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Assessments in Years 1 and 2 focus on key skills and understanding of forensic and core areas of scientific psychology.
Year 3 assessments focus on ability to analyse and critically evaluate. Year 3's dissertation represents the culmination of theoretical and practical knowledge.
The course provides a fully supported learning environment delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, lab classes, debates, workshops and tutorials.
Interactive lectures lie at the heart of the modern teaching strategy and are designed to encourage active learning. They involve the use of interactive technology techniques to enable you to engage with your peers or lecturer, peer-to-peer teaching, problem solving and investigation of forensic case studies. Interactive lectures run throughout the degree.
Workshops provide you with the opportunity for small group interaction, with approximately 10–15 fellow students and will focus on material and assessments to mirror real-life forensic psychology, problems and data.
The learning strategies and assessment procedures are designed to allow you to gain a broad knowledge and sound understanding of the course's key topics, promoting your capacity to read, investigate and research and encouraging your skills in developing informed and well-supported arguments. In turn, the research modules are directed to promoting a range of practical skills, research competencies and numeracy. A range of assessment approaches is used within each module; these varied approaches facilitate different learning styles and ensure you achieve the learning outcomes of the course.
Examples of the assessment methods used include; unseen exams, laboratory projects, poster presentations, laboratory and skills worksheets, log books, group projects, essays, multiple-choice tests, short-answer tests, research proposals and a research project. Formative and summative assessments are explicit in the module descriptors.
The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30-credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (eg time spent with your core course team) and independent learning hours (eg time spent on research with or without technical support).
Coursework is designed to be achieved within the set amount of learning hours for each module and is appropriate to the level of study. We encourage a professional work ethic, which includes how to manage your time. A range of additional support is available to students who require it.
Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.
We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.
Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.
Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.
Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:
During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.
Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence.
Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.
When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.
Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.