Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

BSc (Hons) Intercalated Psychological Studies

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Intercalated Psychological Studies Programme codeUFS1PSYPSY01
Study mode(s)Level 1
Academic year2015/6
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Psychologists are interested in why we do things, how we do them and how we relate to others as well as to the world at large. As a result, Psychology plays an important role in drawing together techniques, theories, findings and professional practice from several areas of expertise to address complex and socially and economically important questions about behaviour. Psychologists study people at all stages in their lives from birth to old-age, assessing how people perceive the physical and social world around them, how they think and use ideas, how they vary in intelligence and personality and how they are influenced by particular environments such as work, school and family. Psychology is the systematic and scientific study of behaviour and experience. As such it has a wide range of applications, such as in industry and commerce, in education and in health and social services.

Based in the Washington-Singer Laboratories on Exeter’s Streatham campus, The School of Psychology is an expanding centre for academic teaching and research, committed to providing its staff and students with a friendly and stimulating intellectual environment. We are one of the UK's top Psychology departments, providing high-quality undergraduate programmes for intelligent and highly-motivated people, whatever their background. Our teaching staff are recognised internationally for their academic excellence and world-leading research investigating mood disorders, human cognition, animal behaviour, and social, environmental and organisational psychology.

The one year BSc (Hons) Intercalated Psychological Studies programme is only available to selected students who - 1) are undertaking a medical degree at the University of Exeter or another appropriate medical institution, and 2) have completed at least the first two years (240 credits) of their medical school programme (see University Regulations Governing Honours Degrees: Regulation 1.2, Section 5).  The programme provides access to our specialist seminar modules delivered to students in the final year of our three-year undergraduate programmes. Many of these seminar modules provide valuable new perspectives to those modules you may already have completed as part of your main programme of study, allowing medical students to explore complementary topics.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

We aim to promote the values described by McGovern et al (2010), providing an intellectual environment that allows you to develop into, ‘critical scientific thinkers and ethical and socially responsible participants in their communities’ (p.10).

Specifically, the aims of the undergraduate Psychology programme are:

1.  To provide an education of high quality in a stimulating and supportive environment that is enriched by research and/or current practice in the discipline;

2.  To provide training in scientific skills of problem analysis, research design, evaluation of empirical evidence and dissemination;

3.  To provide a range of academic and key skills that will prepare you confidently for employment, future study, or training for professional practice;

Additional aims specific to this programme are:

4.  To provide a thorough grounding in a range of skills, including statistical analysis and research design and methodology, necessary to satisfy the criteria for accreditation as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Registration under the scheme administered by the British Psychological Society

In doing so, we aim to encourage you to develop into individuals who, on graduation, will:

  • Have a well-defined vocabulary and basic knowledge of the critical subject matter of Psychology
  • Value the intellectual challenges required to use scientific thinking and the disciplined analysis of information to evaluate alternative courses of action
  • Take a creative and amiable sceptic approach to problem solving
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organisational issues in work, relationships and the broader community
  • Act ethically
  • Be competent in using and evaluating information technology
  • Communicate effectively in different modes and with many different audiences
  • Recognise, understand and foster respect for diversity
  • Be insightful and reflective about your own and other’s behaviour and mental processes

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

www.exeter.ac.uk/psychology/currentstudents/modules/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five credit module PSY3910 Professional Development Experience. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Stage 1


75 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY3401 Psychology Research Project 45Yes
PSY3402 Methods and Statistics in Psychology III 15Yes
PSY3403 Contemporary Issues in Psychology 15No

Optional Modules

a You must choose three 15 credit seminar modules in the series starting PSY3410. Seminars are arranged into three groups: Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3. The groupings may vary slightly from one year to the next and so prospective students should contact Psychology before making any firm decisions.

You must take one seminar from each group and the three seminars cannot all be taken in the same term.

You are also permitted to take the five credit module PSY3906 Psychology Research Internship in the second or final years. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Psy Stage 3 BSc Psychology - Group 1 - 2015/6 [See note a above]
PSY3410 Stereotypes and Stereotyping 15 No
PSY3411 Psychology and Law 15 No
PSY3412 The Psychology of Gender 15 No
PSY3413 Communication and Social Groups 15 No
PSY3415 Social Psychology of Prosocial and Antisocial Behaviour 15 No
PSY3416 Work and Organisational Psychology 15 No
PSY3424 Applied Social Psychology: Health, Environment and Society 15 No
Psy Stage 3 BSc Psychology - Group 2 - 2015/6 [See note a above]
PSY3417 The Associative Mind 15 No
PSY3418 Processes of Human Memory 15 No
PSY3419 Studying Cognition and Emotion with Brain Imaging 15 No
PSY3420 Brain Plasticity and Language Learning across the Lifespan 15 No
PSY3422 Comparative Cognition 15 No
PSY3423 The Evolution of Social Behaviour and Social Organisation 15 No
PSY3429 Associative Basis of Addictive Behaviour 15 No
Psy Stage 3 BSc Psychology - Group 3 - 2015/6 [See note a above]
PSY3411 Psychology and Law 15 No
PSY3425 Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Mood Disorders 15 No
PSY3426 Parental Psychiatric Disorders and Children's Development 15 No
PSY3427 Compulsive Behaviour 15 No
PSY3430 Women's Mental Health 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Display knowledge about a range of core subject areas.
2. Apply a range of methodological skills, including a variety of statistical and research techniques, to carry out empirical research both individually and collaboratively.
3. Apply skills of scientific writing in psychology, through a range of methods, at a level appropriate to an Honours degree.

Learning and teaching methods include seminars, essays, project proposals, group work, final year supervised research project, student oral presentations and small group discussions, poster presentations, and independent study.

Summative module assessment is through examinations, essays, final year supervised research project, poster presentation. Final year seminar modules are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework, and the final year research project is assessed by coursework and by a poster presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Apply skills of scientific writing and presenting results.
5. Review and critically evaluate empirical evidence using a range of defined techniques.
6. Illustrate an awareness of the wider ethical issues relating to the subject and its application.
7. Review and critically evaluate published work as well as your own work.
8. Plan, execute and present an independent and original project.

Learning and teaching methods include seminars, essays, project proposals, group work, final year supervised research project, student oral presentations and small group discussions, poster presentations, and independent study.

Summative module assessment is through examinations, essays, final year supervised research project, poster presentation. Final year seminar modules are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework, and the final year research project is assessed by coursework and by a poster presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Think independently, critically and creatively.
10. Identify and solve complex problems confidently and flexibly.
11. Use electronic information retrieval and management tools effectively; access information from a variety of sources.
12. Interact effectively within a group.
13. Manage yourself effectively including autonomy, time management, self-teaching, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism.

Learning and teaching methods include seminars, essays, project proposals, group work, final year supervised research project, student oral presentations and small group discussions, poster presentations, and independent study.

Summative module assessment is through examinations, essays, final year supervised research project, poster presentation. Final year seminar modules are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework, and the final year research project is assessed by coursework and by a poster presentation.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. Your academic tutor can also make referrals to Student Support Services where required.

In the final year of the programme each student will be allocated a Research project supervisor, who will also act as personal tutor, providing guidance and feedback on assessment performance, generic academic skills and pastoral support. They are also able to refer students to more specialist support services, both within the College and elsewhere across the University.

In addition, every student can expect reasonable access to all teaching staff through drop-in ‘office hours’ and specific appointments, and will in addition receive formative feedback from various discussion groups/in-lecture exercises throughout the delivery of each module and therefore receive essentially continuous feedback during the taught component of the programme. Your progress will be monitored and you can receive up-to-date records of the assessment, achievements and progress at any stage.

All relevant print resources are stored in the University’s Main Library, with high-demand resources placed in the Express Collections section.

All module-based learning resources and student handbooks are hosted by the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE), the University's on-line Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). ELE provides an online set of integrated tools to support e-Learning activities and enables students to access course materials and use tools such as Discussion Forums and Quizzes to interact online. A variety of these tools enhance the learning and teaching activities for every Psychology module, allowing students to access most materials remotely, for example, lecture videos, supporting texts and formative self-test quizzes.

You will have access to the computer cluster in the Washington-Singer Laboratories, when not in use for teaching or assessment purposes, along with the pay-per-print laser printer installed there. University IT Services provide a range of central services, including open and training clusters of PCs - available on a 24/7 basis. Network access is available from all rooms in the hall of residence on site.

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications/index.html)

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

This programme is only available to selected students following a medical degree at the University of Exeter Medical School or another appropriate medical institution and who are taking an intercalating year during their programme of study (see University Regulations Governing Honours Degrees, Regulation 1.2, Section 5). Admission to the programme is by agreement between the University of Exeter Medical School or other medical institution, the Head of the Department of Psychology and the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Intercalated Psychological Studies

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

22/07/2013

Date of last revision

07/07/2015