SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3C825417
Module Leader Lindsey Burns
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

SCQF Level 7 psychology

Summary of Content

The module is designed to allow students to learn through reflecting on the experience of working in a psychology relevant work place, and subsequently articulating what of value they are learning in the process. It allows students to gain direct experience of applications of psychology to problems in the real world. It will enable students to understand the wider implications of their academic work and to reflect on how their experience has informed their knowledge regarding their academic practice. It is envisaged that the work experience and the process of reflecting on it in a structured manner provided by this module should facilitate students' future career development. Students will ideally cover a minimum of 30 hours in a relevant work setting for the purposes of the module.


The syllabus requires students to make explicit links between psychological theory or concepts and their experiences in an applied setting. They have to critically evaluate a psychological theory or concept in relation to the applied setting they are undertaking work in. This allows the development of a critical perspective on psychological theories and concepts with a real world slant. They learn how their academic studies can be of use when working in an applied setting and in this way the syllabus covers issues of employability and focuses the students awareness towards their transferable skills while relating them to their knowledge gained so far from academic credit.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the student should be able to:1. Critically evaluate psychological theory and literature using examples from their work experience. (Assessed in the summative presentation)2. Critically reflect on how skills and knowledge acquired in a psychology degree can be transferred to the real world. (Assessed in the summative presentation) 3. Appraise and reflect on personal skills development. (Assessed in the summative reflection)4. Evidence the ability to plan for the future. (Assessed in the summative reflection)5. Orally present complex information in a clear, concise and engaging manner. (Assessed in the summative presentation).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will have responsibility for securing their own work experience for the module ensuring that they are engaged with the learning taking place. The module is very student directed and involves reflective learning based on the student's own experiences, supplemented by a structured framework of seminars, group discussion, and directed writing. Students will have the opportunity to take part in aspects of the selection process from seeing an initial job advert to planning their application for that post.

Indicative Reading

Books: Arnold, J., and Randall, R. (2010) Work Psychology: Understanding human behaviour in the workplace (5 th edition) London. Financial Times/Prentice Hall. Bohall, G., & Bautista, M. (2017). The psychologist's guide to professional development. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag. Arulmani, G., Bakshi, A., Leong, F., Watts, A., SpringerLink, & LINK. (2014). Handbook of Career Development International Perspectives (International and cultural psychology series). Fook, J., and Gardner, F. (2007) Practising critical reflection: a resource handbook. Maidenhead. Open University Press. McDonald, Das, Das, Mita, & Dawsonera. (2008). What to do with your psychology degree : The essential career guide for psychology graduates (Open UP study skills). Maidenhead, England: McGraw Hill/Open University Press. Moon, J. (2013) Reflection in Learning and Professional Development: Theory and Practice. Hoboken. Taylor and Francis. Streumer, Streumer, J. N., SpringerLink, & LINK. (2006). Work-Related Learning . Journals: Applied Psychology Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing European Review of Applied Psychology Journal of Applied Psychology

Transferrable Skills

Generic Skills : -360 1. Self-discipline and commitment in the work setting. -360 2. The ability to critically evaluate arguments. 3. Time management 4. Ability to meet deadlines 5. Written and oral communication Employability Skills: -360 1. The ability to apply methods and techniques learned on the course to real life practical situations. 2. The ability to reflect on their own learning experiences and how to articulate what they have learned. 3. Knowledge and experience of key aspects of the selection process. Digital Capabilities: -360 1. Production of presentation for online submission.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Practicals (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Individual Presentation (10 minutes)
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Reflective Report