School of Psychology & Social Science- Course Details
 
Diplomas    
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY
DIPLOMA IN JOURNALISM
     
Diplomas / Higher Diplomas    
PSYCHOLOGY
COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE
HEALTH & SAFETY
     
Degrees    
BSc IN PSYCHOLOGY
     
 
DIPLOMA IN CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
To Whom
This course help the students, who wish to pursue a career in child care and child development, who could be employed in the Kinder Garden schools, Child clinics etc.
Entry Requirements
G. C. E. (O/L)
 
Course Length
1 Year
 
Course Content
  • Theory and research in Child Development
  • Foundations of Development
  • Cognitive and Language Development
  • Personality and Social Development
  • Context for Development 
  • History, Theory and applied directions
  • Research Strategies
  • Biological Foundations, Parental Development and birth
  • Infancy :  Early Learning, Motor skills and perceptual  
  • Capacities
  • Physical Growth
  • Cognitive Development :  Piagetian, Core,knowledge and
  • Vygoskin perspectives
  • Cognitive Development :   An information -
  • Processing perspective
  • Intelligence
  • Language Development
  • Emotional Development
  • Self and Social understanding
  • Moral Development
  • Development of Sex Differences and Gender Roles
  • The family
  • Peers, Media and Schooling
DIPLOMA IN INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY
To Whom
This course specially targeted for Managerial personnel who could use Industrial Psychology to help companies to assess, motivate, lead, train and develop people at work.
Entry Requirements
G. C. E. (O/L)
 
Course Length
1 Year
Course Content
  • Perspective on work organisations
  • Concepts of the person in work psychology
  • Work Psychology: Its origins, subject matter and methods
  • Basic statistics and data analysis in work psychology
  • Minority groups at work
  • The contents and context of assessment
  • Personal selection and assessment
  • Attitude at work
  • The analysis and modification of work behaviour
  • Approaches to work motivation
  • Perceiving people
  • Decisions and decision making at work
  • Leadership
  • Training and Learning at work
  • Career choice and development
  • Work stress and psychological well being
  • Job redesign and new technology
DIPLOMA IN JOURNALISM
To Whom
This course is for students, who wish to pursue a profession in Journalism, who could be employed at news papers, magazines, radio, TV stations etc.
Entry requirements
G. C. E. (O/L)
 
Course Length
1 Year
Course Content
  • What is Journalism
  • Critical reading
  • The art of writing
  • What is news
  • News reporting
  • Speeches and debates
  • Interviewing
  • The appeal to human interest
  • Law of defamation
  • Writing features
  • The sports writer
  • The crime reporter
  • The political and parliamentary reporter
  • Writing articles that sell
  • Creative writing
  • The short story
  • Writing for children
  • Writing poetry
  • Proof reading and editing
DIPLOMA / HIGHER DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGY
To Whom
This course is for the students, who wish to pursue a career in Psychology, who could be employed at Universities, Colleges, Hospitals, Clinics, Community, Mental Health Centers, and Counseling Centers.
Entry Requirements
G. C. E. (O/L)
 
Course Length
1 Year / 2 Years
Course Content
Semester 1 (6 Months) Semester 2 (6 Months)

Roots of Psychology
Research methods for psychology
The Biology Underlying Behavior
Sensation and Perception
States of Consciousness
Learning

Memory
Cognition and Language
Intelligence
Motivation and Emotion
Gender and Language
Philosophy

   
Semester 3 (6 Months) Semester 4 (6 Months)

Development: The Beginnings
Personality
Development: The Adolescence to the End
Health Psychology
Psychological Disorders
Treatment of Psychological Disorders

Forensic Psychology
Women Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Ethics in Psychology
Social psychology
Psychology in Diverse World


DIPLOMA / HIGHER DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY
To Whom
This course surveys the major concepts and practices of the contemporary therapeutic systems in order to become a professional counsellor.
Entry requirements
G.C.E. O/L
 
Course Length
1 Year / 2 Years
Course Content
Semester 1 (6 Months) Semester 2 (6 Months)

The Counselor as Person & Professional 
Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice
Introduction to Psychology
Biological Basis of Psychology
Learning Theories
Personality & Individuality

Communication Psychology
Psychoanalytic Therapy 
Adlerian Therapy 
Existential Therapy
Person Centered Therapy
Reality Therapy

   
Semester 3 (6 Months) Semester 4 (6 Months)

Behavior Therapy  
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Feminist Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Integrative Psychotherapy
Personality and Mental State Assessment 

Suicide Prevention & Counseling  
Alcohol/ Drug Abuse & Counseling  
Philosophy
Religion Based Counseling
Stress release and Counseling
Skill Tanning in Counseling

DIPLOMA /HIGHER DIPLOMA IN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE
Entry requirements
G. C. E. (O/L) / G. C. E. (A/L)
Course Length
01 to 02 Years
 
Rationales
The programme is designed to meet the requirements of health care assistants working in health and social care settings. It provides a competence framework to specify competent performance standards with underpinning knowledge and understanding applied to practice.
 
Aims
The programme aims to
- acquire, develop and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding to achieve the Health and Social Care Diploma
- develop a portfolio of evidence to meet the requirements of the Health and Social Care Diploma
 
Learning Outcomes
  • A. Knowledge and Understanding of
    1 Legislation, policy and good practice
    2 Services and products
    3 Factors which influence what you do
    4 How to achieve important outcomes as specified in each chosen unit of the National Occupational Standards of the Health and Social Care Diploma

  • B. Intellectual Skills. Able to
    Apply the principles of good practice As specified in each chosen unit of the National Occupational Standards of the Health and Social Care Diploma

  • C. Practical Skills. Able to
    Perform competently in real work activity all the skills as described in each chosen unit of the National Occupational Standards of the Health and Social Care Diploma
 
Diploma
Course Content
The award of Health and Social Care Diploma (Adults) requires all four core units (one of which is contextualized to the Adults Pathway) to be assessed plus 4 optional units out of all the units shown below. The additional units are for continuing professional development (CPD) only and do not form part of the overall qualification.
 
Core Diploma (Adults)
Promote effective communication for and about individuals
Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the working environment
Reflect on and develop your practice
Promote choice, well-being and the protection of all individuals
 
Optional Diploma (Adults) units
Contribute to care planning and review
Contribute to planning, monitoring and reviewing the delivery of service for individuals
Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
Support individuals to develop and maintain social networks and relationships
Support the social, emotional and identity needs of individuals
Prepare your family and networks to support individuals requiring care
Provide a home and family environment for individuals
Contribute to the protection of individuals from harm and abuse
Contribute to the prevention and management of abusive and aggressive behaviour
Provide frameworks to help individuals to manage challenging behaviour
 
Generic Optional Diploma (Adults) units
Carry out screening and referral assessment
Carry out assessment to identify and prioritise needs
Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment
Help individuals address their substance use through an action plan
Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users
Support individuals to live at home
Support individuals to retain, regain and develop the skills to manage their lives and environment
Support individuals to manage their financial affairs
Support individuals to manage direct payments
Help individuals to access employment
Help individuals to access learning, training and development opportunities
Enable individuals to access housing and accommodation
Recognise, respect and support the spiritual well-being of individuals Health and Social Diploma Programme Specification
Plan, agree and implement development activities to meet individual needs
Support individuals to continue therapies
Interact with individuals using telecommunications
Counsel individuals about their substance use using recognised theoretical models
Counsel groups of individuals about their substance use using recognised theoretical models
Support individuals to deal with relationship problems
Carry out extended feeding techniques to ensure individuals nutritional and fluid intake
Identify the individual at risk of skin breakdown and undertake the appropriate risk assessment
Move and position individuals
Prepare for, and undertake physiological measurements
Diploma
Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
Test for substance use
Identify the physical health needs of individuals with mental health needs
Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects
Support individuals to represent their own needs and wishes at decision making forums
Help individuals identify and access independent representation and advocacy
Present individuals needs and preferences
Support individuals with specific communication needs
Support individuals to communicate using technology
Support individuals to communicate using interpreting and translation services
Plan and implement programmes to enable individuals to find their way around familiar environments
Plan and implement programmes to enable individuals to find their way around unfamiliar environments
Administer medication to individuals
Obtain venous blood samples
Encourage and support individuals undergoing dialysis therapy at home
Insert and secure urethral catheters and monitor and respond to the effects of urethral catheterisation
Support individuals who are substance users
Supply and exchange injecting equipment for individuals
Support individuals through detoxification programmes
Support individuals to prepare for, adapt to and manage change
Prepare and support individuals to move and settle into new living environments
Support individuals through bereavement
Support individuals through the process
Assist in the transfer of individuals between agencies and services
Work in collaboration with carers in the caring role
Relate to families, parents and carers
Work with carers, families and key people to maintain contact with individuals
Support families in maintaining relationships in their wider social structures and environments
Provide services to those affected by someone else's substance use
Work with families, carers and individuals during times of crisis
Prepare, implement and evaluate agreed therapeutic group activities
Contribute to the development and running of support groups
Contribute to assessing and act upon risk of danger, harm and abuse
Enable people with mental health needs to develop coping strategies
Reinforce positive behavioural goals during relationships with individuals
Contribute to assessing the needs of individuals for therapeutic programmes to enable them to manage their behavior
Develop and sustain effective working relationships with staff in other agencies
Participate in inter-disciplinary team working to support individuals
Help develop community networks and partnerships.
Work with community networks and partnerships
Contribute to raising awareness of health issues
Support the development of networks to meet assessed needs and planned outcomes
Contribute to the recruitment and placement of volunteers
Plan, organise and monitor the work of volunteers
Lead and motivate volunteers
Facilitate learning through presentation and activities
Facilitate group learning
Support colleagues to relate to individuals
 
Additional units

Provide first aid to an individual needing emergency assistance
Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals
Support individuals to identify and promote their own health and social well being
Support and enable individuals undergoing renal dialysis to contribute to their own health and well-being
Promote the needs, rights, interests and responsibilities of individuals within the community
Receive, analyse, process, use and store information
Contribute to promoting a culture that values and respects the diversity of individuals
Conduct an assessment of risks in the workplace
Respond to work-related violent incidents
Promote the values and principles underpinning best practice
Support competence achieved in the workplace
Contribute to promoting the effectiveness of teams

ASSESSMENT METHODS
A combination of teaching sessions, workshops, evidence guides and distance learning materials. Additional support is provided by individual tutorials. Throughout the programme, the learner is encouraged to undertake independent study both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught/learnt and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject. Assessment of knowledge and understanding is through a combination of evidence guides, questioning, assignments, projects and case studies. Exam-80%

PROGRESSION
Higher Diploma (Supervisory Level)

 
Higher Diploma
Entry Requirements

Diploma in Health & Social Care

 
Course Length
01 Year
 
Rationales
The programme is designed to meet the requirements of health care assistants working in health and social care settings.It provides a competence framework to specify competent performance standards with underpinning knowledge and understanding applied to practice.
 
Aims

The programme aims to
- acquire, develop and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding to achieve the Health and Social Care Diploma(Adults)
- develop a portfolio of evidence to meet the requirements of the Health and Social Care Diploma (Adults).

 
Learning Outcomes
  • A. Knowledge and Understanding of
    1 Legislation, policy and good practice
    2 Services and products
    3 Factors which influence what you do
    4 How to achieve important outcomes
    As specified in each chosen unit of the National Occupational Standards of the Health and Social Care Diploma (Adults).

  • B. Intellectual Skills. Able to
    Apply the principles of good practice as specified in each chosen unit of the National Occupational Standards of the Health and Social Care Diploma (Adults).

  • C. Practical Skills. Able to
    Perform competently in real work activity all the skills as described in each chosen unit of the National Occupational Standards of the Health and Social Care Diploma (Adults).
 
Course Content
The award of Health and Social Care Diploma (Adults) requires all four core units (one of which is contextualized to the Adult People Pathway) to be assessed plus 4 optional units. The additional unit is for continuing professional development(CPD) only and do not form part of the overall qualification.
 
Core Diploma(Adults) Units
Use and develop methods and systems to communicate record and report Contribute to the development and maintenance of healthy and safe practices in the working environment Take responsibility for the continuing professional development of self and others Develop practices which promote choice, well-being and protection of all individuals

Optional Units
Advocate with, and on behalf of, individuals, families, carers, groups and communities
Manage a service which achieves the best possible outcomes for the individual
Ensure individuals and groups are supported appropriately when experiencing significant life events and transitions

Generic Optional Units
Manage requests for health and care services
Assess individual needs and preferences
Produce, evaluate and amend service delivery plans to meet individual needs and preferences
Develop, implement and review care plans with individuals
Assess individuals mental health and related needs
Work with individuals with mental health needs to negotiate and agree plans for addressing those needs
Provide advice and information to those who enquire about mental health needs and related services
Promote leisure opportunities and activities for individuals
Promote employment, training and education opportunities for individuals
Promote housing opportunities for individuals
Assist individuals at formal hearings
Supervise methadone consumption
Support people who are providing homes for individuals and/or children and young people
Empower families, carers and others to support individuals
Assess the needs of carers and families
Develop, implement and review programmes of support for carers and families
Work with groups to promote individual growth, development and independence
Support the protection of individuals, key people and others
Support individuals where abuse has been disclosed
Enable families to address issues with individual’s behaviour
Develop joint working agreements and practices and review their effectiveness
Maintain and manage records and reports
Manage the development and direction of the provision
Promote and manage a quality provision
Promote your organisation and its services to stakeholders
Develop and disseminate information and advice about substance use, health and social well-being
Contribute to the development of organisational policy and practice
Support effective governance
Invite tenders and award contracts
Monitor and evaluate the quality, outcomes and cost-effectiveness of substance misuse services
Procure services for individuals
Contribute to the selection, recruitment and retention of staff to develop a quality service
Recruit and place volunteers
Manage a dispersed workforce to meet the needs and preferences of individuals at home
Represent the agency in courts and formal hearings
Provide and obtain information at courts and formal hearings
Represent one's own agency at other agency meetings
Develop risk management plans to support individuals, independence and daily living within their home
Lead teams to support a quality provision

