Abnormal Psychology - 2016

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Unit summary


  • 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 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment (10%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

To develop an understanding of the differences between normality and abnormality, a variety of mental disorders psychological and other treatment regimes available to psychologists and others for the purpose of helping individuals with a variety of mental health problems.

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. Explain ways in which human behaviours have been identified as “abnormal” or dysfunctional.
  2. Understand the features of the major systems used to classify mental disorders.
  3. Discuss the major features of a multi-dimensional approach to understanding mental disorders (biological, socio-cultural and psychological).
  4. Discuss the phenomenology and aetiology of major classes of disorders: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, addictive disorders, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders and developmental disorders.
  • Assignment (10%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Presentation (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.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Phenomenology, aetiology, epidemiology, and treatment of various classes of mental disorders will be explored.
2Introducing the notion of abnormality
3Classes of disorders examined in depth schizophrenia and psychosis, developmental disorders
4Ageing, personality disorders, anxieties and phobias, mood disorders, and dissociation
5Eating disorders and addictive behaviours

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Abnormal Psychology, Global Edition

    By:Butcher, Hooley & Mineka

    ISBN: 9781292069289


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