- Code PSYC3025
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Psychology
- Areas of interest Psychology
In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe and apply different models and major theories of psychopathology
- Think critically about issues and changes in psychiatric classification (e.g., DSM-5)
- Describe the symptoms and aetiology associated with psychological disorders and apply this knowledge to case examples
- Demonstrate preliminary knowledge of evidence-based treatments for the psychological disorders covered in this course
- Laboratory quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Written assignment (30) [LO 1,3,4]
- Exams (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 6 x 2 hour compulsory laboratory classes spread across the semester.
- Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Rieger, E. (Editor). Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives (most recent
edition). Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education Pty Ltd, Australia.
Assumed KnowledgePSYC2007 or relevant courses in Biology
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