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Psychology: Abnormal Behaviour (PSY213)

Organisational Unit School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 4
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will introduce how abnormal behaviour is defined, and will explore the symptoms, causes and treatment of common and less common psychological disorders. These disorders and their treatment will be conceptualised through various theoretical frameworks, including cognitive, behavioural, systemic and neuropsychological approaches. Current issues relevant to both clinical practice and research will also be explored.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 5 x 2 hours per teaching period.
Assessment Key learning outcomes for this unit focus on understanding models of psychopathology and treatment in relation to various psychological disorders, as well as identifying, evaluating, critiquing, and communicating the empirical evidence in relation to mental health issues. In the Essay and Summary Resource (worth 30%) students discuss the empirical evidence associated with a mental health topic, and summarise their findings in a mental health resource suitable for the community. An Oral Presentation (10%) on key articles and associated evidence provides an opportunity for critical thinking in tutorial discussions, and the Tutorial Portfolio (20%) facilitates reflective thinking on learning in tutorials. Additional assessment of knowledge and learning of key content areas is conducted through a Final Exam (worth 40%).
Prerequisites PSY141 Introduction to Psychological Science or PSY171 Introduction to Applications of Psychology or PSY173 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods.
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Appears in these Minors Health Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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