Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Symmons


Previously coded PSS2712


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.


Report (1000 words): 20%Case study (1500 words): 30%Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mark Symmons

Contact hours

2 hours per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies


One of ATS1261, ATS1359, COG1111 or equivalents


BHS2712, GSC2712, PSY3032