BSc Educational Psychology / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Prevention science and education

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC33051
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will provide students with an introduction to theory and research relating to the inter-related fields of prevention science, implementation science, and intervention development and research.  It will build on foundations provided by the Level 4 unit, ‘Development and childhood’, and the level 5 unit, ‘Risk and resilience processes in human development.  Indicative course unit content as follows: Introducing prevention science; understanding and evaluating interventions; implementation science; assessing social, emotional and behavioural outcomes; intervention form and function; sustainability and scaling up of interventions.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Risk & Resilience processes in human development EDUC23011 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of how theory and research in prevention science can applied in educational contexts to improve children’s social, emotional and behavioural outcomes

Teaching and learning methods

Face to face lectures (e.g. including whole class discussion and debate, case/scenario based learning, and other approaches to learning and teaching)

Small group seminars (e.g. focused, critical discussion of selected papers)

Supplementary e-learning processes (e.g. asynchronous discussion of stimulus questions set by tutors between lectures and tutorials) and resources (e.g. online videos)

Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how prevention science theory can be applied to understand and address social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in educational contexts 

Intellectual skills

Critically analyse research in prevention science, particularly in relation to school-based interventions

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Oral communication (contributing to discussion and debate)

Working with others (group work, case-based work)

IT skills (word processing, accessing electronic databases  and  library  facilities,  managing references)

Assessment methods

Students are presented an applied learning scenario by which they are to propose the implementation and evaluation of a school-based intervention.

Feedback methods

Online via Blackboard/Turnitin

Recommended reading

Bosworth, K. (ed) (2015). Prevention science in school settings. New York, Springer.

Humphrey, N. et al (2016). Implementation and process evaluation for interventions in education settings: a synthesis of the literature. London: EEF.

Weist, M.D., Lever, N. A., Bradshaw, C. & Sarno Owens, J. (eds.) (2014). Handbook of school mental health. New York: Springer

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 190

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Neil Humphrey Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Activity Hours allocated
Staff - student contact 10 x 2 hour interative lectures
Small group seminatr: case scenario 10 x 1 hour sessions
Preparation for seminar work 20
Private study, reading, assignment preparation 140
Total hours 200


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