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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Introduces common presenting psychological and developmental disorders that occur in children and adolescents, including depression, anxiety, and neurodevelopmental delay. This unit covers test selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of assessment tools that align with diagnostic criteria and classification systems. A consideration of issues relating to assessment and diagnosis of psychological and developmental conditions in children and adolescents from socially and/or culturally diverse backgrounds is provided throughout the unit. Child protection and mandatory reporting requirements are also included.

Unit content

  • Psychological and developmental disorders in children and adolescents  
  • Developmentally typical childhood and adolescent behaviour
  • Selection and administration of assessment tools for children and adolescents  
  • Scoring, interpretation, and communication of assessment results  
  • Child protection and mandatory reporting issues

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 differentiate between signs of psychological and developmental disorders and developmentally typical behaviour considering social and cultural background
2 critique assessment and classification systems for psychological and developmental disorders and symptom manifestation across developmental stages
3 demonstrate standardised psychological test administration, interpretation and communication of assessment results with caregivers and other health professionals using appropriate language
4 identify signs that children and adolescents are at risk and in need of protection and take appropriate action in accordance with ethical and legal requirements

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

  1. differentiate between signs of psychological and developmental disorders and developmentally typical behaviour considering social and cultural background
    • GA1:
  2. critique assessment and classification systems for psychological and developmental disorders and symptom manifestation across developmental stages
    • GA1:
  3. demonstrate standardised psychological test administration, interpretation and communication of assessment results with caregivers and other health professionals using appropriate language
    • GA1:
  4. identify signs that children and adolescents are at risk and in need of protection and take appropriate action in accordance with ethical and legal requirements
    • GA1: