6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Teaching Period 3 2019 (Online)
- Teaching Period 6 2019 (Online)
Students can be enrolled in these units using either the GDP course codes (M5013/4525) or the Single Unit course code (3900).
This unit covers all important aspects of abnormal behaviour: historical influences, theory, assessment, specific psychopathologies, treatment methods, and legal issues. Both the scientific and professional aspects of abnormal psychology are presented. Students will be provided with a broad and comprehensive review of abnormal behaviour, by studying and contrasting different theoretical perspectives.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Apply detailed knowledge of personality, biological processes and human development to abnormal behaviour contrasting historical and current major theoretical perspectives.
- Distinguish between and analyse the psychological, genetic, environmental and biological determinants of human behaviour.
- Attain insight into the way the theoretical perspective adopted by a clinician can influence the manner of explaining how a psychological disorder develops and how it is treated.
- Demonstrate applied knowledge in methods of assessing psychological disorders and the main systems of classifying disorders.
- Identify and select suitable methods for assessing psychological disorders and examine and critique the advantages and disadvantages of classifying abnormal behaviour.
- Demonstrate an advanced level of skill in critical evaluation of previous research and communication of findings to a broad audience.
- Case study reports (20%)
- Reflective clinical commentary (15%)
- Lab report (35%)
- 6 x Secure online quizzes (30%)
Students should expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week on this unit to achieve the learning outcomes.
This time will cover:
- video lecture materials;
- synchronous & asynchronous discussion;
- synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities;
- weekly readings;
- weekly skills-based assessment tasks; and
- content-based assessment, including revision and formative assessment.
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