PSYC40150 Psychiatry

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is part of the core curriculum for the MB Bch BAO degree in medicine. It builds on the knowledge, attitudes and skills acquired in MDSA 40040 / MDSA30300. These will be further developed through thematic teaching in Clinical Psychiatry, with an emphasis on diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorder and related topics such as stigma. Sub-specialties such as child and adolescent psychiatry and old age psychiatry will be incorporated into the teaching and will be taught using multimedia and other teaching methods. The module will be predominantly delivered in the Clinical Setting.


Professionalism is integral to and will be assessed throughout the module. Any behavior which is considered to be in breach of professional behavior will be formally noted. This forms part of the ‘must pass’ component of the assessment.

Any behaviour which is considered to be in breach of professional behaviour as set out in the School's Statement on Fitness to Practice (in addition to the University's policy) will be formally noted.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module the student will be able to- describe and recognise common psychiatric conditions- demonstrate the clinical skills necessary to deliver appropriate psychiatric care- demonstrate effective problem solving using the biopsychosocial approach to clinical problems- develop the required professional attributes and communication skills consistent with becoming a reflective clinical practitioner - develop an awareness of the resources available in the mental health and related services- identify socio-cultural influences on mental health

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
• Small group tutorials to introduce key concepts and themes in Psychiatry.
• Experiential learning through clinical attachments to develop core clinical skills.
• Consolidation of these thematic understandings and identification of deficits in knowledge through further teaching sessions
(workshops and lectures).

May be subject to change due to Covid restrictions 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

Psychiatry (MDSA40150)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Case Presentations, work record, and reflective essay Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: OSCE Examination at end of rotation Varies over the Trimester No Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% Yes


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Best of 5 MCQ Examination, no negative marking. Examination will take place at different times throughout the year 1 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is given to students on clinical performance via CAF meetings which happen at weeks 2 and 4 of the module Students through the digital badges receive feedback on weekly mcq colour of badges which allows them to see how they are performing compared to their peers Module coordinator facilitates any requests of receiving feedback on any aspects of the assessment and meets students individually face to face. Student will be advised at induction at the beginning of the module. May be subject to change due to Covid restrictions

Name Role
Kate Corrigan Tutor
Dr Kieran Doherty Tutor
Margaret Gallagher Tutor
Dr Nida Haider Tutor
Nida Haider Tutor
Dr Brian O'Donoghue Tutor
Silva Vartukapteine Tutor