Course Outline

MHN701 Mental Health and Neuroscience: Translational Research

Course Coordinator:Christina Driver ( School:School of Health - Psychology

2024Semester 1


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Across the lifespan mental disorders differ in their onset, type, and complexity. Current diagnostic approaches and treatments remain limited and (in some aspects) lacking. In this course you will focus on translational research to better understand disorders and optimal treatments, and how the latest scientific research findings are put into practice. You will explore recent and novel approaches to diagnosis, such as staging models, and treatments such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and EEG neurofeedback.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online – The online activities will include a variety of asynchronous, interactive learning materials, and options for lecturer and peer to peer collaborations, and lecturer and peer zoom drop-ins. 3hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • What is translational research
  • An overview of mental health disorders across the lifespan
  • Traditional classification systems for mental health disorders
  • Alternate and emerging classification systems for mental health disorders
  • An overview of current treatment approaches to mental health disorders
  • An introduction to novel treatment approaches to mental health disorders

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Interpret and communicate the neuroscientific evidence base surrounding mental health disorders, diagnosis, and treatment approaches. Knowledgeable
2 Critically appraise the current diagnostic approaches to mental health conditions and mental health and substance use disorders across the lifespan. Creative and critical thinker
3 Synthesise themes within mental health and substance use disorders to develop a different perspective. Creative and critical thinker
4 Provide meaningful and constructive feedback when undertaking peer review processes. Ethical
5 Communicate neuroscience to a broad audience incorporating appropriate skills relevant to presentation genre. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


This course is only available to students enrolled in AR503, AR602, or AR706


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

You will be provided with multiple opportunities to gain early formative feedback relevant to your first assessment task by engaging with your learning materials. These include interactive self-check activities in the modules, posting responses to discussion forums and responding to your practice activities in the indicated manner. In addition, you will have the opportunity to request a Zoom consult, along with submitting an early draft of your first assessment item.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Professional Individual 30%
1600 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Written Piece Individual 40%
1500 words perspectives piece AND
1000 words peer review.
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Oral and Written Piece Individual 30%
15-20 minutes
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Information Pamphlets
The goal is to interpret and use neuroscientific evidence to inform and raise awareness of mental health disorders that are experienced at various stages of life.
Product: Artefact - Professional
You will communicate the current neuroscience underpinning a range of different disorders, occurring at different stages in the lifespan. You will present your evidence in a set of information pamphlets according to the guidelines that will be provided, to inform the general public.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Interpretation of the neuroscientific evidence base for each chosen mental health disorders.
Communication of neuroscience to a broad audience.
Application of appropriate writing skills for relevant genre.
All - Assessment Task 2:Perspectives Piece
The goal is to critically appraise and synthesise current literature in the context of mental health diagnosis, treatment and the classification systems utilised, to develop a new perspective on why alternative approaches to classification may be appropriate.
Product: Written Piece
Submit: Week 10, 12. You will critically appraise and synthesise current literature to prepare a ‘Perspectives Piece’ style article, with a focus on one mental health disorder, in the context of an academic researcher pursuing journal publication and undertaking peer review. You will present your article in line with the relevant journal’s guidelines and format, then following submission of your piece in Week 10, you will step into the role of reviewer and provide feedback on a peer’s assignment, to be submitted in Week 12.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Interpretation of neuroscientific evidence-base surrounding mental health disorders and diagnosis
Critical appraisal of current literature
Synthesis of themes within mental health disorders to develop a new perspective
Communication of neuroscience relevant to audience and presentation genre.
Provision of meaningful and constructive feedback via peer review
All - Assessment Task 3:Science Communication Presentation
The goal is to effectively communicate scientific evidence to a broad audience in the context of treating mental health disorders with a novel intervention.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
You will develop a recorded presentation (slides and spoken audio) according to the guidelines provided, with the general public as your target audience. Your presentation will synthesise the strengths, limitations and implications of utilising the novel intervention, to therefore promote transparency and inform decision making when considering its involvement in treatment.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Explanation of a novel treatment intervention.
Selection and interpretation of neuroscientific evidence base
Communication of neuroscience to a broad audience
Synthesis of themes within mental health disorders highlighting strengths, limitations and implications.
Application of appropriate communication skills relevant to presentation genre.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

All work submitted for assessment is to be word processed and submitted electronically. It is expected that students will have ready access to a computer with common productivity software and reliable Internet access.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks will be penalised at the following maximum rate:

5% (of the assessment task’s identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
10% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the third day
20% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task.
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late.

To request an extension, you must contact your Course Coordinator and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.


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