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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)


Department: PSYCHOLOGY (APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY) [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Queen's Campus Stockton


  • Modules to the value of 100 credits from Level 2 Applied Psychology (C810) or Memory and Language (PSYC2081)


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • PSYC 3151 Cognitive Psychology


  • The aim of this module is to demonstrate how cognitive psychology has been used to explore aspects of everyday cognition in the real-world.


  • The following topics are representative of the material that will be covered during the course.
  • Diagrams and graphs: Types of representation; Models of Graph Comprehension; Multi-media learning; Designing Usable Graphs
  • ScientificThinking: Induction; Scientific Thinking; The Intuitive Scientist Metaphor and the Development of Scientific Thinking Skills
  • Face processing: Theories of face processing; Abnormalities in face processing; Applications of face processing theories: eye witness testimony; Applications of face processing theories: technology and face processing theory.
  • Mathematical Cognition: The 'mathematical' brain; Cognitive models of doing maths; Normal and abnormal mathematical abilities

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students should be able to identify, describe and analyse cognitive psychological factors relevant to everyday situations.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students passing these modules should be able to:
  • Locate, read and review a body of research evidence.
  • Adopt different theoretical perspectives and see the relationships between them.
  • Interpret and evaluate the significance of empirical work.
Key Skills:
  • Students passing these modules should be able to:
  • Undertake critical evaluation of the quality of evidence and arguments.
  • Communicate complex ideas effectively in their written work producing clear, well-written essays.
  • Demonstrate independent learning.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Knowledge and understanding is developed through the weekly 2 hour sessions involving variety of learning modes including lectures, student presentations, video-based material, and some small group work.
  • This knowledge will be assessed in the summative assessment, and the written examination. These assessments will be essay-based, providing students with the opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to appraise and apply empirical and theoretical in a critical manner.
  • Preparations for presentations promote students??? abilities to locate, read and evaluate a body of evidence. These abilities are assessed via the summative essay and written examination. Feedback is provided for the summative assessment.
  • All modes of teaching are designed to promote critical evaluation of evidence and arguments, to adopt different theoretical positions, and to interpret empirical work in terms of theory. Assessment of these abilities is based on the summative essay and written examination. Feedback is provided for the summative assessment.
  • Written communication skills are developed through the preparation for the essay and examinations. Assessment of the skills is based on these formative assessments. Feedback is provided for the summative assessment.
  • Good IT skills are required for the preparation of the summative essays. Feedback is provided regarding the adequacy of these skills where necessary.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures and seminar sessions 22 1 per week 3 hour per session 44
Preparation and Reading 156
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
two-hour examination 100%
Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
2500 word assignment 100%

Formative Assessment:

Seminar presentation, One essay or other assignment

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University