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PY3103 - Mining the Mind: Psychopathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

The subject presents empirical approaches to understanding maladaptive mental processes and behaviour, psychosocial disorders, and dysfunctions in all age groups. The primary focus is upon major areas of psychological dysfunction, as well as problems of diagnosis and assessment. Clinical aspects related to symptoms, aetiology, etc. and theories and research findings will be presented from an integrative perspective that emphasizes multi-factorial rather than uni-factorial approaches to understanding psychological disorders. Therapeutic interventions for different disorders will be surveyed, but are not a major focus of the subject. This subject is relevant to the professional practice of psychologists and complements material in the subject PY3104:03 Principles of Counselling.

Learning Outcomes

  • appraise the basic perspectives/paradigms in psychopathology;
  • relate the neurobiological and genetic bases of psychological disorders;
  • apply diagnostic criteria using the DSM-5 to diagnose psychological disorders;
  • choose suitable treatments for each disorder.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PY3096

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano
Lecturers: Dr Richard Kocsis, Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (25%); assignments (25%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (25%); assignments (25%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 08-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano
Lecturers: Dr Jagdeep Kaur, Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (25%); assignments (25%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.