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PSY2016 : Clinical Issues in Forensic Psychology Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Darren Johnson
  • Lecturer: Dr Nicole Adams-Quackenbush
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide students with an insight into the criminal justice system and where forensic psychology practice fits within this system. To develop a critical understanding of how psychological theory can be applied to the understanding of offending behaviour.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to forensic psychology and reflective practice

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Theories of Offending Behaviour

Assessment and treatment of offenders

Complex Clinical Presentations in Forensic Settings

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00Present in person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities101:0010:00Non-synchronous online structured learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Synchronous Online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Present in person lectures will be used as the main way to impart knowledge and to stimulate interests in the topics.

The lectures including a review of theoretical and empirical literature, informal group discussions, a workshop involving a hypothetical complex case 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. Formative practice will be included within the teaching strategy of this module.

If the public health situation requires a pivot to remote learning, then teaching will be delivered remotely.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A100Unseen, present in person essay exam. Two 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.

If the public health situation requires a pivot to remote assessment, then examinations will be delivered remotely.

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.

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