Core Module Information
Module title: Advice and Consultancy

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY11108
Module leader: Marc Kozlowski
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology
Prerequisites

N/A

Description of module content:

This module offers a comprehensive overview of current issues, debates and challenges in applied forensic psychology. The module provides a series of research seminars to be delivered by professionals actively conducting research or practising within a range of services that interface with the Criminal Justice and Civil Courts Systems in Scotland. For each seminar a practitioner will describe, analyse and critically engage with a current topic within his/her specialism. Topics will be underpinned by theoretical explanation and consideration of best practice. Module content will enable you to engage with a wide range of current topics and applications in forensic psychology. In class discussion, you will explore a variety of research methods and theoretical frameworks and will discuss tensions or challenges in working within policy at a national and international level. The module will provide a unique opportunity for you to interact with leading experts and academics in the most currently debated issues and areas of practice in forensic psychology.
Current issues in applied forensic psychology could include for example: personality and crime; biological approaches in psychology; the use of psychometrics in relation to establishing responsivity and/or fitness to plead; power dynamics in criminal justice; witness and suspect interviewing; offender profiling; violence risk assessment; psychological trauma in forensic populations; offender rehabilitation; punitiveness and restorative justice; victims’ rights and protection; interpersonal violence; globalisation, terrorism and human rights.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Conceptualise and critically appraise the main, current issues, debates, challenges and controversies in applied forensic psychology
LO2: Formulate and discuss specific research and policy related questions as they relate to current topics in applied forensic psychology
LO3: Generate ideas about key controversies in forensic psychology by engaging in critical dialogue with experts and peers
LO4: Lead and contribute to critical discussion about applied forensic psychology via live and online platforms

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 3, FACE-TO-FACE,
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Marc Kozlowski
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-4: The module will be delivered via seminars led by professionals actively conducting research or practising within a range of services that interface Forensic Psychology with the Criminal Justice System in Scotland. Each seminar will focus on a specific issue to provide a current understanding and support discussion around the strengths and challenges of applying forensic psychology to policy and practice. Within each seminar a Q&A session will allow students to critically engage with the features and issues related to the specific topic covered. For each seminar topic 4-6 lead questions will be posed that will ask students to engage with and identify key factors in forensic practice, to address competing ideologies and tensions, and to offer viable suggestions for research or practice development.



Formative Assessment:
LOs 1-4: Students will engage in discussion and feedback with guest speakers and with teaching staff within the context of seminars and online forums.
LOs 1-4 - Portfolio: Students will prepare a short summary and report following each seminar. The assessment brief will be to develop a critical argument in response to at least 2 of the 4-6 lead questions. Assessment criteria will specify and reward ability to identify and explain key factors; to address competing ideologies and tensions; to offer viable suggestions for research or practice development. Students are expected to complete the assignment for all seminars: each will be peer reviewed and they will submit their best four arguments for formal assessment. This component requires the student to study key arguments and debates and to generate solutions for forensic psychology practice. The ability to research and frame these discussions succinctly will be directly relevant to graduate employment in all branches of CJS.

LOs 1-4: Online Discussion forums are designed to support development of portfolios and will enable students to lead and discuss seminar topics. Students will be allocated one week to co-lead the discussion collaboratively with another student to offer statements or questions to the group. This component requires the students to communicate about key arguments and debates and to work collaboratively to formulate and debate potential solutions. The ability to discuss and debate constructively with peers is a skill that will transfer directly to all graduate employment. The experience of leading online meetings and dialogue will add substance to the graduate skill portfolio. The ability to work constructively with peers to achieve a common goal will transfer directly to all graduate employment.


Summative Assessment:
LOs 1-4 - Portfolio: Students will prepare a short summary and report following each seminar. The assessment brief will be to develop a critical argument in response to at least 2 of 4-6 lead questions. Assessment criteria will specify and reward ability to identify and explain key factors; to address competing ideologies and tensions; to offer viable suggestions for research or practice development. Students are expected to complete the assignment for all seminars: each argument will be peer reviewed and students will submit their best four for formal assessment. This component requires the student to study key arguments and debates and to generate solutions for forensic psychology practice. The ability to research and frame these discussions succinctly will be directly relevant to graduate employment in all branches of CJS.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 22
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 11
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 1
Independent Learning Guided independent study 166
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 51 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 0
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 0

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