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Psychology: Abnormal Behaviour (PSY388)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following student learning outcomes that reflect these attributes:
1. Define and critique the concept of psychopathology and how it is distinguished from normal functioning.
2. Identify and describe the symptoms, clinical features and classification of various psychological disorders.
3. Identify, describe, and critique the literature and evidence associated with major aetiological and treatment models associated with various disorders, with reference to biological, psychological, and social factors.
4. Describe and apply knowledge of important ethical, social, and political considerations (eg legislative frameworks) relevant to the field of mental health, in clinical, research, and community settings.
5. Discuss and negotiate with peers to effectively participate in groups (by listening to the arguments of others and engaging critically in discussion) and to work effectively in groups.
6. Reflect upon research, arguments, understandings and conclusions (your own and those of others) and communicate this effectively in both written and verbal form, and to different audiences.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials: 5 x 1.5 hours per teaching period
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is critical enquiry and reflective practice Lectures provide an overview of important content, providing examples of relevant phenomena, but also asking students to reflect on their learning and experience to apply and critique key concepts and frameworks. Tutorials also provide a forum for developing critical thinking and discussion skills in relation to relevant concepts and how these manifest in the everyday world. Learning tasks and assessments support the development of these skills, through a focus on identifying, critiquing, and presenting empirical evidence about key issues in mental health, as well as reflecting on the various implications (social, political etc) of research and practice in mental health.
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 resources (worth 35%) 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 and written summary (25%) on key articles and associated evidence provides an opportunity for critical thinking in tutorial discussions. 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 or PSY101 Introduction to Cultural Psychology or PSY172 Introduction to Psychological Health and Wellbeing
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY213 Psychology: Abnormal Behaviour may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: PSY288
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Human Behaviour [New in 2019]
Psychology (BA)
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
Appears in these Co-Majors Human Behaviour
Appears in these Minors Neuroscience
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Bethanie Gouldthorp

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2348
e: Bethanie.Gouldthorp@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.010 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

Miss Sarah Seddon
Part Time Teaching

e: sarah.seddon91@gmail.com

Dr Bethanie Gouldthorp

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2348
e: Bethanie.Gouldthorp@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.010 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Danielle Mathersul
Lecturer in Psychology

e: Danielle.Mathersul@murdoch.edu.au
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