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PY3103 - Mining the Mind: Psychopathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
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;
  • Identify suitable treatments for each disorder which are culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals including but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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.

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


JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 03-Aug-2023
Workload expectations:

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

  • 10 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 16 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Professor Marie Caltabiano
Lecturers: Dr Richard Kocsis, Professor Marie Caltabiano.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 26 hours online activity
  • 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.