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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Communication (2019 entry)

Academic Year: 2019/20

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) N/A
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc/ BSc+DIntS / BSc+DPS
Programme title Psychology with Communication
Programme code SSUB08
Length of programme 3 years/ 4 years
UCAS code 3 years: C8P3 4 years: CP83
Admissions criteria

BSc - 

BSc+DIntS /DPS - 

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 19 Jan 2019 16:48:48 GMT

1. Programme Aims

Overall, this Programme seeks to give the student a thorough grounding in two complementary ways of understanding the human in society: through a consideration of people's internal processes and social relations (Psychology) and through connections between people via text, image and speech (Communication). While both disciplines have a large hinterland of theory and research the outer bounds of which have little in common, certain topics are core to both: mechanisms of perception; theories of language and speech; social influence; interpersonal communication; social interaction; the role of media in society; understanding representation; and the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

With this general aim, curriculum content reflects the need to meet the programme standards for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and:

  • equip students with intellectual, practical and transferable skills for careers in which psychology provides a relevant foundation;
  • develop a range of research skills for investigating experience and behaviour, culminating in the deployment of these skills in the conduct and reporting of an independent piece of research;
  • foster a constructive, critical approach to the evaluation of psychological theory and research, and to relations between psychology and its cognate disciplines in both academic and applied settings;
  • enable students to develop and sustain arguments and solve problems through a conceptually and empirically grounded understanding of psychological topics, and to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to different audiences; and
  • promote and provide a multi-disciplinary educational experience.
  • to equip students with a thorough, theoretical and evidence-based understanding of how communication plays a vital role in the relationships between individuals, groups and commercial and cultural agents.

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

  • British Psychological Society GBC curriculum
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • The subject benchmark statement for Psychology
  • The subject benchmark statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:  

  K1

Social psychology: e.g. social cognition, attribution, attitudes, group processes and intergroup relations, close relationships and social constructionism.

  K2

Cognitive psychology: e.g. perception, learning, memory, thinking, language, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology.

  K3

Individual differences and personality: e.g. abnormal and normal personality, psychological testing, intelligence, cognitive style, emotion, motivation and mood.

  K4

Developmental psychology: e.g. childhood, adolescence and life-span development, development of attachment, social relations, cognitive and language development, social and cultural contexts of development.

  K5

Biological psychology: e.g. biological bases of behaviour, hormones and behaviour, behavioural genetics, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology.

  K6

Conceptual and historical issues in psychology: e.g. the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations.

  K7

Research design, including qualitative and quantitative methods, the nature and appropriate statistical analysis of data, psychometrics and measurement techniques, an empirical project.

 Specific to the Psychology with Communication pathway: 

K18

The main theoretical approaches to understanding communication and media, and contemporary and historic debates related to the relation between theories of psychology and communication.

K19

The nature of communication and how relevant agencies and actors use it.

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  C1

Demonstrate evidence-based scientific reasoning, and make critical judgements about arguments and primary source material in psychology.

  C2

Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues, recognising that psychology involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications.

  C3

Search for similarities and general principles in order to detect and evaluate meaningful patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning, and experience.

  C4

Recognise the continuous significance and importance for psychology of contextual, interpersonal and cultural influences, and appreciate the complexities their recognition raises.

  C5

Examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methods, paradigms, analytic techniques and applications in psychology.

  C6

Critically analyse methods and theory in psychology and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.

 Specific to the Psychology with Communication pathway: 

  C17

Critically evaluate competing theories and explanations for the phenomena of communication.

  C18

Apply communication theory and research to problems and questions in communication and media.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  P1

Observe, record and give a systematic account of human behaviour in a range of settings.

  P2

Make effective use of a variety of methods of data collection, including experiments, observation, psychometric tests, questionnaires, interviews and field studies.

  P3

Analyse data using both quantitative and qualitative psychological methods.

  P4

Present and evaluate psychological research findings.

  P5

Use a variety of specialist software packages, laboratory and psychometric instruments, and digital data gathering platforms.

  P6

Deploy effective listening skills and communicate psychological concepts, methods, and findings effectively in speech and writing.

  P7

Apply ethical considerations to psychological research and professional practice.

  P8

Conduct and report an empirically-based research project under appropriate supervision, demonstrating appropriate levels of personal planning and project management.

 Specific to the Psychology with Communication pathway:  

  P19

Analyse and assess findings about communication and report information about them.

  P20

Use appropriate analytical methods and research tools in relation to communication, including quantitative and qualitative techniques.

 

c. Key transferable skills:

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

  T1

Generate, organise, analyse and interpret qualitative, numerical, statistical and other forms of data effectively.

