PSYC20054 - Psychopathology and Formulation I

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the first of two units which focus on mental disorders across the lifespan and case formulation. In this unit you will explore mental disorders most prevalent in childhood and adolescence. A problem-based learning approach will be used, providing you with the opportunity to engage in self-reflective practice and synthesise your knowledge and application of mental disorder classification, diagnosis, and case formulation. The study of mental disorders will involve exploration of genetic, biological, psychological, and social factors. The role of these factors will be considered in the development of mental disorders and possible intervention pathways. You will employ professional communication skills in a socially and culturally responsive manner to present your case formulations. This unit will include a three day residential in the first week of term which is compulsory for all students to attend.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CL68 Master of Professional Psychology

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 Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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 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.

Assessment Tasks

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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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 84.62% 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: Have your say - student feedback
Feedback
Assessment was well designed and effective in facilitating learning and understanding for development as a therapist.
Recommendation
Retain current assessment format.
Action Taken
Current assessment format was retained and again well received by students.
Source: Have your say - student feedback
Feedback
A few students indicated they would have liked the opportunity for more in class learning activities.
Recommendation
Increase number of activities (maximum of two additional) within PSYC20054 class time slightly. Advise students earlier in the term that substantial time will be spent in the sister unit PSYC20060 (term 2) exploring theoretical and practical constructs.
Action Taken
In class activities such as group case formulation were increased and student feedback indicates this was found to be valuable to student learning..
Source: Have your say - student feedback
Feedback
Presentations in class developed confidence and enhanced learning experience.
Recommendation
Retain presentations as part of assessment. Continue to provide students with opportunities to deliver in person, via zoom and by recording.
Action Taken
Presentations were retained as part of assessment however due to COVID-19 restrictions these were all recorded.
Source: Have Your Say - student feedback
Feedback
Retain student presentations and peer feedback overall, but consider reducing the amount of peer feedback each student is required to complete.
Recommendation
Consideration to be given to reducing peer feedback from three to two for each peer.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say - student feedback
Feedback
Currently a lot of reading each week before class - could this be reduced to more specific readings.
Recommendation
Review of weekly readings to be undertaken to assist with student identification of those required prior to class and those students may find of interest.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say - student feedback and communication with Unit Coordinator
Feedback
Due to technology difficulties when COVID-19 restrictions first came into place students chose to stop watching peer presentations in class and watched recordings in their own time, suggest this format remains as students really enjoyed the additional time spent on case formulation skill development.
Recommendation
Continue with current format of students reviewing peer presentations outside of class time as this allows more time for in-class activities.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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