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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Psychological Sciences (Conversion) (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

MSc Psychological Sciences (Conversion)

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

New students 

There is no change to the course content or assessment for all students (full-time and part-time) commencing this British Psychological Society accredited MSc in 2021/22.

Returning students 

There is no change to the course content or assessment on this British Psychological Society accredited MSc.

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

The teaching and learning strategy across the following taught modules (PY5608 Introduction to Psychological Sciences, PY5603 Developmental Psychology, PY5604 Individual Differences, PY5605 Social Psychology, PY5700 Biological Psychology, PY5701 Cognitive Psychology) consists of a combination of lectures and seminars. The Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods modules (PY5630 Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology and PY5609 Qualitative Research Methods) involves the collection of original data and analysis using appropriate software e.g. SPSS, Excel so are lab based practical classes. The above modules will be delivered synchronously, both in-person, on campus or live online. They will also be made available asynchronously as lecture/seminar recordings that students can watch at any time if they were not able to attend the live lecture (lecture slides will also be available). To suit post-graduate students, teaching on the MSc is condensed over two days per week. The aim is for students to have in-person, on -campus teaching on one of these days with the other day dedicated to live (synchronous) online teaching sessions. 

PY5607 (Empirical research project module) is delivered through a series of lectures to support the research project process and provide key guidance on BPS requirements but is largely dependent on individual supervisory meetings. When completing their empirical research project students will make individual arrangements with supervisors that best suit their needs – they will have the option to meet in-person on campus or online with their supervisor. Lectures to support the dissertation process will be delivered synchronously (in-person, on campus and live online). These will also be made available asynchronously as lecture recordings students can watch at any time if they were not able to attend the live lecture (lecture slides will also be available). Data collection will be guided by future social distancing rules and will either be collected online via a digital data collection platform or in-person on-campus using the testing cubicles in Psychology (this is also project dependant).

Support and resources for teaching:

All modules are supported with a virtual teaching platform (Blackboard Learn) which provide access to various teaching materials including:

  • Weekly reading materials i.e. journal articles, textbooks, newspaper articles etc.
  • A range of other activities to support learning including quizzes, Q&As, discussion forums (or a combination of these).
  • Additional digital resources (e.g. TED talks, YouTube videos, web links etc.). 

Where possible, all learning materials will be provided digitally but some textbooks may be available in hard-copy only via the Brunel University London Library.

Assessments:

All assessments are submitted electronically through Brunel University London’s online submission portal WISEflow.

On this MSc, students are assessed through a variety of tasks that allow for the demonstration of academic learning and educational scholarship. There are no changes to these which include laboratory reports, coursework essays, data analysis assessment and the empirical research project which are all submitted online. The oral presentation and examination assessment will take place in person on campus. Formative assessment is also used to support students towards submission of summative assessment.

Tutoring and Pastoral Care:

All students are assigned a Personal Tutor that will provide information to help students navigate university life. Regular tutoring meetings (i.e., with personal tutors) will be held on campus, material from these will also be made available online, and for students not able to attend they will be able to speak online with tutors during their tutor hour via Teams.

Feedback and Consultation Hours:

Additionally, staff will hold student consultation hours each week (2 hours, split over two different days). These are specifically designated times when a member of staff is available for students who have questions or would like feedback. During these times students will be able to either meet with academic staff in-person or contact them via Teams.

Returning students 

Returning part-time students will complete the following taught modules (PY5630 Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology, PY5603 Developmental Psychology, PY5604 Individual Differences and PY5605 Social Psychology).  PY5630 (Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology) is a practical lab-based module involving the collection of original data and analysis using appropriate software e.g. SPSS, Excel. The above modules will be delivered synchronously, both in-person, on campus or live online. They will also be made available asynchronously as lecture/seminar recordings that students can watch at any time if they were not able to attend the live lecture (lecture slides will also be available). To suit post-graduate students, teaching on the MSc is condensed over two days per week. The aim is for students to have in-person, on -campus teaching on one of these days with the other day dedicated to live (synchronous) online teaching sessions. 

PY5607 (Empirical research project module) is delivered through a series of lectures to support the research project process and provide key guidance on BPS requirements but is largely dependent on individual supervisory meetings. When completing their empirical research project students will make individual arrangements with supervisors that best suit their needs – they will have the option to meet in-person on campus or online with their supervisor. Lectures to support the dissertation process will be delivered synchronously (in-person, on campus and live online). These will also be made available asynchronously as lecture recordings students can watch at any time if they were not able to attend the live lecture (lecture slides will also be available). Data collection will be guided by future social distancing rules and will either be collected online via a digital data collection platform or in-person on-campus using the testing cubicles in Psychology (this is also project dependant).

Support and resources for teaching:

All modules are supported with a virtual teaching platform (Blackboard Learn) which provide access to various teaching materials including:

  • Weekly reading materials i.e. journal articles, textbooks, newspaper articles etc.
  • A range of other activities to support learning including quizzes, Q&As, discussion forums (or a combination of these).
  • Additional digital resources (e.g. TED talks, YouTube videos, web links etc.). 

Where possible, all learning materials will be provided digitally but some textbooks may be available in hard-copy only via the Brunel University London Library.

Assessments:

All assessments are submitted electronically through Brunel University London’s online submission portal WISEflow. 

On this MSc, students are assessed through a variety of tasks that allow for the demonstration of academic learning and educational scholarship. There are no changes to these which for returning students are coursework essays and the empirical research project which are all submitted online. The oral presentation assessment will take place in person on campus.

Tutoring and Pastoral Care:

All returning students have their assigned Personal Tutor that will continue to provide information to help them navigate university life. Regular tutoring meetings (i.e., with personal tutors) will be held on campus, material from these will also be made available online, and for students not able to attend they will be able to speak online with tutors during their tutor hour via Teams.

Feedback and Consultation Hours:

Additionally, staff will hold student consultation hours each week (2 hours, split over two different days). These are specifically designated times when a member of staff is available for students who have questions or would like feedback. During these times students will be able to either meet with academic staff in-person or contact them via Teams.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here. Please note that a Windows or Mac laptop will be necessary for this course (Chromebooks are not suitable).  

If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the BPS qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the university and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research Society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CHMLS-TPO-biosciences@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21