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PSYC71-506: Psychopathology and Therapy: Adults 1 May 2020 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides 48 hours of advanced training in the assessment, diagnosis, classification and treatment of common mental disorders and basic psychopathology in adults. The disorders covered include the anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, sexual disorders, and personality disorders. In this subject students receive 10 hours of formal academic training in the mechanisms and aetiology of these disorders, including a critical examination of the major diagnostic systems and diagnostic criteria, 10 hours of formal academic training in the clinical, behavioural, and psychometric assessment of these problems, 24 hours of formal academic training in empirically validated psychological interventions (including rehabilitation and primary prevention strategies), and 4 hours formal academic training in psychopharmacology as it applies to these disorders. At the end of this subject students should have developed the competence to reliably diagnose the disorders covered, and to plan and evaluate appropriate treatments.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC71-506
Subject title:Psychopathology and Therapy: Adults 1
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 48) - Weekly Seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • APA (2013). DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed). 5th, USA: American Psychiatric Association
  • APS (1999). Code of Ethics. Melbourne: Australian Psychological Society
  • First, M.B., & Tasman, A. (2010). Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders. 2nd, UK: Wiley-Blackwell
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Professional Psychology programs are accredited pathways towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into these programs is based on a calculated GPA derived from a completed four year sequence of study in Psychology as accredited by APAC as well as invitation into the degree. As such, this subject can only be taken by those students successfully admitted to the degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice across the lifespan in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways.
  2. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner.
  3. Interpret standardised psychological testing, as part of broader assessment, to assess and interpret aspects of functioning.
  4. Identify psychological disorders using a recognised taxonomy.
  5. Conduct professional assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment and management of risk.
  6. Knowledge of approaches to monitor outcomes and modifications based on evolving case formulation.
  7. Interpret and communicate findings in written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language.
  8. Knowledge of empirically supported interventions, and monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes.
  9. Demonstrate respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals.
  10. Capacity to work effectively with a range of professional and support staff in the workplace and communicate and collaborate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements.
  11. Operate within the boundaries of their professional competence.
  12. Rigorously apply professional practice policies and procedures.
  13. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.
  14. Demonstrate an understanding and application of cultural responsiveness, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
  15. Knowledge of current theories, systems, regulatory and statutory authorities.
  16. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for clinical psychology formulation, diagnosis, and psychopharmacology.
  17. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge of culturally responsive assessment in the area of clinical psychology.
  18. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for culturally responsive interventions in the area of clinical psychology.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Written Report Psychological Report 60% Week 10 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18.
Take-home Examination Mid-semester examination available from ilearn week 6. Responses to be uploaded to ilearn by week 7. 40% Week 7 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 1, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This lecture will cover Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis, Case Formulation, and the Therapeutic Alliance

This lecture will cover the main DSM-5 anxiety disorders affecting adults

This lecture will specifically examine Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Specific Phobia in adults

This lecture will examine all evidence based treatment and intervention for adult anxiety disorders.

This lecture will examine Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymic Disorder in Adults

This lecture will cover Bipolar Disorder and Cyclothymic Disorder in Adults

This lecture will examine Self Harm behaviours and Suicide in Adults and appropriate assessment and intervention

This lecture will overview the major personality disorders form DSM-5 in adults

This lecture will overview evidence based interventions for personality disorders in Adults

This lecture will overview Sexual Dysfunction Disorders and Paraphilias from DSM-5 (Adults only) and Gender Identity Disorder, including interventions

This lecture will overview Sleep Disorders affecting Adults from DSM-5, including interventions

This lecture will cover major pharmacological interventions for adult disorders

Approved on: Apr 28, 2020. Edition: 3.1
Last updated: Aug 26, 2020.