JCU Australia logo

Subject Search

Try new Subject Search!

We've released the new Subject Search, designed to be simpler and faster than the application below.

PY3103 - Psychopathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
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

  • To have an appreciation of the basic perspectives/paradigms employed in the field of psychopathology;
  • To have an understanding of the principles of assessment and diagnosis and be proficient in using the DSM-5;
  • To be knowledgeable of diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, and aetiology of psychological/psychiatric disorders;
  • To be informed about the contribution of basic perspectives to the treatment of psychological disorders;
  • To acquire skills in the presentation of psychological knowledge, as well as to engage in some practical and basic clinical skills.
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

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); assignments (30%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 30-Jul-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); assignments (30%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); assignments (30%).

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.