Introduction to Abnormal Behaviour

Course code PSYC2500Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.

Students gain an introductory understanding of the nature of abnormal behaviour, including aetiology and classification of disorders of the mind. Also includes methods of behaviour evaluation and an introduction to therapeutic orientations and applications.

Not to count with PSYC3760.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of the course students will:

1. Have an introduction to the relationships between psychology and psychiatry with a focus on evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of abnormal behaviour and diseases and disorders of the mind.
2. Have gained exposure to therapeutic orientations and applications;
3. Have applied the knowledge gained in the course to the real world by learning to identify clinically relevant information;
4. Have been given the opportunity to participate in a behaviour modification program and to see the practical application of behaviour change skills.
5. Build experience in the ethical and practical aspects of research in psychology using human participants.
ContentPSYC2500 is aimed at both psychology and other health professional students, and will introduce abnormal behaviour in its many forms. Students will gain an introductory understanding of the nature of abnormal behaviour including aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. The lectures in this course have a strong focus on knowledge of a variety of commonly encountered mental illnesses, and utilise the real world experience of the lecturers to illustrate how these illness may present. Students will examine a number of behavioural categorisations including developmental disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, substance-use disorders and stress and health.

Related subjects: PSYC1200, PSYC2400, PSYC2600, PSYC2200, PSYC3200
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePSYC1010, PSYC1020
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo essay topics to be advised
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Psychological research awareness exercises
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC2500