PY1CL-Clinical Psychology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Miss Faith Orchard


Summary module description:
«p»PY1CL Clinical Psychology Module Convenor: Dr Faith Orchard (UoR) Module Lead: Dr Vigneswaran Veeramuthu (UoRM)«/p»


The aims of the module are that students should further their understanding of psychological disorders and disabilities, their classification, assessment and underlying processes.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be able to:

- Demonstrate knowledge of a range of clinical disorders, their diagnosis, causes and treatment;
- Evaluate aspects of clinical psychology using empirical evidence in relation to key theories

Additional outcomes:

Students will be able to establish the extent to which their view of clinical psychology (as a potential career choice, for example) matches current thinking about diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders. 

Outline content:
The module provides an introduction to psychological disorders. Topics might include: Classification and diagnosis; Aetiology and processes involved in anxiety disorders, depression, psychosis and autism; Approaches to treatment.

Each lecture will be supported with timetabled, online Q&A sessions. Weekly continuous assessment questions will enable students to gauge their knowledge and understanding of the topics.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is taught via 10 hour-long lectures, each followed by a further hour-long online discussion forum, and supported by recommended reading.

Teaching methods include the following:
(a) Lectures on clinical psychology, including cases of specific disorders
(b) Online discussion forum following lectures
(c) Recommended reading on clinical psychology
(d) Weekly multiple-choice questions to support learning

NB The contact hours in the table below are indicative of the contact hours for students studying this module in the UK, and may vary for students taking this module at branch campuses.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 75
Set exercise 25

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is assessed by a 1,500 word essay on a selection of topics covered in the module. Students are also assessed on the breadth of material covered in the module by weekly set exercises.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment is by re-submission of an essay in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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