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Core Psychiatry I (PSYT90078)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25Online and On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90078
February - Online
February - On Campus
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject focuses on developing an understanding of evidence based aetiology, diagnosis, formulation, assessment, management, and prognosis for the major categories of psychiatric disorder. Students will begin to develop an integrated concept of psychological and scientific theories, so when formulating patients, consideration is given to their genetic risks or vulnerabilities, as well as the psycho-social context within which the presentation occurs.

  • This subject will cover skills such as history taking, mental state examination, formulation, risk and cognitive assessment, legal and ethical issues and basic sciences, psychological, social and biological treatments, research methodology and critical appraisal of research;
  • 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.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate that skills in psychiatric assessment have been developed;
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of legal and ethical principles in psychiatry;
  • Build upon prior knowledge of basic sciences and demonstrate the application of this knowledge to psychiatric diagnoses;
  • Develop skills in describing the contextualisation of the work of the psychiatrist within the broader historico-socio-political and cultural context;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of classification and related issues in psychiatry;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the key disorders in psychiatry. This includes but is not restricted to psychosis, mood and related disorders, anxiety, eating, somatoform, organic, personality, substance, sexual, sleep and intellectual disorders;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scope, indications, methodology and evidence for psychological, social and biological treatments in psychiatry;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods in psychiatry such as clinical trials;
  • Demonstrate skills in critical appraisal of research.

Last updated: 19 June 2019