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This unit is HARD WORK, but thanks to the complaints of previous students it has been turned around quite a bit and assignment guidelines are far more clear. So much of the unit relies on you reading your textbook though, and even if the lecturer says you don't need to read it, I strongly recommend reading it anyway because a huge portion of what you are going to be assessed on in tests and exams is going to be based on the textbook. The lecturer threatened any students with mental health issues with reporting them to the psychology board (while the cohort was still third year, not even practicing!) which was a bit discriminatory and hypocritical I think because she later goes on to talk about stigma. So if you're going through something, go to campus wellbeing instead and do not tell her anything, even if she comes across as nice initially! (and please apply for any extensions through ask.mq) Overall really interesting unit and I would recommend it for sure, but still probably one of the most time consuming study and assessment wise I've ever done - as previous reviewers have stated, the textbook is just way too much reading The word count limit on the assignment was also way too few words to meet the requirements - definitely allow yourself more time than you'll think you'll need for the case study in order to have enough time to edit lots because meeting the criteria of the assignment in that few words is tough

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020

Terrible unit! I went into it already knowing most of the content so I disregarded previous bad reviews and thought I would be fine. I did ok on the discussions and exam (ONLY because I already knew the content!!!!!) but THE ESSAY WAS TERRIBLE!!! The online discussions were worth next to nothing (2% each) for the amount of work they were, we had NO guide on how to write them, and we didn't get any feedback throughout the semester. The "essay" (I got marked down for writing it like an essay even though it was called an essay in the unit guide) was atrocious and marked severely. The textbook is interesting but it's got way too much content and it's the only info we got (there were a few videos each week, but the bulk of the content was through "self-directed learning", ie, reading the textbook only). It's interesting in your own time, but not when you have to remember EVERYTHING. I liked the tutorials, but the tutors seemed just as scattered as the students and couldn't answer a lot of my questions. Additionally, all the content is very "us-vs-them", as if nobody taking the course could possibly have dealt with any kind of mental illness. Very isolating when one of the main reasons I'm interested in this area is to better understand my own experiences. If you're interested in psychopathology, it's a better endeavour for you to just read the DSM rather than taking this unit (as a student, you can access it for free through the library multisearch). I went into the unit thinking it should be mandatory for a psych degree because the content is very important, and left being so glad it isn't mandatory. Please save yourself the stress and do not take this unit! Update in 2020: I'm so sorry this unit has been made mandatory. I hope some of it gets fixed :(

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

DO NOT PICK THIS UNIT AS YOUR THIRD YEAR PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVE! Why? -workload -organization/format -assessments -tutorials Positive -interesting content -I had a charismatic tutor Negatives 1. unclear assessment outcomes -Online discussion "encourages" group participation, Then restricts you from viewing or commenting on other student's answers. OK then??? suggestion: let us have an online discussion? Literature review asked for a study proposal and hypothesis, however, does not provide clear instruction of how detailed it should be. A lot of students were confused about how to address this section of the assessment and were marked harshly at this part. suggestion? tell us how to approach this part priorly instead of criticizing how poorly it was done retrospectively. Exam -An ungodly amount of content to cover. suggestion: Provide the specific pages that are important in the chapter 2. Workload -You are expected to purchase an online textbook that will expire later -The assigned chapter takes 6-7 hours a week to cover, BUT probably 8 hours if you want to cover it extensively -This is with coupled with online videos averaging around 1 hour a week to watch. 3. Format -instead of the conventional format of weekly lectures such as other units, This uses an online-centric approach to deliver content. It is explicitly revealed this is the format, however, many students fall in a sunk-cost paradigm (instead of going through the administrative process of transferring to another unit they stay with the unit out of convenience). -This format was not as educationally stimulating as other units. suggestion: change to the same format as other psychology units 4. Tutorials -This point is subjective, But I liked my tutor's charisma -However either pick a group discussion/ activity oriented format or a content dense format for tutorials both do not co-exist. Tutorial content was rushed and slides (sometimes whole topics) were skipped in order to stay on time. suggestion: Keep the group activities and discussion to consolidate important points on the topics AND reduce the slides and additional content in the tutorials. I've talked to various other students, and the consensus seems to be unanimous. If you want to be a clinician or counselor, you're better off doing personal online research instead of investing your time in an online textbook that you don't even get to keep in the end.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

