Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Cyberpsychology
Course Code PSY215
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s) N/A
Course Aims
The advance in digital and communication technologies and devices have been influencing human lives and altering human behaviours. These everyday human-technology interactions are associated with various psychological phenomena (e.g. online identity, online relationships, internet addiction etc.). In early 80s, the Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Division 46 of the American Psychological Association, was founded to bring researchers and practitioners together to understand the impacts and implications of these human-technology interactions. In brief, cyberpsychology is an emerging field in psychology that studies human mind and behaviour in the context of human-technology interaction. There are four general aims of this course: 1) providing an overview of the development and significance of cyberpsychology, 2) addressing key issues in cyberpsychology to examine the positive and negative impacts of human-technology interactions on various psychological aspects across different psychological disciplines, 3) advocating positive cyberpsychology to enhance positive human-technology interactions for supporting positive human development and flourishing, and 4) raising awareness of cultural relevance of cyberpsychology to research and practice in Chinese societies.  
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

After completing the course, students should be able to:

1. identify and analyse the development and significance of cyberpsychology in current psychology;
2. critically analyze and evaluate the pros and cons of human-technology interactions on various psychological aspects;
3. synthesize and critically evaluate research and practices that support the principles, skills and strategies of positive use of technology (positive cyberpsychology) to enhance positive human development;
4. identify and evaluate the importance and relevance of culture in studying cyberpsychology;
5. synthesize ideas in conceptualizing and designing a small-scale online psychological research to investigate a topic in cyberpsychology.  
Assessment Tasks
Experiential Essay 
Individual Video Presentation / TED-style Talk
Group Research Project
Final Exam
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