• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kristen Murray
    • Dr Martin Sellbom
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course introduces students to a range of abnormal behaviours and psychopathology conditions.  These may include anxiety, depression, personality disorder, schizophrenia, and/or dementia.  These are just examples and they may change from year to year.  The course covers clinical description, individual differences, biological, psychological, social and contextual influences, the examination of prominent models in the literature, and to a limited extent, the treatment of selected psychological disorders.

This course is a prerequisite for postgraduate study in Clinical Psychology at ANU.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the rquirements of this course, students should be able to:
  • Identify and describe major tems and concepts in abnormal psychology(LO1).
  • Describe and apply major theories of abnormal psychology (LO2).
  • Describe the syptomatology associated with major mental disorders and apply to case examples (LO3).
  • Think critically about issues and changes in psychiatric nomenclature (LO4).
  • Think critically about current ethical, legal, cultural, and contemporary topics in abnormal psychology (LO5).
  • Demonstrate preliminary knowledge of the main empirically based approaches available to treat or manage the conditions covered in the course (LO6).

Indicative Assessment

* Note: This information is tentative and subject to change
  • Research essay (22%) - LO 2,3,6
  • Critical Thinking Assignment (6%) - LO 4,5
  • Lab quizzes (12%) - LO 1-6
  • Exams (60%) - LO 1-6

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The face-to - face teaching time for this course consists of two hours of lectures per week and 18 hours of laboratory classes spread across the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 (or equivalent), PSYC2007 (Biological Basis of Behaviour), and at least one of the following: PSYC2001, PSYC2002, PSYC2004, PSYC2008, or PSYC2009. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed PSYC3004, PSYC3010, PSYC3012.

Prescribed Texts

Kring, A.<., & Johnson, S.L. (2013).  Abnormal Psychology: DSM-5 Update (12th Ed.).
Publisher: Wiley, SBN-13:978-1-118-64088-3





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3113 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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