Module code: PSYM004

Module provider


Module Leader

MULLER C Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

As above, at a more suitable date.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A first or 2.1 honours undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) in psychology or related field

Module overview

This module provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice relating to chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, pain and diabetes.

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the causes, risk factors, and consequences of chronic medical conditions. To this end, the role of psychological factors in understanding the emotional, behavioural, clinical, and social consequences of chronic medical conditions are considered. The module aims to facilitate students' critical understanding of the research evidence-base and the role of psychologists and psychological interventions in managing chronic conditions

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
An ability to describe the causes and risk factors of chronic conditions
An ability to describe the emotional, behavioural, clinical, and social consequences of chronic conditions
An ability to critically evaluate the role of psychological factors and theories in explaining variation in the impact of chronic conditions
An ability to critically evaluate psychological, and other, interventions aimed at managing and ameliorating chronic conditions
An understand of the challenges of communicating effectively about chronic conditions
An ability to design effective written communication aimed at patients with chronic conditions

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Week 1    Coronary heart disease
Week 2    Multiple Sclerosis
Week 3    Cancer
Week 4    Chronic pain
Week 5    Obesity
Week 6    Dementia
Week 7    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Week 8    Diabetes
Week 9    HIV
Week 10   Asthma
Week 11   Workshop

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with abilities to learn while interacting

The learning and teaching methods include:

Group discussions
Independent learning

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate they have acquired a sound understanding of the psychological aspects related to living with chronic diseases.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Practical Based Assessment - Designing A Patient Information Leaflet –1000 Words
Coursework – Essay 2000 words

Formative assessment

Students can practice both assignments in class


Feedback is provided:

- Verbally in class throughout the semester in general, and in particular on both occasions when students practice their assignments in class

- In writing, on the feedback form

Reading list

Reading list for CHRONIC CONDITIONS :

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.