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PS50184: Applied clinical psychology dissertation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, DS 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 80%)
  • Poster (CW 20%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is:
* To provide students with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project by putting into practice some of the methods, theories and skills that they have learned during the taught units.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, the students should be able:
* To demonstrate a good knowledge of the literature on a chosen research question in the field of clinical psychology
* To show competency in the use of particular research designs and techniques within the field of clinical psychology;
* To present independent analysis, argument and/or application of theory in a coherent fashion;
* To produce a dissertation of academic and professional merit that defines a research question/questions, identifies an appropriate methodology and engages with relevant theory and data.

Intellectual Skills
* To think creatively and analytically (TFA)
* To communicate an argument (TFA)
* To evaluate others arguments and research (TFA)
* To learn independently and to be able to assess own learning needs. (TFA)
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information. (TFA)
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources. (TFA)
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding. (TFA)
* To utilise problem solving skills. (TFA)
* To work independently. (TFA)
* To communicate an argument to other health professionals (TFA)
Professional and Personal Skills
* To understand research governance issues in health care settings. (TFA)
* To develop the knowledge of the governance, ethical and organisational issues of working in a mental health context. (TFA)
Transferable Skills
* To be aware of ethical issues in carrying out research. (TFA)
* Inter-personal and communication skills. (TFA)
* Essay, research, preparation and writing skills. (TFA)
* Time management and administration skills. (F)
* Presentation skills and verbal communication. (TFA)
* Advanced information technology and computing technology (e.g. SPSS) (TF)
* To solve problems in a variety of situations. (F)
* To prioritise workloads.(F)
* Independent and group working skills (F)
* Advanced oral communication skills (F)
* Advanced numeracy skills (F).

The student will carry out a substantial research project of their own design, in clinical psychology.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50184 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology