CQUniversity Unit Profile
PSYC21006 Psychopathology II
Psychopathology II
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General Information

Overview

This unit is intended to provide clinical knowledge of the research, theory and practice related to adult psychopathology. This unit examines psychopathology in a variety of culturally diverse populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Specifically, this unit uses Case Based Learning to develop competencies in the application of diagnostic classification systems to adult disorders, including the critical evaluation of diagnostic systems of taxonomy.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: PSYC21005 Psychopathology I 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Project (applied)
Weighting: 30%
2. Portfolio
Weighting: 30%
3. Online Test
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback via Moodle "Have your say".

Feedback

The Lecturer provided an abundance of information about psychopathologies that made students engage in critical thinking in discussions: this provided a platform for students to actively research psychopathology and to develop confidence.

Recommendation

Continue format of classes with case-based learning supplemented by lecturer input and class discussions.

Feedback from Student feedback via Moodle "Have your say".

Feedback

Students enjoyed the opportunity to share their learnings with one another and to work as a team to figure out how best to care for the clients in each of the case studies.

Recommendation

Continue format of classes with case-based learning to encourage class engagement and teamwork.

Feedback from Student feedback via Moodle "Have your say" and lecturer reflection.

Feedback

Students enjoyed the reflective assessment task to help them explore their strengths and preferences within the profession, however the weekly submissions were challenging for the lecturer to respond to in a timely manner.

Recommendation

Retain reflective journal assessment task but consider possible ways to streamline the feedback process.

Feedback from Student feedback via Moodle "Have your say".

Feedback

Students reported that the Outreach Assignment took a lot of time and effort to complete, so it should be more heavily weighted.

Recommendation

Revise the Assessment Task weightings to give more weight to the Outreach Project.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Synthesise psychological knowledge and relevant international taxonomies to evaluate and classify psychological disorders in adults
  2. Apply advanced psychological theories of the aetiology, progression, precursors and sequelae of psychological disorders in adults
  3. Apply advanced psycho-developmental knowledge to biopsychosocial models of mental health as they apply to the conceptualisation of psychological disorders in adults.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit align with the 2019 Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accreditation guidelines for aetiology and conceptualisation of clinical psychology.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio - 30%
2 - Project (applied) - 30%
3 - Online Test - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio - 30%
2 - Project (applied) - 30%
3 - Online Test - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

DSM5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (2013)

Authors: American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association
USA
ISBN: 978-0-89042-555-8
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper text, you can purchase one at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Claire Thompson Unit Coordinator
c.l.thompson@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

    • Unit Overview
    • Discussion and planning for Case Based Learning (CBL)
    • Pharmacology and psychophysiology (online)

     

    Chapter

    • DSM-5 section 1, pp. 5 - 24
    • ICD-10 chapter 5, pp. 8 - 23
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 1, 2 & 3

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Planning for CBL. Nomination of facilitators for each of the 10 CBL classes and assignment to topics to research and present in class each week.
    • 5P formulation for the case study for week 2.
    • Access powerpoint slides on Moodle to review pharmacology and psychophysiology.
    Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Depressive and Bipolar related disorders in adults


    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 4

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Trauma, stressor and dissociative disorders

    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 5 & 6

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Upload your reflective journal for week 2.
    Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Anxiety disorders

    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 7

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Upload your reflective journal for week 3.
    Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Somatic symptom disorders
    • Sexual dysfunction & paraphilias

    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 8

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Upload your reflective journal for week 4.
    • Submit outreach assignment via Moodle.


    Outreach Project Due: Week 5 Thursday (12 Aug 2021) 4:59 pm AEST
    Mid-term break Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    Chapter

    Events and Submissions/Topic


    Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    • OCD

    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 9

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Upload your reflective journal for week 5.

    Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Eating disorders
    • Gender dysphoria

    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 10

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Upload your reflective journal for week 6.
    Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Substance related disorders

    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 11

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Upload your reflective journal for week 7.
    Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Psychosis and related disorders

    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 12

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Upload your reflective journal for week 8.
    Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Personality disorders

    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 13

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Upload your reflective journal for week 9.
    Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Neurocognitive disorders

    Chapter

    • Relevant DSM-5 & ICD-10 chapter
    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 14

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Upload your reflective journal for week 10.
    Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Review session
    • Discussion of requirements of online test

    Chapter

    • Bridley & Daffin (2020) Module 15

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Upload your reflective journal for week 11.
    Week 13: Online Test Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

    Module/Topic

    • The online test will consist of two case studies with associated questions to be answered.

    Chapter


    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • The Online Test will be held on Friday morning of this week (15/10/2021)  starting at 9 a.m.

    Participation, Co-facilitation, Reflective Journal Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (11 Oct 2021) 4:59 pm AEST
    Week 13 - Case Studies Test Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (15 Oct 2021) 12:01 pm AEST
    Assessment Tasks

    1 Project (applied)

    Assessment Title
    Outreach Project

    Task Description

    This assignment requires you to develop some psychological resource that is relevant to adult psychopathology, and that will incorporate a description, aetiology, assessment, intervention, prevention and ethical and/or cultural issues and
    that is created for a general audience. The primary purpose of the resource you create is to increase mental health literacy among your target audience. The project may cite research, but should use language appropriate to the
    audience and so does not need to be in APA format.


    You are also required to provide a 1-page summary providing the rationale for your project content and audience. This should be in a separate document in APA format and should present the research evidence or other rationale for your resource. References cited in your rationale must be in APA format.


    Assessment Due Date

    Week 5 Thursday (12 Aug 2021) 4:59 pm AEST

    Submit via Moodle


    Return Date to Students

    Week 7 Thursday (2 Sept 2021)

    Via Moodle.


    Weighting
    30%

    Minimum mark or grade
    50%

    Assessment Criteria

    Product: Material is professionally presented, comprehensive and incorporates all relevant psychoeducation components and is a useful client resource. Marked out of 40.
    Creativity of material. Marked out of 10.
    Psychological content is understandable to a general audience. Marked out of 10.
    Rationale: Choice of topic explained – why did you choose this subject, what population is it aimed at and how will it benefit this population including reference to the literature? Marked out of 20.

    Rationale for format (e.g. poster, webinar, powerpoint) explained. Marked out of 10.
    Spelling, grammar, style, succinctness, reference /resource list included. Marked out of 10.


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online

    Submission Instructions
    Via Moodle

    Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Apply advanced psychological theories of the aetiology, progression, precursors and sequelae of psychological disorders in adults
    • Apply advanced psycho-developmental knowledge to biopsychosocial models of mental health as they apply to the conceptualisation of psychological disorders in adults.


    Graduate Attributes
    • Knowledge
    • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
    • Research

    2 Portfolio

    Assessment Title
    Participation, Co-facilitation, Reflective Journal

    Task Description

    The portfolio has three parts:
    1. Participation. This is your contribution to weekly presentations and discussions in class. Marked out of 10.
    2. Co-facilitation of Case-Based Learning. You will be allocated to the co-facilitator role for one class. Marked out of 10.
    3. Reflective journal. Each of the ten entries (as indicated in the schedule) should be approximately 250 words and must be submitted weekly on Mondays in weeks 3 to 13. Marked out of 10.


    Assessment Due Date

    Review/Exam Week Monday (11 Oct 2021) 4:59 pm AEST

    Weekly submissions via Moodle.


    Return Date to Students

    Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)


    Weighting
    30%

    Minimum mark or grade
    50% of available marks (i.e. 50/100).

    Assessment Criteria

    1. Participation. Contribution to weekly presentations and discussions in class. Marked out of 10.
    2. Co-facilitation. Marked out of 10.
    3. Reflective journal. Submitted weekly. Marked out of 10.


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Offline Online

    Submission Instructions
    Participation and co-facilitation in class; reflective journals via Moodle.

    Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Synthesise psychological knowledge and relevant international taxonomies to evaluate and classify psychological disorders in adults
    • Apply advanced psychological theories of the aetiology, progression, precursors and sequelae of psychological disorders in adults


    Graduate Attributes
    • Knowledge
    • Communication
    • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
    • Research
    • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

    3 Online Test

    Assessment Title
    Week 13 - Case Studies Test

    Task Description

    The online test will consist of two case studies with associated questions to be answered for each.


    Assessment Due Date

    Review/Exam Week Friday (15 Oct 2021) 12:01 pm AEST


    Return Date to Students

    The question paper will be available for three hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Responses must be uploaded to Moodle by 12.01 p.m.


    Weighting
    40%

    Minimum mark or grade
    50%

    Assessment Criteria

    Each question will be worth a set number of marks which will be indicated on the question paper. The assessment will be graded out of 100 marks and weighted to 40% of your grade.


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online

    Submission Instructions
    The response must be uploaded to Moodle between 9.00 and 12.01 on the day of the test.

    Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Synthesise psychological knowledge and relevant international taxonomies to evaluate and classify psychological disorders in adults
    • Apply advanced psycho-developmental knowledge to biopsychosocial models of mental health as they apply to the conceptualisation of psychological disorders in adults.


    Graduate Attributes
    • Knowledge
    • Communication
    • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
    • Research

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