Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 17/02/2021
College College Life and Env Sci
School School of Psychology
Department School of Psychology
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.Sc. Psychology Full-time
Programme Code 891C
Delivery Location Dubai
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The programme aims to provide a broad, fundamental and practical education in the discipline of psychology which is informed by staff research interests and requirements for careers in psychological research. This is achieved by (i) covering approaches to the study of psychology which range from the observations of basic neural mechanisms to the analysis of complex human relationships including those in an applied setting, and (ii) interpreting contemporary empirical findings from a series of different theoretically grounded perspectives. The programmes involves: (i) coverage of the core areas of psychology, that is biological, cognitive, developmental, personality and individual differences, and social psychology, (ii) training in research methods leading to competence in research design, data collection, analysis, statistics, interpretation and report writing, (iii) in depth study of optional specialised topics which are at the cutting edge of research.
Students are thus equipped with discipline-specific knowledge to appreciate and critically evaluate theory, research findings and their applications; to undertake independent, supervised research and to acquire transferable, employment related skills. On completion of the programme students have the skills and necessary preparation for both professional training and further academic study being recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Registration.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The principle, theoretical underpinnings and approaches to the modern, empirically based study of psychology
The existing scholarship in psychology and how to relate it to pure and applied problems within the discipline
The range of influences of psychological functioning and how they are conceptualised across the core areas
The key issues dealt with by the five core areas of psychology, that is, in biological, cognitive, developmental, social psychology and individual differences
The different methodologies of psychological investigation including the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods
How to carry out an extensive piece of independent empirical research including how to: define a research problem, formulate testable hypotheses, choose appropriate methodologies, plan and carry out a study efficiently, discuss findings in terms of previous research, evaluate limitations of methodologies and analyses employed
The theoretical and practical use of a variety of psychological tools including specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments
A more limited number of specialised areas of psychology at a deeper level, which are at the cutting edge of research
For Diploma of Higher Education (at least 240 credits of which 100 must be at level 2 or above) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 apply.
For Certificate of Higher Education (at least 120 credits at Level 1 or above) 1, 2, 3 apply

Tutorials, lectures, seminars, practicals, experiment workshops, research projects, private directed study embedded in all parts of the course
Essays, class tests, examinations, written reports and oral presentations of practicals, workshops, and research projects, non-essay coursework in Year 3 (research proposals, discussion minutes, media reports)
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
To be able to communicate effectively with psychologists and non-psychologists in written reports, seminar presentations and informal discussion
Use of computers for word processing, data management, and statistical analysis and use the internet as a learning, research and communication tool
To retrieve and organise primary source material, viewing it analytically and subjecting it to critical evaluation, integrating different perspective on issues and problems, prior to drawing conclusions
To undertake self directed study and project management in order to meet desired objectives
To work productively with others on tasks involving psychology while also developing the necessary skills to work independently
To be able to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and understanding outlined in sections 21.1 – 21.10 by being able to retain, recall, explain, apply and critically evaluate body of knowledge without access to external materials
Preparation of project reports and delivery of project talks, oral and poster presentations in research method classes for statistics and for developing IT skills, private direct study at Year 3
The development of skills to work independently is rewarded in most aspects of assessment, and especially important for Year 3 project. The group work undertaken in practical classes in research methods are assessed by group oral and poster presentation, unseen exams