Graduate (Clinical) Information

Module Information

Level 5000

PLC5001

Psychological Assessment

This module provides students with essential background in psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Students will be exposed to a variety of assessment techniques used for the collection of data in order to evaluate psychological functioning of an individual. They will learn about the application of these techniques to a wide range of clinical psychological problems. Students will become familiar with widely used clinical and neuropsychological tests, methods for evaluation of these tests and issues surrounding psychological assessment in professional settings. These include diagnostic decision making, test administration and interpretation, and the integration of material derived from patient history with the mental state examination and other sources.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Clinical Psychology Programme
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5002

Adult Psychopathology

This module offers an advanced critical understanding of various theories of aetiology and maintenance of adult psychological problems. Students will also acquire an understanding in the appropriate use of diagnostic classification systems and critical appraisal of such systems. The module has a strong emphasis on linking theory to applied clinical practice.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Clinical Psychology Programme
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5003

Health Across the Lifespan

This module is intended to facilitate acquisition of knowledge and expertise on: 1) normal and abnormal developmental issues affecting health and mental health across one's lifespan with specific focus on early childhood and adolescent stages, midlife crisis, aging and gero-psychological issues; 2) basic concepts of mind-body interactions and psychoneuroimmunology; 3) role of clinical psychologists in the identification, assessment, and treatment of mental health and health problems across lifespan; 4) psychological management of chronic health and mental health conditions.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-1-6
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Clinical Psychology programme or with permission of the instructor
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5004

Psychological Intervention and Therapy

This module provides students with fundamental skills that are the foundation of clinical psychological interventions, including interviewing and counselling, basic interventions and theoretical concepts, processes and techniques which underlie cognitive-behaviour therapy. Students will begin to develop core practical skills in the use of these techniques for therapeutic management of a range of problems and disorders across settings. Content includes basic behavioural change strategies, brief intervention techniques, critical case analysis, assessment and case formulation, and cognitive behavioural therapeutic techniques. Students will also explore the role of the psychologist and the boundaries and responsibilities of this role in different cultural contexts.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-1-6
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Clinical Psychology training programme
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5005

Child Psychopathology

This module offers an advanced critical understanding of various theories of aetiology and maintenance of disorders of childhood and adolescence. Students will also acquire an understanding in the appropriate use of diagnostic classification systems and critical appraisal of such systems. The module has a strong emphasis on linking theory to applied clinical practice.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Clinical Training Program
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5006

Ethics and Professional Issues

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of professional and ethical practice as clinical psychologists. We will draw on international perspectives to inform our understanding of best practices within the local context. Topics covered in this module include professional practice guidelines and codes of conduct, ethical issues in assessment and research, legal issues in psychology, diversity and multicultural considerations, and professional development issues. Upon completion of the module, students should: (i) understand what it means to practice clinical psychology in a professional manner based on standards established internationally, as well as an understanding for issues specific to professional practice in Singapore (ii) be familiar with core ethical principles and apply these to clinical practice, (iii) demonstrate awareness of potential ethical dilemmas across a wide variety of contexts and be able to approach these using the appropriate ethical decision-making strategies, (iv) understand the importance of developing and maintaining professional skills and competencies, and (v) demonstrate good insight and ability to reflect on their ethical obligations as professional clinical psychologists.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisite(s): PLC5011A (Clinical Placement 1)
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5007

Advanced Psychological Practice

This module provides advanced training in empirically supported psychological therapies targeting third wave cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) for various psychiatric and personality disorders. It builds on the training in therapeutic skills and techniques provided in module PLC5004 Psychological Intervention and Therapy and prepares students further for clinical practice. The emphasis on the training will include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Functional Analysis Psychotherapy (FAP) to treat more complex types of psychopathology.


Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-1-6
Prerequisite(s): PLC5011A (Clinical Placement 1) and PLC5004 (Psychological Intervention and Therapy)
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5008

Graduate Research Methods

This compulsory module provides an introduction to evidence-based practice and focuses on research skills for clinical psychologists. Students will acquire a solid grasp of the scientific and statistical methods relevant to psychology. There will be emphasis on skills and methods required for the completion of research proposals, the design of experiments, measurement decisions, survey approaches, sampling issues, practical management of research projects, and data analyses options.


Modular Credits: 2
Workload: 1.5-0-0-1-2.5
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Clinical Psychology training programme
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5009

Research Proposal

This module prepares students for the applied research project that must be submitted in semester 4. Students will asked to identify a research topic, a client group and two supervisors (one academic and one clinical); review relevant literature, develop a research design and appropriate measurement tools, make a class presentation to teaching staff and students, and then submit a written proposal (max 5,000 words) before obtaining ethics clearance and conducting a pilot study.


Modular Credits: 8
Workload: 2-3-0-3-12
Prerequisite(s): 2-3-0-3-12
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5010

Research Project

This module aims to help students prepare a scholarly report of their proposed applied research project submitted in PLC5009 Research Proposal. Under the supervision of a member of the faculty, students will make appropriate modifications to the planned design, complete data collection and analyses, and prepare draft reports. Students will also receive comments and feedback from other faculty, clinical supervisors and peer students. Students then present their completed research projects orally and submit the final draft of the report as a thesis of about 20,000 words in APA style for examination.


Modular Credits: 12
Workload: 1-1-0-10-8
Prerequisite(s): PLC5009 (Research Proposal)
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5011A

Clinical Placement 1

This module provides an introduction to professional practice in a community or hospital clinic setting. This first clinical placement will involve guided and structured observation of experienced clinicians delivering clinical psychology services to adult and/or paediatric patients. Students will develop some familiarity with a range of psychiatric presentations. There will be the opportunity for students to interact with patients and they will be encouraged to begin to function as practitioners, while closely supervised by field supervisors.


Modular Credits: 6
Workload: 0-0-0-300-75
Prerequisite(s): PLC5004 (Psychological Intervention and Therapy), PLC5001 (Psychological Assessment)
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5012B

Clinical Placement 2

This module provides professional practice experience related to the theoretical foundations on clinical psychopathology covered in coursework modules. Students will undertake direct clinical experience either in a hospital or a community setting, under the close supervision of an experienced clinical psychologist. The focus of this second placement is on the gradual development of the clinical skills required for assessing, describing, diagnosing and treating adult and/or paediatric psychological disorder.


Modular Credits: 6
Workload: 0-0-0-300-75
Prerequisite(s): PLC5011A (Clinical Placement 1), PLC5002 (Adult Psychopathology), PLC5003 (Health Across the Lifespan), PLC5005 (Child Psychopathology)
Preclusion(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week

PLC5013C

Clinical Placement 3

This module provides professional practice experience related to the theoretical foundations of clinical psychopathology, assessment, diagnosis and intervention covered in coursework modules. Students will undertake an intensive block of direct clinical experience either in a hospital or a community setting, under the supervision of an experienced clinical psychologist. The focus of this third placement will be on the continued development of clinical skills in planning and carrying out intervention with psychiatric patients with minimal guidance. If considered appropriate by their supervising clinician, students may progress to independent management of clients by the end of the placement.


Modular Credits: 6
Workload: 0-0-0-300-75
Prerequisite(s): PLC5012B (Clinical Placement 2); Pass on the Professional Competency Examination
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week


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