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PY5003 - Adult Psychopathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

Available to MPsych or DPsych students or with permission of course coordinator.

The subject addresses the assessment, diagnosis, formulation and etiology of psychopathology in adults, The subject assumes a basic knowledge of psychopathology and deals at an advanced level with utilizing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition (APA, 2013) classification system. It is approached from a biopsychosocial model, with a critical review of current research and findings from biological, psychological, social and cultural domains. The main emphasis of the subject is to provide some working knowledge of psychopathology that would be required, especially, if one were to work in a multidisciplinary team in medical/clinical/health settings. Thus, theory, research, and some practical skills related to diagnosis, assessment, evaluation and management of mental disorders will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • gain an overall appreciation and understanding of the complex nature of theoretical perspectives related to general psychopathology;
  • understand and identify the main psychopathological disorders by gaining familiarity with current diagnostic systems and diagnostic criteria & gain knowledge about the fundamental methodological problems of classification and diagnosis of mental disorders;
  • gain some understanding of and develop basic skills in using a variety of assessment methods including structured and semi structured clinical interviewing, history taking, using standardised assessment tools (eg questionnaires) and conducting a mental state examination;
  • gain some basic skills in diagnosis, conceptualization and formulation of psychological disorders in applied exercises;
  • understand rationales for the main treatment options with regard to various forms of psychopathology, including psychopharmacological interventions.


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Face to face teaching 24-Mar-2014 to 21-May-2014 (Two workshops per Study Period, 24-26 March and 19-21 May 2014)
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Dr Beryl Buckby, <Person not found>.
Assessment: case study diagnosis & formulation (30%); assignments (40%); psycho-education manual for clients & families (30%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 58
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Assessment: case study diagnosis & formulation (30%); assignments (40%); psycho-education manual for clients & families (30%).

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