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PSYC13-312: Psychopathology September 2017 [Standard]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC13-312
Subject title:Psychopathology
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • Reiger, E. (Ed) (2014). Abnormal Psychology: Leading researcher perspectives.. 3rd, Sydney: McGraw-Hill Education
  • American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.).. Arlington, VA.: American Psychiatric Association
  • Rosenhan, D.L (1973). On being sane in insane places. Aug 1, 250 12:00:00 AM.
  • Ross, D.E (2000). A method for developing a Biopsychosocial formulation. Jan 6, 2022 12:00:00 AM.
  • Spitzer, R.L (1975). On Pseudoscience in Science, Logic in Remission, and Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Critique of Rosenhan's "On Being Sane in Insane Places“. 442-452.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Oral Pitch Tutorial presentation 20% Week 1 1, 2, 3, 5, 6.
Case Study Students are required to submit a 3000 word case report worth 30 marks based on the case study provided.The template that students are required to use for the case report will be provided. 30% Week 9 1, 2, 3, 5, 6.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Final Exam 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • * 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.

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Submission procedures

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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.

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

Accessibility and Inclusion 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

Introduction to Abnormal Psychology Rieger Chpt 1

1, 2, 3, 6.

Classification, assessment and treatment Rieger Chpt 1; DSM-5 – Section 1

1, 2, 3, 6.

Disorders of Childhood Rieger Chpt 10; DSM-5 pgs 59-66 &461-480

1, 2, 3, 6.

Anxiety Disorders Rieger Chpt 2; DSM-5 pgs 123-188

1, 2, 3, 5, 6.

Anxiety Disorders Rieger Chpt 2; DSM-5 pgs 123-188

1, 2, 3, 6.

Mood Disorders Rieger Chpt 3; DSM-5 pgs 189-234

1, 2, 3, 5, 6.

Mood Disorders Rieger Chpt 3; DSM-5 pgs 189-234

1, 2, 3, 5, 6.

Personality Disorders Rieger Chpt 9; DSM-5 481-590

1, 2, 3, 5, 6.

Disorders of Childhood Rieger Chpt 10; DSM-5 33-41; 50-59

1, 2, 5, 6.

Psychotic Disorders Rieger Chpt 4; DSM-5 pgs 387-422

1, 2, 3, 5, 6.

Addictive Disorders Rieger Chpt 7; DSM-5 645-684

1, 2, 3, 5, 6.

Aging and Psychological Disorders & Mental health standards Rieger Chpt 11; DSM-5 87-122 TBA: Lecture Notes

1, 2, 3, 5, 6.
Approved on: Jul 31, 2017. Edition: 5.1