PSY6101 - Psychopathology - 2019

0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr James Courtney


Dr James Courtney

Unit guides



  • Full year 2019 (On-campus)


Psychopathology is delivered over two semesters respectively and aims to educate students with a working knowledge of formal mental disorders. A concurrent aim is to equip students with the clinical skills required to assess, formulate and diagnose clients presenting with a variety of clinical conditions related to mental health. This unit introduces students to initial concepts in the field of psychopathology, and contributes to the development of skills necessary for clinical practice. This unit also includes a module focused on drug classifications; legal control of drug use; pharmacokinetics; variability in response to drugs; chemical transmission and neuro receptors.


  1. Conduct a psychiatric clinical interview and concurrent mental status examination.
  2. Engage in appropriate ethical behaviour during clinical interviews, such as gaining informed consent and identifying ethical dilemmas.
  3. Complete a thorough and accurate written evaluation of a client (e.g. clinical assessment report).
  4. Understand and discuss major classes of psychiatric illness across the life span.
  5. Construct initial formulation and diagnosis of common psychiatric problems.
  6. Reflect on and evaluate assessment and clinical interviewing skills.
  7. Effectively and appropriately contribute to case discussions regarding formulation and diagnoses.
  8. Understand the basic concepts of psychopharmacology with particular reference to recent advances in the fields of psychiatric medication, cognitive enhancers and neuro-protective agents, and substance abuse.


Participation & Role Play (Hurdle Requirement)

Mental Status Examination (15%)

Psychological Report (20%)

Take-home Exam (30%)

Participation & Role Play (Hurdle Requirement)

Psychopharmacology Test (15%)

Psychological Report (20%)

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