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PSYC13017 - Abnormal Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The objectives of this course are the following: (1) to introduce students to the foundations of abnormal psychology; (2) provide an overview of the major features of abnormal psychology (diagnosis, etiology, assessment, treatment, research, theory); (3) assist student to begin to integrate theory, research and practice considerations within areas of abnormal psychology. It is a requirement of enrolment in the course that students have access to the CQU website as well as email access.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Minimum of 24 Units of psychology courses for CA10; Minimum of 24 Units of level 2 psychology courses for CF59; Minimum of 30 Units of  Level 2 Psychology Courses for CU77

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2014

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Online

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Examination 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40.48% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the variety of resources available on Moodle (e.g. Youtube clips) to enhance learning.
Recommendation
Continue to provide a variety of supplementary resources (eg. movie review, Youtube clips) relevant to the week's DSM-5 mental disorder in order to enhance student's understanding of topic area.
Action Taken
Continued to provide updated supplementary resources to extend student learning.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the weekly tutorials that discussed assessment components in detail.
Recommendation
Continue to develop ways to scaffold student learning and skill development relevant to assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students consistently report that they find the written assessment interesting and a unique way to apply their learning.
Recommendation
Ensure future assessment tasks provide students with engaging ways to apply their learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. have a functional knowledge of the foundations of abnormal psychology as measured by assessment and formal examination
  2. provide both functional and critical knowledge of major facets of abnormal psychology as evidenced in the assignments and examination for the course. This will require the examination of the validity of the arguments and research surrounding diagnostic categories and related issues through the use of a range of peer reviewed materials, and communicating this information using a scholarly style of exposition. It will also require factual knowledge
  3. integrate logically theory, research and practice within a scholarly position paper, in the on-line discussion forum, and in responses to examination questions. The ability to disseminate knowledge and engage in debate concerning scientific information necessitates evaluation of one's performance and development and starts with the recognition of the need to acquire knowledge
  4. reflect a commitment to a scientist-practitioner philosophy. The ability to reflect a commitment to evidence-based practice as well as to practice informing research will be emphasised in taught and assessed work

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination