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PSS2712 - Behavioural Disorders

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBC


Not offered in 2007


The unit covers the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of behavioural disorders, positive and negative aspects of classifying abnormal behaviour and how these behaviours depart from what is considered 'normal'. It examines biological, environmental and other factors which may underpin behavioural disorders. Strategies for prevention, stabilisation and management of behavioural disorders will be considered in light of the major therapeutic approaches and these strategies will be evaluated. Current research findings and best psychological practices will be used to show how the unit is relevant to the workplace.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a familiarity with the classification of abnormality and assessment of behavioural disorders;
  2. explain the biological and environmental factors that underpin behavioural disorders with particular attention given to cultural awareness;
  3. describe strategies for prevention, stabilisation and management of behavioural disorders and how these may be evaluated.


Essay (1750 words): 40%
Tutorial presentation or written assignment for off-campus students (750 words or equivalent): 15%
Examination (2 hours): 45%

Contact hours

2 hours per week


One of BHS1711, COG1111, PSS1711


BHS2712, GSC2712, PSY3032