PSYC363 Abnormal Psychology

Updated: 18 July 2016
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites PSYC101 and PSYC102
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Amy Lykins (
Unit Description

This unit provides students with an overview of the more frequent presentations of maladaptive behaviour in humans. The variety of causal factors associated with the development and maintenance of such behaviour will be examined, and an introduction to the treatment of these disorders is provided.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach

ISBN: 9781285755618
Barlow, D.H. and Durand, V.M., Wadsworth Cengage Learning 7th ed. 2015

Text refers to: Trimester 3, Off Campus

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 3, Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Essay 30% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-2

Compulsory Mid-Trimester Examination 2 hrs 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

Online exam: 60% multiple choice, 40% short answer

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Assessment Notes

60% multiple choice, 40% short answer

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. independently survey the principal diagnostic categories of dysfunctional behaviour in adulthood, with the ability to communicate this effectively to others;
  2. demonstrate coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the impact of psychological dysfunction on the life of the individual; and
  3. apply an understanding of the etiology and treatment of psychological disorders, that model skills and application in a professional career in this field.