Course: Diploma in Psychology
Start date: Monday, 2 February 2015
Course fee: classroom-based €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €745 (or €795 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses with the School of Psychology can do so at a fee of €795 per course.
Duration: 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm
Awarding body: The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)
The Diploma in Psychology at City Colleges aims to introduce students to the main topics often taught on modern psychology courses. These topics include developmental and lifespan psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, biological basis of behaviour, personality theory and individual differences, abnormal psychology, research design and methods, and psychological therapies. Students will also gain experience of research through a project to be completed within one month of completion of lectures. The focus of the Diploma is theoretical although discussion and practical examples of relevance will be discussed throughout. Graduates will possess a broad, basic understanding of modern psychology following completion of the Diploma. They may use such learning to decide if further studies in psychology would be of interest to them. Alternatively, students may simply complete the Diploma out of interest regarding the manner in which modern psychology aims to investigate and better understand the human mind and behaviour. Professionals in related disciplines such as counselling, etc, may also be eligible to consider completion of the course for CPD (continuing professional development) purposes.
This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2), from our campus in Templeogue, Dublin 6W and online.
The course takes place over 10 weeks with two annual intakes – one in September and one in February. The Diploma is comprised of two separate yet related components:
A ‘Pass’ grade on the written assignment (Project) will be required for the award of the Diploma in Psychology. A ‘Fail’ grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 course evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Likewise, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.
Isobel Butler has a BA (Hons) in Psychology an MSc in Organisational Psychology. Since 1997 she has provided a wide range of services to organisations across both the public and private sector. Her work has included Training and Development; Organisational Development ; Conflict management ; Respect and dignity and anti- bullying initiatives ; Health and Safety; Partnership Development and Facilitation and mediation.
Since 1997 Isobel has also been an Associate Lecturer with the Open University teaching and supporting adult learners on three undergraduate Psychology modules. From 2001-2012 she delivered a module on Work Organisation on the MBS in Safety and Health in DCU.
Isobel has used mediation, facilitation, joint problem solving skills, and alternative dispute methods to help organisations and their employees manage the conflict situations that have arisen in their workplaces.
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