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PS346 - Abnormal Psychology

  • Module code: PS346
  • Module name: Abnormal Psychology
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed to give students an overview of abnormal behaviour in the general population based on empirical findings as presented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 4th edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). Material will be presented in terms of diagnostic categories as well as aetiology, therapeutic techniques, and outcomes according to various current and historic theoretical paradigms. In this module we will take a predominantly scientific approach while considering the importance of social factors and clinical findings.

Principal learning outcomes

"After taking this module, students should be: Familiar with the taxonomic system used in conceptualising mental disorders; Familiar with the major diagnostic categories delineated in the DSM-IV-TR as well as with multi-axial diagnostic procedures; Familiar with current and historic perspectives in the aetiology and treatment of mental illness (e. g., cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, biomedical); Familiar with primary therapeutic interventions and efficacy according to current literature; Able to think critically about current formulations of abnormal behaviour; Familiar with practical and ethical issues that arise in mental health care in the UK. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Length of module: 12 weeks. One two-hour lecture per week. Attendance at lectures is compulsory.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS346-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 33%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 33%
locally Adminstered Exam 34%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Psychology (C800) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4