Core Psychiatry II

Subject PSYT90079 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 54
Total Time Commitment:

1) 4 hours a week of psychiatry training with a workplace supervisor = 92 hours
2) 3 hours a week of individual reading / study / preparation for assessment tasks = 69 hours
3) 2 hours a week of participation in workplace academic sessions related to psychiatry and RANZCP training – 46 hours






Recommended Background Knowledge:


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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:


Academic coordinator
Dr Terence Chong

Administrative coordinator

Ms Aris Cologon

Subject Overview:
  • The subject will cover psychological and biological treatments, research methodology and critical appraisal of research.
  • The subject will cover the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment, management and important issues of some of the key disorders in psychiatry.
  • This subject aims to align with the proposed new Competency Based Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
  • Develop an understanding of the scope, indications, methodology and evidence for psychological and biological treatments in psychiatry.
  • Develop an understanding of research methods in psychiatry such as clinical trials.
  • Develop skills in critical appraisal of research.
  • Develop an understanding of classification and related issues in psychiatry.
  • Develop an understanding of some of the key disorders in psychiatry. This includes but is not restricted to, anxiety, eating, somatoform, organic, personality, substance, sexual, sleep and intellectual disorders.
  • A 3 hour written examination in the style of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Examinations will be 70% of the assessment and held at the end of the semester.
  • A 2000 word written assignment will be 30% of the assessment and be due during semester.
  • Fieldwork – a hurdle requirement of 5 clinical interviews of patients at a satisfactory standard, as assessed by workplace supervisors, of 1.5 hours duration inclusive of feedback time (7.5 hours in total), unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • A hurdle requirement of 75% attendance unless there are exceptional circumstances.
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
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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


Related Course(s): Master of Psychiatry

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