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III - PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION

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III - PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION

    The Programme Specification is a document which the QAA requires all academic programmes to complete in order that their aims, objectives, learning outcomes and component parts may be easily seen by stakeholders such as students, parents and employers. More information can be found in the prospectus and on the University website

    PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION

Title: BSc Single Honours Psychology

     BA Combined Honours Psychology

Faculty: Social Sciences

Author: Dr Mercè Prat-Sala

Date (revised): February, 2009

1) PROSPECTUS INFORMATION

    University of Winchester Awarding Institution

     Teaching Institution (if different)

     Programme also accredited by (if different)

    BSc Psychology (Single Honours) Final Award/s

    BSc Psychology with _ (Main pathway)

    BA Psychology and _ (Joint pathway)

    BA _ and Psychology (Subsidiary pathway)

    English Language of Study

    C800 UCAS code (or other code if relevant)

    TC78; CN81; CW85; CW84;

    CX83;XCJ8;CQ83;VCC8;CV81; CP83;

    WCLV; LC38; CL8H; CV8P; NC88

    Psychology QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

2) EDUCATIONAL AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The central aim is to provide students with the opportunity to study psychology from a selection of perspectives whilst fostering skills that are relevant to the world of work. This is reflected in a

    programme which:

    ; equip students with knowledge and understanding of the core domains of psychology, the different

    theoretical and methodological perspectives associated with these domains, as well as some areas

    of applied psychology;

    ; equip students with subject-specific professional and practical skills that allow them to

    appropriately design, conduct, interpret and evaluate psychological studies;

    ; in the case of the single honours programme only, confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for

    Registration of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification

    of second class honours is achieved;

; equip students with a range of generic, transferable skills relating to critical thinking,

    communication, team working, number, and IT;

    ; enable students to become independent and collaborative learners; and

    ; enable students to have the confidence to deploy their psychological and generic knowledge and

    skills appropriately in employment and further study.

3) LEARNING, TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT

Programme Outcomes

    Key: SH = Single Honours; CHM = Combined Honours Main pathway; CHJ = Combined Honours Joint pathway; CHS = Combined Honours Subsidiary pathway.

    A (i) Students who successfully complete the

    programme will show knowledge and

    understanding of the following:

Year 3/Level 6 Single Honours

     ; a specialised Psychological research topic;

    Knowledge and understanding at Year ; the interpretation of their own novel data, and its 3/Level 6. By the end of Year 3/Level 6, relationship to existing empirical findings, students should have gained knowledge and methods, and models/theories; understanding of: ; major theoretical perspectives, debates, empirical research, methods, fundamental assumptions and conceptual issues within a number of advanced topics related to the core domains of Psychology; and ; topics, theory, applications/interventions and their inter-relationships, in some of the applied fields of Psychology. Combined Honours Main Pathway ; a specialised Psychological research topic;

    ; the interpretation of their own novel data, and its

    relationship to existing empirical findings,

    methods, and models/theories;

     ; major theoretical perspectives, debates, empirical

    research, methods, fundamental assumptions and

     conceptual issues within a number of advanced

     topics related to the core domains of Psychology;

    and

     ; topics, theory, applications/interventions and their

     inter-relationships, in some of the applied fields of

     Psychology.

     Combined Honours Joint Pathway ; a specialised Psychological research topic(if Dissertation in Psychology); ; the interpretation of data, and its relationship to existing empirical findings, methods, and models/theories; ; major theoretical perspectives, debates, empirical

     research, methods, fundamental assumptions and

     conceptual issues within one advanced topic

     related to the core domains of Psychology; and

     ; topics, theory, applications/interventions and their

     inter-relationships, in one of the applied fields of

     Psychology.

     Combined Honours Subsidiary Pathway

     ; the interpretation of data, and its relationship to existing empirical findings, methods, and models/theories; ; major theoretical perspectives, debates, empirical research, methods, fundamental assumptions and conceptual issues within one advanced topic related to the core domains of Psychology; and ; topics, theory, applications/interventions and their inter-relationships, in one of the applied fields of Psychology. Year 2/Level 5 Year 2/ Level 5 Single Honours and Combined Honours Main Knowledge and understanding at Year Pathway 2/Level 5. By the end of Year 2 / Level 5, ; the major concepts, debates, theoretical students should have gained knowledge and frameworks, and investigative methods understanding of: traditionally associated with the biological, cognitive, developmental, individual difference, and social approaches to Psychology;

    ; the historical antecedents to, and conceptual

    issues in, these approaches to Psychology.

     ; a range of research methods, including statistical

     tests and methods of qualitative analysis, and their

     appropriateness to a variety of research questions;

    and

     ; the different stages in developing a research

     question and a research design.

