Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

C84MOD Models and Approaches in Mental Health Research
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc Mental Health Research, PGDip Mental Health Research, PGCert Mental Health Research

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This lecture-based module will cover topics in the following areas: • Definitions and ‘disorders’ • Classification systems and surrounding issues • Models in mental health research (incl. ethical considerations) • Cognitive/affective mechanisms and the symptom approach • The Neuroscience approach to Mental Health Research • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management approaches in mental health • Service user-led research approaches • The role of trauma and stress in the aetiology and trajectory of mental health problems

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 10 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
1 x 2 hour lectures for 10 weeks = 20 hours; Independent reading and assessment

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 A 3000-word essay selected from a choice of topics covered in the taught sessions 

Convenor: 
Dr E Nixon

Education Aims:  The module aims to: • Provide knowledge of models, approaches and methods used in mental health research • Inform about the controversies surrounding the diagnosis and treatment options of common mental health disorders • Enable the appraisal of various research models, approaches and methodologies in the field of mental health

Learning Outcomes:  By the end of the module, the student will have: a) Knowledge and Understanding • Acquired a working knowledge of models & approaches in mental health research • Acquired an understanding of the controversies surrounding the diagnosis and treatment options of mental health disorders (incl. ethical considerations) • Acquired a working knowledge of research methods in mental health research • Acquired an appreciation of the cognitive and affective processes or mechanisms proposed to underlie common mental health disorders b) Intellectual Skills • Developed an ability to critically appraise various research methodologies in the field of mental health • Developed an ability to critically appraise theoretical arguments and/ or applied research findings across a wide range of disciplines or perspectives in the field of mental health c) Transferable (key) skills • Developed an ability to present others’ research findings in the field of mental health in written format • Developed scientific thinking skills to enable the appraisal of research in the field of mental health d) Professional skills • Developed an ability to critically appraise theory, methods and results of research from a wide range of disciplines in the field of mental health • Acquired a working knowledge of ethics and research governance structures and processes relevant to the field of mental health

Offering School:  Medicine


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