Stress promotes vulnerability to, or exacerbates symptoms of, most mental illnesses. Stress-related disorders result from an atypical response to anxiety due to physical, mental or emotional stress. Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop if feelings of fear, anger and depressed mood persist after exposure to a traumatic event. You will explore how atypical responses to trauma lead to disorders and how brain changes manifest into debilitating symptoms. For most, current treatments are not effective, so you’ll also explore emerging evidence behind novel therapies such as pharmacotherapies.
|Online – The online activities will include a combination of videos, peer to peer collaboration, asynchronous online materials, and lecturer and peer zoom drop-ins.||3hrs||Week 1||13 times|
700 Level (Specialised)
|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||Build an advanced understanding of neurological evidence associated with the development and treatment of stress-related mental health disorders.||Knowledgeable|
|2||Assess and articulate, from an ethical perspective, the complexities of addressing stress-related disorders in the community and its impacts.||Ethical|
|3||Appraise traditional approaches in addressing stress-related disorders and review current evidence of novel therapies utilised in treatment or community care.||Sustainability-focussed|
|4||Evaluate an integrated approach to treating a stress-related disorder to develop research questions and future directions based on neuroscientific evidence.||Engaged|
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Enrolled in Program AR602.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
You will be given practice questions within the first 4 modules to receive early feedback and to help you to become familiar the type of questions to be answered in task 1.
|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||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||15%||
|Week 4||Online Test (Quiz)|
1500 words (across multiple posts).
|Week 9||Online Discussion Board|
|Exam Period||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Online open book exam|
You will be assessed on your understanding of neurological evidence associated with the development and treatment of stress-related mental health disorders. You will complete an open book, take home (online) exam to respond to a series of questions including multiple choice, fill in the blank, and one word and short answer responses.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
Open book, take home exam (online) to respond to a series of questions including multiple choice, fill in the blank, and one word and short answer responses. Individual work. You will have one attempt.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Discussion board posting|
This assessment has been designed for you to demonstrate your ability to assess and articulate the complexities of ethical considerations in research, and in the treatment of stress related disorders in the community. You will respond to a series of set discussion board questions, incorporating both your own viewpoint and acknowledging those held by others.
Discussion board postings in response to set questions. More details will be in your task folder.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Position paper|
This assessment has been designed to demonstrate your ability to critically appraise the current evidence base regarding novel and integrated therapies for a stress-related disorders, and draw conclusions based on the evidence base to pose potential research questions and future directions.
Written piece - position paper. Guidelines and examples will provided in your task folder.
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. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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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. Students will be able to participate in video conferencing, and therefore it is recommended to have computer capabilities to join these sessions (e.g. webcam, microphone).
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