Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences


Dr Tijana Mihaljcic




  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. relate their knowledge of personality, biological processes and human development to abnormal behaviour;
  2. contrast historical and current major theoretical perspectives of abnormal behaviour;
  3. 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;
  4. demonstrate familiarity with methods of assessing psychological disorders and the main systems of classifying disorders;
  5. discuss the advantages and disadvantages of classifying abnormal behaviour;
  6. describe the major types of psychological disorders and the major therapeutic approaches to abnormal behaviour; and
  7. attain an advanced level of skill in critical evaluation of previous research and psychological report writing.


Research report (2,000 words) (25%)
Examination (55%)
Online case report quizzes (15%)
Reflective commentary on clinical application series topic (500 words) (5%)

Hurdle: Students must pass the examination to achieve a pass for this unit.

Workload requirements

Attendance at Laboratory classes, and Research and Application Lectures, is required in order to successfully complete the assessment associated with attendance.

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Off-campus attendance requirements

Attendance at Weekend School classes is required in order to complete the assessment associated with attendance. Please refer to the specific unit requirements for more detail. It is common practice, where possible, to timetable at least two Weekend School options in each core unit. Sessions may be held at Clayton or Caulfield campuses.

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