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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Ergonomics

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Loughborough Design School
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

British Psychological Society, for Graduate Membership of the Society (GM)

Final award Bsc (Hons)/ BSc (Hons) + DPS
Programme title Psychology with Ergonomics
Programme code DSUB05
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if students undertake professional training leading to the award of the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).
UCAS code C8J9, C8JX
Admissions criteria

No longer admitting students to the programme

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:12:36 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide a high quality honours programme which maximises students’ opportunities to graduate with a good degree and enhance their employability.
  • to equip students with the skills and knowledge which would enable them to work as professional ergonomists or psychologists within industry and carry out research within academia and other research environments;
  • to enable students to acquire a range of quantitative and qualitative research skills and methods for investigating topics within psychology and ergonomics;

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (August, 2008);
  • the Quality Assurance Agency’s Benchmark Statement for Psychology;
  • requirements of the British Psychological Society which undertakes regular two-yearly ongoing monitoring and a full Review once every five years;
  • requirements of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors  which undertakes annual monitoring, and performs a full review once every five years;
  • requirements of the International Ergonomics Association;

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should have developed: 

  • A systematic understanding of key aspects of psychology and ergonomics. Within psychology this should include coverage of a set of core topics including biological, cognitive, occupational and developmental psychology. Within ergonomics this should include  anatomical, physiological and psychological aspects of the design of work environments including their comfort, efficiency, productivity and safety;
  • An ability to deploy accurately established methods and techniques of analysis and enquiry within psychology and ergonomics.
  • A conceptual understanding that enables the student:
  • The ability to devise and solve problems using ideas and techniques from psychology and ergonomics, some of which are at the forefront of developments within the discipline;
  • The ability to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in the discipline.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  1. demonstrate evidence based reasoning and make critical judgements about arguments in psychology and ergonomics;
  2. detect meaningful patterns in psychological and ergonomic functioning and evaluate their significance;
  3. demonstrate substantial competence in research skills through practical activities;
  4. analyse and present with confidence quantitative and qualitative evidence;
  5. understand the ethical context of psychology and ergonomics as a discipline and demonstrate this in relation to their own empirical work.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • observe, record accurately and give an objective account of human action  in  both laboratory and other settings;.
  • design an experiment which compares behaviour or experience under at least two conditions of at least one experimental variable;
  • collect and organise quantitative data for statistical analysis.
  • collect and interpret qualitative data rigorously;
  • initiate, design, conduct and report an empirically-based research project under appropriate supervision, recognising its theoretical, practical and methodological implications and limitations;
  • communicate ideas in a range of styles and for different audiences: long and short essays, practical and project reports; to peers and teachers; in writing and orally.
  • act professionally and in accordance with ethical propriety.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

1)     use instructional material (eg, experimental demonstrations) and research tools (e.g,. computer-based statistical packages), and conduct literature searches using databases and other resources on the internet;

2)     collect data in numerical form, present it in tables and graphs, and analyse it with a range of statistical tools;

3)     clarify questions, consider alternative solutions and evaluate outcomes;

4)     manage a project; control meetings, write reports, demonstrate key skills, understand training and skills issues;

5)     share responsibility for a task with others; agree common goals and methods to achieve them; co-ordinate the use of common resources;

6)     write or speak clearly to topic; to draft, edit and polish presentations; to contribute actively to group discussion; (communicate to both peers and teachers; in writing and orally;)

7)     Seek out sources of information, plan time to make the best use of resources and review priorities in the light of deadlines.

4. Programme structure

4.1        Content Part A - Introductory Modules

Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES (modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

HUA105

Introduction to Ergonomics

10

HUA305

Basic Developmental Psychology

10

HUA307

Human Diversity

10

HUA351

Psychology Practicals

20

HUA111

Studying Ergonomics: Principles and Practices

10

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

HUA104

Introduction to Environmental Ergonomics

10

HUA110

The Body at Work

10

HUA308

Basic Biological Psychology

10

HUA310

Basic Experimental Psychology

20

HUA314

Psychology: Shaping the Discipline

10

 

4.2        Content Part B - Degree Modules

Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES (modular weight 60)

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

PSB314

Organisational Behaviour

10

PSB319

Individual Differences

10

PSB353

Human Memory and Cognition Part 1

10

PSB355

Developmental and Social Psychology

20

PSB403

Experiment Design and Analysis B1

10

 

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

DSB104

Thermal Environment

10

DSB102

Ergonomics in Design of Multi-User Systems

10

DSB106

Qualitative Methods

10

DSB420

Measurement of Sensation and Perception

10

PSB354

Human Memory and Cognition Part 2

10

PSB404

Experiment Design and Analysis B2

10

 

4.3        Content Part C - Degree Modules

COMPULSORY PROJECT (modular weight 40)

The Compulsory Project Module is divided between Semesters 1 and 2 in the ratio 10:30 or 20:20 modular weight.

Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES (modular weight 30 or 40)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

DSC350

Project (part 1)

10 or 20

 (of 40)

DSC101

Systems Ergonomics

20

 

OPTIONAL MODULES

Further Degree Modules may be selected from the following modules, to bring the total modular weight for the Semester to 60 or 70.

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

DSC117

Driver and Vehicle Ergonomics

10

DSC114

Disability, Ageing and Inclusive Design

10

DSC118

Ergonomics of Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

10

PSC219

Performance at Environmental Extremes

20

PSC309

Sleep and Biological Rhythms

20

PSC315

Psychology and Health

20

 

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (modular weight 20 or 30)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

DSC350

Project (part 2)

20 or 30 (of 40)

OPTIONAL MODULES

Further module(s) may be selected from the following as necessary to bring the total modular weight for Part C to 120.

Code

Title

Modular Weight

DSC113

Applied Vision

10

DSC112

Designing Products for People

20

PSC316

Psychology, Performance and Human Resources

20

 

One Part C module from the University U/G Module Catalogue, subject to approval of Programme Director.

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40 : Part C 60 determine the final percentage mark.

 

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