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:
- applying diagnosis, intervention and research techniques to the development, in-depth study and socialisation processes of the individuals and of groups in school and educational organisations;
- operating in full professional autonomy as it regards the application of techniques related to the identification, qualitative and quantitative measurement and to dealing with problems arising in the following activity areas: cognitive, emotional, and social development of children and learners; analysis and design of intervention measures in cases of difficulties in learning and socialisation; diagnosis of the parameters of organisational functioning in classes and schools;
- supervising the coordination of the intervention measures of teachers in the framework he is competent for;
- applying diagnosis, intervention and research techniques as it regards the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations and institutions;
- operating in full professional autonomy as it regards the application of techniques related to the identification, qualitative and quantitative measures and to dealing with problems in the following activity areas: management of the human resources; analysis and design of tasks and job profiles; diagnosis of the main parameters as it regards organisational functioning;
- applying psycho-diagnoses and consulting in favour of individuals, couples, families and groups who ask for help in trouble situations in the cognitive, emotional and psycho-social life;
- operating with special competence in managing the demand and support in critical situations due to adaptation problem in the whole span of life and operating in cooperation with other operators whose interventions involves heavy psychological troubles.
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:
- Basic knowledge characterising the different sectors of the psychological disciplines;
- Basic knowledge characterising the application of neurosciences in the different contexts of the psychological disciplines;
- Sufficient knowledge of the methods and procedures of scientific survey;
- Sufficient knowledge of logic and of the method of measurement of psychological events;
- Sufficient knowledge of the psycho-diagnostic methods and procedures
- Basic knowledge of descriptive and inductive statistics;
- Basic knowledge required to understand the results of research work developed by sociological and anthropological disciplines;
- Introductory knowledge to the anthropological knowledge in the light of philosophy;
- Basic knowledge of the principles and methods of education sciences;
- Basic computer skills
- Knowledge of another European language, beside Italian.
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:
- To the administration, processing and interpretation of the results of the techniques of diagnosis, intervention and research related to development, learning and individual and groups socialisation processes;
- To the administration, processing and interpretation of the results and techniques related to the identification and to quantitative and qualitative measurement;
- To the analysis and design of intervention addressed to children who have learning and/or socialisation difficulties and, therefore, problems children cognitive, emotional and social development;
- To the diagnostic analysis of the parameters of complex organisational functioning;
- To the diagnosis, intervention and research about individuals and groups’ behaviour in organisations and institutions;
- To the administration, processing and interpretation of the results of the techniques related to the identification, qualitative and quantitative measure and to dealing with problems arising from human resources management;
- To the study and design of workstations through the analysis of the related tasks;
- To the psycho-diagnostic and consulting activities in favour of individuals, couples, families and groups who ask for help in trouble situations in the cognitive, emotional and psycho-social life;
- To support people who experience crisis situation resulting from difficulties of adaptation in one or more phases of the whole life span networking with other practitioners whose interventions concern serious psychological problems;
- To the communication and management of information;
- To the use, also in written and oral mode, of at least one of the languages of the European Union, beside Italian, in the specific sector they are competent for and for exchanging general information.
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:
- In work and organisational settings with particular reference to the assessment and promotion of individual and collective capacities and potentials;
- In promoting and implementing communication processes in social relations and in organisational settings;
- In preventing troubles and in promoting lifelong wellbeing.
Therefore, the graduates will have to be able to use:
- Qualitative and quantitative techniques of observation of the individuals and groups’ behaviour in organisation and family settings;
- Interview and conversation techniques suitable for individual of different ages and to groups, aimed at collecting information and/or planning support activities;
- Unbiased tools for assessing personal abilities, motivation and potentials in work and organisation settings, for assessing communication relations and communication processes; normal and pathological development of psychological and personality processes in general.
In addition, the graduates will have to be able to participate in the:
- Design and realisation of training and development activities aimed at best utilisation of human resources in work and organisation settings;
- Activities aimed at promoting and implementing communication processes in the framework of social relations and organisation settings;
- Activities of prevention of troubles and promotion of wellbeing in family, educational and social settings and assess the effectiveness of these activities.
