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.

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 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Rockhampton

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 83.33% 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 enjoyed the outreach assessment task but thought it should be weighted more as it was time-consuming and required so much creativity.
Recommendation
Assessments task weightings were reviewed with the Head of Course and a change is planned to the assessment weightings for 2021.
Action Taken
Task weightings were reviewed and changed for 2021.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The teaching staff are extremely supportive and loved the discussion of the cultural implications in the CBL. This has enhanced my clinical awareness further.
Recommendation
Continue with cross cultural case studies and weekly discussions on cultural considerations.
Action Taken
Case studies have been edited to provide a cross section of cultural considerations with clients.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
This unit benefited from a small cohort, everyone was able to contribute to each other's learning.
Recommendation
Continue group work in a small group format with the Masters of Clinical Psychology students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
Videos that were recommended were helpful and complimented the content discussed in lectures.
Recommendation
Continue updating Moodle with relevant and current research material using various learning modalities.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Online Test