Systematic Intervention Design
- To name and recognize the theory and skills of the (sub-) activities of the ASCE model (analysis, synthesis, construction, evaluation, engagement and accountability).
- To apply the theory and skills of the (sub-) activities of the ASCE model (analysis, synthesis, construction, evaluation, engagement and accountability) to an existing intervention or a new psychological problem.
On completion of the project, students will be able to do the following to the standard of an entry-level Psychological Designer:
- design an original and appropriate intervention for behavioural change by applying all (sub-) activities of the ASCE model to a specific psychological problem.
- find, assess and select academic literature and theories from the basic Psychology disciplines studied in this module and apply them to the different (sub-) activities of the ASCE model.
- with a project group, capture the design process in writing according to the ASCE model by describing and substantiating choices, demonstrating the interdependence of the different (sub-) activities, and referencing according to APA guidelines.
- apply knowledge of the research methodology studied in this module to the evaluation sub-activity of the ASCE model.
- apply the writing skills and paragraph writing studied in this module to write a clear, structured and compelling intervention report.
- within a project group, apply project skills, such as demonstrating an independent and a proactive work ethic, honouring commitments, group attendance at tutor events, giving one another feedback and effective communication with the tutor.
This 'Design and research' study unit is part of the module Psychology and Intervention Design (202000320) and concerns the design of behavioural interventions. Although Psychologists base their approach on psychological theories and insights developed within their own professional field (such as Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology etc), all fields rely on a number of fundamental method and skills for resolving psychological problems. One of these fundamental methods is the ASCE model which involves systematic design steps for Psychologists how to resolve socio-psychological problems by designing interventions in order to influence behaviour. During the module, all (sub-) activities of the ASCE model are explained and relevant skills are developed. This knowledge and these skills are, to the standard of an entry-level of a Systematic Psychological Designer, applied to the project in the form of a written intervention report. Insights are gained into how psychological knowledge can be applied to resolve a psychological problem in the form of an intervention. In addition, the acquired knowledge of Research Methods component is applied to shape the evaluation of the designed intervention. The acquired skills of the component Professional Academic Skills are essential to write the intervention report. Therefore, the component Design and Research revolves around (design) skills for applying the ASCE model in a systematic, academic manner.
This study unit is part of the module Psychology and Intervention Design (202000320). A module is offered as one educational unity and students take it as such.