Delusions and Disorders of the Mind and Brain - 2018

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 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam (40%) , Participation (5%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00

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 have the ability to:

describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders;

explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences;

analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of psychological disorders and delusions;

critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective;

integrate and apply knowledge about psychological disorders to real-world social policy and healthcare contexts in which debates about normality, personal identity, and psychological health arise.

  • 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
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Topic 1: Dyslexia
2Topic 2: Aphasia
3Topic 3: Specific language Impairment
4Topic 4: Autism
5Topic 5: Synaesthesia
6Topic 6: Amnesia
7Topic 7: Agnosia
8Topic 8: Delusions
9Topic 9: Schizophrenia
10Topic 10: Modelling Delusions Using Hypnosis
11Topic 11: Disorders of the Self

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 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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