Introduction to Abnormal Behaviour


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.

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



  • Semester 2 - 2015


  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.


PSYC2500 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

Assumed Knowledge

PSYC1010, PSYC1020

Assessment Items

Essay: Assignment 1: Essay

Report: Assignment 2: Behavioural Modification Report

Formal Examination: Exam (Multiple-choice and Short answer)

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term