Applied Psychology and Technology (B-TM-Y03463)

3 ECTSEnglish24 First termFirst term
Van Daele Tom (coordinator) |  De Witte Nele |  Van Daele Tom
POC PBA Toegepaste psychologie TMMA

A.          Content

As technology becomes more prominent in every aspect of our lives, psychology needs to answer the question to what extent psychology can serve as a guideline to shape technology and to what extent technology is shaping our behaviour and psychological functioning. This course will address three main themes: First, it will present students with an overview of the existing technological possibilities for psychological diagnosis, research, counseling and behaviour modification. Second, an outline will be presented of how psychological knowledge can be used to ergonomically optimize the design and usability of new technology and new environments. Third, some case studies will be presented in which new technologies are shown to have important behavioural and ethical implications.

B.          Goals

This course adds to the following professional roles of the psychological consultant: psychodiagnostic, counselor, coach, trainer, modern professional, operational expert and business partner.

At the end of this course, students are able to:

  • reach a better grasp of the existing technological possibilities for psychological diagnosis, research, counseling and behavior modification. They are aware of which technologies exist, and how efficient and effective they are. They have insight in the new technological developments that can be expected in applied psychology.
  • understand how psychological knowledge can be used to ergonomically optimize the design and usability of new technology and environments. They have insight in the main strengths and limitations of human cognition and socio-emotional functioning and understand how technology can be used to either support or interfere with human performance and well-being.
  • know that new technological developments have important behavioral and ethical implications for a professional in the field of applied psychology. They understand that some technologies may shape and control behavior in a manner that escapes conscious control by the individual. They understand the possible psychological advantages and dangers of using these technologies.

After the course, students will be able to objectively evaluate the pros and cons of various e-based health-promotion innovations, and effectively use some of these e-channels to promote healthy behavior.

Activities

3 ects. Applied psychology and technology (B-TM-Y53946)

3 ECTSEnglishFormat: Lecture-assignment24 First termFirst term
De Witte Nele |  Van Daele Tom
POC PBA Toegepaste psychologie TMMA

As technology becomes more prominent in every aspect of our lives, psychology needs to answer the question to what extent psychology can serve as a guideline to shape technology and to what extent technology is shaping our behaviour and psychological functioning.

Some example questions in this context are:

  • Is learning facilitated or hindered by the use of multimedia?
  • How can technological applications be introduced in organisations?
  • Can we use technology to better diagnose and assist individuals with psychosocial questions?

The lectures in class will address three main themes:

First, it will present students with an overview of the existing technological possibilities for psychological diagnosis, research, counseling and behaviour modification. Various technologies will be evaluated critically, presenting evidence for the strengths, limitations and efficiency of these tools as instruments for applied psychology.

Second, an outline will be presented of how psychological knowledge can be used to ergonomically optimize the design and usability of new technology and new environments. The goal here is to ensure that these tools and environments are optimally matched with the strengths and limitations of human cognitive and socio-emotional functioning.

Third, some case studies will be presented in which new technologies are shown to have important behavioural and ethical implications. Examples of possible topics are, attentional training through eye tracking, function augmentation through implants, online counseling and diagnosis, cyberbullying and gaming addiction.

Required learning material

  • Slides in class
  • Selected papers posted on Canvas

 

 

This course is taught in English.

All lectures are collective activities, in which presentation slides, demonstrations and group discussions are incorporated.

Students will furthermore collaborate in small groups on a topic of their own choosing (which related to the focus and the goals of this course), for which they will create a low-threshold, informative paper which can be broadly disseminated through the network of the Expertise unit Psychology, Technology & Society of the Department of Applied Psychology. The choice of topic is determined in in consultation with the course lecturers during the fourth lecture. Following this lecture, students have time until the final lecture to complete this assignment.

All communication concerning this course will be announced at Canvas.

Evaluation

Applied Psychology and Technology (B-TM-Y73463)

Type : Partial or continuous assessment with (final) exam during the examination period
Description of evaluation : Written, Paper/Project
Type of questions : Multiple choice, Open questions
Learning material : None

AssessmentGrading scale
TOTAL1-20/20 scale

1st exam period

The evaluation consists of 2 evaluation activities: a group assignment and  a written exam consisting of both MC-questions and open-ended questions. The overall result is a weighted score, which is determined as follows:

  • The evaluation activity ‘group assignment’ (25% of total score)  entails a group assignment in which a paper is written concerning a relevant topic for the course. Plagiarism is actively sought out. Registration (for group assignment) takes place via Canvas, where the deadline will also be communicated. The evaluation activity takes place during the exam period of January. The assignment will be submitted digitally via Canvas, at the latest on 9 January 2020.
  • The evaluation activity ‘written closed-book exam’ (75% of total score) consists of 10 multiple choice questions and a number of open-ended questions concerning the course material. For the multiple choice part, we make use of a guess correction: 4 alternatives will be presented, one of which is the correct one. In case of a wrong answer, 0.33 points (1/N-1, N= number of alternatives per question) will be deducted. The evaluation activity takes place during the exam period of January.

If a student has not partaken in an evaluation activity, he/she receives a ‘0’ for this evaluation activity. The final grade  is subsequently calculated by summing the  (weighted) points obtained from the different evaluation activities.

This course is taught in English. The evaluation activities can either be completed in English or in Dutch. If a student wishes to complete the exam in Dutch, he/or she does so via a written request to the head of the department, at the moment of registration for the course or no later than the 3rd Wednesday of the semester.

All communication concerning this course will be announced on Canvas.

Exam contract
Opting for an exam contract is not self-evidently, as one of the evaluation activities of this course is a group assignment, which in part takes places during lectures. Students who nevertheless which to do so, can contact the course coordinator for further information.

This course unit does not allow partial mark transfers.

The evaluation consists of 2 evaluation activities: an individual assignment and  a written exam consisting of both MC-questions and open-ended questions. The overall result is a weighted score, which is determined as follows:

  • The evaluation activity ‘Individual assignment’ (25% of total score) concerns an individual assignment in which the student writes a paper on a relevant subject for the course. The evaluation activity takes place during the exam period of August. The assignment will be submitted digitally via Canvas, at the latest on 21 August 2020.
  • The evaluation activity ‘written closed-book exam’ (75% of total score) consists of 10 multiple choice questions and a number of open-ended questions concerning the course material. For the multiple choice part, we make use of a guess correction: 4 alternatives will be presented, one of which is the correct one. In case of a wrong answer, 0.33 points (1/N-1, N= number of alternatives per question) will be deducted. The evaluation activity takes place during the exam period of August.

If a student has not partaken in an evaluation activity, he/she receives a ‘0’ for this evaluation activity. The final grade  is subsequently calculated by summing the  (weighted) points obtained from the different evaluation activities.

All communication concerning this course will be announced on Canvas.