Introduction to Medical Psychology
The module aims to provide an introduction to the way in which psychologists study human behaviour. Students will be introduced to the dominant theoretical approaches within Psychology in order to understand how each approach studies and explains behaviour differently. Students will then apply this knowledge to consider different explanations and treatment of various mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours. Students will learn some of the key principles of behaviour analysis and how they can be applied to behavioural medicine and health behaviours. Students will attend two tutorials that will provide an introduction to the difficulties and controversies surrounding the mental health conditions covered in the lectures, and the ethical challenges surrounding the facilitation of behaviour change. Tutorial one will involve discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of how we diagnose mental health conditions. Tutorial two will involve the ethical considerations of utilising punishment to facilitate behaviour change.
Intermediate Medical Psychology
This module will build upon knowledge acquired in PM137 Introduction to Medical Psychology with regard to mental health (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours) by exploring contemporary research into the causes and treatment of these conditions. Students will learn about third wave psychological intervention (such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) as a way of treating mental health problems. . In this module students will be introduced to the field of Health Psychology including some key models of health behaviour, psychological aspects of illness (for example the doctor-patient relationship, non-compliance with treatment), psychological aspects of pain, and psychological aspects of stress.
Healthy mind, healthy body?
This module aims to answer the question `does having a healthy mind translate to having a healthy body'? It explores the multiple associations between mental health and physical conditions that significantly impact people¿s quality of life, demands on health care and other services, and wider societal consequences. The module also explores contemporary issues, debates and influences on the prevention of mental health conditions and the promotion of well-being.
Biomolecular Research Project
The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.
Foundations of Behaviour
This module will introduce students to the concepts involved in the brain development in terms of the physiological and psychological aspects. Additionally, it will explore how altered neurodevelopment is often described as a component of the behavioural aspects of Autism presentation. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the theoretical concepts of various behavioural management approaches.
Evidence Based Education
This module is intended for students undertaking taught courses education for the health professions, mainly those on the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma and MSc Medical Education.
The module will cover the evidence base for many of the common concepts of learning and instruction that are currently in use in the higher education generally, particularly the education of healthcare professionals. These will include the science of learning, learning theories, learning styles, feedback, cognitive load theory, small/large group teaching, and more. These will all be considered in detail, alongside their application to the context of the education of health professionals.
Research project in Medical Education 1
This module provides further opportunities for those who are familiar with some research methods and techniques
but may benefit from supervision to advance their knowledge and skills educational research and evaluation. The current module aims to enhance the research skills and education and writing for publication by supporting learners to undertake a small-scale research or evaluation project in healthcare education.
Research Methods in Education
This module will help students to develop the skills necessary for conducting educational research. Both qualitative
and quantitative and `mixed¿ methods of data collection are studied and analysed, and the `pragmatic¿ orientation of
relating research methodology to the problem being researched is outlined in depth. The practical techniques of
data collection are studied in detail. Analysis of varying data types is also explained and issues to do with the design
of research also explored. The ethical foundations of research are also explored.
Curriculum Development in Medical Education
The current module will focus on discussing issues related to the curricula in medical and healthcare education form theoretical, evidence-based and practical perspectives. This module aims to develop participants¿ awareness of contemporary issues\his module in curriculum development in a broader sense encompassing issues related to the organisation and structure of content delivered a session, module, programme or across an institution.It will focus on critical discussion and appraisal exiting curriculum models, as well as the evidence-based around current/emerging topics within the field.
Research project in Medical Education 2
The current module aims to enhance the research skills and education and writing for publication by supporting learners to undertake a small-scale research or evaluation project in healthcare education.
Alongside, PMEM0130, this module provides further opportunities for those who are familiar with some research methods and techniques but may benefit from supervision to advance their knowledge and skills in: (i) a particular educational research or evaluation area (ii) conduct small research/evaluation project related to their educational practice (iii) enhance their writing for publication skills within the educational field (iv) gain experience in peer-reviewing of educational proposals/manuscripts.
This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in teaching components in part one of their relevant programme. Students will work independently in order to critically explore and add to the evidence base for a topic of relevance to their area of study.