About this unit
Explore ways to identify, diagnose and treat a range of mental illnesses by studying this online Abnormal Psychology unit from Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University.
The unit is geared towards psychology students but would also be relevant to counsellors, allied health professionals such as nurses and social workers, as well as those working within the community services sector.
Designed as an introductory program, the unit guides students through a range of mental health issues and psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and addiction, and focuses on the phenomenology and aetiology of each condition.
Students are also taught to consider how these disorders impact individual people, and society as a whole, giving them a broader appreciation of how dysfunctional behaviours can have a ripple effect throughout society. Students are also introduced to the major systems of classifying mental disorders such as the multiaxial system presented in the DSM-IV-TR, and examine the patterns that have been conceptualised as ‘abnormal’ and dysfunctional.
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To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed one of the following units:
- Psychology 100
- Psychology 101
- Foundations of Statistics
- Analysis of Variance
It is also recommended that students have completed, or have equivalent knowledge of, the following two units:
- Cognition and Human Performance
- Developmental Psychology
Applicants must also ensure they have not completed a previous version of this unit.
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
- Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this psychology unit, the topics you will study include:
- Introduction – history, systems of classification
- Diagnostic issues
- Personality disorders
- Disorders of childhood and adolescence
- Cognitive disorders and ageing
- Sexual variants, abuse, and dysfunctions
- Ethical issues in abnormal psychology
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
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