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PS50192: Fundamentals of forensic psychology practice

[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: OT 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Portfolio (OT 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are:
* To provide an understanding of the principles and usefulness of reflective practice for trainees and professional forensic psychologists.
* To provide a critical understanding of the forensic psychological theories and evidence relevant to advice, training and consultancy
* To provide knowledge and appreciation of the ethical principles and practices of forensic psychology.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit students will be able to:
* Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and utility of reflective practice for their development as trainee and professional forensic psychologists.
* Demonstrate an understanding of the forensic psychological theories and practice relating to advice, training and consultancy
* Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to enable students to work within a range of settings and contexts relevant to forensic psychology.
* Develop an appreciation of the ethical principles and practices within professional forensic settings.

Skills:
Intellectual Skills
Students will develop:
* The ability to learn independently and to be able to assess own learning needs.
* The ability to work independently
Transferable Skills
* Study and learning skills.
* Basic information and computing technology skills.
* Inter-personal and communication skills.
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills.
* Team and group working skills.
* The ability to reflect on his/her academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
* Independent and group working skills
* Advanced oral communication skills
* Leadership skills
* The ability to understand career opportunities and challenges ahead.
* A sensitivity to and an ability to react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal factors in a professional context.

Content:
This unit will provide students with:
* The skills to work as a scientist-practitioner in forensic settings.
* The core skills in reflective practice, evidence-based practice, personal development, report writing, consultancy and training skills.
* The knowledge and appreciation of the career opportunities in forensic psychology.
* The knowledge and appreciation of ethical principles and practices within professional forensic settings.
* The opportunity to develop leadership skills.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50192 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
  • THPS-AWM13 : MSc Applied Forensic Psychology with Counselling

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