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Great unit! The content is easy to follow, and Professor Norberg goes beyond the role of a convenor to look out for her students and share her own great stories about managing mental health struggles while pushing forward to achieving success. It's true that the textbook is quite in depth (not necessarily a bad thing) but it's there mainly to supplement the lecture content (which it overlaps with quite a bit) and not the main focus of the final exam (same for any other unit). Don't mind the whingers at the bottom giving bad reviews - students who get bad marks always have to find a way to blame others for their own mistakes!
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020
Professor Melissa Norberg helped me a lot during my undergraduate year. The unit was very interesting and she was very helpful whenever I had any questions. Tutorials were engaging, and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. When I wanted to seek additional feedback for my essay, she personally met up with me one on one to go through every single feedback, so that I would not make the same mistake again in the future (without her help, I would not be able to achieve first class honors). You can tell she is an excellent professor who wants the best for her students. I was extremely lucky to have Melissa as my honors supervisor- she was very hands on, and consistently checked in on me to make sure I was making good progress on my thesis. She provided extremely detailed feedback for my thesis draft, and even encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone to learn a new statistical method. Professor Melissa Norberg is a very down to earth, personable supervisor to me. She puts time aside to get to know all her honors students, and arranged weekly meetings to help us de-stress and collaborate ideas together. I would encourage all students to study this unit. This unit made me realize that it is important to seek treatment for our own underlying issues before we can be a confident psychologist. Remember, we cannot help others until we have helped ourselves.
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018
This unit is challenging but you learn a lot. The information is super useful as well. When I was on my practical placement (a mandatory requirement of psych degrees at MQ) I was very glad I did this unit. I needed to use the information about different diagnoses, treatment styles and underlying causes. This unit helped me in a real world context, and I think that is just about the best thing to get from a university unit. I disagree with comments that the marking was too hard or unreasonable. The tutors and unit convenor provided detailed, direct feedback about what to improve on. This may have offended some students but I personally really appreciated this. I don't like when tutors give a grade and you are left wondering what needs improvement. I used the comments on my assignment to improve and actually referred back when I was doing other assignments in compulsory second semester, third-year units. The textbook was super interesting, organised into lots of subsections and had lots of graphs/pictures and real world examples to aid understanding. This made it easy to read if you were willing to set aside time. If you turn up to any unit expecting to watch a weekly lecture only, you will perform poorly. As another reviewer has said, many students taking this unit probably want to go on to be clinical psychologists. Doing this unit, I was motivated by my desire to learn information that could help me support people experiencing mental health issues, rather than just getting easy good grades. I achieved highly in this unit, I believe due to this motivation. I would encourage any future students to keep your purpose for choosing psychology in mind while you study. I also disagree with the comments reviewers have made about the unit convenor and tutors. The unit convenor is a very knowledgeable person who has extensive experience in the clinical realm. Also, she did not "threaten" to report students with mental health issues to the board! In ALL of the third year psych courses I did that were convened by clinical psychologists, the lecturer stated in the first lecture the requirement of registered psychologists to protect vulnerable people by reporting anyone who had UNTREATED mental health issues... i.e. if there was an incident where someone in your cohort was being antisocial/displaying concerning signs that they need to seek professional help themselves before they can help someone else, then a registered psychologist would have to report that (which is a good thing!). Overall this is an enjoyable unit and I highly recommend it. Take it as an opportunity to build confidence that you can be an effective researcher and self-motivated learner, which will be so crucial in your honours year!
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019
All of the below comments have really shed some light on the individuals completing an undergraduate Psychology degree. Yes, this unit may be hard work but being a Psychologist is hard work. The convener of this unit is an intelligent woman who is very highly ranked in the field of Psychology. The convener has taken on board a lot of critical feedback in turning this unit around, however only so much can be done to make the unit 'easier' for students without depriving them of the skills and knowledge required to be a clinical psychologist. By the third year of your degree, you should all be getting into the habit of purchasing and reading your textbooks daily as lectures and assignments don't give individuals a comprehensive amount of information to understand each concept thoroughly. At the end of the day, the Psychology degree at MQU is recognised quite highly by employers, and it pains me to think that students are badmouthing conveners and tutors over their own inability to manage time appropriately. Further, in regards to critical feedback on assignments you should be taking these comments on board to help you improve your writing in preparation for your career. Writing horrible reviews on a unit over a pass or credit mark in an assignment is quite a selfish way to express your concerns. The convener is an experienced researcher who has published numerous papers over the years, so maybe you could reorient your opinions positively, take on board the feedback and excel in future writing. At the end of the day, most of you will be extending your degree into MRes or MClin so it is beneficial for you to be able to write comprehensive reports on client diagnoses. Anyway, this is a very interesting unit so don't be discouraged by the negative reviews written on this page. In the last year, the unit has been turned around I hope you all find the content as thought-provoking as I did! :)
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020
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.