psy5pad psychopathology




Credit points: 10

Subject outline

This unit aims to help students achieve a basic level of understanding of psychopathology, the DSM-5 diagnostic classification system, skills in conducting Mental Status Examinations and diagnostic interviewing, and basic competence in making psychiatric diagnoses. Three seminars introduce concepts of classification in psychopathology, the ICD and DSM-IV systems, approaches to Mental Status Examinations and an introduction to the CIDI, a computerised diagnostic interview. The remaining classes usually consist of a lecture outlining a major adult psychiatric disorder followed by a discussion with a guest client who has a relevant disorder. Some of these seminars may be conducted at psychiatric services in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and some on campus.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points10

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Farhall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission to SMCP or SDPCP or SMCNP or SDPCN


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Farhall

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 3-hour exam.Hurdle: CIDI assignment100