This subject develops knowledge of the major psychopathological disorders experienced by children, adolescents and adults. For each disorder the following topics are addressed: aetiology, characteristic symptoms, diagnostic features and a synopsis of evidence based treatment. Predominant paradigms for understanding psychopathology are covered with particular emphasis on the biopsychosocial approach. Ethical issues regarding the applied practice of psychology are introduced with reference to the APS "Code of Ethics" and the "National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce". This subject introduces the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders psychiatric classification system, and students apply and evaluate this system using a case study approach.
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1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in abnormal psychology,
2. Describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists,
3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes,
4. Evaluate psychologists behaviour in psychological research and other professional contexts in relation to the APS Code of Ethics and the complimentary Ethical Guidelines, as well as the Australian National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce,
5. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts,
6. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal and social issues.
Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.
All Psychology programs are accredited in the sequence presented and designed to provide students with learning and graduate outcomes in line with APAC accreditation standards. In order to meet these outcomes, students in the Undergraduate program should complete PSYC11, then PSYC12, and finally PSYC13 subjects in the order sequenced.
This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.