PSY1008 : Personality and Abnormal Psychology
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Elizabeth Evans
- Owning School: Psychology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce students to personality and abnormal psychology. To provide an understanding of the different levels at which personality can be measured and how extremes of behaviour are measured in a clinical context. To inform students about some of the most influential personality theories, and to give insight into how these can be applied to individuals. To provide an introduction to the diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of common psychological disorders from biological, psychological and social perspectives.
Outline Of Syllabus
Introduction to personality, what it is and how we measure it and an introduction to abnormal psychology what it is and how we classify it.
Classic personality theories will be covered e.g. the behavioural genetic theory, the Psychodynamic approach and the Humanistic personality theory.
Students will learn how the situation may affect personality e.g. theories of Mishel and Bandura.
The abnormal psychology topic will cover the main types of disorder, e.g. anxiety, personality disorders, depression, psychosis, and introduce the main theoretical perspectives used to understand and treat such disorders.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||12 lectures are interactive with seminar-style activities.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||2||10:00||20:00||Journal articles|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||6:00||6:00||Associated with the assignment|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||40:00||40:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will be used as the main way to impart basic knowledge and to stimulate interest in the topics. The interactive sessions will allow further discussion of concepts taught in lectures and give the opportunity for students to take part in small scale psychological experiments that illustrate the taught material. A series of case studies presented in the interactive lectures will allow the students to gain experience of listening to the experiences of individuals living with a psychological disorder. This will help them to appreciate some of the difficulties in interpreting and applying material to understand psychological disorders. It will provide a spring-board to discussion of aetiological and treatment approaches, grounded in real-life examples. In addition, the discussion and feedback sessions on these cases will provide students with the opportunity to carry out group work and to gain both formative and summative feedback on a written report. The private study time will allow students to carry out in depth review of the information imparted through lectures, to consolidate their learning and to generate their own views, views that can be shared with others in the interactive sessions and followed up by independent reading.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|PC Examination||60||2||A||80||Unseen, multiple choice|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination will assess material from all parts of the syllabus, ensuring that students have a good overall knowledge of the topics. The essay will assess students’ skills in written communication and their ability to interpret and apply the material learned in lectures. Preparation work will take place in seminars, developing students' ability to work effectively in small groups although students will write up their own individual essays.