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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/03/2022 13:27:37

Title of Module: Applied Psychology Internship

Code: POAB11006 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:G  Inglis

Summary of Module

This module will provide students with real-world experience of applying their postgraduate attributes and develop their readiness for postgraduate employment and independent research.  The module focuses on assisting students to develop their profile and skill set as they progress towards becoming a Scientist-Practitioner in psychology.  On this module students will identify an opportunity to develop their experience within a postgraduate career pathway and undertake an internship role within this domain.

 The module will support the student’s awareness and understanding of how the psychological theory and research skills that they have developed from both their undergraduate and postgraduate studies can be applied in work-settings.  In addition to practical experience in psychological tasks, students will also develop their interpersonal and networking skills in such professional domains.

As part of the module, students will be supported in and given an opportunity to reflect on their applied psychology experience during the module and evaluate future further postgraduate study or employment directions.

This module will develop the following graduate attributes: 





Socially responsible

Effective Communicator


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Develop real-world experience of the application of psychological concepts and theory in a work-setting.

L2. Experience practical application of their psychological investigation skills and attributes.

L3. Gain experience of professional networking and relationship building within a professional domain.

L4. Develop and improve independent working practices in a field related to the Scientist-Practitioner pathway.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Understanding of how to implement psychological theoretical and conceptual knowledge in work-based settings.

Refining primary and secondary psychological analytical and research skills.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Awareness of the challenges of implementing academic knowledge and understanding in addressing real-world objectives, such as Ethical Practice.

Understanding the role and application of psychological knowledge and skills in multi-disciplinary and/or non-academic settings.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Critical evaluation of emerging psychological literature.

Appropriate use of empirical and non-empirical research to inform problem-solving.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Enhance and expand ability and confidence in professional networking and communication skills.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Develop interpersonal and professional skills in team-building and team-working in professional settings.

Enhance personal work practices in terms of developing further experience and confidence of independent working and task-management.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This is fundamentally a Work-Based Learning module where students will apply their postgraduate psychological knowledge, skills and understanding within a real world domain. During the internship process the students will experience and evaluate how their psychological attributes can be applied within the real world. In addition to the days spent within the applied psychology internship, students will also benefit from direct tuition from module staff who will guide students in developing professional and networking skills, and in supporting their critical reflection of their internship experience.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery10
Work Based Learning/Placement 140
Independent Study50
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bayne, R., & Jinks, G. (2013). Applied psychology: Research, practice and new directions. London: SAGE. (full-text available as e-book)

Melchert, T. P. (2011). Foundations of professional psychology. Amsterdam: Elsevier. (full-text available as e-book)

Moon, J. A. (2018). Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development. London: Routledge (full-text available as e-book)

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure
For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:

All full-time students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPsychology & Social Work
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelUg/Pg Psychology
ModeratorA Parke
External ExaminerA Harris
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
3000 word Reflective Essay
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.