10 credits at level HE7
This module aims to:
1. To provide students with the opportunity to pursue, in depth, an aspect of psychology or its applications, by library or empirical study or both.
2. To foster the skills and techniques necessary for independent inquiry, research and problem solving in theoretical or applied contexts.
3. To foster the skills of independence of thought, critical analysis and synthesis of ideas, theories and data.
Students may pursue any area of specific interest which they are unable to follow in the programme curriculum, subject to the availability of staff expertise for supervision. The topic chosen must not overlap substantially with an area covered in a taught module, but may build on such work. Subject to these constraints, the focus of the independent study may be a review of current knowledge within a particular area of psychological theory or methodology or an empirical applied project within the workplace. It may also be used to prepare for the MSc Dissertation in circumstances where there is a highly specific body of literature that is not addressed within the programme curriculum, or where an innovative method is to be developed and/or piloted for the Dissertation. However it must be noted that work submitted for assessment on this module must not be submitted directly for the Dissertation. Because one Independent Study module is equivalent to a half standard module (10 credits and 20 credits respectively) it would normally be necessary to undertake two Independent Study modules within a programme of study. The module tutor will arrange for supervision from an appropriate member of staff. In consultation with the supervisor, an appropriate area of study will be identified: supervision will continue by mutual arrangement, during the execution of the study. The supervisor will provide feedback on one draft of the work before final submission.
The teaching will be by individual or group tutorial, guided reading and/or empirical work.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Employ skills of independent enquiry and learning to identify an area of study.||Be able to critically evaluate empirical research and or theory and identify gaps and flaws within existing research to justify further investigation of area of study.|
|2.||Produce an evaluative report within a selected area of psychology.||Be able to evaluate empirical research and or theory and express this within a written report.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||An essay or report of an empirical study, approximately 2,500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Sternberg, R. (2003). The psychologists’ companion (4th edition). Leicester: British Psychological Society.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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