Work-Based Review: Designing a Psychological Intervention to Solve a Real World Issue


This module offers an opportunity to pursue a topic of interest, different from any other work either submitted or proposed, relevant to the student's work or voluntary experience. Students on this module will be required to reflect on their work or voluntary experience, identify an issue that can be informed with reference to published psychological literature, negotiate and agree a chosen area for review, complete and report on this agreed review.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the opportunity to make an in-depth study related to their work or volunteer position. Students must plan and manage their own learning and negotiate with the Module Leader where the focus of study will be. Students will identify an issue or problem at their place of work and design a series of interventions, based on psychological theory and evidence, aimed at providing a solution.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify a work or volunteer based issue that can be informed by reference to published psychological literature.

2.  Negotiate an individual plan of study pertinent to completing the associated unit of assessment.

3.  Undertake a comprehensive review of relevant psychological literature.

4.  Demonstrate an understanding of how psychological knowledge can be applied in a work or volunteering situation

5.  Design a programme of interventions based on psychological literature aimed at resolving a real-world issue.

Indicative Content

1 General

Content will be individually agreed dependent on the work or volunteer placement, topic and study plan.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is designed for students who have a particular interest related to their work or volunteer experience they wish to develop. As the student identifies their own topic and designs his/her own study plan in consultation with staff, it requires clear focus and discipline on their part. It is the responsibility of the student to reflect on their own work or volunteer experience and identify an issue that can be informed with reference to psychological literature. There are no work or volunteer placements provided as part of this module. To register on this module, students must already be in part-time employment or currently volunteer. The proposed topic of study must be agreed with the Module Leader by the start of the third week of semester. Failure to agree a topic by this point will result in the student registering for an alternative option module. All students must attend the first meeting of the class that will provide an overview of the module requirements and discuss the preliminary proposal (Unit 1). The second meeting is an introduction to the formative review (Unit 2) and students should be prepared to discuss their intended topic with the group. Following this, there will be a series of drop-in sessions where students can discuss their reviews with the Module Leader. In structured feedback week (week 7), summative feedback will be offered on drafts of the review. The student will be responsible for directing, planning, overall management of time, organisation of their learning and carrying out their work. The nature of the module lends itself to enquiry based learning, as the focus is very much on the student directing their own learning within the area of interest they choose to develop. Abertay Attributes that this module develops are: Intellectual, Professional, and Personal and Good Citizenship.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 4
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 32
Independent 152

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.