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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Psychology

PSYC3727: Eating Disorders

Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • 60 credits from Level 2 Psychology

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None

Aims

  • In this module you will learn about the psychology of eating and weight with a particular focus on the prevention, development, assessment, and treatment of feeding and eating disorders. You will learn about mechanisms, theories, and applications.

Content

  • This module examines the psychology of eating and weight with a special focus on feeding and eating disorders.
  • It begins with an introduction to the biology, functional neuroscience and social dynamics of human eating behaviour before critically addressing preventative measures, causal theories, key issues and treatment approaches in feeding and eating disorders.
  • The module will also cover related conceptual and historical issues in psychology

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed knowledge of feeding and eating disorders including current theory and evidence
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to review critically and consolidate understanding of a coherent body of psychological knowledge and apply it appropriately
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Good IT skills in word processing
  • Ability to work independently in scholarship and research within broad guidelines

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Students' acquisition of detailed knowledge will be facilitated by lectures, interactive problem-based-learning tasks, audio-visual materials, discussions and reading lists
  • These modes of teaching provide students with detailed knowledge of the key theories and the skills needed to evaluate different theoretical positions in light of current evidence
  • The examination will assess students' detailed subject knowledge via essays written in the examination
  • An assessment of the range, recency and appropriateness of sources will be included in the overall assessment of the essay
  • The use of group discussions and interactive problem-based-learning tasks will ensure that students are exposed to a range of different theoretical positions, and encouraged to understand their inter-relations
  • Lectures, discussions, and interactive problem-based-learning tasks will also give students the opportunity to interpret and evaluate the significance of empirical work
  • The summative essay assesses students' acquired knowledge of theoretical principles and empirical studies and their ability to organise and synthesise them coherently and critically in written form in response to a set question
  • The summative examination will also assess students' written communication skills
  • The module will be taught using lectures supplemented with online material.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
1 hour lectures 10 1 per week 1 hour 10
1 hour online material 10 1 per week 1 hour 10
Preparation and Reading 80
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

None


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University



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