PSYC21005 - Psychopathology I

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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


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 There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

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

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 83.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 54.55% 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 Unit and Teaching Evaluation
This unit benefited from a small cohort, everyone was able to contribute to each other's learning.
Continue group work in a small group format with the Masters of Clinical Psychology students.
Action Taken
A slightly larger cohort was enrolled but the group format was able to be maintained.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Videos that were recommended were helpful and complimented the content discussed in lectures.
Continue updating Moodle with relevant and current research material using various learning modalities.
Action Taken
Moodle content was updated with current and relevant material.
Source: Student feedback
Some more directed learning from the lecturer (in addition to the case-based learning) could help with class discussion and depth of content.
Provide students with additional directed points of focus each week for the following weeks' case-based-learning study.
Action Taken
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 children and adolescents
  2. Apply advanced psychological theories of the aetiology, progression, precursors and sequelae of psychological disorders in children and adolescents
  3. Apply advanced psycho-developmental knowledge to biopsychosocial models of mental health as they apply to the conceptualisation of psychological disorders in children and adolescents.

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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio
2 - Project (applied)
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
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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