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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)

Module PSYC1101: Careers in Psychology

Department: Psychology

PSYC1101: Careers in Psychology

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to C800
Tied to C807


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • This Level 1 introductory module is to allow students to acquire a broad foundation of knowledge and understanding of what people with psychology degrees do both within an academic context and more generally in the real world, and to acquire an understanding of the transferability of skills.


  • The course will consist of lectures that includes content from a variety of individuals, academics, individuals who have careers for which a psychology degree is essential, and individuals who use knowledge and skills gained from their degree in their work.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Awareness of their skills
  • An understanding of how the skills acquired in a psychology degree can be used in a diversity of workplaces. An understanding of specialist careers in psychology. An understanding of how students can maximise their degree but at the same time knowledge that others have been successful despite difficulties during their degrees.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses regarding own career readiness. Develop employability skills. Analyse and evaluate information about careers in Psychology. Ability to research and evaluate a variety of job roles.
Key Skills:
  • Developing ability to organise and utilise knowledge. Self-awareness.

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

  • Detailed understanding of careers in psychology is supported by elements of lecture and online content which use examples to provide more detail about selected topics and issues.
  • The module is predominantly online to enable students to engage with the material at the dept that most suits their career interests and background.
  • Student acquisition of a broad range of knowledge relating to careers and transderable skills is facilitated by the material covered in lectures and the provision of appropriate additional reading.
  • The formative MCQ tests and in-lecture activities provide students with rapid feedback on their progress in acquiring relevant knowledge.
  • Assessment of the breadth and depth of this knowledge is achieved via the examination.
  • The examination uses an MCQ format to assess the breadth of student knowledge, and an essay to assess depth of understanding.
  • The ability to organise and utilise knowledge is developed through students' pereparation for and participation in lecture activities. This is assessed via in class tests.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 2 Start of terms 1 and 2 1 hours 2
Online sessions 18 Weekly (apart from the start of terms 1 and 2) 1 hour 18
Preparation and reading 180
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100%
Component: In-class tests Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
In-class tests 100%

Formative Assessment:

Formative lecture activities and MCQs provide almost immediate feedback on students' progress and what has been learned.

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