QMU-Undergraduate-Prospectus- UG Prospectus 2019 - Page 130

This course will enable you to gain a range of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. Module choices and volunteering opportunities enable you to tailor the course to suit your interests. BSc/BSc (Hons) Psychology Contemporary psychology attempts to understand, measure and modify behaviour using scientific methods and evidence. This course covers a wide variety of material, including classic and contemporary psychology theory, methods and practice, as well as the option to study another subject area up to Year Two. Later years include extensive focus on the core areas required by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The course will enable you to develop and refine a high level of psychological literacy, including critical thinking and writing, excellence in research skills and ethical practice, all of which are transferable into a number of graduate careers. Successful completion of credits up to and including a fourth year Honours classification of 50% (2:2) and above confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Status (GBC) with the BPS. This allows graduates to undertake further training as a chartered psychologist. In Year One, you will be introduced to classic and contemporary theory and research in psychology, and will be asked to begin reflection on the historical dimensions of the discipline as a whole. You will be given the opportunity to study either sociology or physiology and pharmacology. In Year Two, you will move towards evaluation of the core domains of social, developmental, individual, cognitive and biological psychology through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including group work, skills practice, and problem-based learning. You will be encouraged to participate in and reflect on current research taking place in the Division of Psychology and Sociology. You will also study your other chosen subject for the first semester of Year Two. In Year Three, you will continue to critically reflect on the historical underpinnings, and contemporary context of psychology, undertake a critical review of the literature, and progress your knowledge and critical awareness within the core areas. Your research skills will be further refined with the opportunity to gain practical experience of both quantitative and qualitative research, as well as the critical appraisal of research ethics and the preparation of a research proposal. In Year Four, you will choose modules according to your interests and, now immersed in the student research culture, carry out a research-based dissertation in a specific area. This year also offers the opportunity for students to gain credit for reflection on work experience in an area of your choice. Structure You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined. Year One modules Introduction to Psychology 1/ Foundations of Psychology/ Introduction to Psychology 2/ Methods of Psychological Inquiry/ plus 60 credits from either: Sociology (Introduction to Academia and The Sociological Imagination/ Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing); or Physiology & Pharmacology (Introduction to Physiology and Anatomy/ Developmental Biology & Ageing/ Contemporary Issues in Biological Science/ Introduction to Neuroscience/ Genetics/ Integrating module) Year Two modules Social and Developmental Psychology/ Data Analysis/ Psychological Literacy/ Biological and Cognitive Psychology/ Enquiries in Psychology/ Psychology: Practical Investigation/ Psychological Citizenship/ Individual and Historical Perspectives in Psychology/ plus 60 credits from either: Sociology (Social Inquiry – Philosophy and Design); or Physiology & Pharmacology (Human Physiology and Pharmacology/ Pharmacology/ Drug Abuse and Addiction Year Three modules Teaching, learning and assessment Please see the course entry on our website (see URL on opposite page) for full details of the learning, teaching and assessment activities for this course. Also check out the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ section on pages 8-11. 128 Critical, Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology/ Social Psychology/ Developmental Psychology/ Qualitative Research Methods/ Literature Review/ Psychobiology/ Cognitive Psychology/ Individual Differences/ Quantitative Research Methods/ Research Proposal