PYM0CP-Methods in 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: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Tim Salomons


Summary module description:
The purpose of this module is to inform students about some of the methods used in research in clinical psychology. Students read assigned material in advance, and discuss it in a series of seminars. Students are required to make informal presentations of written material. The focus of the module is on methodological issues in the study of clinical psychology.

The module aims to acquaint students with a variety of approaches to research in clinical psychology: specifically, the module will cover issues spanning the development of models of psychological disorder through to clinical training and treatment delivery. Our overall aims are to equip students both to evaluate existing research in clinical areas, and to design and plan new studies.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the course, students should be able to :
• Interpret and evaluate research articles in the areas of clinical psychological research that have been reviewed (see examples above);
• Show understanding of general research strategies, e.g. assessment of patients and others for research studies, how to test theories of disorders, how to design treatment studies
• Show understanding of how to plan and design a clinical research study.

Assessment will be by written coursework (10 credits). The written assessment will involve designing, planning and writing up a research proposal.

Additional outcomes:
It is anticipated that this module will inform students' subsequent postgraduate work in psychology.

Outline content:
This will vary slightly from year to year, but see examples under ‘Aims’ above.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be given directed readings which they will be expected to have read before attending lectures. Teaching sessions will last approximately 3 hours. A member of the Department of Psychology staff will give a short lecture on the important learning points. There will then be opportunity for 1.5 to 2 hours' discussion, to explore relevant issues in greater depth and assist students in completing the coursework assignment. Students should be aware that the standards expected of them, in oral and written contributions, are higher than those expected in undergraduate work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 15
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will complete a coursework assignment involving planning a research project to address a research question in clinical psychology (Design, Planning and Writing).

Formative assessment methods:
Students will contribute to seminar discussions and other classroom activities.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
A failing piece of coursework may be resubmitted in the Summer term, at a date agreed with the Course Director.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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