Module Title:Abnormal Psychology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises/Case Studies – students will work as part of a team and will work together to discuss and evaluate scenarios related to lecture content. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials including discussion boards. • Self-Directed Independent Learning — the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of psychology from the perspective of atypical or abnormal development or behaviour.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss the prevalence of psychological disorders in an Irish context.
LO2 Describe and analyse causes/effects/interventions for psychological disorders.
LO3 Reflect on teamwork and personal skills development through collaborative learning.
LO4 Apply a social construction perspective to learning disability and mental health.
LO5 Evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.
LO6 Describe the incidence, causes and societal response to suicide from a psychological perspective.
LO7 Evaluate their role in the social care team in managing challenging behaviour issues.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction
• What is mental health • Theoretical models
Psychological Disorders
• Incidence, causes, effects, treatments of the following: • Depression, Anxiety disorders, Mood disorders, • Schizophrenia Dissociative disorders, Personality disorders, • Addictions Trauma-related disorders, Eating disorders, Developmental disorders, Neurological disorders
The process and effectiveness of therapy
• Biological therapies • Psychotherapies • Socio-cultural approaches • Cognitive Behaviour therapies • Locus of Control • Effectiveness of therapy-evidence based
Learning disability and mental health-social construction
• Definitions • Social construction of learning disability/mental health • Narrative approaches to Learning difficulty/mental health • Empowerment
Suicide
• Current research and societal responses • Irish context and research • Psychological models
Dealing with challenging behaviour in adults and children
• Assessment of the areas of challenging behaviour • Role of Behaviour Analysis • Role of social care worker in team • Helping the individual move forward with specific interventions and nurturing therapeutic change, reflective practice.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report n/a 1,2,3,5 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Three hour written exam 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Mandatory
CW_HHASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Mandatory
CW_HHASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Mandatory