This absolute mess of a subject is run by the same useless convenor who previously went on a rant about how useless her PSYC104 or 5 cohort were. Without a doubt if an entire cohort is struggling to comprehend a subject, it's most likely the lecturer not the students. For 337, go ahead and do the subject if you're prepared for whinging tutors, a disconnected unit convenor, lazy and horrid marking with a ridiculously high standard, and a workload completely full of "read the textbook", "do online garbage" and "discuss some uselessly specific topic" and learning absolutely zilch because the load is far too high to actually memorise all the disorders, statistics, treatments, aetiology etc etc etc

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

Easily the worst subject I have ever completed in my three years of uni. Wish I never chose it as an elective. The content in itself was highly interesting but the way it was taught and assessed was incredibly disorganised and consequently difficult to manage. You are expected to read a textbook chapter every week, which would take over 8 hours if you did so thoroughly. Also, it was never clear what learning outcomes you had to derive from the content. The convener, Melissa, was barely involved and then acted surprised when most students could not recognise her face (which she forced the tutors to include in our second last tutorial slide show. A bit late for a meet-and-greet don’t you think?). There were weekly videos on top of the textbook chapters, which didn’t even have slides provided for them. We also had to completed assessed forum posts fortnightly, and we weren’t even able to see or engage with other students’ posts until we posted ourselves (and then had to wait an additional 15 minutes, so most people just didn’t even bother). What’s the point of having a forum if there isn’t peer engagement? These posts also took way too long to complete (sometimes hours each) only to be worth 2% each. This same system of not being able to see the posts of other students also existed for each topic’s general discussion forums, so only a few people ended up bothering to post there. So ridiculous and does not encourage group learning at all. The essay on hoarding disorder was ridiculous as well. It felt like we were doing the research for the academic staff (who ‘happen’ to also study hoarding disorder) because the theory we had to integrate had not yet been tested on hoarding disorder anyway. Imagine finding research on something that does not even exist! Exhilarating! The marking was absolutely whack too, and I’m saying this even though I received a Distinction. The feedback provided was excessive, nit picky, inconsistent and often unintelligible. Never received such shocking feedback ever before. My tutor, who I feel too bad to name in full so I will just say that her name starts with ‘V’, was also shocking. She spent a lot of time complaining about how busy and tired she was, and how she only turned up to our classes because she was paid to. She was shocking at stimulating class discussion, using leading questions that nobody felt comfortable answering because we knew she already had a very specific answer in mind. She would then get angry at us for not participating, even though she created such an awkward and tense environment. I did not get much out of the tutorials because I was so on edge and she would skip through things she didn’t think were important. I understand that she is busy and tired, but we did not force her to teach us. That is on her and I found it completely inappropriate that she would express her discontent with teaching us. I agree with another review here saying that if you’re interested in this subject’s content, just buy the textbook and read it in your own time. Trust me, you will get way more out of that than completing this unit. Do not select this elective unless you are prepared to be overwhelmed, confused and disappointment. I wish I read these reviews before I selected this mess of a subject. The academic staff really need to reform this subject, but it seems like they do not care enough about their students to do so.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

This unit was a mess, really disappointing since the content itself is quite interesting. Pretty much just doing textbook notes (from an online textbook at physical book prices) and fumbling with assessments that are described very cryptically. A big shame since the content seems essential to any psychology degree.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

The content of this unit is pretty interesting but there was so much content to cover. The essay was terrible as there was no direction was given. Tutorials were helpful and enjoyed participating on the online forums.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

In this unit a student experiences psychopathology first hand. Students get to flail wildly with extensive material, a poorly defined literature review (scream) and no support for learning. Hair pulling, reflux and anxiety became a near daily event. Thankfully the material is interesting. Don't expect a high GPA here, read the textbook for your own knowledge and pick another elective. To study this well need to do only this subject.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Incredibly unorganised unit. Having very little lectures and basing pretty much the whole content off the textbook is ridiculous. The content is very interesting though. Do this unit if you have a lot of time to spare and not a lot of other units to do. Convenor is also hopeless, as mentioned before on previous reviews.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Similar to past reviews, I thought the actual content was super interesting and relevant to the work most psychology students want to end up doing but the organisation of the unit is terrible. Marking for the written assignment seemed incredibly harsh, students who normally get HDs getting Ps for example. Little to no explanation of why work was marked as hard as it was, just "thats how hard we decided to mark it". Also refusal to provide information such as numerical marks or averages. Convenor's responses to reasonable questions on the forum, when they do occur, are often condescending. Didn't enjoy this unit at all and really regret doing it as I fear it will pull my average down!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018