Study programme

SECOND YEAR OF THE Programme

In modules 5 and 6, you choose two elective modules in areas in which you wish to deepen your knowledge. These modules will prepare you for the Master’s programme in Psychology at the University of Twente. In module 7 you will learn how to set up and carry out well-founded psychological research. You will also study psychological and professional skills in detail in module 8.

MODULE 5: ELECTIVE MODULE

For module 5 you can choose one of the three modules offered:

1. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY & APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Health and wellbeing are crucially important to everyone. How do people deal with acute and chronic conditions? And how can you motivate people to adopt a healthy lifestyle? That is what health psychology is about. Applied technology can support the required behavioural change and motivate and support people in realizing their goals. This module offers an introduction to the theory and practice of health psychology, emphasizing the innovative use of applied technology in various healthcare environments. The project for this module may, for example, teach you how to improve an existing programme in which patients with a chronic somatic disease have face-to-face contact. Together with your project team, you will prepare programme components for online use.

2. PSYCHOLOGY IN LEARNING & INSTRUCTION

In this module, you will investigate what psychology means for education. You will do this by taking on the roles of student, lecturer, researcher and designer alternately in theoretical and practical tasks. This will give you insight into the ways in which people learn and how instruction can improve the learning process. You will also learn to take account of the differences between people (age, cognitive development and motivation) and common learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. In addition, you will prepare a brief instruction for your fellow students and you will research the learning activities and learning results of lessons set up by your fellow students. You will then use these theoretical and practical experiences in the project, which consists of designing and evaluating an instructive intervention.

3. PSYCHOLOGY OF SAFETY

Protecting the general public and infrastructure against disasters, terrorism, war and criminality is a key element in almost any modern society. This module focuses on understanding the psychological and socio-psychological dynamics of safety issues – mainly in the fields of risk, conflicts and abnormal behaviour – with the objective of developing effective interventions. The module will give you new insight into psychological processes, such as how to influence individual responses to risks and safety issues; the role played by underlying group processes and mass behaviour in the safety domain; and which interventions can increase safety in the surrounding society. An example would be implementing technological instruments used for observing and studying human behaviour in a safety situation, such as GPS trackers.

MODULE 6: ELECTIVE MODULE

In module 6 you can choose one of the two modules offered:

1. mental health (clinical Psychology)

This module focuses on people’s psychological health. Psychology traditionally looks at psychological health using the medical model, in which the focus is on symptoms and disorders. In this module, we supplement that with a ‘positive psychology’ approach, in which you will look at psychological health from the perspective of people’s strengths. Strengths are positive features such as wellbeing, talents and resilience. In this module, you will deepen your knowledge of psychopathology and you will run through the diagnostic process. You will explore technological developments, as these are playing an increasingly important role in mental healthcare. The availability of online treatments is just one example. Together with your project group, you will integrate the knowledge and skills that you have gained individually, presenting a substantiated recommendation that can be used in mental healthcare.

2. HUMAN FACTORS & ENGINEERING PSYCHOLOGY

Psychologists are the people who know the human mind best. That is why they are urgently needed for designing socio-technical systems that are safe, efficient and user-friendly for humans. This module will prepare you for a career as a Human Factors specialist. Firstly, you will get to learn about the overall ideas and principles in this field, followed by four domains in which Human Factors play a crucial role: vehicle design, medical instruments (such as infusion pumps), commercial software and websites, and control rooms (the places from which large industrial systems, such as nuclear power stations, are controlled by operators). You will learn basic design principles, such as the role of user requirements and the project phases for system development. The module also contains a hands-on computing task, in which you will learn to programme your own interactive prototypes, psychological tests, cognitive models and interactive data visualizations.

MODULE 7: research methods and research project

In the third module you will learn how to set up and carry out well-founded psychological research. You might research the reliability of Wikipedia, influencing strategies in police interrogations or the use of technology (such as gaming) in learning. Having already learned about (basic) research methods and techniques in the first year, you will now build on that foundation in your research project in this second-year module. During this module will also learn more about qualitative research and the research methods used for designing and evaluating interventions. Your research project will take you through the empirical cycle, in which you will apply your own research and analysis methods. This module is a good practical preparation for your graduation project (bachelor’s thesis) in the third year.

MODULE 8: psychological & professional skills

The Psychological and Professional Skills module is made up of two sub-areas: communication skills and work field orientation. In the section on communication skills, you will get familiar with psychological interviews, counselling and presentations. In the section on the work field and job market orientation, you will engage in a project to learn about the possible areas in which a psychologist can work. Among other things, you will interview someone who works as a psychologist, while also covering topics such as professionalism, self-understanding and applying for jobs.

THE THIRD YEAR OF THE ProgrammE

In the third study year, you will be given six months of scope for elective subjects. For instance, you can follow modules or subjects belonging to another programme at the University of Twente, or you can study abroad. You will spend the remaining six months on your Bachelor’s graduation project and on reflection. Check out the study programme for year 3.

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