Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Audrey McKinlay


Psychopathology Part I and II are designed to impart students with a working knowledge of mental disorders. The units also aim to equip students with the clinical skills required to assess, formulate and diagnose clients presenting with a variety of clinical conditions. In addition, the unit will include an introduction to drug classifications; legal control of drug use; pharmacokinetics; variability in response to drugs;chemical transmission and receptors.


At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Conduct a psychiatric interview with a client;

incorporating a mental status examination;

  1. Complete a thorough and accurate written evaluation of a client; and
  2. Be familiar with major classes of psychiatric illness.
  3. Understand the basic concepts of psychopharmacology with particular reference to recent advances in the fields of psychiatric medication, cognitive enhancers and neuroprotective agents, and substance abuse; and
  4. Effectively and appropriately contribute to case analyses regarding formulation and diagnoses and reflect upon and evaluate own and others' assessment/clinical interviewing skills


Class Participation - Hurdle requirement
Psychiatric History Report (1500 words) - 15%
Clinical Case Report (3000 words) - 25%
Test - 20%
Examination - 20%
Essay (2000 words) - 20%

Chief examiner(s)


Must be enrolled in Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology