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Welcome to Psychology

From childhood to old age.

Psychology at Heriot-Watt focuses on providing
excellent learning experience combined with strong
and active research culture

Heriot-Watt University - Psychology Facilities

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For Students/Participants 

 

What is the StReP credit system? Why should I earn credits?

StReP (Student Research Participation) is a system that is used by the Psychology Department to allow students to gain experience of different experimental approaches and techniques which will help them to carry out their own research during the final year project. It is a requirement for all 1st, 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students to gain 4 credits every semester (non-transferable to next semester) through the StReP system. Please click here for more information and for Guidelines for Students.

 

How do I earn credits?

Every time you sign up for a study through StReP you get credits. The number of credits depends on how long the study is. Currently the system is set up to allocate 1 credit per 30mins of participation time (or 0.5 credits for 15mins intervals. You are required to earn 4 credits per semester. Failure to do so will result in a deduction of 5% of you RMA mark for the semester you didn't earn credits for (e.g. from 85% to 80%).

 

Are there any alternatives?

Yes. Instead of participitating to studies during the semester you can write a short essay (pass/fail). Please note that this essay should be written and handed in by the end of semester, so you must express your interest early in the semester. If you wish to write the essay please contact the Psychology Technician.

 

This semester I earned more than 4 credits. Can I transfer the additional credits to next semester?

No.

 

I participated in a study that was not through StReP (e.g. in-class activity, direct link to an online survey I received through email, e.t.c.). Will I receive credits?

It is impossible for StReP to know in which studies you participated in when these take place outside of the StReP system. Therefore, unfortunately, you will not receive any credits for these studies. This should not stop you, however, from participating in these studies; as noted above, apart from helping your colleagues to gather data, participating in studies has a very important pedagogical purpose, too. It allows you to familiarise yourself with the procedures involved in a study, you get to know different experimental methods and you become part of the research community. All these are very important when you will become a researcher yourself for your 4th year project.

 

Sorry I forgot to participate to any studies. Can I do 8 credits next semester instead?

No. See point 1 above.

 

Sorry, I was too busy/I didn't know/I was not informed.

It's part of your course to earn these credits. Students are informed about the StReP credit system through VISION, our Psychology Webpages, in the class by the RMA tutors, and even through social media (i.e. our Facebook page and Twitter).

 

I just realised that I didn't earn the required number of credits or credits are missing.

It is your responsibility to check that you have the required number of credits before the end of semester. You can do this by logging in your StReP profile (first thing you see when you log in). If you notice you have not been given any credit(s) for a study you participated, contact the researcher of the study immediatelly. If the researcher fails to grant you your credit(s) please contact the Psychology Technician as soon as possible.

 

I participated to a study but I didn't receive my credits. What should I do about it?

Please allow 48 hours for the system to give you the credit(s). If after this timeframe you still haven't received them, then please contact the researcher. If this fails contact their supervisor (supervisor's contact details should be in the Participant Information Sheet).

 

I participated to a study that was offering a monetary reward e.g. money for participation, draw for a voucher e.t.c. Will I also receive credits?

Most of the times no. Typically you will receive either credits or a monetary reward, not both. However, please ask the researcher for more details.

 

I forgot my login details.

Your username is you student username i.e. initials of your full name and two or three numbers. To retrieve your password please visit our page and follow the instructions at the bottom.