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PSYC71-607: Psychopathology and Therapy: Adults 2 September 2020 [Standard - Psychopathology and Therapy: Adults 2]

General information

This subject provides 48 hours of advanced training in the assessment, diagnosis, classification and treatment of common and severe mental disorders and psychopathology in adults. The disorders covered include delirium, dementia and amnesic disorders, somatoform, psychotic, dissociative, and adjustment 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. They receive a further 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, and 4 hours formal academic training in psychopharmacology. Students learn to reliably diagnose psychological disorders, and to plan and evaluate appropriate treatments.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC71-607
Subject title:Psychopathology and Therapy: Adults 2
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 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). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. 5th, USA: American Psychiatric Association
  • APS (1999). Code of Ethical Conduct. 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

Requisites: ?


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. Utilise assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment and management of risk.
  6. Understand how 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 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. Engage in self-reflective professional practice, taking account of the impact of their own values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result.
  14. Evaluate the effectiveness of professional practice, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed.
  15. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.
  16. Knowledge of current theories, research and systems relevant to practice.
  17. Knowledge of the requirements of regulatory and statutory authorities.
  18. Competence in the evaluation and application of research.
  19. Apply advanced psychological knowledge of clinical psychology formulation, diagnosis, and understanding psychopharmacology.
  20. Apply advanced psychological knowledge to culturally responsive assessment in the area of clinical psychology.
  21. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge of culturally responsive interventions in the area of clinical psychology.
  22. Demonstrate an understanding and application of cultural responsiveness, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Skills Assignment Single case study intervention and treatment case 60% Week 9 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
Take-home Examination Mid-semester Take Home Examination 40% Week 6 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 1, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22.
  • * 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 student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

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

Overview of Single Case Studies and Understanding Psychopathology from a Historical and Current Viewpoint

The major ED are covered: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, including assessment and intervention

Overview of Neurocognitive Disorders, including assessment and intervention

Overview of Adjustment Disorder versus Acute Stress Disorder including assessment and intervention

Overview of Trauma and PTSD including assessment and intervention

This is a mid semester exam for the subject.

Overview of major substance use disorders including assessment and intervention

Overview of major psychotic disorders including assessment and intervention

Overview of major somatic, conversion and factitious disorders, including assessment and intervention

Overview of Dissociative Disorders including assessment and intervention

Overview of major non-specific biological therapies for mental health issues

Legal Issues revisited and practical clinical skills training

Approved on: Jul 27, 2020. Edition: 2.1
Last updated: May 18, 2021.