Applied Psychology

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 30 June 2023
19 May 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L3C8 Criminology with Social Psychology,
BA L3H8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA LHC8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA CL83 Sociology with Social Psychology,
BA CL93 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA CLV3 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C841 Economics with Psychology,
BA C851 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C861 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C148 Economics with Psychology,
BSC C149 Economics with Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C158 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C168 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BENGH169 Neural Engineering with Psychology,
BENGH170 Neural Engineering with Psychology (including Placement Year),
BENGH171 Neural Engineering with Psychology (including Year Abroad),
BENGH172 Neural Engineering with Psychology (including Foundation Year),
BSC H167 Neural Technology with Psychology,
BSC H168 Neural Technology with Psychology (including Year Abroad),
BSC H176 Neural Technology with Psychology (including Placement Year),
MSCIC998 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods,
MSCICB98 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
MSCICB99 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

Applied psychology focuses on the professional practice associated with psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences our behaviour. It is about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today. This module will survey the various applied psychology disciplines and their underlying concepts.

Module aims

1. To provide a survey of a range of applied psychology fields and their associated concepts. These fields include forensic, health, occupational, clinical and educational psychology.
2. To develop students` understanding of the range of approaches available for applying psychology.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Understand and evaluate the contributions of several main areas of applied psychology.
2. Describe and evaluate some of the research and theories that support these applied areas.
3. Evaluate how psychological theory is used to solve practical problems encountered by different types of applied psychologists.

Both coursework essays and multiple-choice questions will both address these outcomes.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is taught via lectures (2 hours, weekly) and tutorials (1 per term to support coursework essay assessments) and your learning is further supported by module resources that are available on-line (via the University`s Moodle platform).


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Coursework MCQ Test A    25% 
Coursework   Coursework MCQ Test B    25% 
Coursework   Essay 1    25% 
Coursework   Essay 2    25% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Rick O'Gorman, email:
Dr Rick O'Gorman; Dr Kathryn Buchanan; Dr Jonathan Rolison; Dawn Liu; Dr Max Roberts; Dr Keith May; Dr Megan Klabunde; Dr Eva Gutierrez; Prof Reinhard Pekrun



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 50 hours, 42 (84%) hours available to students:
8 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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