Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Abnormal Psychology
Course Code PSY300
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s)
PSY100 Introductory Psychology
PSY 204 Personality and Individual Differences
Course Aims
This course aims to provide students with a background understanding of abnormal psychology through introducing signs and symptoms associated with a range of psychopathological conditions. Contemporary schools of thoughts and empirical basis as well as different traditional models concerning the diagnosis, etiology, treatment and prevention of psychopathology will be introduced. The course will empower students with the knowledge base to critically apprise mental health issues in the society.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

After completing the course, students should be able to:

1. Identify the essential features, symptoms, as well as the prognosis and potential treatment associated with various psychopathological conditions;

2. Review critically and utilize existing research evidence concerning the epidemiology, etiology and treatment of the psychopathological conditions in question;

3. Examine critically various attempts made by theorists and researchers to understand the causes of the disorders and the factors maintaining them;

4. Discuss critically the complexity of psychopathological conditions, and the interactions of neurophysiological, developmental, cognitive-behavioral and sociocultural factors regarding causation and treatment;

5. Demonstrate sensitivity over the possibility of abnormal propensity of individuals while taking into consideration of the sociocultural contexts and develop an awareness over mental health-related issues in the community. 
Assessment Tasks
Class Attendance and Participation 
Quizzes (1 & 2)
Group presentation
Individual term paper
Final Examination
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