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PSYC1020 Academic Support and Employability 1

Module Overview

This module sits alongside the academic modules that make up your degree programme. As such, this is a ZERO credit module. Nevertheless, we believe that this module is so important to your success that it should be taken by all students. Thus, it is a COMPULSORY module and your attendance is recognised through a Certificate of Attendance in ‘Psychology Skills and Employability I’ on your degree transcript. The module will provide an essential opportunity for us to support your development of key and transferable skills, with a benefit being felt in both your academic studies, and in the range of skills that you can showcase and discuss as you consider your career beyond University. It will consist of taught sessions, workshops, tutorial discussions and one-to-one meetings all aimed to maximise your path through your studies and towards your career.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

There are two intertwined aims associated with this module. The first aim is to provide defined and tailored opportunities to deliver training in key and transferable skills. Our input will encourage reflection on your capabilities now, and will provide instruction to develop your capabilities in line with the challenges that we set you. As such, you will learn critical thinking skills, critical writing skills, information management skills, and IT skills. These will have a direct impact on your achievements in assignments and assessments for your academic modules. However, they will also enable you to build a portfolio of skills that will transfer to the workplace, or to further study. Consequently, the second aim is to provide input that will help you succeed in your career planning so that you can present yourself in the strongest possible way to future employers or postgraduate recruiters. As such, this module links with every academic module in your programme through reinforcing the transferable skills embedded within your curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • will be able to reflect on both your academic skills and your transferable skills
  • will be able to identify mechanisms for improvement in both
  • will have a stronger sense of the career and study opportunities available to you beyond your degree
  • will be in a better position to start to develop a meaningful portfolio of paid and unpaid positions to support your future applications.


There is no academic content associated with this module

Special Features

There are no special features as such. However, some events may be held in the evening to facilitate attendance by local employers or by former students who want to tell you about where they work now.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods will take the form of timetabled lecture sessions, workshops, tutorials, one-to-one learning opportunities, and Employability events with selected figures external to the University. All teaching and learning activities have been developed to deliver input appropriate for you as a Year 1 student. Consequently, there is an extensive programme of events designed to help you settle into the University. An indicative summary of activities includes: Induction Events: Induction and Health and Safety Talk Dr Tom Randell (Induction Coordinator) Pete Dargie (Faculty Safety Officer) Meeting your tutor and fellow tutees Tutors Finding your way around campus Dr Tom Randall (Induction Coordinator) Understanding our e-systems Dr Tom Randall (Induction Coordinator) Skills Events: Essay Planning Dr Anne McBride (Year 1 Lead) Critical Thinking Dr Anne McBride (Year 1 Lead) Feedback in all its forms, and how to use it What does Academic Integrity mean to you? Dr Tom Randall (Faculty AI Lead) Library Skills: Managing your resources for learning Marcia Ostrowski (Psychology librarian) Referencing and Reference Manager Software Maria Ostrowski (Psychology librarian) Planning your Future Employability Census: Where are you headed? Andy Port (Psychology Careers Practitioner) Gathering experience: Volunteers and VRAs Academic Employability Coordinator Careers Panel Alumni and Careers Practitioners Thinking about the Year in Employment Academic Employability Coordinator Tutor Meetings Discussion of January Exams Tutors Summer Term Support Tutors

Follow-up work10
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Total study time36


Assessment Strategy

There is no assessment attached to this module. Attendance is strongly encouraged but not compulsory.

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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