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1 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y1 Presentation for Overseas Applicants 2009/10

2 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y2 plan of this presentation the department – people place the course – curriculum and assessment teaching – activities and the timetableafter the degree - careers

3 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y 3 the department – people and place

4 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y 4 The Department of Psychology is situated within these buildings. Laboratories are mostly on the first three floors of the nearest building. Department staff offices are on the first floor of the building behind it, extending behind the Institute for Applied Cognitive Science which runs at right angles from it.

5 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y 5 … the Psychology laboratory building seen from the other side

6 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y 6 … inside the Laboratory building: the undergraduate computing laboratory

7 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y 7 … research in the Psychology laboratories Research Excellence In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the department was one of only eleven in the UK with 65% or more of research activity rated as internationally excellent (RAE categories 3* and 4*)

8 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y 8 … Psychology students carrying out research for their projects

9 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y9 People in the Department of Psychology 22 Academic staff 14 Research fellows/associates 14 Research fellows/associates 5 Warwick postgraduate research fellows 5 Warwick postgraduate research fellows 1 Departmental administrator 1 Departmental administrator 4 Computing/technical staff 4 Computing/technical staff 6 Secretarial/administrative staff 6 Secretarial/administrative staff 20 Full-time research students 20 Full-time research students 2 Part-time research students 2 Part-time research students 315 Undergraduate students315 Undergraduate students … some members of the department in reflective mood …

10 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y10 Student-staff relations accessibility - teaching, project supervision, open-door policy, office hoursaccessibility - teaching, project supervision, open-door policy, office hours personal tutor system - social and academic supportpersonal tutor system - social and academic support project supervision - 2nd and 3rd yearproject supervision - 2nd and 3rd year student-staff liaison committees – on all degree coursesstudent-staff liaison committees – on all degree courses … a friendly, informal department with good student-staff relations

11 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y 11 the course – curriculum and assessment

12 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y12 Our primary aims on the BSc Psychology degree Research led teaching, leading to an understanding of the subject: its theories, methods and context. Personal development through study, research, participation and presentation. Preparation for careers, leading directly or indirectly from the degree.

13 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y13 Some key features of the BSc Psychology degree a BSc in the Science Faculty with an intake of 110 a three year degree, each year three terms, each term ten weeks contribution of credit to degree: 1st year: 0%, 2nd year: 40%, 3rd year 3: 60% more of a planned ‘programme’ than a ‘modular’ degree, with an organised progression over three years a mixed pattern of assessment involving exams, essays, tests, project reports a broad introduction to the essential areas of psychology and related research methods

14 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y14 Overview of the degree First year - introduction to major areas of Psychology and to research techniques and data analysis. Second year – extends first-year introductions to the principal areas of Psychology and methodology plus a small project. Third year - a substantial project plus choice of advanced options in Psychology from an extensive list.

15 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y15 Courses and assessment in the first year (credit for each year calculated as 120 CATS) Introduction to Psychology (30 CATS, core) history of Psychology; social psychology; developmental psychology; memory (examined by four assessed assignments (33%) and one exam (67%) Further Psychology (30 CATS, core) psychobiology; cognitive science; neuropsychology psychopathology (examined by four assessed assignments (33%) and one exam (67%) Methods in Psychology I (30 CATS, core) methods and statistics classes; practical classes; small group project statistics open book exam (50%); practical reports (15%); project report (25%) and presentation (5%); participation in experiments (5%) An Option from an other department (30 CATS) any first-year course that is 30 CATS and fits in with the psychology timetable, examination method varies with department

16 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y16 Courses and assessment in the second year All core courses, each 15 CATS Individual Differences in Intelligence and Personality Language and Thought Perception, Planning and Action Methods in Psychology II Second Year Project Developmental Psychology Psychobiology Social Psychology Assessment –Methods in Psychology II – coursework tasks (10%); data analysis project (40%); exam (50%) –Second Year Project - written report (95%) and poster presentation (5%) –Other 6 courses - one assessed assignment (33%) and one exam (67%)

