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HPS914 - Studies in Psychopathology

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
Unit chair:

Richard Moulding





Incompatible with: HPS714
Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour class per week


This unit will encourage the integration of relevant physiological, psychological, family and social factors so as to form a broad biopsychosocial perspective to understanding psychopathology. Issues related to classification and diagnosis will be covered, with a particular emphasis on a critical evaluation of DSM-5 and ICD-10 as diagnostic tools. Within this multidimensional integrative perspective, there will be an initial examination of the history of psychopathology, and issues related to classification and diagnosis. A range of specific disorders will be considered, using a lifespan approach to psychopathology. Current etiological theories and conceptual models for each disorder will be considered through a critical examination of relevant research, along with overlap among the symptoms for the different disorders, and the use of differential diagnosis.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (2000 words) 30%
Assessment task 2: Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 20% (hurdle requirement)
Assessment task 3: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Prescribed texts

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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