Investigating psychology 3 DE300
Presentation pattern October to June
DE300 is the capstone module for the Open University BPS accredited degrees: BSc in Psychology, BSc in Forensic Psychology, BSc in Social Psychology and BSc in Psychology with Counselling.
The module takes a critical and creative approach to methodology in psychology culminating in the completion of the independent empirical project. The module also teaches across the BPS core areas of biological, cognitive, developmental, social psychology, and individual differences, at an advanced level. The topics covered complement and extend those encountered on DE100 and DE200 and include memory, language, creativity, personality, child development, emotions, and relationships. A key priority of this module is to develop the knowledge and skills that students will have acquired at lower level study, from DE100 and DE200, and allow students to complete their independent research projects at level 3. The module is structured around three methodological approaches – experimental, survey and qualitative/text-based. Students will be able to express a preference for one of these approaches for their own project. The module will make extensive use of the virtual learning environment (VLE) as the foundation for the provision of teaching and skills development. Teaching will be primarily online and students will receive one to one support from their tutor in the development, execution and write-up of their project. 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 must have:
- A good honours degree in psychology, either single or joint (the psychology component should comprise at least 50%)
- A higher qualification in psychology and/or a demonstrable track record in research or other activity of relevance to the teaching of degree level psychology
- Experience of teaching a range of BPS core areas of psychology in an integrated and engaging manner (each tutor will be expected to teach some, but not all, of the core psychology areas)
- Experience of, or a demonstrable keen interest in, teaching using a virtual learning environment (VLE) and online tutorials or forums
- Knowledge, experience of, and enthusiasm for, teaching research methods using at least one of the three approaches below i. Experimental: Students will be encouraged to use experiment building software (Open Sesame) to implement their designs and will have access to an experiment participation website to enable them to run their experiments remotely.
Students will be expected to use SPSS and analyse their data using advanced statistical tests including subsequent post hoc tests as appropriate ii. Survey: Students will be encouraged to use survey building software (Qualtrics) to enable them to distribute their questionnaires electronically to large samples.
They will be expected to use SPSS and analyse their data using multiple regression or factor analysis as appropriate. iii. Qualitative/text-based: Students will collect data using interviews, focus groups or existing archives and make use of phenomenological or discursive psychological approaches Please indicate in the "specialism" box of section A of the application form which of these approaches (experimental, survey, text-based) you feel qualified to supervise. You may include more than one approach if appropriate. In Section F please describe your experience with the approach or approaches that you have indicated.
It would be an advantage to have:
- Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (previously known as Graduate Basis for Registration, GBR)
- Experience of teaching at a distance
- Experience of supervising student project work
- Expertise in counselling psychology or one of the following core areas of psychology: cognitive, forensic or social Additional information A substantial amount of the workload on DE300 will be in the individual supervision of student projects.
Module related details - a full explanation can be found on the website
Credits awarded to the student for the successful completion of a module: 60
Number of assignments submitted by the student: 6
Method of submission for assignments: 2
Level of ICT requirements: 3
Number of students likely to be in a standard group: 15
Salary band: 9
Estimated number of hours per teaching week: 7.5
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.