Module code: PSYM132

Module Overview

This module provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and treatments from the neonatal period, though childhood and adolescence, and into older adulthood. Using a lifespan perspective, this module will provide insight into up-to-date research and treatment relating to mental health.

Module provider


Module Leader

GILLIGAN-LEE Katie (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C848

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• mental health from birth to old age

• therapeutic interventions for children, adults and older adults

• mental health within a societal context

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM 2 HOURS 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a reflective understanding of key concepts in mental health research and treatment and their relevance to different groups. It will also provide the opportunity to apply knowledge of research and theory to a real case study, allowing students to demonstrate the ability to draw on a range of sources of information to formulate and solve a problem, and justify their decisions based on critical evaluation.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• a 2-hour exam, including a case study vignette to analyse, and essay questions (assessing learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5)

Formative assessment

Formative feedback will be given relating to formulating a case and evaluating different therapies through class exercises in relevant lectures.


Students will receive verbal formative feedback during the class exercises.

Module aims

  • Provide students with an advanced understanding of how mental health issues are presented and treated at different stages of development
  • Encourage students to take a critical approach to research into mental health
  • Introduce a range of therapeutic interventions and consider their use with different groups
  • Develop students’ understanding of how to assess and formulate a case, and evaluate different potential therapeutic options

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a reflective understanding of key concepts and treatments in relation to mental health, and their relevance to a range of groups CKP
002 Critically evaluate research into mental health CK
003 Demonstrate an ability to distinguish between and critically evaluate different therapeutic approaches CKPT
004 Ask questions from a range of different angles, drawing on theory, evidence, and critical insight CKPT
005 Formulate and solve problems, both individually and as part of a team CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

• introduce students to research into mental health, along with a range of therapeutic interventions

• encourage students to take a critical approach to research into mental health

• provide students with the skills to formulate a case and evaluate a range of therapeutic interventions for potential treatment

The learning and teaching methods include:

• lectures (11 x 2hrs each week)

• group discussions

• in-class exercises

• independent reading

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Developmental Psychology in Research and Practice MSc 1 Compulsory Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.