15 credits at level HE7
The modules aims to provide students with the opportunity to pursue, in depth, an aspect of psychology or its applications, by library or empirical study or both. It also aims to foster skills and techniques necessary for independent inquiry, research and problem solving in theoretical or applied contexts and to foster the skills of independence of thought, critical analysis and sythesis of ideas, theories and data.
This will be specific to each area of independent study.
The module is particularly suited to allow students to explore an identified area of psychology in depth which they are unable to follow in the programme curriculum (the topic chosen must not overlap substantially with an area covered in a taught module, but may build on such work). Because one Independent Study module is equivalent to half a standard module (15 credits and 30 credits respectively) it would normally be necessary to undertake two Independent Study modules within a programme of study.
Students will be allocated to an appropriate supervisor who has research or teaching expertise in the subject area or research method. The frequency and timing of supervision will be by negotiation between the student and supervisor but should occur during all three stages of study (i.e. preparation, execution and reporting). The expected total contact time for the module is six hours.
Students will be expected (in consultation with their supervisor) to devise an independent study of suitable scale and scope to allow them to achieve the learning outcomes of the module. Preparation of a formal proposal for the study is the first stage in the process. The proposal for the independent study will be assessed by the supervisor and one other member of staff before the study can commence, any feedback given should be discussed with the supervisor and would normally be expected to be addressed before beginning the study. The second stage is to carry out the study under appropriate supervision. The final stage is to complete an evaluative report (4,000 words maximum) of the study. Feedback will normally be given by the supervisor on one draft of the report but students should check with their supervisor the latest date for submission of the draft report for feedback to be given.
The module is undertaken by supervised independent study and students are expected to be self-motivated. During supervision, students will be guided in all aspects of preparation, execution and reporting the independent study. They will be encouraged to work independently and supervisors will facilitate this on the basis of their knowledge of the subject area and/or research method. Students should be proactive in their interaction with their supervisor and prior to each supervision session identify specific issues and areas they wish to discuss or report on. Students will be required to exercise analytic, synthetic, evaluative and creative thinking in designing and carrying out the independent study.
Supervision 6 hours (norm)
Independent Study 144 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Subject Knowedge and understanding -
Learing Outcomes have advanced, detailed, theoretical and/or practical knowledge of a particular aspect of psychology or its applications.
Produce a detailed, theoretical and/or practical report of a particular aspect of psychology or its applications.
|2.||Cognitive Skills in the Context of the Subject.
Learning Outcomes develop the skills and techniques necessary for independent inquiry, research and problem solving.
|Demonstrate the ability to identify an appropriate area of study and to design a strategy to achieve advanced, detailed knowledge within the proposed area of study.|
|3.||Develop the skills of independence of thought, critical analysis and synthesis of ideas, theories and data.||Produce an evaluative report of a particular aspect of psychology or its applications.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Rationale and proposal for independent study (1,000 words)||Evaluative report (4,000 words)|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Sternberg, R. (1993). The psychologists' companion. Leicester: The British Psychological Society.
Other reading resources (books and journals) will be specific to an individual student and be appropriate to the topic area and/or method.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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