The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course covers the current understanding of the neurobiological changes associated with the major mental illnesses, and also the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of these illnesses. The limitations in the current treatment regimes for mental illness will be considered, along with emerging approaches to treatment.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the distinguishing characteristics of the major mental illnesses and their management options, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological.

2. Understand the neural transmission pathways which are proposed to underlie normal and abnormal perception and emotional responses.

3. Understand the limitations of the current hypotheses of the neurobiology of the major mental illnesses.

4. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the strength of new published evidence on the pathophysiology and treatment of mental illness.


1. The neurobiology of fear

2. Current knowledge and understanding of anxiety disorders and their treatment

3. The neurobiology of mood

4. Current understanding of mood disorders and their treatment

5. The neurobiology of addiction

6. Current understanding of addiction and substance abuse and its prevention and treatment

7. The neurobiology of psychosis

8. Current understanding of psychotic illnesses and their treatment

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz x 3

Written Assignment: PBL Assignments

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks