Delusions and Disorders of the Mind and Brain - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam (40%) , Participation (5%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 798.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,048.00

This unit was previously known as COGX201 Disorders and Delusions of Mind.

This unit is designed to provide you with an understanding of the basic cognitive disorders and higher-level delusions that can arise either developmentally or as a result of brain injury. You will learn about the characteristic features of these disorders and delusions, and about how the patterns of symptoms displayed can be accounted for in terms of models of normal cognitive processing. Where relevant, you will be familiarised with theories about the underlying cases of the conditions, and with experimental investigations of the efficacy of particular treatments. Patterns of similarities and differences of conditions will be critically examined. Conditions covered include: dyslexia, specific language impairment (SLI), aphasia, amnesia, agnosia, synaesthesia, autism, auditory hallucination, delusion and schizophrenia.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders
  2. demonstrate awareness of theories about the underlying causes of these conditions
  3. demonstrate familiarity with experimental investigations into treatment regimes
  4. demonstrate an awareness of the patterns of similarities and differences of conditions across cultures
  5. demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills to critique accounts of the nature of delusions or cognitive disorders.
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Participation (5%)
  • Quiz (15%)
  • Report (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • COGX201 — Disorders and Delusions of Mind
  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Disorders of reading and language
2Disorders of attention and perception
3Disorders of memory
4Disorders of higher level cognition
5Delusions and hallucinations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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