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PY4205 - Psychological Disorders and Interventions

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
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;
  • explain the key considerations a practitioner must be aware of when working with diverse populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (40%) - 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 18-May-2023
Coordinator: Mr Kannan Singaravelu Jaganathan
Lecturers: Dr Brian Law, Mr Kannan Singaravelu Jaganathan.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 60 hours online activity - 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.