SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2C824193
Module Leader Phil Dalgarno
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Foundations in Psychology

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to key theoretical approaches and topics in mental health, counselling and health psychology. This will provide a foundation for higher level learning in these areas and, in particular, the Level Four applied modules.


Introduction to major theoretical perspectives and key topics for each applied subject. For example: -360b7 Mental Health Psychology - history of psychiatric diagnosis and practice; description, symptomology and contemporary understandings of mental health disorders; the diagnostic process; exploring the experiences of service users/carers. Consideration of the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing. b7 Counselling Psychology - major therapeutic perspectives, change and relationship processes and practical skills in a counselling and psychotherapy context, philosophical, ethical and boundary issues in Counselling Psychology. b7 Health Psychology - the use of theoretical models in predicting health- and wellbeing- related behaviours and cognitions; theoretical approaches to public health protection and promotion; applying psychology to specific health issues (e.g. the relationship between stress, coping and illness, and wellbeing).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to: 1. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of major theoretical approaches to understanding behaviours and cognitions in a range of applied fields (e.g. mental health, counseling and health and psychology).2. Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in describing and assessing psychological disorders and an appreciation of the continuum of mental health 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental skills of an applied psychologist (including an appreciation of evidence based interventions and practical skills such as listening, empathy and questioning).4. Describe and debate ethical issues in the context of applied psychology

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Core material will be delivered in a blended learning format, utilising lecture slides, recommended reading and relevant video clips to reinforce core concepts. There will also be 12 accompanying seminars designed to support student learning. Where appropriate, seminars will include practical skills based learning opportunities. Formative assessment will be carried out via 3 online multiple choice questionnaires; one for each topic covered in the module. These assessments must be completed and passed in order to move onto the next block of learning materials. There will also be a group poster to be developed around an area of psychology covered within the module. Material will be delivered using an online/blended learning approach.

Indicative Reading

General Reading Coolican, H. (2012) Applied Psychology Croydon; Hodder Education (Chapter 3; Counselling Psychology) Davey, G. (2011). Applied Psychology, Chichester; BPS Blackwell Publishing Subject-specific reading; Mental Health Psychology A series of subject-specific reading materials will be provided within the lecture content. Counselling Psychology Reeves, A. (2013) An introduction to counselling and psychotherapy: From theory to practice. London: Sage, Pearson Education Limited. Health Psychology Morrison, V. (2012). An Introduction to Health Psychology. (3rd Ed) Essex: Pearson Education Limited. (e-version) Ogden, J. (2012). Health Psychology-A Textbook. (5th Ed). Berkshire: Open University Press. (e-version)

Transferrable Skills

-720 1. An understanding of the key issues in each of the applied topics and an appreciation for real world applicaton. 2. The development of evaluative and critical skills in relation to key psychological theories and empirical studies in each of the applied areas 3. Responsibility for independent learning with regard to key issues covered during lectures and seminars. 4. Development of competence in task, time and information management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 26.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 138.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 5 n/a 20.00 35% 500 word reflective essay
Coursework 1 1.00 10.00 35% Online Multiple Choice Test
Coursework 2 1.00 10.00 35% Online Multiple Choice test
Coursework 3 1.00 10.00 35% Online Multiple Choice test
Coursework 4 n/a 50.00 35% Poster Presentation