Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Psychology with Study Abroad Programme codeUFS4PSYPSY01
Study mode(s)Level 1
Academic year2017/8
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.

This variant on our popular BSc has been designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a career in psychology, with a strong reputation for intellectual rigour, academic excellence and practical value. The degree provides a solid grounding in all major areas of psychology and our teaching is inspired and informed by our internationally-rated research. Our graduates are widely recognised as being thoroughly prepared for employment or for entry into postgraduate research and professional training courses, and the programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society for Graduate Membership and Graduate Basis for Registration.

We encourage you to engage with our postgraduate students and you will also benefit from the establishment of the Mood Disorders Centre, funded by the Wellcome Foundation, a variety of neuropsychological testing laboratories, including TMS, EEG and eye-tracking, and a diverse range of multi-disciplinary research collaborations with research centres based in other areas of the University, such as the Exeter Medical School, the Business School and the Law School.

A Psychology degree from the University of Exeter could be your first step towards becoming a professional psychologist, e.g., a clinical, educational, or occupational psychologist (although entry into all these professions also requires postgraduate training). It will also give you valuable academic, personal and professional skills that can be used in a variety of sectors such as education, business, health and the media. Our programme is designed to provide a fantastic platform whatever your choice of future career.

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:

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

  • 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
  • To promote specialist capabilities in specific areas of psychology congruent with the research focus of the College.
  • To provide our students in Stage 3 of the programme with experience of studying in an overseas institution, with the benefits of different pedagogical methods, and a different educational culture to those used on our own modules.

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.

http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/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 review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College website:

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 may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in Stage 1 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 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.

Stage 1


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

a The written Statistics examination component of PSY1205 must also be passed at 40%.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY1202 Introduction to Biological Psychology 15No
PSY1203 Introduction to Social Psychology 15No
PSY1204 Introduction to Clinical Psychology 15No
PSY1205 Introduction to Statistics [See note a above]15Yes
PSY1206 Introduction to Research Methods 15No
PSY1207 Cognition, Emotion and Development 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Psy Stage 1 BSc-MSci Psy-App Psy optional modules 2017-8
PSY1105 Introduction to Behaviour and Evolution 15 No
PSY1126 Classic Studies in Psychology 15 No
PSY1208 Workplace Learning 15 No

Stage 2


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY2203 Social Psychology II 15No
PSY2205 Personality and Individual Differences 15No
PSY2206 Methods and Statistics in Psychology II 15Yes
PSY2303 Cognition and Emotion 15No
PSY2304 Biological Basis of Behaviour 15No
PSY2306 Development Psychology and Psychopathology 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Psy Stage 2 BSc-MSci Psy-App Psy optional modules 2017-8
PSY2209 Cognition Practical I 15 No
PSY2210 Social Practical I 15 No
PSY2212 Cognition Practical II 15 No
PSY2213 Social Practical II 15 No
PSY2214 Observations and Experiments in Animal Behaviour 15 No
PSY2216 Qualitative Methods and Interview Skills 15 No
PSY2217 Wild Behaviour 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules

For your year abroad you will agree a suite of modules in your host institution with the College Study Abroad Coordinator. Details of individual modules that may be taken whilst abroad can be found by accessing the partner institution’s factfile at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/abroad/where/ and navigating to the “Course Requirements” section of that factfile where a link to the modules on offer in the partner institution is displayed.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY3404 One Year Study Abroad 120Yes

Stage 4


Compulsory Modules

75 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules

b 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.

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

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Psy Stage 3 BSc-MSci Psy-App Psy - Group 1 - 2017-8 [See note b 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
PSY3416 Work and Organisational Psychology 15 No
PSY3424 Applied Social Psychology: Health, Environment and Society 15 No
PSY3432 The Moral Mind 15 No
LAW3169 Equality and Diversity at Work 15 No
Psy Stage 3 BSc-MSci Psy-App Psy - Group 2 - 2017-8 [See note b 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
PSY3423 The Evolution of Social Behaviour and Social Organisation 15 No
PSY3431 Comparative Approaches in the Study of Brain and Behaviour 15 No
PSY3437 The Psychology of Addiction 15 No
Psy Stage 3 BSc-MSci Psy-App Psy - Group 3 - 2017-8 [See note b above]
CSC4003 Psychology Applied to Health 15 No
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
PSY3433 Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Working with Children with Common Mental Health Disorders 15 No
PSY3434 Mindfulness-based Interventions: Practice, Theoretical Backgrounds and Findings 15 No
PSY3436 Neuropsychology of Ageing and Dementia 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. Demonstrate detailed knowledge about a range of core subject areas as defined by the British Psychological Society, with in-depth specialisation at the forefront of the subject in certain areas.
2. Apply a range of methodological skills, including a variety of statistical and research techniques, to carry out empirical research both individually and collectively.
3. Apply skills of scientific writing in psychology, through a range of methods, at a level appropriate to an honours degree.

ILO 1 is developed in Stages 1 and 2 of the programme through lectures and tutorials. In-depth specialisation is developed in Stage 3 via seminars and the dissertation (research project). ILOs 2 and 3 are developed throughout the programme, via practical classes, lectures, and the Stage 3 dissertation (research project). Independent study also forms a major part of the programme’s teaching and learning methods.

In the study abroad year, the teaching and learning activities will be those used by the host university.

ILOs 1 and 3 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, and continuous assessment essays.

ILOs 2 and 3 are assessed via practical reports and the final dissertation.

In the study abroad year, the assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

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:

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

ILOS 4, 5, 6 and 8 are developed through Research Methods, Key Skills, and Statistics lectures, tutorials and practicals at Stage 1; through research practical modules at Stage 2, and through the research project at Stage 3. ILOs 4, 7 and 8 are also developed throughout the programme in lectures, seminars, and continuous assessment. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

In the study abroad year, the teaching and learning activities will be those used by the host university.

ILOs 4 and 7 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, and continuous assessment essays.

ILOs 5, 6 and 8 are assessed via written examinations, practical reports, and the final project report.

In the study abroad year, the assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

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.

ILOs 9, 10 and 11 are developed through the process of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see A and B above). ILO 12 is developed through group discussions in academic tutorials, through working in groups in practicals, through pair work and an apprenticeship teaching model on the final research project. ILO 13 is developed through students progressing through a teaching programme that is gradually more self-managed, and the personal tutorial and Personal Development Planning system. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

In the study abroad year, the teaching and learning activities will be those used by the host university.

ILOs 9, 10 and 11 are assessed primarily through continuous assessment essays, practical reports, and the final project report. ILOs 12 and 13 are indirectly assessed – in the sense that where modules require development of these skills, it would be very difficult to achieve a good mark in the assessments without having developed such skills.

In the study abroad year, the assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

The Year Abroad counts as a single 120 credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BSc Psychology with Study Abroad. If you fail the Year Abroad module your degree title will be commuted to BSc Psychology. You will be assessed by your host university during your academic year abroad with their grades converted back to University of Exeter grades to contribute towards your degree classification. The rules governing failure and referral will be determined by the host institution.

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

Each Psychology student will be allocated a personal tutor who will remain with them throughout the first and second year of the programme, where possible. Personal tutors are able to provide guidance and feedback on assessment performance, guidance in 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 the final year of the programme each student will be allocated a Research project supervisor, who will also act as personal tutor, providing academic, tutorial, and pastoral support.

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. The 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.

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.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

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

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis Registration, provided that the minimum standard of qualification of lower second class honours is achieved.

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 to this programme.

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

Level 1

23. Dates

Origin Date

24/01/2017

Date of last revision

19/04/2017