• Class Number 6163
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Amelia Gulliver
    • Dr Amelia Gulliver
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

The aim of the course is to provide a practical introduction to the nature, epidemiology and treatment of mental health disorders. Lecturers are staff at the NIMHR and guest lecturers from other specialties. It is expected that the course will be of interest to postgraduate students with an interest in mental health, professionals working in sectors such as hospitals, employment agencies, nursing homes, or accommodation services, and public servants and administrators who need to keep abreast of the latest empirical findings in mental health research.

Places for this course are limited. Please contact the course convenor for further information.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
•    Identify key issues in mental health.
•    Understand current theory and practice within the mental health arena.
•    Apply and integrate theoretical knowledge within a realistic practical context (such as hospitals and clinics, government departments, aged care facilities).
•    Conduct a thorough and analytical investigation into a specific current mental health issue.
•    Understand the methods and perspectives used within mental health research, and appreciate the influence of past conceptualisations of mental illness.
•    Develop problem solving and research abilities.
•    Develop critical thinking skills and techniques, particularly in relation to the evaluation of mental health treatment strategies and published research.
•    Communicate ideas and solutions with respect to salient issues in mental health in both oral (through tutorials) and written formats (through the assessment item).

Research-Led Teaching


Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

Students can access the list of recommended readings for each lecture on Wattle.

These will be provided on Wattle.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture 1 Introduction to population mental health
2 Lecture 2 Wellbeing
3 Lecture 3 Treatments for depression and anxiety
4 Lecture 4 Adolescent mental health, schools programs and early intervention
5 Lecture 5 Suicide Prevention
6 Lecture 6 Social determinants of mental health and wellbeing
7 Teaching Break Essays due
8 Teaching Break
9 Lecture 7 E-health
10 Lecture 8 Lived Experience perspectives in mental health
11 Lecture 9 Policy challenges in mental health
  • Student presentations
12 Lecture 10 Transcultural approaches to mental health research and practice
  • Student presentations
13 Lecture 11 Ethical considerations in mental health research 
  • Student presentations
14 Lecture 12 Mental health literacy
  • Student presentations

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Essay 50 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
Presentation 30 % 1, 6, 7
Session Reflection Journal 20 % 1, 5, 7, 8

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8


Assessment details sub headings

50% of the final grade.

Word limit: Students are required to produce a structured essay 3000 words in length investigating a particular mental health issue. Details of the essay requirements and a set of marking criteria will be provided on Wattle.

Due date: 11:59PM 10th September 2023.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 6, 7


Assessment details sub headings

30% of the final grade.

Each student will undertake a brief presentation (10 minutes + 5 minutes’ discussion) to the tutorial group on a mental health problem. Students can choose to present individually or in a pair.

Due date: Presentations will be delivered in class and are expected to take place in the second half of class during Weeks 9-12.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 5, 7, 8

Session Reflection Journal

Assessment details sub headings

20% of final grade (5 session reflections; 4% per session reflection).

Due date: 11:59PM Sunday after the relevant lecture.

Word limit: Students are required to attend and actively participate in each session. Students will complete a brief journal entry on any 5 lectures (excluding the first introductory session) of approximately 500 words, in which they are required to reflect on or discuss an issue of interest from the session.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission 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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned in Wattle.

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 of assignment is not permitted.

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).

Dr Amelia Gulliver
6125 9472

Research Interests

Dr Amelia Gulliver

Dr Amelia Gulliver

Research Interests

Dr Amelia Gulliver


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