PSYC335-17W (C) Whole Year 2017

Abnormal Psychology

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 8 September 2017


An introductory course in abnormal psychology covering both the traditional and modern approaches to the field.

This is an introductory course in abnormal psychology.  The main emphasis of this course is on current views, perspectives, and research in this field.  Because this is an introductory course, lectures will largely consist of broad overviews of various psychological disorder concepts and selected specific problem areas.  

Abnormal Psychology draws upon most basic areas of psychological knowledge (e.g., social, developmental, physiological, cognitive, learning theory).  Course readings and lectures will attempt to apply knowledge from these areas to the understanding of psychopathology.

PSYC335 Abnormal Psychology is a prerequisite course for the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Programme.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Have an understanding of the major categories of psychiatric disorders.
  • Identify the diagnostic symptoms and major features of psychiatric disorders.
  • Understand the central theoretical frameworks designed to explain the aetiology and maintenance of psychological difficulties.
  • Differentiate the core features underpinning child and adult difficulties.


Recommended Preparation


Martin Dorahy


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Lab Assignment 08 May 2017 20%
Test No. 1 02 Jun 2017 25%
Essay 11 Sep 2017 30%
Test No. 2 13 Oct 2017 25%

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,635.00

International fee $7,050.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

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  • PSYC335-17W (C) Whole Year 2017