• Class Number 3897
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Brianna Sage
    • Amanda Piper
    • Brianna Sage
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

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:

  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

Examination Material or equipment

No materials permitted.

Required Resources

Rieger, E. (Editor). (2014). Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives (4th Ed.). Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education Pty Ltd, Australia.

This additional text is not a required purchase for the course, but can be used interchangeably with the required resource listed above. 

Kring, A., et al. (2019). Abnormal Psychology: First Australasian Edition (1st Ed). Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, Australia.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Adjustments to delivery in 2020

Course delivery and assessment in 2020 was adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any information below that replaces what was published in the Class Summary for Semester 1, 2020 was approved by the Associate Dean Education (as is required after 10% commencement of a course). Where an activity or assessment is not referenced below, it remains unchanged.

Teaching Activities

  • Lectures were recorded and posted online.
  • Laboratories were done online through Zoom.


Adjustments were made to assignment due dates; for details see the course Wattle site.

  • Laboratory quizzes were open-book and done online immediately after the lab exercises.
  • Mid-term Exam was open-book with multiple choice questions and an essay.
  • Final Exam was short answer and essay questions, open book, and submitted on Wattle.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture Series Fridays, 1-3pm 1. Introduction & Models of Psychopathology (Brie Sage) 2. Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis (TBA) 3. Stress, Anxiety & Phobias (Brie Sage) 4. Anxiety Disorders (Brie Sage) 5. Depression (Brie Sage) 6. Eating Disorders (Brie Sage) Teaching Break -No Lecture 7. Child & Adolescent Psychopathology (Dave Pasalich) 8. OCD-spectrum & Related Disorders (TBA) 9. Personality, Bipolar, Schizophrenia (TBA) 10. Behavioural Addictions, Late Life Psychopathology (TBA) 11. Psychological Interventions, “Becoming a Clinical Psychologist” Exam Review (TBA)
2 Lab Series Lab 1: Mental Illness, Stigma Lab 2: Anxiety/ Written assignment Lab 3: Depression Teaching Break Lab 4: Body Image Lab 5: ADHD Lab 6: Bipolar, Schizophrenia & Behavioural Addictions

Tutorial Registration

See Wattle page for details

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Laboratory quizzes 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Written assignment 30 % 28/04/2020 19/05/2020 1,3,4
Mid-semester exam 30 % 30/03/2020 24/04/2020 1,2,3,4
End-semester exam 30 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students are expected to actively participate in all activities and contribute towards discussions.


Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Laboratory quizzes

For each laboratory class, you will be provided with readings to do before attending your class. This reading is compulsory, as it will help you prepare for the laboratory class. Your knowledge of the reading for five of the laboratory classes (Labs 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6) and the lecture material for the relevant topic will be assessed during the associated laboratory class via short-answer and multiple-choice questions in a closed book examination format. This means, for example, that for the lab on Depression the preceding lecture material on depression may also be examined in the quiz in addition to assigned readings. If you are late to class then you will have less time to complete the quiz. No quiz will take place during Lab 4 due to the Mid-Semester Examination, but these reading materials will be examinable in the final exam and must be completed prior to the laboratory class. The quizzes will help you to keep up to date with the course work, enable you to track your progress throughout the semester, and ensure you are able to participate in discussions during laboratory classes to maximise learning and critical thinking around issues in Psychopathology. Students are strongly encouraged to have completed lecture readings for the relevant topic as preparation for laboratory activities and quizzes as well.

If you require special accommodations for completing quizzes (e.g., extra time, broke your hand and need a scribe) please contact the course convenor ASAP (i.e., before the first lab). If you have a current Educational Access Plan (EAP) please ensure you have discussed the requirements with your tutor.

Value: Each quiz is worth 2%, comprising 10% of assessment for the course.

Estimated return date: Each quiz will be marked after the laboratory class and handed back to you at the start of your next laboratory class. The final quiz will be returned to the Research School of Psychology Office for collection and a notice will be put on Wattle to indicate when they can be collected. Marks will be posted on Wattle, and it is good practice to check your marks on Wattle throughout the term.

The final quiz will be held onto by your tutor and a notice will be put on Wattle to indicate how you should go about collecting them from your respective tutors. Marks will be posted on Wattle, and it is good practice to check your marks on Wattle throughout the term.

Assessment Rubrics

Your marker will use a rubric to mark the case report. A copy of the rubric will be provided when further details about the assignment are available on Wattle. It will provide you with what would be expected to achieve for each grade (N, P, C, D, HD)

Presentation requirements: APA 6 formatting

Word limit: 2,000 (including in-text references but excluding reference section)

Please note there are multiple activities associated with this task, each with individual due dates.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 28/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 19/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Written assignment

You will be required to write a case report on a fictional character from the movies/TV shows provided. The main criterion for this selection is that there is a sufficient amount of information to indicate the presence of a mental disorder as discussed in lectures and your textbook.

You will be provided with specific instructions regarding the content and format of the report, including a grading rubric, early in the semester (on Wattle). You will be required to submit your written assignment online via Turnitin on Wattle by 28th April 2020, 23:59pm


Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 30/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 24/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid-semester exam

Details of Mid-semester Exam: The mid-semester exam will assess content covered in lectures, readings and labs during weeks 1-6 of the semester. The exam format will be multiple choice only. 

Value of Mid-semester Exam: 30%

Hurdle Requirement: Passing this exam is a hurdle requirement of the course.

Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

End-semester exam

Details of Final Exam: The final exam will assess content covered in lectures, readings and labs during weeks 7-12 of semester. The exam format will likely consist of a combination of multiple-choice, fill in the blank and/or matching questions, short answer and long answer questions. The specific format will be announced closer to the exam.

Value of Mid-semester Exam: 30%

Hurdle Requirement: Passing this exam is a hurdle requirement of the course.

Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam. The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

For the written assignment Late submission is permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Written assignments will be returned via Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission is allowed prior the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Brianna Sage

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BMI, Overweight and Obesity, Work Stress, Mental Health, Epidemiology

Brianna Sage

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Brianna Sage

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