• Class Number 3174
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Lisa-marie Greenwood
    • Lisa-marie Greenwood
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • Imogen Clarke
    • Adam Kinasch
    • Andie Jin
    • Sureiyan Hamond
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

Research-Led Teaching

Lectures will draw from contemporary research in the field of Psychopathology. The selected textbook includes contributions from expert researchers based in Australia; students will have access to learning material driven by research and applied specifically to the Australian context – allowing for an in-depth understanding of the field and contemporary issues within the national and international setting. Students will also be presented with key research findings to demonstrate applied and theoretical aspects of abnormality, including epidemiology, aetiology and to a limited extent treatment models.

Laboratory classes will focus on supplementing and extending lecture material. Topics covered will highlight contemporary issues, challenges and innovation in clinical psychology, and will include discussion drawing from research findings. These classes aim to stimulate critical analysis of abnormal psychology and highlight the complexities of the field, including theoretical and empirical aspects.

Required Resources

Rieger, E. (Editor). (2018). Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives (4th Ed.). Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education Pty Ltd, Australia.

This text is available for short-term loan in the Hancock Library or can be purchased as an e-book or printed book (see Wattle for more details).

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam, speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals

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.

Other Information

In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

Current information on the ANU response to the coronavirus outbreak can be found at: https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice .

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 NOTE: All lecture and labs are indicative only. Lecture 1. Models of psychopathology Lab 1. Mental illness and self-care Note: Assessment dates are indicative only.
2 Lecture 1. Clinical assessment and diagnosis
3 Lecture 3. Stress and phobia Lab 2. Stigma Quiz 1
4 Lecture 4. Anxiety disorders
5 Lecture 5. Depression Lab 3. Anxiety and depression Quiz 2
6 No Lecture Mid semester exam
7 Lecture 6. Eating Disorders Lab 4. Body image Quiz 3
8 Lecture 7. Addiction Written Assignment
9 Lecture 8. Bipolar and schizophrenia Lab 5. Addiction and schizophrenia Quiz 4
10 Lecture 9. OCD spectrum and personality
11 Lecture 10. Child and adolescent psychopathology Lab 5. ADHD Quiz 5
12 Lecture 11. Aging and psychopathology

Tutorial Registration

MyTimetable - See Wattle page for further details

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 10 % 1,2,3,4
Written assignment (online submission) 30 % 1,3,4
Mid-semester exam 25 % 1,2,3,4
End-semester exam 35 % 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 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.


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


Please note, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate time-frame in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end-semester exams indicates the approximate time-frame in which the exam will be held. The 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 and time of these exams.

Assessment Task 1

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


For each laboratory class, you will be provided with readings to do before attending your class. These readings will help you prepare and participate in the laboratory classes. Your knowledge of the reading for the laboratory classes and laboratory discussions, will be assessed via an online quiz consisting of multiple-choice questions.

Due date: The due date for each quiz is outlined on Wattle.

Value: Total of 5 quizzes worth 2% each, comprising 10% of assessment for the course.

Estimated return date: Marks will be made available on Wattle. General feedback will be given to you at the start of your next laboratory class and posted on Wattle.

Note: There are multiple activities associated with this task, each with individual due dates.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Written assignment (online submission)

You will be required to complete a written assignment related to the mental disorders discussed in lectures and required readings from your textbook. You will be provided with specific instructions regarding the content and format of the report early in the semester (on Wattle). You will be required to submit your written assignment online via Turnitin on Wattle.

Due date: Sunday, 30th April 2023, 23:59pm 

Value: 30%

Estimated return date: Approximately 3 weeks.

Presentation requirements: APA 7 formatting

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

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid-semester exam

The mid-semester exam will assess content covered in lectures, seminars, readings and labs during weeks 1-5 of the semester. The exam format will likely consist of a combination of multiple-choice and short answer question formats. The specific format will be confirmed closer to the exam.

Due date: During mid-semester exam period. Details of the exact date will be outlined on Wattle following confirmation of the ANU Examination Timetable.

Value: 30%

Estimated return date: Approximately 3 weeks.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

End-semester exam

The final exam will assess content covered in lectures, seminars, readings and labs during weeks 7-12 of semester. The exam format will likely consist of a combination of multiple-choice, short answer, long answer and other question formats. The specific format will be announced closer to the exam.

Value: 30%

Due date: During end-semester exam period. Details of the exact date will be outlined on Wattle following confirmation of the ANU Examination Timetable.

Estimated return date: End of exam period.

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


Late Submission

No submission of exams (without an approved extension) after the due date will be permitted. If the exam is not completed by the due date and time, a mark of 0 will be awarded. 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.

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

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 of the written assignment 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).

Lisa-marie Greenwood

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