Module title: Forensic Psychology 1

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

Module code: PSY09113
Module leader: Alex McIntyre
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology
Prerequisites

PSY07102 - Psychology 1

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Alex McIntyre
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1 - 5: Lectures and tutorials are delivered using a variety of media.
Tutorials will explore each of the topics covered in the module: students will work in groups to analyse, evaluate and debate case studies and critical issues in applied forensic psychology. Tutorials will include practical activities to develop a range of analytical skills and to encourage engagement and critical evaluation of applied psychology in practice.



Formative Assessment:
LOs 1-5: Critical tutorial summaries. Completion requires attendance at tutorials and a sophisticated condensation of tutorial content, thereby encouraging students to develop reflection skills that aid deeper learning of the material. Students may submit a critical summary for 2 of the 6 tutorials. Each summary will be annotated with feedback to enable students to improve the concise reporting of critical evaluation and reflection.


Summative Assessment:
LOs 1-5: Exam allows students to display their knowledge and critical skills in specific areas of forensic and legal psychology.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 100 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module covers four large topics:
a) The witness: eyewitness memory for people and events; vulnerable witnesses – reliability and special measures; witness interviewing.
b) The suspect: competence and legal responsibility; suspect interviewing, false confessions.
c) Organisational crime; psychopathology, environment and risk.
d) The judicial process: the nature and use of evidence, juror decision making.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically analyse theories relating to eyewitness memory and testimony.
LO2: Evaluate psychological differences between witness & suspect interviewing.
LO3: Critically explore the psychology of organisational crime.
LO4: Critically analyse theories and research relating to juror decision making.
LO5: Critically evaluate the contribution of forensic psychology to criminal justice.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - ADLER, J. R. & GRAY, J. M. (EDS.) (2010) FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY: CONCEPTS, DEBATES AND PRACTICE.: WILLAN., 1st ed.
Core - ALISON, L. (ED.) (2005) THE FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST'S CASEBOOK.: WILLAN., 1st ed.
Core - BEECH, A. R., CRAIG, L. A., & BROWNE, K. D. (EDS.) (2009) ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF SEX OFFENDERS.: WILEY-BLACKWELL., 1st ed.
Core - CANTER, D. & YOUNGS, D. (2009) INVESTIGATIVE PSYCHOLOGY. OFFENDER PROFILING AND THE ANALYSIS OF CRIMINAL ACTION.: WILEY., 1st ed.
Core - HARDMAN, D. K. (2009) JUDGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING.: JOHN WILEY & SONS., 1st ed.
Core - HOWITT, D. (2015) INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC AND CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGY.
: PEARSON., 5th ed.
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