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PS10154: Being a psychologist

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 20%, ES 80%
Assessment Detail:
  • Summary (CW 20%)
  • Essay (ES 80%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: Describe the different branches of Psychology within the Department of Psychology, (and in particular those represented in the Bath department i.e. Clinical; Health; Cognition, Affective Science and Technology; and Social and Cultural Psychology)
Recognise the different methods employed by different branches of psychology and their varied research agendas.
Recognise the conflicting claims made for what constitutes evidence.
Recognise the conflicting claims about what constitutes good science
Describe the research activities within the department and the staff involved at an early stage in their undergraduate career.

Aims: To enable students to comprehend what it means to be a Psychologist in research practice.
To familiarising them with a range of psychological methods and applications.

Skills: Understands the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations. (T/F/A)
Can demonstrate systematic knowledge and critical understanding of a range of influences on psychological functioning, how they are conceptualised across the core areas, and how they interrelate. The core knowledge domains within psychology include (i) research methods, (ii) biological psychology, (iii) cognitive psychology, (iv) individual differences, (v) developmental psychology and (vi) social psychology. In addition to these core areas it is expected that students will gain knowledge of conceptual and historical perspectives in psychology. (T/F/A)
Has detailed knowledge of several specialised areas and/or applications, some of which are at the cutting edge of research in the discipline. (T/F A)
Can reason scientifically, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about arguments in psychology. (T/F A)
Can adopt multiple perspectives and systematically analyse the relationships between them. (T/F A)
Can communicate ideas and research findings both effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means. (T/F A)

Content: The content will comprise 20 research biographies from individual members of the four research groups in the department namely: Clinical; Health; Cognition, Affective Science and Technology (CAST); Social and Cultural Psychology (SCP). Specific examples from each of the four will include the treatment of anxiety (Clinical),Pain and Pain Management (Health), Face and Gaze Processing (CAST), Social Identity and Consumption (SCP).

Programme availability:

PS10154 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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