17 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y17 Courses and assessment in the third year Core: Third Year Project (30CATS): examined by a written report (95%) and oral presentation (5%) Options: (all 15CATS): any six may be chosen, all examined by assessed assignments (33%) and an exam (67%) The current list comprises: Ethology and Sociobiology Psychology of Ageing Mind in ContextPerception The Self in Social PsychologyPsychology and the Law Cognitive Science Developmental Psychopathology Memory and CognitionAction and Sensorimotor Control Abnormal PsychologyAttention Applied Cognitive SciencePsychobiology of Gender Development Issues in Families and DevelopmentPsychology of Emotion

18 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y18 A selection of recent final-year projects … The role of motion in recognition memory. Can guilty faces illicit false memories? Electrophysiological correlates of high and low level inhibitory control. Attitudes towards same-sexed and single parent families on a child's development. The impact of identifiable victim affect on charitable giving. The importance of message clarity and manner of delivery in verbal communication. How attention affects emotional evaluation of products in the context of advertising. An investigation into the ability of dyslexia sufferers in decoding scrambled words. Are fear-relevant stimuli processed differently? The extent to which language affects perception of colour and shape. Perception of animacy from local motion in a single moving object. Gaining knowledge: Do children prefer feeling or asking? Do dyslexic children aged have verbal communication difficulties? The effects of drawing pictures of to-be-learned words in schoolchildren. The relationship between belief in luck, level of optimism and gambling behaviour. … final-year projects are carried out singly or in pairs, under the supervision of a member of academic staff

19 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y 19 teaching – activities and the timetable

20 20 Typical first-year Psychology timetable Fri PS112S Further Psychology wks 2, 4, 7, 9 PS112S Introduction to Psychology wks 3, 5, 8,10 PS112L Introduction to Psychology wks 1-10 Thur Wed PS109P Methods in Psychology – practical class wks PS111L Further Psychology wks 1-10 Tues PS109S Methods in Psychology I statistics wks 1-10 PS109L Methods in Psychology I statistics wks 1-10 Mon 4.05 – – – – Option Lecture (weekly) Option Seminar (fortnightly) Tutorial (fortnightly)

21 21 Practical class on Methods in Psychology I Fri Thur Wed PS109P Methods in Psychology I – Practical class wks Tues Mon 4.05 – – – –

22 22 Statistics teaching on on Methods in Psychology I Fri Thur Wed Tues PS109S Methods in Psychology I statistics wks 1-10 PS109L Methods in Psychology I statistics wks 1-10 Mon 4.05 – – – –

23 23 First-year lectures Fri PS112L L4 Introduction to Psychology wks 1-10 Thur Wed PS111L H051 Further Psychology wks 1-10 Tues PS109L PLT Methods in Psychology I statistics wks 1-10 Mon 4.05 – – – – Option Lecture (weekly)

24 24 Seminar teaching in the first year - 1 Fri PS111S Further Psychology wks 2, 4, 7, 9 PS112S Introduction to Psychology wks 3, 5, 8,10 Thur Wed Tues PS113S Methods In Psychology I statistics wks 1-10 Mon 4.05 – – – – Option Seminar (fortnightly)

25 25 Seminar teaching in the first year - 2 Fri PS111S Further Psychology wks 2, 4, 7, 9 PS112S Introduction to Psychology wks 3, 5, 8,10 Thur Wed Tues PS113S Methods In Psychology I statistics wks 1-10 Mon 4.05 – – – – Option Seminar (fortnightly)

26 26 Fri Thur Wed Tues Mon 4.05 – – – – First-year year tutorials

27 27 Other 'non-contact' time: 1 in the Library Fri Thur Wed Tues Mon 4.05 – – – –

28 28 Fri Thur Wed Tues Mon 4.05 – – – – Other 'non-contact' time: 2 project work

29 29 Other 'non-contact' time: 3 private study Fri Thur Wed Tues Mon 4.05 – – – –

30 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y 30 after the degree - careers

31 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y31 Destinations of Warwick Psychology graduates 6 months after graduation: 2004 to Postgraduate training/research Management and admin Health service/clinical Teaching / education Social services Temporary work Other Unknown Total* *based on intakes for 2001 to 2004.

32 D e p a r t m e n t o f P s y c h o l o g y Admissions enquiries can sent to Dr Martin Skinner Director of Undergraduate Studies Tel: +44/ Department of Psychology home page: Psychology on-line prospectus: General enquiries: General Office Department of Psychology University of Warwick Coventry CV4 7AL UK Tel: +44/ Fax: +44/ Department of Psychology, University of Warwick


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