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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)


Department: PSYCHOLOGY (APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY) [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Queen's Campus Stockton


  • Modules to the value of 100 credits from Level 2 Applied Psychology (C810) OR Brain Processes of Cognition and Perception (PSYC2111) OR Abnormal Psychology and Personality (PSYC2071)


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • PSYC3011 Neuropsychology.


  • To introduce students to the field of neuropsychological rehabilitation and teach them the background and some of the skills required for working in this area.


  • Epidemiology of disabling neurological disorders.
  • Common causes of neuropsychological disorders.
  • Examination methods in Neurology.
  • Objectives and principles in Neurorehabilitation.
  • Mechanisms of recovery.
  • Social and economic aspects of disablement.
  • Measurement of disability and handicap.
  • Research methods, assessment of outcome and effectiveness of treatment.
  • Assessment and treatment of functional deficits: Attentional deficits.
  • Specific coverage of key disorders such as those involving nemory, higher cognitive functions, language disorders, visual and visuo-spatial dysfunctions, movement disorders, dementia and other behavioural and psychiatric problems associated with neurological disease.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • At the end of the module students should be familiar with the social and medical problems which patients with chronically disabling neurological disease face.
  • They should be familiar with the more common neurological diseases that lead to neuropsychological disorders and have detailed knowedge of the principles and theoretical background for the assessment and treatment of some neuropsychological disorders.
  • They should be familiar with the specific procedures used for assessing and treating the most common neuropsychological disorders.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students passing this module should be able to:
  • Locate, read and review a body of research evidence.
  • Adopt and critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives and see the relationships between them.
  • Interpret and evaluate the significance of empirical work.
Key Skills:
  • Students passing this module should be able to:
  • Undertake critical evaluation of the quality of evidence and arguments.
  • Communicate complex ideas effectively in their written work producing a clear, well-written essay.
  • Demonstrate independent learning.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Knowledge and understanding is developed through the weekly 2 hour sessions involving variety of learning modes including lectures, student presentations, video-based material, and some small group work.
  • This knowledge will be assessed in the summative assessment, and the written examination. These assessments will be essay-based, providing students with the opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to appraise and apply empirical and theoretical in a critical manner.
  • Preparations for presentations promote students??? abilities to locate, read and evaluate a body of evidence. These abilities are assessed via the summative essay and written examination. Feedback is provided for the summative assessment.
  • All modes of teaching are designed to promote critical evaluation of evidence and arguments, to adopt different theoretical positions, and to interpret empirical work in terms of theory. Assessment of these abilities is based on the summative essay and written examination. Feedback is provided for the summative assessment.
  • Written communication skills are developed through the preparation for the essay and examinations. Assessment of the skills is based on these formative assessments. Feedback is provided for the summative assessment.
  • Good IT skills are required for the preparation of the summative essays. Feedback is provided regarding the adequacy of these skills where necessary.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lecture and seminar session 22 Weekly 2 hour 44
Preparation and Reading 156
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
two-hour examination 100%
Component: Essay Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
2000 word case report or essay 100%

Formative Assessment:

Seminar presentation

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University