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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Psychology (Undergraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology (Sport, Health & Exercise)
  • BSc Psychology & Sociology (may not run in 2021/22; cannot be confirmed until the BoEs)

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

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 

Overall teaching provision:

The balance between ‘scheduled contact hours’ and ‘independent study’ remains the same.

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops (includes team-based learning), practicals, computer labs, and tutorials. The aim is to have a blended approach to teaching and learning across all levels/years.

We aim for students to have in-person, on-campus teaching sessions two days per week. These teaching sessions will be timetabled and students will be allocated a specific day and time to attend – In some blocks, the Block Leader will allocate students into groups, and students are to attend on the allocated time-slot.

The remaining three days, students will attend live (synchronous) online teaching sessions, and have self-directed learning periods, where they will be required to engage with asynchronous teaching materials.

Asynchronous (pre-recorded online) teaching:

High quality asynchronous (online) material will be provided to students to support their learning and their engagement with the live (online or in-person/on-campus) teaching sessions. This material includes:

  • There is a set reading each week, as provided in the Talis Aspire reading list (e.g. journal articles, e-books etc.).
  • Additional digital resources for study blocks/modular blocks are provided on Blackboard Learn (e.g. didactic short videos, TED talks, YouTube videos, web-links, discussion forums, quizzes, etc.) to support student teaching and learning.
  • Some study blocks/modular blocks may include asynchronous (online) tutorials to further support students in their learning – these will be ‘how-to’/’step-by-step’ recordings.

Live (synchronous) Online Lectures:

  • When a big cohort is involved (100+), live (synchronous) online lectures will be used to teach lecture material accompanied by lecture slides (where applicable) and will take place on a weekly basis. Lectures normally take place before any relevant in-person, on-campus seminar(s), workshop(s), practical(s), computer lab(s).

In-person on-campus Lectures/Seminars/Workshops/Practicals/Computer Labs:

  • When a small cohort is involved (30 or less), in-person, on-campus lectures will be used – if safe and with appropriate social distancing – to teach lecture material accompanied by lecture slides (where applicable) and will take place on a weekly basis. Lectures normally take place before any relevant in-person, on-campus seminar(s), workshop(s), practical(s), computer lab(s).
  • For each study block/modular block, there is a variety of interactive activities designed to complement the lecture and to put the learning into practice. Each block will have a combination of in-person, on-campus activities such as seminars, workshops, practicals, computer labs, quizzes, Q&As with opportunity for students to interact with their peers and lecturer(s) – if safe and with appropriate social distancing. The cohort will be divided into smaller groups where appropriate.

Other Support/Resources:

  • Tutoring and Pastoral Care – Students will have six timetabled, in-person, on-campus interactive sessions – if safe and with appropriate social distancing – (three per term) where the Personal Tutor covers information to help students navigate university life. Additionally, Personal Tutors will hold weekly tutoring hours (one hour/week) for tutees who have questions or would like to discuss issues/concerns and seek pastoral care. Students who are unable to attend these set tutoring hours can contact their Personal Tutor to make an appointment outside of these set hours. This appointment can take place online or in person/on campus (if safe and with appropriate social distancing).
  • Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) – Students are encouraged to engage with PAL, which are sessions facilitated by their peers (Level 5/Year 2 and Level 6/Year 3 students). These student-led sessions are held every two weeks and are designed to help students with the development of academic study skills and provide insight into adjusting to university life.
  • Feedback and Consultation Hours – Academic staff will hold weekly Consultation and Feedback hours (two hours/week) where they will be available for students who have questions or would like feedback. Students who are unable to attend these set Consultation and Feedback hours can contact the academic member of staff to make an appointment outside of these set hours. This appointment can take place online or in person/on campus (if safe and with appropriate social distancing).
  • Students with Additional Needs – Recordings will include captions; this applies to materials created by the lecturer(s). This may not be possible for other recorded material (e.g. TED talks, YouTube videos), but we will endeavour to provide captions whenever possible. Live (synchronous) online sessions will use platforms which allow for live captions.

Assessment:

There are no changes to coursework assessments. Examinations will be in person, on campus using WISEflow. 

PY3600/PS3300 Dissertation – Does not apply to BSc Psychology (Sport, Health & Exercise)

•    If face-to-face research with human participants is not permitted, all empirical projects will be carried out without such contact. A wide range of options are available including remote research with human participants such as online survey studies (using Qualtrics) or online experiments (using Testable), and also meta-analyses, secondary data analyses, etc. In a typical year, a large proportion of UG projects are already carried out without face-to-face contact with human participants – so we have a lot of experience in this area.

•    There will be a programme of regular lectures, briefings and workshops running from Week 1 until Week 27 (one week before submission date), following the guidelines above – These will be a combination of in person/on campus and live (synchronous) online teaching sessions. These will cover a range of topics including project planning, research methods, research ethics, data analysis, and dissertation writing.

•    Dissertation supervisors will hold regular group/individual supervision meetings with groups of their dissertation students. These meetings can take place online or in person/on campus (if safe and with appropriate social distancing).

Returning students 

Overall teaching provision:

The balance between ‘scheduled contact hours’ and ‘independent study’ remains the same.

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops (includes team-based learning), practicals, computer labs, and tutorials. The aim is to have a blended approach to teaching and learning across all levels/years.

We aim for students to have in-person, on-campus teaching sessions two days per week. These teaching sessions will be timetabled and students will be allocated a specific day and time to attend – In some blocks, the Block Leader will allocate students into groups, and students are to attend on the allocated time-slot. The remaining three days, students will attend live (synchronous) online teaching sessions, and have self-directed learning periods, where they will be required to engage with asynchronous teaching materials.

