PSY-10042 - Exploring Psychology Topics II
Coordinator: Chris Street Tel: +44 1782 7 33386
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module aims to develop your understanding of key issues in applied cognitive, applied biological and forensic psychology. You will be introduced to a variety of authentic issues that can be addressed by cognitive, biological and forensic psychologies such as cognitive impairments, driving behaviour, and lie detection. You will also be guided to develop your evaluative reasoning skills and apply them to understanding how effectively psychological research has addressed applied psychological issues.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Describe and synthesise key issues in cognitive, biological and forensic psychology demonstrating knowledge of the applied nature of these topics: 1
Describe how different sub-disciplines of psychology interact to inform key topics in cognitive, biological and forensic psychology: 1,2
Describe critical evaluation techniques that can be used in order to render informed judgments about scientific research: 2

Study hours

- 18 hours synchronous large class interactive taught sessions (12 weeks x 90 minute sessions)
- 2 hours presentation session (for assessment)
- 18 hours guided asynchronous learning (12 weeks x 1.5 hour)
- 112 hours independent study (e.g., reading, revision, organising information, creating assessments)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Presentation weighted 40%
Group Presentation
A 20-minute oral presentation supported by a PowerPoint presentation file (or equivalent), which assesses understanding of a key issue in applied cognitive, biological or forensic psychology. The presentation will take place in person when possible. A set of key issues are to be presented to students and a group of four students acting together must choose one of these key issues on which to develop a joint presentation. Students will be required to reflect on how research in other subdisciplines of psychology can help address their selected key issue. The presentation will be delivered to the attendees of the workshop that the student is associated with along with the attendees and session leader of one other workshop.

2: Reflective Analysis weighted 60%
Critical evaluation techniques
Students will be given two competing perspectives of an applied psychological issue. The assessment will require students to write a 700 word reflection on what techniques they would use to evaluate the perspectives and how that would allow them to reach a fair and informed judgment about the relative merits of the two perspectives.