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Didactic rules Psychosocial Disciplines (new regulations)
Course specific objectives
The University Degree Course in Psychosocial Disciplines is aimed at training a graduate capable of matching the scientific knowledge derived from psychological research and cognitive neurosciences to the knowledge derived from the heritage of humanities and education sciences, without neglecting the acquisition of technical-professional tools that are essential to access the labour world. In this respect, one has to take into account the fact that the graduates in this class will carry on professional activities in different contexts, namely the psychosocial, ergonomic, psychometric assessment, human resource management, education, welfare and healthcare ones within public and private bodies, companies and third sector organisations.
To this end, the study programme of the University Degree Course in Psychosocial Disciplines of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO includes activities that are aimed at acquiring the theoretical foundations and appropriate operational elements of general, social and development psychology; of survey methodologies; of statistical methods and computer-based procedures for data processing; of the psycho-physiological mechanisms on which behaviour is based; the dynamics of human relationships; it envisages courses aimed at supplying a suitable frame of reference for the psychological and cognitive disciplines in the context of both natural and humanistic sciences; it envisages, among the various training activities in the different disciplinary sectors, not less than 20 ECTS credits for seminars, laboratory activities, applicative experience in real and simulated situations aimed at acquiring competences in experimental methodologies and in the use of survey tools at personal and social level; they include the carrying out of activities that are intended as training periods corresponding to not less than 10 ECTS credits; it envisages, with respect to the specific objectives, extra-academic activities and study visits in Italian and foreign universities, also in the framework of international agreements.
The study programme specific educational objectives aim at training a professional profile capable of operating in school, labour settings and in organisations, clinical and community settings. This is the reason why a graduate in psychological sciences and techniques must be able to:
The reserved share at the student’s disposal for individual study or for other individual training activities is 68% of the whole workload hours, unless highly experimental or practical content training activities are envisaged.
Expected learning results expressed through European study titles descriptors (Min. Decree 16/03/2007, art 3, paragraph 7)
Knowledge and understanding
The graduates in Psychological Sciences and Techniques must have acquired:
The course final title will be given to the students who will have demonstrated to possess cutting edge knowledge and understanding of the issues treated in all the scientific-disciplinary sectors of psychology, and of the relative scientific survey methods. This knowledge will be delivered mainly through e-learning modes ensuring a high involvement on the students’ part; this section of the training will be added to individual study to the extent established by the laws in force and by University rules. The check of the student’s training will be typically made through a written test with multiple-choice and/or open response questionnaires depending on the characteristics of the subject of the exam.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The graduates in Psychological Sciences must have acquired the capacity to apply the knowledge learnt:
The Course final title will be given to the students who will be able to apply their theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to the operational contexts specified in the selected study programme:
Therefore, the graduates will have to be able to use:
In addition, the graduates will have to be able to participate in the:
This section of the training will be carried on through e-learning modes and by activities organised in a virtual laboratory linked to current issues in which psychological professional profiles are involved and they will be carried on using innovative methodologies able to stimulate the students’ active participation. Assessments will be made by means of multiple choice and/or free response questionnaires and by means of practical tests as well.
Carrying on methodological studies, training periods and research activities required to prepare their final thesis the graduates in Psychosocial Disciplines, should have acquired the capacity of carrying on research, structured or unstructured observation, empirical surveys, textual analysis that jointly with the acquisition of an appropriate technical-scientific, axiological and epistemic language. These capacities should enable the graduate to formulate independent judgements, free from prejudices and stereotypes, necessary for scientific and humanistic understanding and interpretation of the social and cultural environment they live and work in. The course final title will be awarded to the students who demonstrate to possess the ability to get a critical insight into scientific texts. For the graduates in psychological sciences this involves the capacity to face only partially interrelated disciplinary sectors that always require critical comparison to be able to integrate the knowledge acquired in an overall frame of reference. In addition, as it regards psychological professions it is essential to consider social and ethical responsibilities that are linked to the application of one’s own knowledge and judgements. The student’s progress in this respect will be monitored especially during virtual laboratory activities that are significant from a professional viewpoint making them face simulated situations or making them discuss real life situations that will be suitably presented according to their level of complexity form a deontological standpoint. At the end of the study path the students will be enabled to assume their share of responsibility in professional actions for which this degree prepares them and to assess the consistency and deontological fairness of the requests they are submitted. The preparation and writing of the final thesis, in particular, is subordinated to the attainment of this objective; it will have to be the outcome of a personal appreciation of the study programme contents learnt and also of those that may be associated as it regards specific psychological or not issues. Laboratory activities may be devoted to the learning and assessment of criteria on which deontological fairness of professional decisions, projects and measures are based organising group discussions or other team work or through simulations or practice work.
The carrying out of oral exams, team work, preparation of reports, written assignments and a thesis, their oral presentation, aided by multimedia tools jointly with the study of the scientific bases of human communication allowed the student to acquire the ability to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialised and non specialised people. The acquisition of these skills has been facilitated by the possibility of taking advantage of integrative activities, promoted by the University, aimed at promoting expression and communication skills by means of theatre workshops, creative writing, multimedia communication and so on. The course final title will be awarded to the students who demonstrate that they are able to effectively communicate with various people; for a graduate this means not only being able to use an appropriate psychological vocabulary in communicating with specialists or with other professionals, but also to transmit in an easy and at the same time correct way psychological concepts to non specialists. In addition, the graduates will have to be able to master the main tools of computer-based communication and therefore to be able to produce synthetic and clear written messages. Finally, they will have to be able to consult bibliographical sources in at least one language of the European Union, apart from Italian, with particular reference to the sectors linked to labour and organisation psychology, to communication and marketing, development, education and lifelong wellbeing. The educational tools aimed at the attainment of the objectives specified consist, in particular, in activities carry out within the virtual laboratories and for the final exam.
Having acquired a suitable and effective study and research method through the:
The course final title will be awarded to the students who will have developed:
The achievement of these results is the general out come of the educational path made by the graduates who will have to be able to retrain by autonomous study processes during their professional career and to continue their further studies successfully (second level degree and/or master’s course).
The check of the ability to learn in a critical way will largely rely on exams and particularly on the presentation of essential issues linked to the various disciplines within open response question. On the other hand, the final exam, beside thoroughly checking the ability to present one’s own critical thinking in specific fields of the student’s training in written and oral form will allow to check the ability, reached by the student, to use the main bibliographical tools, also on electronic format, in structured way.
Knowledge required for entry (DM 270/04, art 6, paragraphs 1 and 2)
In order to be admitted to the Degree Course in Psychosocial Disciplines the student must have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent title obtained abroad whose validity is acknowledged for this degree course. The knowledge required for entry will be tested upon enrolment, as better specified in the didactic rule. If the student has training debits, he will have to attend training support courses in basic scientific disciplines.
Characteristic of the final exam
The final exam that the student can take after he has obtained 176 educational credits, corresponds to 4 credits and consists in the drawing up of a report on a subject connected with the main issues included into his study programme and in which the student should demonstrate his ability of critical insight or ordered compilation and that he has acquired specific professional skills. The final report, whose title is agreed with a professor of the faculty, who will act as supervisor, will have the following characteristics:
Employment and professional prospects for the graduates (Decrees on Classes, Art. 3, paragraph 7)
The course prepares for the profession of:
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