Investigating forensic psychology

Posted 26 days ago by The Open University
Location United Kingdom Job Type Temporary
Salary Sector Forensic, Teachers and Researchers

Investigating forensic psychology DD802

Presentation pattern: October to September

Module description

This module follows several criminal cases to explore Forensic Psychology and its application to understanding, preventing, and detecting crime. Topics include investigative decision making, witness memory, profiling, lie detection, terrorism, violent crime-, sexual offences and cyber-crime.

Students will explore how psychological research is conducted and applied, critically evaluate its contribution to practice, and learn to communicate this to lay audiences. This module suits students who work in related areas, want to extend their knowledge in forensic psychology, and are not pursuing BPS accreditation in Forensic Psychology. While advantageous, students do not have to have a psychology degree to study this module. 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:

  • BSc in Psychology
  • A relevant PG qualification (the PG Qualification need not be in Forensic Psychology, but can be in another sub-discipline of Psychology or relevant related discipline, as long as the candidate has a proven track record of studying/teaching topics relevant to DD802)
  • Experience of teaching key areas of forensic psychology and supervising students completing independent project work (of a non-empirical, literature review and report format) in a variety of areas within forensic psychology.
  • Interest in engaging with all areas of Forensic Psychology and remaining up to date with latest research and applied issues in the area.
  • 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:
  • Experience of supervising students at MSc level.
  • Experience of supervising literature review and report style dissertation projects
  • A further qualification in forensic psychology (or a related area)
  • The ability to deal confidently with students studying topics which may be considered sensitive
  • Past experience with teaching in solely online environments
  • A teaching qualification (PGCE, HEA Fellowship or comparable)

Additional information

In addition to 6 TMAs students will also write 2 EMA’s which together constitute their dissertation project. EMA01 is a critical literature review (non-empirical) in a topic area of students’ choice, exploring a (set of) specific question(s) devised by students (within set parameters and negotiated with their tutor). EMA02 asks students to translate the insights and findings from that critical review into a report suitable for a practitioner, professional or lay audience (e.g. helping with a specific issue/case, commissioning further research on a topic, detailing improvements to policy, recommending training initiatives or addressing a particular workplace issue). Students will be allocated to tutors at the start of the module, and so tutors need to be able to support students with all project options (i.e. all topics related to what is taught on DD802). While the first part of the module is “taught” in the traditional OU online format. The latter part involves students undertaking their project work and will rely more heavily on a one to one or small group supervision style relationship between tutors and students.

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: 6

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.


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