PSYC13017 - Abnormal Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The human brain is a marvelous and complex organ that allows us to perceive the environment, plan courses of action, and engage in adaptive behaviours. Most of the time, these processes are carried out smoothly and efficiently allowing us to function normally. However, there are times and circumstances where the brain does not operate as it should. In this unit you will examine abnormal psychological processes which frequently have significant adverse impacts. Mental health disorders will be explored in the context of major diagnostic systems and treatment models. Using a bio-psycho-social approach, you will explore the aetiology and course of psychopathology and consider evidence-based treatments used to facilitate recovery.


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

96 credit points

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

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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

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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
Students appreciated the variety of resources available on Moodle (e.g. Youtube clips) to enhance learning.
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
Students appreciated the weekly tutorials that discussed assessment components in detail.
Continue to develop ways to scaffold student learning and skill development relevant to assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Students consistently report that they find the written assessment interesting and a unique way to apply their learning.
Ensure future assessment tasks provide students with engaging ways to apply their learning.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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