  T2

Demonstrate computer literacy with respect to relevant and widely used word-processing, database and analytic software packages and resources.

  T3

Use electronic and other resources to search for, identify and organise information in library books, journals, and appropriate online sources.

  T4

Work independently and in groups to solve problems, find alternative solutions, reach common goals and evaluate outcomes.

  T5

Deploy critical judgements and evaluations to arrive at supported conclusions.

  T6

Communicate effectively to a range of audiences using a range of media.

  T7

Learn independently and pragmatically and take responsibility for their own learning and skill development.

 Specific to the Psychology with Communication pathway:

  T18

Interpret and apply principles of communication to the construction of effective written and spoken arguments.

  T19

Deploy critical judgment in recognizing how communication is informed by psychology.

 

4. Programme structure

Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 credits in each Part with a minimum modular weight of 50 credits in each semester, taking in to account both compulsory and optional modules.  Individual modules taught and assessed over both semesters with a modular weight of 10 count against either semester 1 or semester 2, depending on the balance of other modular weights between semesters.  Where the modular weight of a module taught and assessed over both semesters is 20 or 40, this shall be split equally between semesters.

Important Note:  Optional module availability is subject to timetabling constraints and optional modules may be subject to change.

4.1    Part A Modules

Code

Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

 Part A (i)– Compulsory Introductory Modules for all LP Programmes

PSA501

Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology

10

2

PSA503

Foundations in Quantitative Research Methods

10

1

SSA151

Foundations in Social Psychology

10

1

SSA153

Foundations in Qualitative Research Methods

10

1

PSA500

Foundations in Developmental Psychology

10

1

PSA502

Foundations in Biological Psychology

10

2

SSA152

Foundations in Cognitive Psychology

10

2

SSA154

Psychology Practicals A

10

2

 Part A (ii)– Compulsory Introductory Modules for PwComm

SSA157

Academic & Professional Skills for Social Sciences Psychology students

10

1&2

SSA301

Introduction to Comm. & Media Studies A

10

1

SSA306

Media Landscapes

10

2

SSA307

Constructing Meaning: Texts and Audiences

10

1

 

Total

120

 

 4.2    Part B Modules 

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

 Part B (i)– Compulsory Modules for all LP Programmes

PSB511

Quantitative Research Methods

10

2

PSB513

Human Cognition

10

1

SSB161

Qualitative Research Methods

10

1

SSB163

Developmental Psychology

10

1

PSB510

Personality and Individual Differences

10

1

PSB512

Psychology Practicals B

10

2

PSB514

Brain and Behaviour I

10

2

SSB162

Social Psychology

10

2

 Part B  (ii)– Compulsory Modules for PwComm

SSB165

Social Psychology and Communication

10

1

SSB164

Social Interaction

10

2

SSB366

Promotional Culture

10

1

SSB301

Media, Identity and Inequality

10

1

 

total

120

 

 4.3    Part I (4-year/8-semester programme only)

Candidates pursue ONE of the following streams:

(i)        Placement Stream (DPS)

Candidates will undertake an appropriate psychology- or communication related placement.

(ii)       Study Abroad Stream (DIntS) where applicable

Candidates will study at an approved academic institution overseas.

(iii)      Split Stream (DIntS)

Candidates will undertake an appropriate psychology- or communication related placement for half the year and will study at an approved academic institution overseas for the other half of the academic year where applicable.

 

4.4    Part C Modules. Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester, taking in to account both compulsory and optional modules.

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

Part C (i) Compulsory modules (70 credits)

SSC199

Social Psychology Dissertation

40

1 & 2

SSC171

Advanced Social Psychology

10

1

SSC173

Language, Culture and Mind

10

2

SSC320

Presenting Media Debates

10

1

Part C (ii) Optional modules (50 credits) At least 20 credits must be chosen from group (ii).  The remaining 30 credits can be chosen from either group (ii) or group (iii)

 

Group (ii)

 

 

SSC357

Producing the News

20

2

SSC316

Media, Memory and History

20

1

SSC317

Critical Viewings: Documentary

10

1

SSC318

Critical Viewings: Television

10

2

 

Group (iii)

 

 

SSC130

Social Psychology of Everyday Life

20

1

PSC315

Psychology and Health

20

2

PSC320

Parenting and Socialisation

20

2

PSC311

Clinical Psychology

20

2

PSC321

Psychology of Workplace Health

20

1

BSC720

Behavioural Decision Science

10

2

BSC722

Consumer Psychology

10

2

PSC033

Psychology of PE and Youth Sport

10

1

SC036

Applied Exercise Psychology

10

2

PSC301

Advanced Experimental and Qualitative Design & Analysis

20

1

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and 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 to determine the final percentage mark.

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