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Module

PSY2016 : Clinical Issues in Forensic Psychology Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Darren Johnson
  • Lecturer: Miss Faye Horsley
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide students with an insight into forensic psychology practice and to develop critical understanding of how psychological theory can be applied to the understanding of offending behaviour. The module will provide a systematic understanding of Forensic Psychologists decision making in clinical practice, including the assessment and treatment of offenders

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Introduction to forensic psychology
•       Theories of offending behviour e.g. violent and sexual offending
•       Assessment and treatment of offenders
•       Psychological disorders e.g. Antisocial and Narcissistic Personality Disorders, Psychopathy

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Interactive lectures
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 a review of theoretical and empirical literature, informal group discussions, a review of case studies and opportunities to conduct case formulations will provide a systematic approach to learning whilst supporting students to apply theory into practice. Lectures will be used as the main way to impart knowledge and to stimulate interests in the topics, and in addition students will be supported in preparing for the unforeseen exam.
The contact time for this module reflects the amount of preparation students are expected to do for the module assessment. Students will be expected to engage in further reading to enhance their knowledge imparted through lectures, to generate their own views on the topics and to follow these out by carrying out independent reviews of the literature, thereby taking control over their learning and preparing them for the unseen exam. Guidance will be provided by the module leader on pertinent literature to read.

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
Written Examination902A100Two essays from a choice of four questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An unseen examination (two questions from an open choice of four) will provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge of forensic psychology topics in an objective and rigorous manner, their understanding of their further reading, the ability for planning and organising material, their writing communication skills and their critical evaluation skills. The examination is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem-solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable