The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

HUBS3512

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability

Callaghan

  • 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.


Content

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 assessments

Written Assignment: PBL Assignments

Formal Examination: Final Examination


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

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

Lectorial

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