Module Catalogue 2016/17

PSY2016 : Abnormal Psychology and Psychiatry

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bruce Charlton
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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

Outline Of Syllabus

The topics covered will include descriptions of many of the major psychiatric symptoms and disorders, psychoactive and psychiatric drugs, and physical treatments of mental disorders.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Interactive lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PSY3037Abnormal Psychology and Psychiatry
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures including informal classroom discussions and tests present a systematic perspective on the subject with reference to alternative perspectives.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 16/17. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

Disclaimer: The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver modules in accordance with the descriptions set out in this catalogue. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, the University reserves the right to introduce changes to the information given including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of modules if it considers such action to be necessary.