Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
South Africa Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Clare Anderson


This unit covers all important aspects of abnormal behaviour: historical influences, theory, assessment, specific psychopathologies, treatment methods, and legal issues. Both the scientific and professional aspects of abnormal psychology are presented. Efforts will be made to give students the broadest possible view of abnormal behaviour by studying different theoretical perspectives. Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is required for all off-campus students.


On the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. relate their knowledge of personality, biological processes and human development to abnormal behaviour;

  1. contrast historical and current major theoretical perspectives of abnormal behaviour;

  1. attain insight into the way the theoretical perspective adopted by a clinician can influence the manner of explaining how a psychological disorder develops and how it is treated;

  1. demonstrate familiarity with methods of assessing psychological disorders and the main systems of classifying disorders;

  1. discuss the advantages and disadvantages of classifying abnormal behaviour;

  1. describe the major types of psychological disorders and the major therapeutic approaches to abnormal behaviour; and

  1. attain an advanced level of skill in critical evaluation of previous research and psychological report writing.


Laboratory research report (2000 words): 25%
Essay (2000 words): 20%
Exam (2 hours): 55%
Hurdle requirement: 75% lab attendance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Clare Anderson

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week, plus seven 2-hour laboratory classes over the semester

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is required for all off-campus students.


PSY2011 or PSY2031

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