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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC3536 Applications of Learning Theory to Psychological Disorders

15 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Pam Birtill
Email: p.birtill@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of all pass for progression modules in Level 2 of: BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology, BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought (and its International and Industrial variants) or BSc Psychology with Education (and its International and Industrial variants)

Pre-requisites

PSYC2519Behavioural Neuroscience

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will examine the role of learning in the aetiology, maintenance and treatment of a number of psychological disorders. The module will include an associative learning approach to: Anticipatory Nausea and VomitingPsychosisAnxiety disordersCompulsivity disordersDepression

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should:
1. Understand the fundamental psychological processes involved in learning
2. Evaluate the role these processes play in psychological disorders

Learning outcomes
n completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Evaluate evidence concerning basic associative learning processes
2. Evaluate the role of associative learning in psychological disorders



Skills outcomes
1. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in the selection, evaluation and application of published research relating to the role of associative learning in the aetiology, maintenance and treatment of psychological disorders. Students will develop their evaluation skills through the seminar sessions which will require the preparation, presentation and discussion of relevant research.

2. Students will develop a critical understanding of the contribution of various research methods and approaches to the understanding of learning Students will have the opportunity to develop communication skills by way of engaging in written and oral argumentation.


Syllabus

There will be 10 x 1 hour lectures and 5 x 1hr seminars
1. General principles of associative learning
2. Evidence for role of learning in Anticipatory Nausea and vomiting
3. Changes in associative learning in psychosis
4. Phobias
5. Depression

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session11.001.00
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar51.005.00
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be expected to do 5 hours reading per lecture, and 5 hours of reading per seminar.

They will be expected to spend 25 hours revising for the exam, and 34 hours on completing a coursework essay.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through their participation in seminars in weeks 7-11, which will ensure engagement and completion of formative in class quizzes. .

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words80.00
Computer Exercise.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:21:45

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