Biological Psychology & Pharmacotherapy

Subject 512-916 (2009)

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Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks. Estimated Total Time Commitment: 54 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available

PSYC00029 Graduate Research Methods

PSYC00030 Introduction Psychological Assessment

PSYC00031 Introduction to Psychopathology

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Nick Allen


Associate Professor Michael Saling

Dr Trevor Norman

Subject Overview:

The disorders covered in this subject will include affective disorders, schizophrenia, stress and anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders and disorders of cognitive function. The biological bases of these disorders will be discussed by outlining the contribution of evolutionary, genetic, neuroanatomical, and neurochemical factors, as well as how these factors interact with the psychosocial environment. Other topics that will be covered include psychopharmacological treatments of these disorders (ie. antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood-stabilisers, cognitive enhancing drugs and anti-depressants) and their mechanism of action and side effect profile.

Objectives: Students will be given the opportunity to develop knowledge of the biological basis of psychiatric disorders and of the relevant neurochemical and neurophysiological systems underpinning those disorders. In addition students will learn about he psychopharmacological treatments for these disorders including their mechanism of action of side effect profile.

A mid-semester essay of 1500 words (60% of assessment)

An end-of-semester 60 minute multiple choice test (40% of assessment).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Written skills

Analytic and information integration skills

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Child)
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Master of Psychology(Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology/PhD (Clinical Child)

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