The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

PSYC2500

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

Mental health is important to everyone. This course offers an introductory understanding of the nature of healthy mental functioning and well-being as well as mental ill-health to both psychology and other health professional students. The content in this course has a strong focus on biopsychosocial determinants of mental health, well-being and mental ill-health. Students will be introduced to a variety of commonly encountered mental disorders by way of real world cases to illustrate how these disorders may present. The course will focus on strategies for maintaining and promoting mental health and well-being, and also the aetiology, diagnosis and typical types of interventions for mental illnesses. Students will examine a number of behavioural categorisations including health and stress, neurodevelopmental disorders as well as mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders.

Related subjects: PSYC1200, PSYC2400, PSYC2600, PSYC2200, PSYC3200

PSYC2500 forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.


Availability

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Summarise theories of mental health and well-being with a focus on determinants of mental health;

2. Discuss mental health disorders with a focus on prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders;

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the main psychological therapeutic orientations and applications;

4. Identify clinically relevant psychological information using case studies;

5. Apply values for ethical professional practice and public safety.


Content

  • What is mental health and how do we recognise and promote mental health and wellbeing.
  • Theoretical frameworks for understanding mental health and wellbeing as well as mental health disorders.
  • The nature of mental health disorders, including epidemiology, aetiology and classifications.
  • Methods of mental health evaluations and therapeutic orientations and applications.
  • Legal and ethical issues related to mental health disorders.

Assumed knowledge

PSYC1010 and PSYC1020


Assessment items

Essay: Essay

Portfolio: Lab Portfolio *

Quiz: Online Quiz

Formal Examination: Final Exam

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 2

See schedule in Course Outline

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 3

See schedule in Course Outline

Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 2

See schedule in Course Outline

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 3

See schedule in Course Outline

Online

Laboratory

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2

See schedule in Course Outline

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1