AP2825: Criminal/Forensic Psychology Project

Credit Weighting: 15
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 and 2.
Teaching Methods: 6 x 3hr(s) Seminars; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; Other (On-line discussions; individual supervision; database searching; reading for literature review; individual practical work; data collection, analysis, interpretation, reporting)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology, and invited guest lecturers where appropriate.
Module Objective: To give students an appreciation of conducting a research project in the area of criminal or forensic psychology.
Module Content: This module will provide students with the skills required to present an effective empirical analysis in a specific area of Forensic Psychology. This will also enable students to develop and present a thesis based on contemporary bibliographical sources.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Select a suitable topic for investigation.
  • Produce a literature search and synthesis of appropriate academic material.
  • Describe an appropriate methodology.
  • Outline the ethical issues involved.
  • Record and document.
  • Write up as a report.
  • Reference bibliography according to APA criteria.
  • Demonstrate psychological mindedness through the oral presentation of material and the written project report.
  • Demonstrate personal growth through a written Journal of Learning.
Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (500 word Project Proposal, 25 marks; 3,000-4,000 Word write-up of project, 100 marks; Presentation of project, 75 marks; 2,000 word Journal of Learning, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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