Introduction to Psychopathology

Subject PSYC90031 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for a 12-week semester.
Total Time Commitment:

54 hours


Enrolment in one of the following Psychology professional training programs, 527CL, 527CN, 080CL, 080CN or MC-PSYCHCS

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC approved psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects:


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 Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements, Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Lisa Phillips


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

This subject aims to present major approaches to psychological disorders, in which psychopathology is contrasted with "normal" functioning. Reference is made to various theoretical approaches to the aetiologies of disorders/problems, with a focus on recognising the clinical pictures of common psychological disorders/problems that occur in a variety of settings, including, depression, the anxiety disorders, and substance abuse/dependence.

Learning Outcomes:

The subject aims to introduce students to various competing theories of aetiology and maintenance for psychological problems/disorders that commonly present to clinicians:

  • to provide students with an overview of the important criteria by which practising psychologists evaluate theoretical and treatment models; and
  • to develop familiarity with clinical presentations, co-morbidity, prevalence and incidence data, course and outcome, response to treatment for the psychological disorders.

A mid-semester one hour test (50% of assessment) and an end-of-semester one-hour test (50% of assessment).

Prescribed Texts:

None. A series of readings will be provided.

Recommended Texts:

American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V). Washington, D.C: Author.

Rieger, E. (Ed.) (2011). Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives. (2nd edition). McGraw-Hill.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

Analytical, information integration and synthesizing skills.

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical - Singapore)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Child Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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