At academic level, students will be able to:
- describe and recognize the theory and skills of the (sub-) activities of the ASCE model (analysis, synthesis, construction, evaluation, engagement and accountability).
- apply the theory and (sub-) activities of the ASCE model (analysis, synthesis, construction, evaluation, engagement and accountability) to an existing intervention or a new psychological problem.
- systematically design an original and appropriate intervention for behavioural change for a psychological problem based on the ASCE model and support design choices with scientific literature (psychological and statistical).
- write a scientific intervention report according to the guidelines for academic writing and APA.
Psychologists work in various fields such as Social Psychology, Health Psychology and Risk Psychology. In these fields, they all encounter different behavioural issues such as workplace bullying, undesirable habitual behaviour in respect of health problems, and risky behaviour in traffic.
Although Psychologists base their approach on psychological theories and insights developed within their own professional fields, all fields rely on a number of fundamental skills and techniques for resolving psychological problems. These basic (academic) skills and techniques are central to the course Design Methodology for Psychology.
This subject looks at how Psychologists resolve social problems by designing behavioural interventions while applying the ASCE model. During the tutorials, all (sub-) activities of the ASCE model are explained and the relevant skills are developed. Students design a psychological intervention for behavioural change in the form of an intervention plan. The course 'Design Methodology for Psychology' revolves around design theory and skills for applying the ASCE model to socio-psychological problems in a systematic, academic manner.