Asynchronous (online) Teaching:

High quality asynchronous (online) material will be provided to students to support their learning and their engagement with the live (online or in-person/on-campus) teaching sessions. This material includes:

  • There is a set reading each week, as provided in the Talis Aspire reading list (e.g. journal articles, e-books etc.).
  • Additional digital resources for study blocks/modular blocks are provided on Blackboard Learn (e.g. didactic short videos, TED talks, YouTube videos, web-links, discussion forums, quizzes, etc.) to support student teaching and learning.
  •  Some study blocks/modular blocks may include asynchronous (online) tutorials to further support students in their learning – these will be ‘how-to’/’step-by-step’ recordings.

Live (synchronous) Online Lectures:

  • When a big cohort is involved (100+), live (synchronous) online lectures will be used to teach lecture material accompanied by lecture slides (where applicable) and will take place on a weekly basis. Lectures normally take place before any relevant in-person, on-campus seminar(s), workshop(s), practical(s), computer lab(s).

In-person on-campus Lectures/Seminars/Workshops/Practicals/Computer Labs:

  • When a small cohort is involved (30 or less), in-person, on-campus lectures will be used – if safe and with appropriate social distancing – to teach lecture material accompanied by lecture slides (where applicable) and will take place on a weekly basis. Lectures normally take place before any relevant in-person, on-campus seminar(s), workshop(s), practical(s), computer lab(s).
  • For each study block/modular block, there is a variety of interactive activities designed to complement the lecture and to put the learning into practice. Each block will have a combination of in-person, on-campus activities such as seminars, workshops, practicals, computer labs, quizzes, Q&As with opportunity for students to interact with their peers and lecturer(s) – if safe and with appropriate social distancing. The cohort will be divided into smaller groups where appropriate.

 Other Support/Resources

  • Tutoring and Pastoral Care – Personal Tutors will hold weekly tutoring hours (one hour/week) for tutees who have questions or would like to discuss issues/concerns and seek pastoral care. Students who are unable to attend these set tutoring hours can contact their Personal Tutor to make an appointment outside of these set hours. This appointment can take place online or in person/on campus (if safe and with appropriate social distancing).
  • Feedback and Consultation Hours – Academic staff will hold weekly Consultation and Feedback hours (two hours/week) where they will be available for students who have questions or would like feedback. Students who are unable to attend these set Consultation and Feedback hours can contact the academic member of staff to make an appointment outside of these set hours. This appointment can take place online or in person/on campus (if safe and with appropriate social distancing).
  • Students with Additional Needs – Recordings will include captions; this applies to materials created by the lecturer(s). This may not be possible for other recorded material (e.g. TED talks, YouTube videos), but we will endeavour to provide captions whenever possible. Live (synchronous) online sessions will use platforms which allow for live captions.

Assessment – Level 5/Year 2 and Level 6/Year 3

  • There are no changes to coursework assessments. Examinations will be in person, on campus using WISEflow.

PY3600/PS3300 Dissertation – Does not apply to BSc Psychology (Sport, Health & Exercise)

  • If face-to-face research with human participants is not permitted, all empirical projects will be carried out without such contact. A wide range of options are available including remote research with human participants such as online survey studies (using Qualtrics) or online experiments (using Testable), and also meta-analyses, secondary data analyses, etc. In a typical year, a large proportion of UG projects are already carried out without face-to-face contact with human participants – so we have a lot of experience in this area.
  • There will be a programme of regular lectures, briefings and workshops running from Week 1 until Week 25 (three weeks before submission date), following the guidelines above – These will be a combination of in person/on campus and live (synchronous) online teaching sessions. These will cover a range of topics including project planning, research methods, research ethics, data analysis, and dissertation writing.
  • Dissertation supervisors will hold regular group/individual supervision meetings with groups of their dissertation students. These meetings can take place online or in person/on campus (if safe and with appropriate social distancing).

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.

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 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. These hours (two per week) can be found on ‘Psychology – Essential Student Information’ under ‘Communities’ in Blackboard Learn, as well as on the ‘Home Page’ of all your modules under ‘Courses’ in Blackboard Learn.

You do not need to book a slot – just join the virtual session or, if in-person, please email your lecturer to confirm the location.

We are flexible with appointments to suit personal circumstances so just let us know what works for you; to book outside the consultation and feedback hours, please email your lecturer.

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.

For Year 1 students, we provide regular group sessions, three per term, as part of Tutoring@Brunel, to support and give guidance to students who are new to Higher Education. These sessions are timetabled.

Personal Tutors also offer one-hour tutoring session per week, available to all students. You do not need to book a slot – just join the virtual session or, if in-person, please email your personal tutor to confirm the location.

We are flexible with appointments to suit personal circumstances so just let us know what works for you; to book outside the personal tutoring hour, please email 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 regularly, and our departmental newsletter once a month so please, keep an eye on those.

We occasionally host town hall meetings and other events online where you can get updates and join in conversations with peers and lecturers from your department, you will receive an invite by email.

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

We host a series of online and on-campus events where you can network with your peers and members of academic staff including seminars, museum visits, sporting events, career fairs, bowling, and other exciting co-curricular trips.

These events will be advertised on Blackboard Learn and on our Student Intranet; we will send email reminders too.

If you are a postgraduate student, you can use the town hall meetings as an opportunity to interact with other students on your course.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CHMLS-TPO-psychology@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