Module Catalogue 2018/19

PSY2016 : Abnormal Psychology and Psychiatry

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • 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
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
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.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.