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PS40178: Professional skills

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Lay Summary (CW 33%)
  • Presentation (CW 34%)
  • Final Essay (CW 33%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PS30094 OR take PS30155
Description: Aims:
The aim of this module is to provide students with the practical skills needed to obtain and sustain a career in psychology.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students should be able to:
* Discuss examples of ethical dilemmas in psychological practice, and the role of professional codes of practice
* Discuss and critically analyse how psychological research is reported in the media
* Communicate research to both expert and lay audiences
* Demonstrate an understanding of the issues of leadership, effective communication, and productive collaboration with peers in research and professional settings
* Plan, monitor, adjust and document self-learning to improve performance (e.g. continuing professional development; CPD)
* Plan, monitor, adjust and document a programme of work on an on-going basis
* Engage in structured reflection on own performance and skills development
* Exercise initiative and personal responsibility
* Discuss examples of ethical dilemmas in engineering practice, and the role of professional codes of practice

To reflect upon new technology and innovation within psychology and to make decisions regarding legitimacy, reliability and effectiveness. (T/F A)
To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others. (T/F A)
Can communicate ideas and research findings both effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means. (T/F A)
Is computer literate and is confident in using social media. (T/F A)
Is sensitive to and can react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal factors in groups and teams. (T/F A)
Can undertake self-directed study and project management in order to meet desired objectives. (T/F A)
Can take charge of their own learning, and can reflect and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses for the purposes of future learning. (T/F A)
Can exercise initiative and personal responsibility (T/F A)
Can undertake decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations (T/F A)
Can engage in independent learning ability required for continuing professional development. (T/F A)

Written Communication in psychology
Oral Communication in psychology
Time Management and workload planning
Techniques of critical analysis for the psychology literature
Effective Group Work
Structured Reflection
Psychology Ethics and Professional Codes of Practice.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS40178 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology

PS40178 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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