Module Catalogue 2014/15

PSY2016 : Abnormal Psychology and Psychiatry

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bruce Charlton
  • Owning School: Psychology
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

To provide a systematic understanding of classification, clinical features, theoretical models, and methods of treatment in psychiatry and abnormal psychology.

Original Summary:
The course aims to provide a survey of the main psychiatric syndromes and symptoms, and the major forms of treatment – especially drug treatments but also psychological therapies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture titles (1 hour lectures with discussions and class quizzes).

1.       Psychotic symptoms – Hallucinations
2.       Psychotic symptoms – Delusions
3.       Psychotic symptoms – Thought disorder. Catatonia
4.       Schizophrenia
5.       Neuroleptics/ Antipsychotics
6.       Mania
7.       Lithium and mood stabilizers
8.       Depression 1 – melancholia
9.       ECT/ shock therapy
10.       Depression 2 – ‘neurotic’ depression
11.       Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
12.       Anxiety 1 – general anxiety, phobias
13.       Benzodiazepines (BZs)
14.       Depression 3 – malaise. Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs).
15.       Depression 4 – demotivation/ apathy. Psychostimulants.
16.       Depression 5 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Light therapy
17.       Anxiety 2 – Panic.
18.       Anxiety 3 – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
19.       Delirium
20.       Dementia
21.       Parkinson’s Disease
22.       Drug dependence

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will have the ability to:
Describe and discuss the main psychiatric syndromes and symptoms;
Describe and discuss the major forms of treatment for psychiatric syndromes;
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of classification, clinical features, theoretical models, and methods of treatment in psychiatry and abnormal psychology.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

Write essays that demonstrate skills in critical thinking, use of source materials and data synthesis.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Problem Solving : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Written Other : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Interactive lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures including informal classroom discussions and tests present a systematic perspective on the subject with reference to alternative perspectives. The unseen essay examination allows students to demonstrate their factual and systematic understanding of topics, credit being given for the introduction of extra relevant information or perspectives.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100Two essays from a choice of four questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Unseen essay examination (two questions from an open choice of four) is used to allow students to demonstrate both factual knowledge, and – by their organization of material – abstract systematic understanding of topics in an objective and rigorous manner.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 14/15. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

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