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Applying Psychology: Integrating Theory and Practice


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor and tutor: Ana da Cunha Lewin
  • Assessment: a 3000-word reflective commentary (75%), curriculum vitae (5%) and portfolio (20%)

Module description

In this module we focus on linking psychological theory with professional practice across a number of contexts (for example, education and health). You will have an opportunity to critically reflect on your own development as a student and as a current or future professional.

You will be supported to adopt a reflective stance and to objectively evaluate your own experiences, skills, beliefs and predispositions and to utilise this understanding to develop your skills as a student and reflective practitioner. You will be required to secure relevant employment or a voluntary placement for at least the duration of this module.

Indicative syllabus

  • Understanding reflective practice
  • Becoming an effective and reflective student
  • Becoming an effective and reflective practitioner

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • reflect on your own learning experiences and use these reflections to develop strategies to enhance your own learning
  • connect psychological theories/knowledge gained during your studies and consider how these are or might be applied to your chosen professional field
  • adopt a self-reflective stance towards your own beliefs, assumptions, predispositions and biases and the ways these may influence professional practice
  • critically evaluate research evidence and use this as part of presenting your own argument
  • reflect on and demonstrably improve skills as a reflective practitioner
  • develop a personal plan for your own professional development beyond this module including the production of an appropriate CV
  • produce a portfolio of work showcasing your development to date and evaluating progress towards your academic, work and personal goals.