CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY - 2017/8

Module code: PSY3097

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

QUERSTRET D Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

C842

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 8 PAGE ESSAY 50%
Examination 60 MINUTE EXAMINATION 50%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

All Year 2 Psychology modules

Module overview

This module builds on the abnormal and clinical psychology knowledge acquired in previous years. The course aims are twofold. First, to introduce mental health issues dealt with in contemporary clinical psychology and second, to develop a critical understanding of the theories, methods and applications within contemporary clinical psychology. Its objective is to demonstrate how an understanding of mental health and mental health issues can help understand and change mental health and its treatment within clinical psychology settings.

 

Module aims

As stated, this module aims to familiarize students with mental health issues and their treatment within clinical psychology. It builds on previous knowledge of abnormal and clinical psychology, imparted at lower levels, and teaches how to assess mental health and types of treatment. The module invites students to look closely into a set of mental health problems (like eating disorders, dementia and schizophrenia amongst others) and issues encountered in clinical psychology and demonstrates the types of treatment for these problems and how the issues presented can be dealt with. Students are encouraged to engage critically with published research in each of the respective areas

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
A critical understanding of the theories and methods underpinning clinical psychology
A critical understanding of the aetiology of psychological conditions and how psychological factors can influence wellbeing
A critical understanding of how psychological conditions can be treated and managed effectively
Evidence of engagement with the wider published literature surrounding key topic areas and demonstration of critical evaluation of this literature

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

1.            Introduction to clinical psychology

2.            Eating disorders

3.            Depression

4.            Sexual dysfunction

5.            Social anxiety

6.            Schizophrenia

7.            Critically thinking about clinical psychology

8.            Substance abuse

9.            Childhood and adolescence

10.          Personality disorders

11.          Course review

 

Please note: Due to specialist clinical psychologists teaching on this module, some of the topics may change as teaching personnel change.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module is made up of weekly (2hr) lectures and independent study. Each lecture will involve both lecture and discussion. Students will be encouraged to actively participate and ask questions. Lecturers will seek to facilitate group discussion where possible.

Lecture slides will be available on Surreylearn at least 48 hours before each lecture. Surreylearn will be a key resource for supplementary materials, links, and a dedicated discussion board.

Students will be encouraged to engage with the wider, and recent, published literature for each of the key topics covered. Lecturers will provide key references that students will be required to familiarise themselves with. The module will be supported by a number of core textbooks to support an understanding of key theories and models; however, the emphasis is very much on engagement with journal articles and other recent publications.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures
One Group work (exam preparation)                                                                                                                             

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


A critical understanding of: the theories and methods underpinning clinical psychology; the aetiology of psychological conditions and how psychological factors can influence wellbeing; and how psychological conditions can be treated and managed effectively.
Evidence of engagement with the wider published literature surrounding key topic areas and demonstration of critical evaluation of this literature.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


One essay (8 pages in length, 50%)
One 60 minute examination during the semester 1 exam period, where students answer one question out of four (50%)


Module feedback

Students will receive feedback on their essay and exams as per the standard University convention. If there are consistent themes emerging from the essay feedback, these will be discussed with students en masse. Should students wish for more detailed feedback on their own performance, they will be encouraged to meet with the module convenor.

Reading list

Reading list for CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy3097

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.