• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Lisa-marie Greenwood
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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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 cultural influences. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate and apply different theoretical models of psychopathology, including biological, psychological, social, and cultural perspectives.
  2. Discuss issues and changes in clinical assessment and psychiatric classification (e.g., DSM-5).
  3. Analyse and evaluate symptoms and aetiology associated with psychological disorders and demonstrate ability to apply this knowledge to culturally diverse case examples.
  4. Demonstrate preliminary knowledge and appreciate the evidence-based foundations of psychological treatments covered in this course.
  5. Collaborate effectively in small groups to analyse case study content.

Other Information

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) required competencies:

As part of the mandatory requirements from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), students must demonstrate the specific competencies listed in the learning outcomes for this course. For example, group tasks assess the required demonstration of teamwork skills. Some students may be eligible to have recommended reasonable adjustments applied to materials, activities or assessment tasks provided the integrity of the course, and the competencies being assessed, are maintained.

 

For more information, please contact the Course Convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Group case study analysis (5) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Written assignment (30) [LO 1,3,4]
  4. Exams (x2) (55) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 1.5 hour lecture per week, 5 x 2 hour seminars, and 6 x 2 hour laboratory classes spread across the semester.
  • Approximately 90 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 (or equivalent), and have either completed 24 units of PSYC coded courses or 72 units of tertiary study overall.

Prescribed Texts

Abnormal Psychology: The Science and Treatment of Psychological Disorders, 15th Edition DSM-5-TR Update.

 

Assumed Knowledge

PSYC2007 or relevant courses in Biology

Specialisations

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
4B
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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

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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
2797 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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