     Combined Honours Joint Pathway

     ; the major concepts, debates, theoretical frameworks, and investigative methods traditionally associated with the developmental and social approaches to Psychology; ; the historical antecedents to, and conceptual issues in, these approaches to Psychology; and ; a range of research methods, including statistical tests and methods of qualitative analysis, and their appropriateness to a variety of research questions. Combined Honours Subsidiary Pathway ; the major concepts, debates, theoretical frameworks, and investigative methods traditionally associated with the biological and

     social approaches to Psychology; and

     ; the historical antecedents to, and conceptual

     issues in, these approaches to Psychology.

Year 1 / Level 4 Year 1/ Level 4

    By the end of Year 1/ Level 4, students All students pursue the same first year programme, should have gained knowledge and irrespective of their intended pathway. Thus the understanding of: learning outcomes for Year 1 / Level 4 are the same

     for all pathways:

     ; fundamental aspects of key Psychological topics, and the importance of the different disciplinary

    approaches;

    ; the interrelationship between psychological

    theorising and investigation;

    ; fundamental aspects of the use of measurement

    and numbers in Psychology;

    ; basic ideas in research methodology, some

    statistical concepts and techniques, and qualitative

    data types and methods of data collection; and

    ; how research questions in psychology are

    investigated.

A. (ii) Learning/Teaching Methods and Year 3 / Level 6

    Strategies ; individual supervision of project/dissertation and

    critical evaluation module combined with student-

    led learning.

    ; lectures

    ; seminars and constructed debates

    ; student -led seminars

    Year 2 / Level 5

    ; lectures

    ; tutor-led seminars

    ; student-led seminars

    ; practical workshops

    ; data analysis workshops

    ; critical evaluation workshops

    Year 1 / Level 4

    ; practical workshops

    ; data analysis workshops

    ; lectures

    ; seminars

A. (iii) Assessment Methods and Strategies

     Year 3 / Level 6

    The aim of the assessment strategy is to ; Final Year Project (empirical) or Dissertation

    provide a range of assessments that ; oral presentations

    encourage the development of learning ; poster presentation

    strategies and key skills, and test incremental ; exams knowledge.

    Year 2 / Level 5

    ; practical reports

    ; essays

    ; critical evaluations

    ; seminar presentations

    ; final year project proposal

    ; exams (unseen)

    Year 1 / Level 4

    ; group presentation

    ; short (700-750 word)essays

    ; long (1,200-1250 word) essay

    ; practical reports

    ; exams

B. (i) Students who successfully complete the

    programme will possess the following

    intellectual and cognitive skills:

Year 3 / Level 6

At Year 3 / Level 6, intellectual and cognitive Year 3 / Level 6

    skills will be shown by the ability to:

     Single Honours and Combined Honours Main

     Pathway

     ; identify and justify appropriate methods(s) for

     addressing a research topic;

     ; select, organise and present secondary materials in a critical and purposeful fashion; ; identify new lines of investigation; and ; critically evaluate theory and research, including their own empirical findings. Combined Honours Joint Pathway ; identify and justify appropriate methods(s) for addressing a research topic(if Dissertation in Psychology);

    ; select, organise and present secondary materials

    in a critical and purposeful fashion (if Dissertation

    in Psychology);

     ; identify new lines of investigation (if Dissertation

     in Psychology); and

     ; critically evaluate theory and research.

     Combined Honours Subsidiary Pathway

     ; critically evaluate theory and research. Year 2 / Level 5 Year 2 /Level 5

At Year 2 / Level 5, cognitive skills will be All Pathway

    shown by the ability to: ; critically evaluate and review empirical and

     theoretical work in Psychology;

     ; engage with criticism and debate in Psychology; and ; discuss the relative merits of different Psychological approaches. Year 1 / Level 4 Year 1 / Level 4: All students At Year 1 / Level 4, intellectual and cognitive ; organise information clearly; skills will be shown by the ability to: ; formulate an argument; and

    ; use evidence to support or criticise the point(s)

    being discussed.

    B. (ii) Learning/Teaching Methods and Year 3 / Level 6 Strategies ; individual supervisory tutorials

    ; student-led learning

    ; student-led seminars

    Year 2 / Level 5

    ; workshops in critical evaluation

    ; team-based practical work

    ; seminars

    Year 1 / Level 4

    ; seminars in use of argument and evidence in

    psychology

    ; team-based practical work

    B. (iii) Assessment Methods/Strategies Year 3 / Level 6

    ; final year project

    ; exams

    ; oral presentations

    ; poster presentation

    ; essays

    Year 2 / Level 5

    ; individual reports

    ; group presentations

    ; essays

    ; critical evaluations

    ; final year project proposal

    ; exams

    Year 1 / Level 4

    ; short and long essays

    ; presentation

    ; practical reports

    ; exams

C. Students who successfully complete the

    programme will be able to demonstrate

    the following subject-based practical

    skills:

Year 3 / Level 6 Year 3 / Level 6

     Single Honours and Combined Honours Main

     Pathway

     ; conduct a specialised Psychological research

     investigation using appropriate methods;

     ; apply analytic procedures appropriate to a research design; ; conduct a focused literature search, using information such as online journals, databases, online datasets, etc.; ; develop a research question and an appropriate experimental/research design; ; plan and conduct research according to Psychological ethical guidelines;

    ; develop, carry out and write-up in a conventional

    scholarly form a specialised Psychological

    research investigation; and

     ; prepare a poster presentation suitable for a

    Psychological audience.

