Core Psychiatry I

Subject PSYT90078 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-Feb-2015 to 04-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 04-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 02-Mar-2015
Census Date 06-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 24-Apr-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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






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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:


Dr Mahesh Jayaram


Administrative coordinator

Ms Victoria Kingsley

Subject Overview:
  • This subject will cover skills such as history taking, mental state examination, formulation, risk and cognitive assessment, legal and ethical issues and basic sciences.
  • The subject will cover the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment, management and important issues of some of the key disorders in psychiatry.
  • This subject will aim to align with the proposed new Competency Based Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop skills in psychiatric assessment.
  • Appreciate legal and ethical principles in psychiatry.
  • Appreciate the relevance of basic sciences in understanding psychiatry.
  • Develop skills in biopsychosocial formulation of patients.
  • 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 psychosis, mood and related disorders.

  • 70% - A 3 hour written examination emulating the format of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Examinations, held at end of semester.
  • 30% - A 2000 word written assignment, due during semester.
  • HURDLE - Fieldwork – 5 RANZCP workplace based assessments (WBAs) by workplace supervisors (approximately 5 hours in total) OR 5 Workplace Practical Activity Log sheets (WPALs) to be taken away and then checked by the subject coordinator after submission.
  • HURDLE - Attendance at 75% of sessions (for face to face students) OR Completion of 75% of online modules (for online students).
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:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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This subject is available through the Community Access Program (CAP).

Related Course(s): Master of Psychiatry

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