Module title: Cyberpsychology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: IMD09134
Module leader: Phil Turner
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics
Prerequisites

N/A

2018/9, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Phil Turner
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
This module will be primarily delivered face-to-face, supported by student centred activities and resources on the VLE.
Twelve 2 hour lectures including in-lecture activities will be timetabled in classrooms. (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
Twelve 2 hour practical classes which will be split between classrooms and computer labs as required. (LO 5)
The remainder of learning activities will comprise the reading and analysis of specified materials.
A variety of online resource will be made available to match the diversity of learning styles, e.g. reading materials, links to online resources, discussions.

There will be one summative assessment in three parts.

** The first part is a report on a design exercise which will examine LOs 1, 2, 3 & 5. The challenge will be to research a psychological feature (e.g. trust, or surprise) and to design an app or website which reflects this feature (60%).

** The second part of the assessment will be to present and justify their design to a small group of their peers (20%). LO 2,3

** the third part of the assessment is a reflective essay (~500 words) describing the issues in applying psychological theory to practical application design. LO4


Formative Assessment:
The weekly practical classes will afford the opportunity to offer support and feedback on the student's work.

Summative Assessment:
Please see the description of the assessment above

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 18
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 60 1,2,3 & 5 10 HOURS= 35
Oral Presentation 20 2,3 10 HOURS= 15 mins
Essay 20 4 12 , WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

We define cyberpsychology as the study of the way we use, think and feel about digital technology. while traditional psychology has no place for the digital, we consider the effects mobile technology, social media, the rise of "user experience", and virtual reality have had.
We also look to the creation of physically and intellectually enhanced humans ("cyborgs").

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1 Critically reflect on the limitations of psychology in understanding the capabilities, limitations and potential cognitive and physical transformations of people using digital technologies.
LO2 Demonstrate critical awareness of the psychology of use and interaction with digital artefacts.
LO3 Critically evaluate psychological features (e.g. surprise, empathy, trust) of digital artefact design.
LO4 Critically reflect on the use of psychological research to inform digital design.
LO5 Create psychologically informed designs reflecting the shift from use to experience and immersion.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - GROSS, R. (2010) PSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF MIND AND BEHAVIOUR: HODDER ARNOLD, 6th ed.
Core - TURKLE, S. (2011) ALONE TOGETHER: WHY WE EXPECT MORE FROM TECHNOLOGY AND LESS FROM EACH OTHER: BASIC BOOKS, 1st ed.
Core - BENYON, D, TURNER, P, AND TURNER, S DESIGNING INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS CHAPTERS 5, 7, 15-17, 29,: PEARSONS, 1st ed.
Core - COMPUTERS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOUR
Core - USER ANALYSIS IN HCI - THE HISTORICAL LESSONS FROM INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES RESEARCH. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES, 45(6), 619-638.: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES
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