PSY-30134 - Making a difference with psychology
Coordinator: Alexandra Kent Tel: +44 1782 7 33289
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Psychology is a rich and varied discipline with much to offer society. How will you ensure you put your degree to good use after you graduate? This module gives you insights into how psychology can be communicated to non-specialists and used in applied settings to make a difference to people┐s lives. Topics vary from year to year but may include: what are the most effective ways to help individuals develop leadership skills? How can complex ideas be communicated persuasively to new audiences? Which strategies can be used to develop innovative, engaging education? How can psychology help charities maximise donations?
Lectures are used sparingly and instead classes are run as workshops in which students' practical skills are developed working towards the module assessment, consisting of a single 3000 word submission. The format of the coursework is a professional style "Invitation to Tender" in which you get to design and bid for a service contract to solve an applied problem drawing on your knowledge of psychology.
We give you lots of support in class to practice both the content and style of work needed to do well in the assessment. By completing this, you will gain valuable experience in the process by which organisations bid for funding making this a valuable and employability-enhancing learning experience. Previous students have said ┐I feel like I have learned the most from this module than any other module within my degree┐ and ┐I like seeing Psychology being applied to the real world, how it is used everyday and how it can be used to make changes.┐

The module gives students insights into how psychology can be communicated to non-specialists and used in applied settings to make a difference to people┐s lives. It aims to enhance students' ability to apply their discipline-specific knowledge to relevant work and community-based scenarios. It aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the recruitment process and support them as they begin applying for graduate-level jobs.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes


Study hours

20 hours teaching - 10 x 2hr taught classes
Asynchronous activities to prepare students for class and extend knowledge - 20 hours
30 hours independent study
80 hours coursework preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Individual Report weighted 100%
Contract Tender
Students will act as psychology consultants. They will choose from a selection of Invitations to Tender for contracts provided to them as part of the assessment brief, relating to the three topic areas taught in the module. Students will plan a project to fulfill the requirements of the Invitation to Tender. They will produce a tender document for the contract. This tender will consist of: a) Project Proposal Outline (PPO) - detailing what they would do if they won the contract b) Research Informed Rationale - Provide evidence that their PPO has a reasonable chance of success based on research evidence and theory from psychology. The two documents together form the Contract Tender and will be assessed as one piece of work. Word count = 3000 words