Module code: PSY3122

Module Overview

This module provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and treatments from childhood, though 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.

Please note, students can only sign up for one clinical module: PSY3097 OR PSY3112 BUT NOT BOTH

Module provider


Module Leader

GILLIGAN-LEE Katie (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 80

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BSC Psychology Levels 4 and 5 (or equivalent). 

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
Coursework Poster 25
Examination 120 Minute Exam 75

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
• 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.
• engage with the wider published literature surrounding key topic areas and demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate this literature.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• One poster (poster will cover a 'debate' chosen from a list of possible topics) (25%)

• a 120-minute examination during the semester 2 exam period, where students answer two questions out of six. One of these questions is a case study vignette to analyse (75%)

Formative assessment

Where possible, students will receive verbal formative feedback during the class exercises.

The module convenor will engage with the SurreyLearn discussion board and respond to queries or issues that arise there.

Students will receive written feedback on their poster and exams as per the standard University convention. If there are consistent themes emerging from the poster feedback, these will be discussed with students en masse. Should students wish for more detailed feedback on their own performance, they will be encouraged to meet with the poster marker.

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 Engage with the wider published literature surrounding key topic areas and demonstrate critical evaluation of this literature CKPT

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

SurreyLearn discussion board and lecture slides: Lecture slides will be available on Surreylearn at least 48 hours before each lecture. Surreylearn will also be a key resource for supplementary materials, links, and a dedicated discussion board.

Students will be encouraged to engage with the wider, and recent, published literature for each of the key topics covered. Lecturers will provide key references that students will be required to familiarise themselves with. The module will be supported by a number of core textbooks to support an understanding of key theories and models; however, the emphasis is very much on engagement with journal articles and other recent publications

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

This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the International Engagement Office email:


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required 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 2020/1 academic year.