20 credits at level HE6
To foster a critical appraisal of a number of key issues related to the conceptualisation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology.
Wk 1 Conceptions of Abnormality
Wk 2 Models of Psychopathology
Wk 3 Psychoanalytical approaches
Wk 4 Personality Disorders
Wk 5 Impulse Control Disorders
Wk 6 Anxiety Disorders , Somatoform Disorders(Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder& Body Dysmorphic Disorder)
Wk 7 Dissociative States (Dissociative Identity Disorder)
Wk 8 Developmental Disorders
Wk 9 Mood Disorders I (Unipolar Depression)
Wk 10 Psychotic Disorders
Wk 11 Developmental Disorders (Disruptive Behaviour Disorders)
Wk 12 Eating Disorders
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of class contact, one study/revision week followed by an end of module time-limited assessment in week 14. The course is taught by a combination of lectures, workshops and group discussions. Approximately two hours of most sessions comprise the “formal” lecture. The remainder of those sessionstakes the form of a workshop followed by group discussion and debate. The workshops provide the student with the opportunity to observe videos (with accompanying worksheets) read and discuss case histories and complete pen and paper exercises in order to further explore issues raised in the formal lecture.
The assessments include a "Psychological Disorder Research Pamphlet" and a 3 hour time-limited assessment in week 14 of the course.
The coursework assessment requires the student to produce a document (a brochure or pamphlet) reviewing the symptoms, proposed causes and traditional/current treatment approaches for a particular psychological disorder. It should be written in a style that is makes the information authoritative but easily accessible to members of the general public and be visually attractive with well-formatted layout which includes diagrams, figures, tables etc. (Students will be supported in developing the skills needed to research and present this information)
The time-limited assessment consists of two sections.
Section A (essay style questions) and Section B (diary excerpt). Section A aims to evaluate the studen'ts ability to articulate the theoretical issues associated with that disorder. Students must answer two questions designed to assess knowledge of assessment, diagnosis, proposed aetiology and treatment of a particular psychological disorder.
Section B comprises a “prepared answer” in which the student presents an extract from the diary of an imagined individual diagnosed with a particular psychiatric disorder. In addition to a review of the symptoms, hypothesised causes and treatments of the disorder the student should additionally show evidence of an understanding of the experience of the disorder. The answer should also include a selection of "clinical notes", i.e. the observations, diagnostic considerations / conclusions and recommended therapeutic approach of a clinician reading the client's diary as part of the assessment process. The choice of topic for the diary except is drawn from matieral covered in the syllabus but not used as the basis for an essay-style question in Section A of the paper.
Module time allocations are:
Class contact = 36 hours
Time limited assessment = 3 hours
Private study = 161 hours (to include recommended reading, independent study, preparation of coursework, and revision)
TOTAL = 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical models used to explain and treat psychological disorders and report the relative efficacy of the range of treatments||Synthesise information relating to models and treatment of specific examples of psychological disorders.|
|2.||show knowledge of the methods used to assess and diagnose psychopathology.||Distinguish and explain the methods used to assess and diagnose psychopathology.|
|3.||Critically evaluate the theoretical models used to explain and treat psychological disorders||assess the success of treatment approaches in the context of specific psychological disorders.|
|4.||demonstrate a critical awareness of the problems associated with defining, classifying, and thus, diagnosing psychological disorders.||explain the difficulties in defining and classifying a psychological disorder and appraise the methods sed to assess and diagnose|
|5.||synthesising information froma number of sources to gain an understanding of possible reasons for a psychologically abnormal state and the effects there would be on thought, feelings and behaviour.
||appreciate the phenomenology of a disorder in a description of symptoms|
|6.||demonstrate an eclectic, flexible perspective in relation to understanding the nature of psychopathology.
synthesise the range of perspectives seeking to explain the causes of a specific psychological
disorder and show their strengths and weaknesses
|7.||research a topic independently and present
academic knowledge in a format accessible to members of the general public.
present a review of a specific psychological disorder in simple, plain language.
|8.||develop skills in the use of information presentation packages such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Publisher||
10. utilize information presentation software to enhance the appearance and impact of a document
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Psychological Disorder Information Pamphlet||The paper is in two sections. Section A (essay style questions) and Section B (diary excerpt)|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
*Barlow, D.H & Durand, V.M (2002). Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach. (3rd ed) London. Wadsworth.
Carson, R.C., Butcher, J.N. & Mineka, S. (2000) Abnormal psychology and modern life. (11th ed.). New York. Harper Collins.
Clipson, C.R. & Steer, J.M. (1998). Case studies in abnormal psychology. Boston. Houghton Mifflin.
Frude, N. (1998). Understanding abnormal psychology. Oxford. Blackwell.
Holmes, D.A. (1998). The essence of abnormal psychology. London. Prentice Hall.
Kendall, P.C. & Hammen, C. (1998). Abnormal psychology – Understanding human problems. Boston. Houghton Mifflin.
Mollon, P. (1996). Multiple selves, multiple voices. Chichester. John Wiley and Sons.
Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (1998). Clashing views on abnormal psychology. Guilford, Connecticut. Dushkin McGraw- Hill
Rachman, S. (1998). Anxiety. Hove. Psychology Press.
Sattler, D.N., Shabatay, V., & Kramer, G.P. (1998). Abnormal psychology in context – voices and perspectives. Boston. Houghton Mifflin.
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
British Journal of Clinical Psychology
Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology
British Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology
Child Psychology & Psychiatry Review
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