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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2018-2019 (archived)

Module PSYS40415 : Psychological Assessments, Clinical and Counselling Values and Skills

Department: Psychology (Applied Psychology)

PSYS40415 : Psychological Assessments, Clinical and Counselling Values and Skills

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2018/19 Module Cap None.


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To provide students with in depth knowledge of the current theoretical issues in the field of criminological psychology
  • To provide practical training in a range of transferable skills relevant for professional and personal development


  • This module uses seminars to examine current research issues in a range of areas within the field of criminological psychology
  • These issues may include topics in the field of clinical formulation, diagnosis, treatment, professional ethics and practice standards, the role of criminological psychology within the criminal justice system.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • To be able to undertake a psychological assessment.
  • To have an experience and appreciation of counselling skills.
  • To have experience and appreciation of interviewing skills and report writing.
  • To have a high level understanding of professional and ethical issues and standards.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Developing an understanding of the role of clinical values and skills within current views of interventions to address criminal and anti-social behaviour.
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Developing the ability to learn independently within broad guidelines

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

  • This module is taught through weekly two hour seminars for one term
  • This module is assessed formatively through an assignment
  • Summative assessment of this module is through an examination

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 10 weekly for 1 term 2 hours 20
Preparation and reading 130
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

2000 word practice analysis on issues derived from seminars.

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