Additional Units
Contribute to the development, maintenance and evaluation of systems to promote the rights, responsibilities, equality and diversity of individuals

ASSESSMENT METHODS
Practical skills are assessed through direct observation, work products, questioning, third party / witness testimony, simulation, assignments, projects and case studies. Exam-80%
 
DIPLOMA / HIGHER DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SAFETY
Career Opportunities
Health and Safety is primarily focused on the welfare of people at work. It is also concerned with safely managing the work environment. It has become a major concern for society. New legislation and regulation at Irish and European level has created many new employment opportunities. This course has been designed to help learners develop an expertise in health and safety; understand relevant legislation; be able to identify various hazards in the workplace and learn how to manage these risks.
 
Entry Requirements
G. C. E. (O/L) / G. C. E. (A/L)
 
Course Length
01 to 02 Years
 
Diploma
Course Content

Mandatory units:
Evaluate and develop own practice
Promote a positive health and safety culture
Develop and implement the health and safety policy
Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
Identify and evaluate health and safety hazards
Assess health and safety risks
Determine and implement health and safety risk control measures
Develop and implement active monitoring systems for health and safety
Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures
Develop and implement health and safety review systems
Develop and implement health and safety audit systems


Additional Units
(these units are not necessary for the achievement of the award):
Contribute to health and safety legal actions
Influence and keep pace with improvements in health and safety practice
(MSC) Manage the use of financial resources
Develop and implement systems and procedures to minimise the environmental impact of the organisation

 
Higher Diploma
Health and Safety is primarily focused on the welfare of people at work. It is also concerned with safely managing the work environment. It has become a major concern for society. New legislation and regulation at Irish and European level has created many new employment opportunities. This course has been designed to help learners develop an expertise in health and safety; understand relevant legislation; be able to identify various hazards in the workplace and learn how to manage these risks
Career opportunities
Transport, Construction/Mining, Local Authorities, Electronics & Manufacturing, Medical Sector, Safety/Environmental Consultancy Companies (self-employment), Public Service, Self-employment, Services Sector
 
Entry requirements
Diploma in Health & Safety
 
Course Length
01 Year
 
Course Contents
Mandatory units
reference (all 8 units required)
Manage the use of financial resources
Secure financial resources for your organisation's plans
Develop and review the organisation's health and safety strategy
Influence and keep pace with improvements in health and safety practice
Promote a positive health and safety culture
Develop and implement the health and safety policy
Identify the learning and development needs of the organization
Develop a strategy and plan for managing changes in people resourcing

Optional Units
3 optional units of the candidate’s choice are required
Manage activities to meet requirements
Contribute to improvements at work
Manage the performance of teams and individuals
Contribute to the development of learning within the organisation
Develop and implement systems and procedures within the workplace to minimise environmental impact of the organisation
Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
Design learning programmes
Manage the contribution of other people to the learning process
Design, deliver and evaluate changes to organisational structure
Contribute to the design, delivery and evaluation of work procedures
 
 
 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BSc) IN PSYCHOLOGY
Entry requirements
G.C.E (A/L)
Course Length
4 Years
 
Course Content
Year 1  
First Semester (Core Courses) Second Semester (Core Courses)
Introduction to Psychology I
Biological Bases of Behaviour
Introduction to Sociology I
Introduction to Comp. & Inf. Sys.
Development of Reading Skills
Language - French/Japanese I
Introduction to Psychology II
Introduction to Sociology II
Introduction to Philosophy I
Computer Applications
Development of Writing Skills
Language - French/Japanese II
   
Year 2  
First Semester (Core Courses) Second Semester
Developmental Psychology I
Social Psychology I
Experimental Psychology I
Statistics I
Communication Skills I
National History of Sri Lanka I
Developmental Psychology II
Social Psychology II
Experimental Psychology II
Statistics II
Communication Skills II
National History of Sri Lanka II 
Internship
   
Year 3  
First Semester (Core Courses) Second Semester (Core & Elective Courses)
Research Design in Psychology
Research Methods I
Psychology in Education
Testing & Measurement in Psychology
Personality and its Assessment
Research Methods II
Psychology of Work
Environmental Psychology
Psychopathology
Psychology of adjustment
Elective
Internship
   
Year 4  
First Semester (Core & Elective Courses) Second Semester (Core & Elective Courses)
Clinical Psychology I
Applied Psychotherapy
Child Abuse
Forensic Psychology
Elective
Clinical Psychology II
Counselling
Health Psychology
Final Dissertation
Elective
   
Psychology Electives  
Psychology of Aging
Ethnology
Psychology and Gender Issues
Drugs & Individual Behaviour
Ethics
Child and Adolescent Psychology
Psychology of the Criminal Justice System
 
 
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