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Psychopharmacology and Intro to EBM (PSYT90118)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90118
Availability
Term 2 - Online
Term 3 - Online
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will delve into principles of psychopharmacology and an introduction to evidence based medicine (EBM).

Prescribing medications is one of the core skills of doctors worldwide. This subject provides a comprehensive overview of the psychotropic medications used by doctors to treat mental health problems. It provides an understanding of the classification of these compounds, mechanism of action, efficacy, side effects and important drug interactions. This subject will also provide a basic understanding of critical appraisal skills which students will be able to use to assess the quality of scientific literature and make objective scientific judgements on the applicability and usefulness to their local population. It will also provide an understanding of good clinical practice guidelines to provide improved care.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students will be expected to:

  • develop an advanced understanding of the mechanism of action psychopharmacological agents used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders including antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilisers and hypnotics;
  • be able to articulate and describe the basic pharmacological principles and their relevance to clinical prescribing;
  • understand efficacy, side effects and drug interactions of psychotropic medications;
  • learn how to critically appraise and synthesise available literature and understand the concepts around application of this to the context the student is working in;
  • be able to identify relevant clinical practice guidelines and critically appraise, examine and assess their application in treatment; and
  • have an advanced capacity to critically compare and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of an evidence base in the field of mental health.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PSYT90117 Basic Clinical Skills in Psychiatry
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
12.5

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

DescriptionTimingPercentage
  • A pharmacokinetic calculation exercise, approx. 1 hour (Approx 1500 words)
  • 1500 words
Throughout the semester30%
  • Three short answer exercises (approximately 500 words each)
  • 1500 words
Throughout the semester30%
  • Completion of 75% of online modules
  • Hurdle requirement: Completion of 75% of online modules based on participation in formative acitivites throughout term.
Throughout the semesterN/A
  • Critical analysis exercise based on a journal article or case material (Approx 2000-2500 words)
  • 2000 words
At the end of the assessment period40%

Dates & times

  • Term 2 - Online
    Principal coordinatorMahesh Jayaram
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours32 hours (8 x 4 hour weekly modules) Estimated total time commitment: 170 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date22 April 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsDuring the pre-teaching period, students should familiarise themselves with the online platform and may like to take the opportunity to read through preliminary information about the subject and the services and support that is available to them. Students are encouraged to use this time to also introduce themselves to peers and teaching staff and to learn about those they will be studying with throughout the term.
    Teaching period29 April 2019 to 23 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date23 April 2019
    Census date17 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 7 June 2019
    Assessment period ends30 June 2019

    Term 2 contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

  • Term 3 - Online
    Principal coordinatorMahesh Jayaram
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours32 hours (8 x 4 hour weekly modules) Estimated Total Time Commitment: 170 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date15 July 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsDuring the pre-teaching period, students should familiarise themselves with the online platform and may like to take the opportunity to read through preliminary information about the subject and the services and support that is available to them. Students are encouraged to use this time to also introduce themselves to peers and teaching staff and to learn about those they will be studying with throughout the term.
    Teaching period22 July 2019 to 15 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date16 July 2019
    Census date 9 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail30 August 2019
    Assessment period ends22 September 2019

    Term 3 contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

  • Term 4 - Online
    Principal coordinatorMahesh Jayaram
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours32 hours (8 x 4 hour weekly modules) Estimated Total Time Commitment: 170 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date 7 October 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsDuring the pre-teaching period, students should familiarise themselves with the online platform and may like to take the opportunity to read through preliminary information about the subject and the services and support that is available to them. Students are encouraged to use this time to also introduce themselves to peers and teaching staff and to learn about those they will be studying with throughout the term.
    Teaching period14 October 2019 to 8 December 2019
    Last self-enrol date 8 October 2019
    Census date 1 November 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 November 2019
    Assessment period ends15 December 2019

    Term 4 contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

Time commitment details

Total estimated time commitment includes hours spent doing pre-readings, completing online modules (contact hours) and participating in formative and summative assessments.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Students applying to do this subject under the Community Access Program must meet the course entry requirements to be eligible. Please refer to the Graduate Diploma of International Psychiatry Handbook entry.

Last updated: 19 July 2019