2 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial fortnightly
1 Admission into BPSG-Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry)
2 Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
2a PSYC2018 - Research Methods 2
3 13.5 units from any second year PSYC topics
Must Satisfy: ((1) or ((2 or 2a) and 3))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PSYC3031, PSYC3048 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
First year undergraduate level knowledge of abnormal behaviour, human physiology, cognition and psychological testing.
Topic description

This topic provides an introduction to the psychology of abnormal behaviour and brain dysfunction. Content focuses on the aetiology, symptomatology, and treatment of a range of psychological and neuropsychological disorders, such as anxiety, depression, traumatic head injury and dementia. The practical component consolidates these theoretical insights through the study of case reports and addresses the role of the clinician in the assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of various patient populations.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the psychological study of abnormal behaviour and brain dysfunction
  • Provide students with a basic understanding of the underlying causes and symptoms of a range of pathologies
  • Provide insight into the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of brain-damaged and clinical populations
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse a case study to report on the diagnosis, evaluation and rehabilitation of a patient’s neuropsychological condition
  2. Critically analyse clinical research to evaluate clinical interventions
  3. Apply key theories and methods to understand, assess, and treat a range of neuropsychological and clinical disorder

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.