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Module

PSY3033 : Eating and Weight Disorders

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elizabeth Evans
  • Lecturer: Mrs Barbara-Anne Robertson, Dr Gavin Clark
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this course is to provide a summary of weight and eating-related syndromes and symptoms, including clinical eating disorders, eating disordered behaviour, and obesity. It focuses on issues around cause, diagnosis, intervention, and treatment options for eating and weight disorders, concentrating primarily on psychological therapies. The course will have input from clinicians and researchers who have experience in investigating, developing and delivering treatment therapies and long-term care programmes to those with eating and weight disorders.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered include:

Determinants of Eating Behaviour
Clinical Definitions of Eating Disorders
Body Image, Media and the ‘Ideal’ Body
Eating disorders in men
Conceptual models and causal risk factors for Eating Disorders
Psychological Treatments for Eating Disorders
Disordered Eating in Children and Adolescents
Obesity and Body Image in Children and Adolescents
Obesity in adults

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 materials92:0018:00Non-sync online via recaps, short recordings & formative activities inc: quizzes/problem solving
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion175:0075:00Preparation for the examination
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities42:008:00Fortnightly non-synchronous online (formative) learning activities with automated feedback
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading189:0089:00Suggested further reading and exploration of the literature
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00Sync online: feedback on formative activities/Q&A/small group discussion/ timed practice exam
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials present a systematic perspective on the subject with reference to alternative perspectives. Formative learning activities (online) allow students to practise writing increasingly more extensive pieces of work ahead of the exam. Synchronous online workshops allow for general feedback on the formative activities to be given, allow us to revisit tricky areas (e.g. diagnosis) and allow for real-time small group discussions about overarching issues and debates, deepening students’ knowledge of the key topics.

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 Examination1502A100Online 24 hour take home exam. Two essays chosen from 6 questions, max 1500 words each (75 mins per essay), carry equal weighting
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MEssay exam practice (max 1500 words)
Written exercise2MOnline learning activities - graduated written exercises via VLE
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative assessment

Essay exam practice: Essay outlines will be produced under exam conditions in response to exam question examples; essay plans will be presented to the group as a whole. Other example essay plans are available on the VLE. The lecturer then verbally reviews the marking scheme used for these essays. The activity provides learners with the experience of planning and writing exam essays and of comparing their answers to the marking schemes.

Formative online learning activities: These are graduated written exercises completed via Qualtrics/Canvas to consolidate lecture content and prepare for the exam - automated feedback is provided immediately on completion of each exercise, and longer verbal feedback is provided in the synchronous workshop sessions. These informal formative assessments allow learners to consolidate key lecture content around central critical evaluative themes.

Summative assessment

In the final examination, students will be presented with two unseen essays (two questions from an open choice of six). This will allow students to demonstrate both factual knowledge, and – by their organization of material – abstract systematic understanding of topics related to key issues in eating and weight disorders research in an objective and rigorous manner. Each essay should take approximately 1.25 hours to complete.
Marks will be equally distributed between the two essays.


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.

Reading Lists

Timetable