UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PSYC3308 Psychology: Atypical Development

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content The lectures and laboratory classes inform students of the DSM classification system of developmental disorders, and introduce general approaches to understanding atypical cognitive, social and neurological development. Several major forms of atypical child development [e.g. intellectual disability, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)] and geriatric psychopathology (e.g. the dementias, including Alzheimer's disease) are covered. Commonly used designs and methods for conducting research on developmental disorders are reviewed.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand some of the major disorders of child development (e.g. intellectual disability, autism and ADHD); (2) understand some of the major forms of geriatric psychopathology (e.g. the dementias, including Alzheimer's disease); (3) be familiar with the DSM classification system; (4) have an understanding of the major theories of some of the disorders and the major approaches to treatment; (5) develop communication skills in describing a body of psychological research; (6) have an understanding of the major methods used in investigating developmental disorders; and (7) acquire skills in analysing data from group and single-case studies.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) in-class assessment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Murray Maybery
Unit rules
Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2207 Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
Contact hours lectures: 13 x 2 hours; seminars/labs: 4 x 2 hours
Note Enrolled students can access unit material via LMS (Learning Management System).

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list.

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