module specification

PY7191 - Psychopathology (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Psychopathology
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
164 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   1500 word assignment
Coursework 50%   1500 word assignment
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This introductory module will focus on the theoretical explanations of psychopathology from a biological, social, behavioural and cognitive perspective across the lifespan. Using formal classification systems including the DSM-5, it will provide an eclectic and multidisciplinary approach to understanding psychopathology. Various theoretical frameworks in both understanding and management of psychological problems will be explored.


Psychopathology across the lifespan; psychopathological theories including cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial approaches; psychopathology from a phenomenological, psychodynamic and experimental perspective. 
Psychopathologies in accordance with the DSM and ICD guidelines across a broad range of topics (Anxiety disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, Affective Disorders; Elimination disorders; Personality disorders; Schizophrenia, sexual dysfunction, somatoform disorders and Sleep disorders).  
Clinical considerations including Dual diagnosis, differential diagnosis and co-morbidity.


Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Mixed methods approach. Formal lectures combined with work shop activities and interactive group sessions.

Delivery and discussion of the module syllabi will be via interactive lectures and tutorials. In addition to the weekly seminar workshops which will provide a forum for the application of theory to practical problems, students are expected to work in groups to learn from each other and learn how to independently use other resources available, e.g. library, the internet, Web Learn and own organisation. Interactive sessions including seminar activities are designed to discuss various topics in the lectures and the pre-circulated seminar workshop activities. The module will also have its own dedicated Web Learn site to enable staff and students to readily contact each other and offers an on-line support/learning.

Workshops and seminars:
Information and materials relating to the workshop will be circulated once the course has commenced.   The seminars and workshops will familiarize students with various aspect of the course.  All workshops will relate to lecture topics and may be tested in the examination.   Hence, each student is expected to do the prior reading and consult few recommended texts and be actively involved in the seminar activities and group discussion.

The usual programme each week will comprise of a lecture followed by seminar workshop activities and group discussion. The workshops will use the content of the lecture and pre-circulated material for class discussion and group work.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able:

1. To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of psychopathology
2. To assess the usefulness of employing an eclectic, multidisciplinary approach to psychopathology
3. To critically review various theoretical frameworks in both the understanding and management of psychological difficulties.
4. To have a critical understanding of the theoretical models of psychopathology and how research supports it.
5. To develop students skills via learning and assessment methods aimed at increasing employability skills

Assessment strategy

Two 1500 word assignments consisting of:
Assignment 1: This coursework will be based on a clinical case example
Assignment 2: This coursework assignment will test the critical evaluation and reflective skills of the students in the subject specific context.