Evaluating psychology: research and practice

Job Title: Evaluating psychology: research and practice
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: United Kingdom
Reference: DD803
Job Published: April 12, 2021 10:43

Job Description

Evaluating psychology: research and practice DD803

Presentation pattern: October to September

Module description

This module examines how Cognitive, Social, Counselling and Forensic Psychology research fosters understanding and helps to solve real-world problems in three domains - the home, workplace and society.

The module will focus on socially-relevant topics which showcase the research and methodological expertise of the Psychology School; it will also provide an opportunity to engage in an independent project. The module equips you to evaluate psychological knowledge claims, theories, research (studies and methods) and applications, creating educated consumers/commissioners of psychological research. It will also enable you to confidently use advanced psychological knowledge to participate in public debate and policy development.

Person specification

The person specification for this module should be read in conjunction with the generic person specification for an associate lecturer at The Open University. As well as meeting all the requirements set out in the generic person specification, you should have:

  • Postgraduate qualification in Psychology
  • Experience of teaching key areas of cognitive, social, forensic or counselling psychology and supervising students completing independent project work in a variety of topic areas.
  • Interest in engaging with all areas of Psychology and remaining up to date with latest research and applied issues in one of the four Psychology areas.
  • Ability to flexibly engage with and support students’ individual dissertation projects and topic choices, while guiding them to remain within the parameters specified within the module assessment guidance. It would be an advantage to have:
  • Past experience with supervising students at MSc level.
  • Past experience of supervising literature review style dissertation projects
  • Past experience with teaching in online environments
  • A teaching qualification (PGCE, HEA Fellowship or comparable)

Additional information

The module is delivered solely online via the VLE and also involves multi-media teaching materials (e.g. external websites). It is vital that tutors are open and willing to engage with these different media and the learning and teaching environments they represent. 

Module related details - a full explanation can be found on the website

Credits awarded to the student for the successful completion of a module: 120

Number of assignments submitted by the student: 6

Method of submission for assignments: 2

Level of ICT requirements: 2

Number of students likely to be in a standard group: 10

Salary band: 10

Estimated number of hours per teaching week: 60

hours across duration of module

As an associate lecturer, you should have

  • a degree or equivalent, or a professional or vocational qualification in the subject area you wish to teach
  • an appreciation of how adults learn and an appreciation of study skills
  • the ability and willingness to promote the learning of adults through correspondence tuition, telephone and face-to-face tuition and, where appropriate, online tuition
  • the ability to use information and communication technology in teaching and supporting students and communicating with other areas of the OU
  • the ability to work with students from diverse educational, cultural and work backgrounds
  • the ability to work with students with disabilities
  • a commitment to student-centred learning
  • an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities policies and practices
  • an organised and systematic approach to work
  • the potential to work successfully in a team and the potential to work independently
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • a commitment to personal staff development
  • availability and accessibility to students
  • ability to travel to designated tutorial centres.

All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate to meet the requirements of the role.