Course Title: Psychopathology and Models of Intervention

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychopathology and Models of Intervention

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1445

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1445

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

BESC1446

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

BESC1447

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

BESC1448

City Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: James Collett

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2750

Course Coordinator Email: james.collett@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 06.05.009


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • BESC1187/1189/1190/1375 Biological Psychology
  • BESC1181/1182/1179/1374 Developmental Psychology
  • BESC1175/1177/1178/1176 Cognitive Psychology
  • BESC1183/1185/1186/1372 Social Psychology
  • BESC1450/1451/1449/1452 Research Methods in Psychology

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the study of abnormal psychology. The concept of abnormality will be examined and issues related to the classification of psychological disorders will be explored. The descriptive taxonomy of DSM-5 will be introduced and aetiological models and diagnosis of selected child, adolescent and adult disorders will be examined. Disorders may include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. A variety of contrasting theoretical models underlying psychological intervention will be examined to facilitate understanding of approaches and techniques of psychological intervention used by psychologists.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

 

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 3:  Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • PLO 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • PLO 5: Maintains tolerance and respect for individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating ethical behaviour.
  • PLO 6: develop collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community that build on the capacity of others and develop open and flexible relationships that adapt to evolving needs and aspirations.


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an awareness of the concepts of normality, abnormality, and mental illness and the methodologies used to study, describe, and treat psychopathology.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of a variety of psychotherapeutic models, and of the practical elements of the psychotherapeutic interaction.
  3. describe the limitations and advantages of diagnostic and classification systems.
  4. review the aetiology and assessment of selected child, adolescent, and adult disorders.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities include a mixture of lectures and tutorials. You are expected to participate in classroom discussions and contribute to the discussion.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements. There is a lab report proposal, a lab report and an exam.

These assessments may include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 96 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment Tasks

 

Early Assessment Task: Lab Report Proposal

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2. 

Assessment Task 2: Lab report 

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2. 

 

Assessment Task 3: Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5.

 

Note: Postgraduates are expected to demonstrate advanced conceptual knowledge and application in written responses as specified in assessment rubrics