psy5ppy psychopathology




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject begins the process of building clinical competence in assessment and diagnosis of major disorders and a rich appreciation of their psychopathology including the subjective experience of clients. The DSM and ICD classification systems are critically appraised and used, and students are guided in developing skills in administering a mental status examination and diagnostic interview.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Farhall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the notion of a taxonomy of mental disorders, with particular reference to the rationale, structure, content and limitations of the DSM system

Lecture presentations and reading

02. Develop and apply a practical understanding of the symptoms and psychopathology of major psychiatric disorders

Lecture presentations; Diagnostic reasoning assignment

03. Gain insight into, and empathy for, the personal experience of those who are affected by psychological problems

Presentations by and interviews with consumers about the subjective experience and life impact of living with major mental health disorders

04. Develop skill in conducting and appraising semi-structured diagnostic interviews that routinely consider differential diagnoses, age specific features, and common comorbidities

Observation of interviews; Diagnotic Interview Assignment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, 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%ILO*
Diagnostic Reasoning Assignment (1,000-words)2002, 04
2.5 hour examination6001, 02, 03
Diagnostic interview (Pairs) assignment (1,000-words)2004