SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M1C822906
Module Leader Elaine Duncan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module examines the scope and origins of Applied Psychology. Although, there will be a focus on specialized areas (such as Health and Forensic Psychology) the aim is to show how psychological principles and theories can be applied to many professions and to everyday life situations. Standards of conduct, ethical frameworks and core competencies required by practitioners will be outlined and content populated by real world examples of intervention work. The module is designed to be a light touch, entry-level introduction to Applied Psychology and a preparation for deeper analysis of these areas in levels 2, 3 and 4.


Origins and scope of applied psychology, the professional psychologist, evidence-based practice, scientist-practitioner model, regulations and standards of conduct, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Cyberpsychology, and other emerging applied disciplines. Cognizance will be taken of how applied psychology is operationalized in both a UK and international perspective.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to: - 1. Demonstrate foundation level knowledge of key topics, concepts and theories within various domains of practice in Applied Psychology (assessed in summative wiki).2. Describe key aspects of the work undertaken by practitioners in various domains of practice in Applied Psychology (assessed in summative profile of day in life of applied psychologist).3. Demonstrate an awareness of the scientist-practitioner model and issues relating to evidence-based practice in Applied Psychology (assessed in summative wiki). 4. Demonstrate an awareness of the intervention work in a variety of domains of practice in Applied Psychology (assessed in summative profile of day in life of applied psychologist).5. Demonstrate ability to reflect on personal capacity to become an applied psychologist (assessed in summative profile of day in life of applied psychologist).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will utilize a blended-learning approach. Two hours of tutor-led lectures will be supplemented by a one-hour tutorial per week. All lecture presentations/additional materials will be posted on GCU Learn. Wiki tools will form part of the formative and summative assessment components. Formative peer-assessment will also be utilized in the profile of a life in the day of an applied psychologist assignment. Students will be provided with the link to the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Research Digest Blog; a topical and public engagement forum for the dissemination of the latest research from around the world. Individual meetings with tutors will be provided on request. Feedback on summative components of the assessment strategy will make use of Grademark to enhance accessibility to feedback and to put into practice principles of Feedback for Future Learning Strategy.

Indicative Reading

Coolican, H. (2011). Applied Psychology . Abington, Bookpoint Ltd. Hayes, N. (2010). Understanding Applied Psychology . Abington, Bookpoint Ltd.

Transferrable Skills

Psychological literacy, selecting and synthesising information from multiple formats, communication skills, framing a problem, awareness of the value of evidence-based practice and reflection in psychology, global perspective. Elementary awareness of how applied psychologists can intervene to influence behaviour change; a crucial element in improving mental and physical health in a range of environments.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Tutorials (FT) 8.00
Seminars (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (FT) 282.00
Lectures (FT) 48.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% Group designed Wiki
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 35% Profile of day in life of applied psychologist (it will contain an element of self-reflection examining the extent to which the student believes they have the desire to train in that field - 2000 words)