     Combined Honours Joint Pathway

     ; conduct a focused literature search, using

     information such as online journals, databases,

     online datasets, etc. (if Dissertation in

     Psychology);

     ; develop, carry out and write-up in a conventional scholarly form a Psychology dissertation(if Dissertation in Psychology). Year 2 / Level 5 Year 2 / Level 5 At Year 2 / Level 5, students will be able to Single Honours and Combined Honours Main demonstrate the following subject-based Pathway practical skills: ; apply statistical tests in a variety of research designs; ; conduct a focused literature search, using information such as online journals, databases, online datasets, etc.; ; develop a research question and an appropriate experimental/research design;

    ; plan research according to Psychological ethical

    guidelines; and

     ; develop, carry out and write-up research

    investigations appropriately, within ethical

     guidelines and using methods associated with

    some of the core domains of Psychology.

     Combined Honours Joint Pathway

     ; apply statistical tests in a variety of research

     designs; and

     ; develop, carry out and write-up a research investigation appropriately, within ethical guidelines and using methods associated with one of the core domains of Psychology. Year 1 / Level 4 Year 1 / Level 4 All students At Year 1 / Level 4, students will be able to ; analyse a range of data types using SPSS; demonstrate the following subject-based ; implement Psychological research investigations practical skills: within ethical guidelines; ; produce scientific reports in an appropriate form

    for Psychology; and

    ; produce citations and references in an appropriate

    form for Psychology.

C. (ii) Learning/Teaching Methods and Year 3 / Level 6

    Strategies ; individual supervision of project

    Year 2 / Level 5

    ; workshops in quantitative and qualitative data

    analysis

    ; workshop in use of internet and electronic data

    bases

    ; lectures and workshops in research design and

    practice

    ; student-led learning in designing and carrying out

    research

    Year 1 / Level 4

    ; workshops in quantitative and qualitative analysis

    ; workshop in use of internet and electronic data

    bases

    ; theoretical and practical research design classes

    ; workshop on referencing

    C. (iii) Assessment Methods and Strategies Year 1 / Level 6

    ; final year project

    Year 2 / Level 5

    ; practical reports

    ; exams

    Year 1 / Level 4

    ; practical reports

    ; reference list

    ; exams

    D. Students who successfully complete the

    programme will possess the following

    key transferable skills:

Year 3 / Level 6 Year 3 / Level 6

    Key transferable skills are: Single Honours and Combined Honours Main

     Pathway

     Communication:

     ; give clear expression to their ideas and to

     structure their argument in a logical fashion, in

     different written forms (such as essays, poster

     presentation);

     Application of Number:

     ; deploy numerical information appropriately in the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of research data; Information Technology: ; apply analytic procedures using appropriate software, such as SPSS; ; use IT resources to access various sources of information, such as online journals, databases, online datasets, etc.; ; use software appropriately in designing and delivering a poster presentation; and Learning How to Learn:

    ; plan and manage the use of time and resources in

    conducting independent research.

    Combined Honours Joint Pathway

    Communication:

     ; give clear expression to their ideas and to

     structure their argument in a logical fashion, in

     different written forms;

    Information Technology:

     ; use IT resources to access various sources of

     information, such as online journals, databases,

     online datasets, etc. (if Dissertation in

     Psychology);

     ; use software appropriately in designing and delivering a poster presentation(if Dissertation in Psychology); and Learning How to Learn: ; plan and manage the use of time and resources in producing a dissertation(if Dissertation in Psychology). Combined Honours Subsidiary Pathway

     Communication:

     ; give clear expression to their ideas and to

     structure their argument in a logical fashion;

Year 2 / Level 5 Year 2 / Level 5

    Key transferable skills are: Single Honours and Combined Honours Main

     Pathway

     Communication:

     ; produce essays that show clear organisation, review, argument and critical evaluation; ; produce scientific reports that present analysis in a clear and coherent manner; ; prepare and participate in group presentations; ; produce a clearly articulated research proposal; Application of Number:

    ; deploy numerical information appropriately in

    analysing data, and in interpreting and conveying

    results;

    Information Technology:

     ; apply a variety of statistical tests using SPSS;

     ; use IT resources to access various sources of

     information, such as online journals, databases,

     online datasets, etc.; and

     Learning How to Learn:

     ; plan the management of time and resources in conducting independent research. Combined Honours Joint Pathway Communication: ; produce essays that show clear organisation, review, argument and critical evaluation; ; produce scientific reports that present analysis in a clear and coherent manner; ; prepare and participate in group presentations; Application of Number:

    ; deploy numerical information appropriately in

    analysing data, and in interpreting and conveying

    results; and

    Information Technology:

    ; apply a variety of statistical tests using SPSS.

    Combined Honours Subsidiary Pathway

     Communication:

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