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PY3103 - Mining the Mind: Psychopathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.

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 26-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 05-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.