IAPT Applied Clinical Practice Placement

Module titleIAPT Applied Clinical Practice Placement
Module codePSY3304
Academic year2014/5
Module staff
Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The development of effective psychological treatments requires the practical application of clinical epidemiology using a range of methodological and statistical approaches. In this module you will gain an applied understanding of the range of varied research methodologies required to establish a sound evidence for practice. This includes evidence synthesis, qualitative approaches, phase II feasibility designs, randomised controlled trials, observational and surveillance methods, health economics, process evaluations and implementation science methods. The majority of the module will be delivered across two terms by an on-line computer assisted learning package, supplemented by practical exercises to extend statistical knowledge and seminars to discuss relevant topics.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to provide you with an applied understanding of methodologies and statistics used in clinical epidemiological approaches to develop effective treatments.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe critically the range of methodological approaches and ethical issues used to develop an evidence base for psychological therapies
  • 2. Evaluate critically ways in which different qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches combine in the development of psychological interventions
  • 3. Evaluate critically and apply relevant frameworks (e.g. CONSORT, PRISMA) used to report study designs commonly employed in the development of evidence-based psychological treatments
  • 4. Evaluate critically facilitators and barriers in disseminating and implementing research findings into clinical practice
  • 5. Apply a range of statistical methods commonly used in in studies to develop and implement evidence-based psychological treatments

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Summarise detailed, systematic and comprehensive knowledge of statistical and methodological issues commonly used in studies to develop and test evidence-based psychological treatments
  • 7. Understand and apply essential principles in designing novel research, and to critically evaluate and analyse empirical evidence, and to assess the reliability of empirical evidence using a range of defined techniques

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Select and manage information, and to competently undertake study tasks and practical exercises with minimum guidance
  • 9. Manage your own learning using the full range of resources of the clinical discipline and with minimum guidance

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Content will be included to introduce an understanding of the main methodological and statistical approaches used to develop an evidence base for psychological therapies. Teaching content will include:

Methodological Approaches - Introduction to applied clinical epidemiology, evidence synthesis including systematic reviews, meta-analysis, meta-synthesis; focus groups, semi structured interviews, consensus techniques; phase II feasibility study designs, randomised controlled trials; single and multiple case designs, CONSORT and PRISMA guidelines to evaluate and report randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews; health economics; clinical research ethics.

Statistical Approaches - summarising data, inferential statistics, comparing continuous, dichotomous and survival data, correlations and regression, standardised mean differences, odds ratios, calculating sample size, ANCOVA, minimally important clinical differences, standard effect sizes.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Computer Assisted Learning – a CAL package will support student learning across 10 areas of course content. It will be supported on demand from the electronic learning environment to deliver course content.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Problem Based Learning – undertaking PBL as part of a group within the classroom supported by the tutor
Scheduled Learning and Teaching6Seminars – these will be led by the tutor and engage students in discussion concerning relevant topics
Guided independent study54Reading and research
Guided independent study30Reading and preparation for Problem Based Learning
Guided independent study40Weekly scheduled web based practicals and activities located on the computer assisted learning package


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Web-based practicals 10 one hour online practicals5-8Online written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written examination752 hours1-8Written and oral
Essay252000 words1-4, 6-9Written and oral


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examination Written examination 1-8August/September assessment period
EssayEssay1-4, 6-91 September deadline for submission

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/deferred for the exam (75%) you will have the opportunity to take a second exam in the August/September re-assessment period. Where you have been referred/deferred for the essay (25%) a new set of essay titles will be provided and you will have the opportunity to resubmit these for the 1 September re-assessment period. Students successful in any referred assessment will have recorded the mark of 40% only for the relevant module.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • Barker, C., Pistrang, N. and Elliott, R. (2002). Research Methods in Clinical Psychology: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Kirkwood, B. and Sterne, J. (2003). Essential Medical Statistics. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Wang, D. and Bakhai, A. (2005). Clinical Trials: A Practical Guide to Design, Analysis, and Reporting. London: Remedica.

Wider reading

  • Bowling, A. (2009). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (2009) Systematic Reviews: CRD's Guidance for Undertaking Reviews in HealthcareYork: CRD.
  • Peacock, J. and Peacock, P. (2010). Oxford Handbook of Medical Statistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Phillips, C.J. (2005). Health Economics: An Introduction for Health Professionals. Oxford: Blackwell.

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Methodology, statistics, research methods

Credit value45
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

PSY1205, PSY1206, PSY2206

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