PSY-30123 - Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology
Coordinator: Samantha J Andrews Room: N/A Tel: +44 1782 7 32961
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology builds on material presented in previous years and explores some of the psychological processes relevant to eyewitness testimony. How effectively are people able to describe or recognise a suspect? How accurate is our memory for details of a crime and how can psychological research help us improve the testimony witnesses provide? These questions and more will be considered during the module. The assessment is a written assessment examining the topics covered during the module using psychological research findings. Students will be supported with the development of appropriate skills related to the assessment and with assessment preparation during taught sessions.This module will be of interest to all psychology students, especially those who are interested in forensic psychology.

To develop students' knowledge and understanding of key topics in face, forgetting and forensic psychology research. In particular, students will learn to apply these cognitive psychology topics to real-world forensic contexts. This will facilitate an appreciation of the real world application of psychological theory and concepts.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes


Study hours

20 hours of in situ seminars/workshops
10 hours of asynchronous activities plus 10 hours of pre-recorded talks (broken down to small chunks)
4 hours to watch media related to assessment
20 hours to prepare for classes
60 hours to do research and write notes for essay
26 hours to write essay

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
Essay focussing on a literature review which links 1 or more topics covered in class
Maximum 3000 word essay. Students will be asked to watch a film or programme such as 12 Angry Men related to forensic psychology. They will then be asked to pick one aspect of the material watched and explore it in relation to a topic presented during the course with reference to research articles. Guidance will be provided in the introductory lecture and also in an assessment dedicated session by when students will have watched the material and will discuss their ideas in groups and with the module team.