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:
- Development of a suitable internal motivation;
- Acquisition of life, dietary and rest habits suited to intellectual work;
- Management of archiving and cataloguing, synthesis and information retrieval tools and tools for catalogue consultation and oriented navigation on the Internet;
- Development of reading skills meant not only as an abstract mental act, but also as playing with one’s own body within a relational space that could develop according to the steps of an accurate method envisaging: a general overview to the text, the formulation of questions, reading as an answer to the questions, the recalling of general ideas, the review of the reading and the tale to oneself of the main issues treated in the text;
- The ability to sum up and to make a draft of the study subject.
The course final title will be awarded to the students who will have developed:
- The capacity to make use of scientific texts on psychology other than simply handbooks (such as essays or articled taken from scientific journals) and of the relative bibliographical references;
- The capacity to make use of bibliographical databases in the field of psychology, such as Psycho-lit, ProQuest and similar.
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:
- An annotated bibliographical reference list related to only one specific issue;
- A note for a research work;
- A report and critical appreciation of practical or training activities he has carried on;
- A project for a survey or intervention having professional nature.
Employment and professional prospects for the graduates (Decrees on Classes, Art. 3, paragraph 7)
- In the field of development, rehabilitation and support to educational processes the graduates will be able to: work with a multidisciplinary team in tacking stock of the disabilities, resources, needs and expectation of the individual and also of the requirements and resources available in his specific environment; take measures aimed a rehabilitation, functional re-education and social integration of individuals with physical disabilities, neuropsychological deficits, psychiatric troubles or addition to drugs; cooperate with a psychologist in taking measures aimed at supporting the parent-child relation, to reduce the family load, to develop supporting and aid networks in cases of disability; cooperate with a psychologist in taking psycho-educational measures and activities of promotion of health; modification of the risk behaviour, social integration and participation; use tests and other standardised tools for analysing behaviour, cognitive processes, opinions and attitudes, of needs and motivations, social interaction, psychological fitness for specific tasks and conditions; supply information needed to formulate a psycho-diagnostic synthesis prepared by the psychologist; cooperate with the psychologist in creating, adapting and standardising psychological survey tools.
- In the employment and organisation sector the graduate will be able to work on the: implementation of educational projects aimed at promoting the development of potential for individual growth and social integration, to promote communication processes and to better face stress situation and enhance the quality of life; the application of protocol for professional guidance, analysis of educational needs, selection and valorisation of human resources, application of ergonomics to technological design and enhance interaction among individuals and specific working environments; implementation of prevention and education projects on issues related to risk and security; use of tests and of other standardised tools to analyse behaviour, cognitive processes, opinions and attitudes, needs and motivation of social interaction, psychological fitness for particular tasks and situations; processing data for the psycho-diagnostic synthesis made by a psychologist in creating, adapting and standardising tools for psychological survey.
- In the clinical and community sector the graduates will be able to: participating in the multi-disciplinary team that takes stock of the disabilities, resources, needs and expectations of an individual and also of the requirements and resources available; implementation of measures aimed at rehabilitation, functional re-education and social integration of individuals with practical disabilities, with neuropsychological deficits, with psychiatric troubles or addiction to drugs; collaboration with a psychologist in implementing measures aimed at supporting the parent-child relationship, at reducing the family load, at developing support and help networks in disability situations; cooperation with a psychologist in psycho-educational intervention and in activities aimed at promoting health, modification of risk behaviours, social integration and participation; use of tests and of other standardised tools to analyse behaviour, cognitive processes, opinions and attitudes, needs and motivation, of social interaction, psychological fitness to specific tasks and conditions; processing data for the psych-diagnostic synthesis produced by the psychologist, cooperation with a psychologist in creating, adapting and standardising tools for psychological survey.
The course prepares for the profession of:
- Professional staff specialised in social care and welfare.