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PY4205 - Psychological Disorders and Interventions

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will provide an introduction to empirical approaches to understanding maladaptive mental processes and behaviour, psychosocial disorders, and dysfunctions in all age groups. Students will examine culturally appropriate, evidence based assessment and interventions for a range of psychological disorders.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify key theoretical perspectives, methods, maladaptive mental processes and behaviour, psychosocial disorders, and dysfunctions across the lifespan;
  • apply diagnostic criteria using the DSM-5 to diagnose psychological disorders and choose culturally appropriate treatments.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (70%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

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


JCU Online, Study Period 83, External
Census Date 13-May-2021
Coordinator: Ms Madelyn Pardon, Dr Jessica Oliva
Lecturers: Dr Clint Knight, Dr Brian Law, Dr Klaire Somoray.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 60 hours - 10 hours/week x 6 weeks online learning activities
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

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.