Length of program 4 years
Timetable morning or afternoon
Internships compulsory
Credits 240 ECTS
Application October 30th 2019
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FINAL DEGREE PROJECT (FDP)

1. Introduction

The main purpose of the Bachelor’s Final Project (BFP) is to evaluate the integration of the basic competences acquired during the degree programme. It essentially consists of developing a research project or designing an intervention programme that allows students to demonstrate that they have integrated the competences of the degree programme.
The BFP is done during the 4th year. The student decides on the topic on which they want to work, as well as the type of project, and they are mentored by a professor-mentor specialised in the field who tracks them throughout the entire year in the Seminar. The topics can be related to or refer to any of the areas of this profession.

General competences:

• To develop independent learning strategies.
• To generate innovative, competitive research proposals in the professional field.

Transversal competences:

• To organise and programme with the goal of establishing a plan to be developed within a given period.
• To seek, evaluate, organise and maintain information systems.
• To express oneself fluently, coherently and appropriately given the established norms, both orally and in writing.
• To design and manage projects.
• To be ethically committed to the quality of the action.

Specific competences:

1. To use the different document sources in psychology, to show a mastery of the strategies needed to find information and to determine the need to update documentation.

2. To be able to analyse and interpret data within the framework of disciplinary knowledge.

3. To be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.

4. To understand and express oneself both orally and in writing in the foreign language that is used the most commonly within the scholarly community.

5. To be able to apply information-gathering techniques to study the functioning of individuals, groups or organisations.

6. To become independent and autonomous, and to take responsibility for one’s own learning and the development of one’s skills.
 
7. To spread the knowledge derived from the research results, theoretical revisions and products and services generated.

2. Orientation and type

To develop the BFP, students can decide to perform a research project or design an intervention programme, and the topics can be related to or refer to any of the areas of this profession. Below are the specific features of each kind of BFP in the Bachelor’s in Psychology:

a) Research project: 

• To develop a research process following the phases, assumptions and requirements of the scientific method (definition of problem, formulation of hypothesis, design and execution of study, data analysis, writing of scholarly reports).

• To devise a theoretical framework in relation to the current state of the field: selection of documents, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data from studies.

• To learn about, choose and administer evaluation and data analysis techniques.

• To write a scholarly article. 

b) Design of an intervention programme: 

• To introduce and define the demand (and the role it plays in the organisation or centre, if applicable).

• To develop conceptual theoretical framework (in relation to the demand). 

• To develop a framework of intervention which includes a description of the organisation or centre (especially the elements that are the most closely related to the intervention).

• To develop an intervention proposal bearing in mind the theoretical framework.

3. Definition of the working methodology

The projects must be done individually. They should be written in Catalan, Spanish or English. In any case, every project must have an abstract written in English, Catalan and Spanish.

4. Monitoring

Students may take two semesters to develop the BFP and it will be supervised by a professor-mentor, both individually and through the Seminar sessions. Specifcally, there is a two-hour session per week in which the professor-mentor will hold the group Seminar to share the process students are carrying out (establish guidelines and organise the activity, choose the topic, provide documentation, plan activities, etc.). These Seminar sessions will alternate with individual monitoring/tutorials (in which each mentor will personally monitor the project underway).
Each Seminar group will be made up of 10-12 students with a mentor, and attendance will be compulsory for all group members.
During one of the semesters, preferably the first one, training workshop sessions will be held where issues related to research methods and applied statistics will be discussed in order to provide the students with more methodological support to successfully develop their BFP.
If the student is participating in an international mobility programme, the BFP can be mentored virtually either totally or partially.
The basic role of the professor-mentor is to provide methodological guidelines and content throughout the entire process of developing the BFP.

5. Evaluation

There will be three evaluation systems, and evaluation will take place at three different times:

1. The assigned mentor will continuously monitor the project throughout the entire academic year. During this period, the student must submit progress reports. The mentor will suggest a grade based on the work performed in the seminars and tutorials, the student’s progress, etc. Specifically, the following will be evaluated:

•    Initiative, feasibility and originality of the proposal or topic
•    Design, organisation and management of the project
•    Use of the appropriate research tools and means
•    Ability to overcome difficulties
•    Degree of autonomy and rigour shown by the student
•    Fulfilment of the guidelines and deadlines established by the mentor

2. Presentation and public defence before an evaluation committee made up of two professors in the area, one of whom may be the mentor. In order to defend the project, students must have the approval of the professor-mentor of the Seminar, who guarantees that the project fulfils the minimum requirements to be defended. The mark will be reached through consensus; if there is no consensus, each panel member will assign a mark and an average will be taken. Specifically, the following will be evaluated:

•    Clarity and precision of the presentation
•    Proper language
•    Originality, organisation and quality of the contents
•    Results and elaboration of the conclusions
•    Appropriateness of the answers to the questions asked by the members of the evaluation committee
•    Appropriateness of the presentation to the content of the written project 

To this end, two days in the calendar of exams will be set aside for project presentations. The student’s oral presentation may not last longer than 15 minutes.

3. Written project: This will be corrected by the professor-mentor. The following will primarily be evaluated:

•    Proper language and clear organisation of the parts
•    Originality of the ideas, contribution to creating knowledge and personal contributions
•    Proper methodology
•    Accurate interpretation of the results and conclusions
•    Clarity of expression
•    Appropriate use of the bibliography 

If there are formal errors in the written project or oral defence, the BFP may be re-evaluated during the June evaluations as long as the professor-mentor believes that they can be easily be solved within a short timeframe. 

The percentage of the final mark of each of the evaluation systems is:
•    Evaluation of the process (professor-mentor) 35%
•    Evaluation of the presentation and public defence 25%
•    Evaluation of the written project/scholarly article (professor-mentor) 40%

The intellectual property of the BFP belongs to the student-author of the project. Despite this, given that the professor-mentor also contributed to it, if it is published or changed the consent of both the author and the mentor is required, and the professor-mentor must be listed as a co-author.