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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Unites several related issues concerning the practice of psychology in clinical, health, organisational and educational settings. The unifying theme is the importance of psychological theory and the empirical literature to the analysis, assessment and modification of individual and groups, based on the scientist-practitioner approach.

Unit content

1. The scientist-practitioner approach: features and relevance. 
2. Assessment issues, using the DSM-IV. 
3. Common psychological disorders across the lifespan. 
4. Psychological treatments. 
5. The effects of punishment and racism upon behaviour. 
6. Special target groups for interventions (Indigenous Australians, children, adolescents, adults and families). 
7. Psychotropic medications 
8. Positive psychology 
9. Group dynamics 
10. Mediation 
11. Recovery of function 
12. Neuroplasticity.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the scientist-practitioner approach: features and relevance
2 describe assessment skills, using the DSM-IV
3 define some of the common psychological disorders
4 critically evaluate common treatments for psychological conditions
5 describe the effects of punishment and racism upon behaviour
6 comment on issues related to the application of interventions for special target groups (Indigenous Australians, children, adolescents, adults and families)
7 identify and summarise common psychotropic medications.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the scientist-practitioner approach: features and relevance
    • GA4:
  2. describe assessment skills, using the DSM-IV
    • GA3:
  3. define some of the common psychological disorders
    • GA4:
  4. critically evaluate common treatments for psychological conditions
    • GA3:
  5. describe the effects of punishment and racism upon behaviour
    • GA7:
  6. comment on issues related to the application of interventions for special target groups (Indigenous Australians, children, adolescents, adults and families)
    • GA4:
  7. identify and summarise common psychotropic medications.
    • GA4:

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