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Ethics Deadlines 2019-2020

by Sasha Smith -

You should all by now have received an email from the office detailing the next deadlines for ethics applications for the academic year 2019-2020. These will also be published in the 2019-2020 programme handbooks. Here is a summary:

Ethics Dates



Autumn Term

Board Date: 24th September 2019

Submission Deadline: 3rd September 2019


Board Date: 19th November 2019

Submission Deadline: 29th October 2019


Winter Term

Board Date: 21st January 2020

Submission Deadline: 2nd January 2020


Board Date: 17th March 2020

Submission Deadline: 25th February 2020


Spring Term

Board Date: 5th May 2020

Submission Deadline: 14th April 2020


Board Date: 23rd June 2020

Submission Deadline: 2nd June 2020

Service Maintenance

by Simon Norris -

Hi everyone, 

our maintenance is complete, your Moodle service is fully operational again, thank you for your patience.

Rich, LFD Web team for NSPC Ltd


Winter 2018 Good news for full text users

by Digby Tantam -

NSPC has now secured a license for the use of PsychInfo, along with PsycArticles that enables access to the full text of over more than 204,516 papers published in over 80 journals in behavioral science and related fields ranging from education, to nursing, to business, to neuroscience. 

This is a special deal with Middlesex University that we have been working on for a while that enables students on our validated courses to have much the same level of access as our joint courses students.  The agreement has now been signed. You will hear from us in due course with details of how to access these services. We hope that this enhances your learning experience with NSPC, particularly those of you who are currently conducting research.

For more information on what is covered in these databases, please refer to the APA website below:


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Available courses

How to keep track of your progress on the course for yourself

Information about best practice, the special requirements of web users with different disabilities, and how to modify the NSPC virtual learning environment if you have a disability

You will find a useful repository of help and suggestions here that is being constantly added to.  So check back regularly.  You MUST read the Guidelines document before you start study.

Lots of information about Turnitin

This short course provides an overview of the septimus learning environment, and how to use it.

A general orientation to the software that we use to create our virtual learning environment (VLE), which is also now being used for massive open online courses (MOOCs).  Unlike the latter our VLE emphasizes your involvement in collaborative learning

Particularly useful if you are coming back to higher education after a break.

An introduction to the benefits and costs of combining psychotropic drug treatment with psychotherapy

Notes on some key philosophers' ideas about wellbeing

A ten week course covering the following:

  1. Philosophical treatments of morality and ethics: universal or conventional? Cultural and social factors in ethics.
  2. Key elements of professional ethics: consent and autonomy. Research ethics. Some great research scandals.
  3. Confidentiality non-maleficence
  4. Autonomy and power.  Capacity, and decision making. Advanced directives, powers of attorney
  5. Neo-Aristotelian approaches. Care, beneficence, and non-maleficence. Risks of exploitation and the role of an ethics code in protecting children and vulnerable adults. Parens patriae and safeguarding, Independent safeguarding agency.
  6. Social and political approaches.  Principles of justice and human rights.
  7. Society and culture.  Emic and etic approaches.  Big group and snall group sociology.
  8. Are there cultural and social universals, and therefore the possibility of a transcultural psychotherapy.
  9. Theorizing and practising between cultures.  Hegemony. Cultural competence
  10. Social institutions.  How to embed ethical awareness and cultural competence in professional practice.

This module introduces the student to a critical evaluation of views and models of psychopathology, concepts of assessment and diagnosis, some categories of disorder from the ICD-10 and DSM-IV and V and implications for the practice of existential psychotherapy.

This virtual course is supplementary to your face to face teaching.  However, you will need to use it to submit your assignment at the end of term, and also to rate each other's class presentations.

Your tutor may add addtional material week by week, including slide presentations for you to view.

You can also use the forum to keep in touch with others in your class between face to face teaching sessions.