PSYC20060 - Psychopathology and Formulation II

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the second 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 adulthood. 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 (using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD), 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 develop and present your case formulations.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 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 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 0%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
3. Online Test 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 69.23% 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 - "Have your say"
Feedback
Enjoyed and learnt a lot from the lectures where we did interactive learning - case formulations as a group.
Recommendation
This style of teaching will continue, and in line with other student feedback, attempts will be made to increase the opportunities to engage in this way.
Action Taken
Each workshop included a case formulation to be completed as a group activity, following the lecture. Case formulations were also posted on Moodle and students were encouraged to complete these out of class in either group or individual settings.
Source: Student Feedback - "Have your say"
Feedback
Class presentations provide valuable information but also take up a lot of class time.
Recommendation
Reduce the number of student presentations delivered during lecture time. Students can review recorded presentations and provide feedback throughout the week at a time that suits them.
Action Taken
Student presentations were recorded and uploaded to the Moodle page. Students were then able to watch and provide feedback in their own time. This saved class time for lecture and workshop content.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Feedback
Marking rubric for Assessment 1 did not allow for enough variation in grading and feedback.
Recommendation
Redevelop marking rubric for Assessment 1 to broaden criteria and opportunity for more specific student feedback.
Action Taken
Marking rubric for Assessment 1 was altered to allow more variation, however this could be further expanded upon so that students are given specific and direct instructions and feedback.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Include a focus on broader literature, beyond the DSM.
Recommendation
Weekly topics will include the relevant DSM chapter, as well as a summary of recent research in the area. Key papers related to each chapter will be included in the reading list.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The practical approach to learning case formulations, involving class interaction and group work, was a valuable learning experience.
Recommendation
Continue to integrate practical activities into weekly content so that students have the chance to practice these skills, and apply the knowledge they are learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Weekly content should be uploaded one week prior to the lecture to allow students time to prepare.
Recommendation
Weekly content, including lecture notes and slides, to be uploaded to Moodle one week prior to the lecture.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit coordinator
Feedback
Students need more specific instructions about what is expected in terms of assignment content, but also written expression and overall presentation of work.
Recommendation
Allocate time early in delivery of the unit to go over the assessment criteria for each assessment piece, including expectations about the standard of written work expected at the post-graduate level.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of mental disorder diagnostic criteria related to mental health issues experienced in adulthood.
  2. Apply relevant theoretical frameworks to case formulation for mental health disorders experienced during adulthood.
  3. Employ professional communication skills in a socially and culturally responsive manner.

Learning outcomes are drawn from specifications for study at level 9 as indicated by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), program of study criteria as stated by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsychBA), and the following core competencies stated by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC):

  • 3.2 Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice across the lifespan in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways,
  • 3.3 Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner, with a range of socially and culturally diverse clients,
  • 3.5 Identify psychological disorders using a recognised taxonomy,
  • 3.6 Conduct professional interviews and assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment of risk, to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions, including management of risk, and
  • 3.14 Engage in self-reflective professional practice, taking account of the impact of their own values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result (APAC, 2019, p.13-14).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Presentation
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8