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PSYC71-611: Psychopharmacology and Pharmacotherapy January 2021 [Standard]

General information

This subject introduces the study of the effects of psychoactive pharmacology on the brain and behaviour, including the medications widely prescribed for the management of psychological disorders and commonly used for social or recreational purposes. In addition students learn the issues related to drug abuse and dependence. The subject also teaches the principles of pharmacotherapy, in preparation for the possibility of suitably trained psychologists having limited prescribing rights, as is currently beginning overseas.

Details

Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC71-611
Subject title:Psychopharmacology and Pharmacotherapy
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable
Delivery mode:

Standard

Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Self-directed study

Resources

Prescribed resources:
  • Suzette M. Evans (2019). APA Handbook of Psychopharmacology. 1st, Washington DC: APA , 746. 33
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

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

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is an accredited 5th and 6th Year pathway towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into this program 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. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner.
  2. Identify psychological disorders using a recognised taxonomy.
  3. Interpret and communicate findings in oral and written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language.
  4. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.
  5. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for clinical psychology formulation, diagnosis, and psychopharmacology.
  6. Apply advanced psychological knowledge in formulation, and culturally responsive assessment in the area of clinical psychology.

Assessment

Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay Essay of 3000 words/presentation 40% Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Take-home Examination Final examination 60% Week 13 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.

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.

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; review of neuron function

Neurotransmitter systems and drugs that affect them

Pharmacokinetics; parameters of drug action

Drug classification; depressants; FINALIZATION OF ESSAY TOPICS

Stimulants and opioids

Addictions: theory and treatment; PRESENTATIONS BEGIN

Pharmacotherapy for mood disorders

Pharmacotherapy for anxiety disorders; ESSAY DUE

Pharmacotherapy for psychotic disorders

Pharmacotherapy for neurological disorders

Pharmacotherapy for miscellaneous disorders

Approved on: Nov 6, 2020. Edition: 2.1
Last updated: May 18, 2021.