Professional Skills_Psych Studies PSYCH3001

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course seeks to support students in identifying and reflecting on existing skills to enhance opportunities in line with future career goals.


Weekly two hour lectures over five week period.

Requirements of Entry

A Grade D or better in Psychology 1A and 1B, and 2A and 2B.


Students will collate an individual portfolio of work demonstrating their acquisition of professional skills and the course ILOs. The composition of this portfolio will include three exercises comprising:

■ Two exercises from a choice of five employability areas: CV and application development; volunteer/intern experience (reflection document); science communication (online blog writing/poster/infographic/multi-media); open science (evaluation of open science practices); graduate attributes and goal setting (reflective exercise) [each worth 40%]. One of these two exercises should be chosen from the following employability areas: CV and application development; science communication (online blog writing/poster/infographic/multi-media), open science (evaluation of open science practices). The other exercise can be chosen from any of the five employability areas.

■ Written exercise reflecting on their rationale for their choice of exercises for the portfolio and a reflection on how the activities developed their professional skills [20%].

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To provide the opportunity for students to assess and reflect on their existing skills and experiences, across the programme to date, and to support students in identifying further development needs.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the range of professional skills required for graduate careers.

■ Identify the career options and/or post graduate study opportunities available to psychology graduates.

■ Develop and reflect on graduate attributes and employability.

■ Present their professional skills in appropriate forms such as CV and application/online blog writing/infographic/open science evaluation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment