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Abnormal Psychology (BPS307)



Learn about Abnormal Behaviours

Mental health issues may affect at least one in five people at some stage in their life but the issues are often not recognised as such.  This may cause many problems for themselves, their families and friends, their employers and society in general.   There are many different types of mental health disorder ranging from anxiety, food, sexual and sleep disorders through to psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Mental health problems cost society vast amounts of money in treatment and lost productivity each year but because they are not as easy to recognise as physical ailments, they sometimes go undiagnosed.

This course helps students to develop the knowledge to distinguish different types of psychological disorders and understand their possible causes and treatment options. It introduces students to the main groups of disorders as outlined by the DSM and ICD classifiation systems, and is an ideal foundation for further study in mental health.


What this Course Covers

Eleven lessons:

1. Disorders Usually Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood or Adolescence
2. Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic & Other Cognitive Disorders
3. Substance Related Disorders
4. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
5. Mood Disorders
6. Anxiety Disorders
7. Somatoform, Factitious and Dissociative Disorders
8. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
9. Eating and Sleep Disorders
10. Impulse-Control Disorders; Adjustment Disorders
11. Personality Disorders
Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

  • The Brain and Behaviour
  • Family and Relationships Counselling
  • Psychological Profiling
  • Coping Better with Negative Emotions

There are three basic types of assessment.  Assessments are more than just a way of giving you a final result though!  For us; these assessments are opportunities to revisit things you have studied; interact with our academic staff, and look at things from another perspective. Psychologists know that true learning requires revisiting what you learn. Through these assessments, your learning is strengthened and in doing so, your ability to retain and apply your learning after study is strengthened.
By giving you different types of assessment tasks, the ways in which you encounter information is varied.  The three types of assessments are:
1.    Self-assessment tests (SAT):  These are presented during each lesson and are essentially an on-line quiz.  These provide immediate results, so you are able to identify areas that require further work.
2.    Assignments: These are undertaken at the end of each lesson and are designed to consolidate the lesson aim and the content.
3.    Optional Final Exam: Upon successful completion of all the lessons, you are able to choose to sit a final exam.  This can be sat at your convenience.  There is an additional cost for this option.  Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a formal transcript as proof of your results.

How Long Will You Take?

This course is flexible, allowing you to study at times that suit you.  It is designed so that most students will take about 100 hours to complete it.  What that looks like, is totally up to you.


Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network.  These are Colleges that are located in offices around the world and are affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.  Courses are developed with input from all the staff at these colleges, reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict “No Plagiarism” policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and if plagiarism is detected, work will not be deemed to have been completed and will be penalised. 


How This Course Could Help You

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling or mental health. Those wishing to work in counselling & psychology as well as in other caring roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. It may also be of benefit to anyone wanting to enhance their understanding to help friends or family living with mental health problems.

Study this course either in isolation or as part of a certificate or higher qualification to enhance your current skills or as a foundation towards further study.



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