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Module

PSY1008 : Personality and Abnormal Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elizabeth Evans
  • Lecturer: Dr Gavin Clark, Dr Susan Thorpe
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00Non-synchronous online activities
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading210:0020:00Journal articles, key textbooks and relevant academic blogs/ other relevant resources.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops19:009:00Synchronous online workshops; includes a revision workshop in week 9.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study162:0062:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture material will be used as the main way to impart basic knowledge and to stimulate interest in the topics. The interactive workshop sessions will allow further discussion of concepts taught via the lecture material 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 workshops will allow students to gain experience of listening to the experiences of individuals living with 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 springboard to discussion to aetiological and treatment approached, grounded in real life examples. Use of interactive polling throughout the course further facilitates student interactions and provides ample opportunities to practice the type of multiple choice questions used in the final summative assignment. The private study time will allow students to carry out in depth review of the information imparted through lecture materials, to consolidate their learning and generate their own views, that can be shared with others in the interactive sessions and followed up by independent reading.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination602A100Online timed synchronous computer based MCQ (remote) 60 questions
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. Examination preparation work will take place within the interactive workshops.

Reading Lists

Timetable