Foundations of Psychiatry

Subject PSYT90005 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

February, Parkville - 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: 10 weeks x 3.5-hour seminars
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Terence Chong


Academic Contact:

Dr Terry Chong

Administrative contact:

Aris Cologon

Subject Overview:

The aim of this subject is to provide students with an introduction to the perspectives, underpinnings and practice of psychiatry.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the biomedical, psychological and social sciences which inform psychiatric practice.
  • Understand the principles of adult learning and continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate the ability to access and critically review the psychiatric literature.
  • Discuss the ethics of psychiatric practice and relate this to clinical cases.
  • Conduct and write up a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and formulation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychiatric research methodologies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of mental illness on families and carers and basic family interventions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of systems of service delivery and the role of psychiatry in relation to other clinical disciplines.

Written Exam 1.5 hours (100%)

Prescribed Texts:
  • Gelder et al, Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, 5th Edition 2006 Oxford
  • Oyebode, Sims Symptoms in the Mind, 4th Edition 2008 Saunders
  • Castle and Bassett, A Primer of Clinical Psychiatry, 2009 Churchill Livingstone
  • Murray, Essential Psychiatry, 4th Edition 2008 Cambridge
  • Tyrer and Silks, Cambridge Textbook of Effective Treatments in Psychiatry, 2008 Cambridge
Recommended Texts:

McHugh PR, Slavney PR. The Perspectives of Psychiatry, 2nd ed. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Shorter E. A History of Psychiatry. New york: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

Meadows G, Singh B. Mental Health in Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

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