PSYC13017 - Abnormal Psychology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The objectives of this unit are: (1) to introduce you to the foundations of abnormal psychology (2) to provide an overview of the major features of abnormal psychology (diagnosis, etiology, assessment, treatment, research, theory) (3) to assist you to begin to integrate theory, research and practice considerations within areas of abnormal psychology It is a requirement of enrolment in the unit that you have access to the CQU website as well as email access.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Minimum of 24 credit points of Psychology units for CA10, CQ01 and CQ91; Minimum of 24 credit points of Level 2 Psychology units for CF59; Minimum of 30 credit points of Level 2 Psychology units for CC43

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
3. Written Assessment 35%
4. Examination 35%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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.

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There was an increased focus on writing skills in Term 1 2016 and as a result the written assessments were of high quality. Teaching reflection Continued focus on developing academic writing skills.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the foundations of abnormal psychology
  2. Provide both functional and critical knowledge of major facets of abnormal psychology
  3. Integrate theory, research and practice considerations within areas of abnormal psychology
  4. Reflect a commitment to a scientist-practitioner philosophy.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)  
2 - Online Quiz(zes)  
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Examination  

Prescribed Textbooks

Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives
Author/s: Edited by Elizabeth Reiger Year: 2014
Edition: 3E Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Word processing software (e.g., Microsoft word, etc.)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJessica Paterson (jessica.paterson@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Conceptual issues in Abnormal Psychology

Chapter 1: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and trauma-related disorders

Chapter 2: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Mood disorders

Chapter 3: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Psychotic disorders

Chapter 4: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Somatic and dissociative disorders

Chapter 5: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Eating disorders

Chapter 6: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Online Quiz 1 will be open from 0900 Friday April 21st Week 6 and close at 1230 Monday April 24th Week 7.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Addictive disorders

Chapter 7: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.


Online Quiz 1 Due Monday (24 Apr 17) 12:30 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Sexual and relationship problems

Chapter 8: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Personality disorders

Chapter 9: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Case Report Due Friday (12 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Disorders of childhood

Chapter 10: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Aging and psychological disorders

Chapter 11: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Health psychology

Chapter 12: Abnormal Psychology - Leading Researcher Perspectives, E. Reiger.

Online Quiz 2 will be open from 0900am AEST Friday June 2 (Week 12) and close at 1230pm AEST Monday June 5 (Review Week)

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Online Quiz 2 Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 12:30 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz 1
Task Description

Online Quiz 1 will assess course content learnt from Weeks 1 to 6 (Chapters 1 to 6 of the textbook).

There will be 60 multiple choice questions (10 from each chapter) with 5 response options for each question.

You will have 60 minutes to complete the quiz online.

Your grade for Quiz 1 is worth 15% of your overall grade.

Online Quiz 1 will be open from 0900 Friday April 21st Week 6 and close at 1230 Monday April 24th Week 7.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 7 Monday (24-Apr-2017) 12:30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students You will receive immediate feedback on your grade at the conclusion of Quiz 1.
Weighting 15%
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the foundations of abnormal psychology

2. Provide both functional and critical knowledge of major facets of abnormal psychology

3. Integrate theory, research and practice considerations within areas of abnormal psychology

4. Reflect a commitment to a scientist-practitioner philosophy.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz 2
Task Description

Online Quiz 2 will assess course content learnt from Weeks 7 to 12 (Chapters 7 to 12 of the textbook).

There will be 60 multiple choice questions (10 from each chapter) with 5 response options for each question.

You will have 60 minutes to complete the quiz online.

Your grade for Quiz 2 is worth 15% of your overall grade.

Online Quiz 2 will be open from 0900am AEST Friday June 2 (Week 12) and close at 1230pm AEST Monday June 5 (Review Week)

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 12:30 PM AEST
Quiz 2 will be open from 0900am AEST Friday June 2nd (Week 12) and close at 1230pm AEST Monday June 5th (Revision Week)
Return Date to Students You will receive immediate feedback on your grade at the conclusion of Quiz 2.
Weighting 15%
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the foundations of abnormal psychology

2. Provide both functional and critical knowledge of major facets of abnormal psychology

3. Integrate theory, research and practice considerations within areas of abnormal psychology

4. Reflect a commitment to a scientist-practitioner philosophy.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Case Report
Task Description

Objectives: The case report is where you are expected to demonstrate your functional and critical knowledge of major facets of abnormal psychology. This requires you to demonstrate a capacity to engage in research that develops your understanding of the aetiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various major psychological disorders presented in the abnormal psychology literature.

Details: You will be given a list of potential films to review for your case report. It is not an exhaustive list of feature films in the area of psychology, yet it represents a number of films that deal with major themes in abnormal psychology. You are required to watch ONE film from this list, observing and assessing thoughts, feelings, and behaviour in the respective character. The story may be fiction or non-fiction. To potentially receive a high grade, the focus of your paper will be on the individual, not on the plot or theme of the movie. Your report must address questions relating to aspects of the individual and the environment. These questions and a template for the structure of the case report will be provided.

Word limit: 2,000 (not including references) - There is an automatic 10% penalty for going 10% above or below the word limit.

Please note: An APA formatted title page is required. No abstract is required.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

You will be provided with the marking guide that I will use to mark your case report. I suggest writing your report closely following this guide.

Some key criteria include:

1. A demonstrated ability to apply abnormal psychology concepts.

2. The use of succinct, formal and non-judgmental language.

3. Critical use of empirical research (at least 10 references, not including the textbook or references used for definitions of concepts or terms).

4. Consistent and accurate use of APA 6th referencing style.

Please note there is automatic 5% penalty per day for late submissions without a prior extension and an automatic 10% penalty for going 10% above or below the word count.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please label your uploaded file as "first name surname PSYC13017 casereport". For example: jessica paterson PSYC13017 casereport.doc

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the foundations of abnormal psychology

2. Provide both functional and critical knowledge of major facets of abnormal psychology

3. Integrate theory, research and practice considerations within areas of abnormal psychology

4. Reflect a commitment to a scientist-practitioner philosophy.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 35%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the foundations of abnormal psychology

2. Provide both functional and critical knowledge of major facets of abnormal psychology

3. Integrate theory, research and practice considerations within areas of abnormal psychology

4. Reflect a commitment to a scientist-practitioner philosophy.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice


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