• 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
    • Brianna Sage
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course offers an integrative approach to psychological disorders, in which abnormal behaviour and psychopathology are contrasted with "normal" functioning. The course uses case examples, video material and knowledge from both research and clinical perspectives to help bring alive the challenges of diagnosis, assessment, conceptualisation and treatment of major psychological disorders across the lifespan. Specific focus is given to clinical descriptions, individual differences, and biological, psychological, social and contextual influences. Prevention and treatment of different psychological disorders will be discussed, but are not a major focus of the course.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Describe and apply different models and major theories of psychopathology
  2. Think critically about issues and changes in psychiatric classification (e.g., DSM-5)
  3. Describe the symptoms and aetiology associated with psychological disorders and apply this knowledge to case examples
  4. Demonstrate preliminary knowledge of evidence-based treatments for the psychological disorders covered in this course

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Laboratory quizzes (10%) – LOs 1-4
  • Written assignment (30%) – LOs 1, 3, 4
  • Exams (60%) – LOs 1-4

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Workload

This course consists of 12 lectures (2 hours per week) and 6 compulsory laboratory classes (2 hours) spread across the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 (or equivalent), and at least one of the following: PSYC2001, PSYC2002, PSYC2004, PSYC2007, PSYC2008, or PSYC2009.

Prescribed Texts

Rieger, E. (Editor). Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives (most recent
edition). Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education Pty Ltd, Australia.

 

Assumed Knowledge

PSYC2007 or relevant courses in Biology

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Fees

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
3897 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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