PSYC503 Adult Psychological Disorders

Updated: 10 January 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
29 April 2019 30 April 2019 Mandatory Mandatory intensive school for all students enrolled in Online Mode Only i.e. students studying the Master of Professional Psychology or students admitted under Rule C to the Master of Psychology (Clinical).
Concurrently with PSYC504.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in MProfPsych or MPsych(Clin) or PhD(ClinPsych)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PSYC511
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Gavin Clark (gclark8@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

The aim of this unit is to provide an account of the clinical presentation, classification, development, and consequences for the common adult psychological disorders. The unit examines major diagnostics systems and diagnostic criteria, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).This unit teaches students about the biopsychosocial approach to constructing a case conceptualisation for adult clients presenting with mental health issues.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

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

The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology: An Evidence-based Practice Approach

ISBN: 9781138806306
Carr, A. and McNulty, M. (eds), Routledge 2nd ed. 2016

Note: The 1st edition (ISBN: 9781583918548) is also acceptable.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Diagnostic Assessment 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass this assessment task in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Essay 40% 2500
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass this assessment task in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 30%
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass this assessment task in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the clinical presentations, prevalence, course and known causes of common adult psychological disorders;
  2. demonstrate a critical awareness of major classificatory systems including a more detailed knowledge of the DSM-5 diagnostic classification system;
  3. apply autonomy and judgement in making psychiatric diagnoses, including differential diagnosis and comorbidity issues; and
  4. write case formulations and Mental State Examinations for adult clients presenting with mental health issues, with the ability to communicate these effectively to others.