Abnormal Psychology - 2018

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Unit summary

PSY30010

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment (40%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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Domestic 2,860.00
Domestic continuing 878.00
HECS 820.00
International 3,110.00
International continuing 1,128.00

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This unit introduces students to the ways in which human behaviour has been conceptualised as 'abnormal'. Students are introduced in depth to the diagnostic manual used by Australian psychologists. Important examples of psychological disorders are introduced in terms of their phenomenology and nosology, as well as theories about aetiology and approaches to psychological treatment. In sum, the unit develops understanding of the concept of abnormal behaviour, and develops understanding of key mental disorders and the major psychological treatments used to address them.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Compare and critique the ways in which human behaviours have been identified as 'abnormal' or dysfunctional
  2. Compare the features of major systems of classification of mental disorders, and explain how they are applied to individual cases
  3. Critically review the major features of a multi-dimensional approach to understanding mental disorders (biological, sociocultural and psychological) 
  4. Describe and characterise the phenomenology and aetiology of major classes of mental disorders, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and addictive behaviours, personality disorders and developmental disorders.
  • Assignment (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Test — 10 Online (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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:

  • PSS330B — Abnormal Psychology (Previously Psychology of Mental Health)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Conceptualising and researching distress and mental health
2Causal factors in mental health
3Stress and mental health
4Description and diagnosis of anxiety disorders
5Description and diagnosis of mood disorders
6Psychological treatments: the major evidence based approaches
7Description and diagnosis of dissociative disorders
8Breaks from reality: schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
9Problems with reward management: eating disorders and substance-related disorders
10Pervasive disorders related to the personality
11Disorders of childhood and adolescence

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement 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.

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