result||C|
|003||Collect information to solve standard problems||C|
|004||Analyse a range of data using pre-defined principles or criteria||C|
|005||Have an enhanced understanding of the basics of psychology||K|
|006||Demonstrate an awareness of the subject area and current areas of debate in the field||K|
|007||Demonstrate attitudes and behaviours that support lifelong learning||T|
|008||Demonstrate skills in communication, interpersonal skills and reflection||T|
|009||Demonstrate confidence and self-awareness in becoming an independent learner||T|
|010||Demonstrate an ability to assess own capabilities against given criteria||T|
|011||Undertake a given task and clearly defined role||P|
|012||Undertake given complex performance tasks||P|
|013||Adapt behaviour to work with others in joint tasks||P|
|014||Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues in psychology||P|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
Please note that this module has been formulated by default using the traditional Fac-to-Face model of teaching but a hybrid model of teaching and delivering the content will be explored given the current context.
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Enhance the students learning experience
- Encourage active student engagement
- Adopt innovative approaches to learning and teaching
- Offer high quality educational delivery
- Create the ability to study independently with support
During the course a number of learning and teaching methods may be used, including:
- Lectures and interactive seminars
- Flipped learning
- Discussion groups and problem solving classes
- Revision and feedback tutorials
- Independent study and self-directed learning
- Guided group/team work
- Laboratory practical sessions (including virtual reality and online tasks)
- Experiential learning
- Blended learning
- Reflective learning
- ePortfolio building
- Peer evaluation
2-3 hours of contact time will be delivered per week during teaching weeks 1-11 per semester (66 total)
An indicative week might involve 1 hour of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials
18 hours per week of independent study across weeks 1-15 per semester (534 total)
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.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Psychology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||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 2021/2 academic year.