2014 unit code: PSY30010 (formerly LSY304)
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||36 hours over the teaching period (normally 3 hours per week)|
LSQ200 Design and Measurement 2 and one of
Aims and objectives
- Explain ways in which human behaviours have been identified as “abnormal” or dysfunctional.
- Understand the features of the major systems used to classify mental disorders.
- Discuss the major features of a multi-dimensional approach to understanding mental disorders (biological, socio-cultural and psychological).
- Discuss the phenomenology and aetiology of major classes of disorders: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, addictive disorders, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders and developmental disorders.
Units will be taught in a variety of modes including face to face, online, distance and blended modes. Delivery of this unit may be through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, seminars and online.
Generic skills outcomes
- Analysis skills and problem solving skills
- Development of theoretical thinking and critical evaluation of research
- Appreciate historical development of idea
- Communication skill
- Written and oral communication skill
- The ability to work independently
The general approach taken to understanding disorders is multidimensional, seeking to integrate information from biological, sociocultural and psychological research. Specific disorders examined may include: eating disorders; substance-related disorders; disorders first diagnosed in childhood and adolescence; dissociative disorders; intellectual disability and personality. Additional topics covered may include suicide, violent behaviours, mental disorders and the law.
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Nevid, JS, Rathus, SA & Green, B, Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2003.