NURSING 6205 - Mental Health

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

This course will examine the fundamentals of mental illness (depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder etc.), and causes (biochemical, neurological, behavioural, developmental, genetic, social etc.), treatments (pharmacological, psychological, spiritual) and health care models (shared care, acute inpatient, outpatient, public health, community and recovery approaches) which are regarded as current best practice.The course will also examine mental health from the perspective of national, state and local government levels.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 6205
    Course Mental Health
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Weekly online tutorials
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to GradDipAdd&MentalHlth and MNursSc students only
    Course Description This course will examine the fundamentals of mental illness (depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder etc.), and causes (biochemical, neurological, behavioural, developmental, genetic, social etc.), treatments (pharmacological, psychological, spiritual) and health care models (shared care, acute inpatient, outpatient, public health, community and recovery approaches) which are regarded as current best practice.The course will also examine mental health from the perspective of national, state and local government levels.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Alexander Gerrie

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate an understanding of mental health legislation and organisational policies and guidelines relevant to mental health practice.
    2 Recognise the features of a range of mental disorders and be able to classify them in accordance with recommended classification systems.
    3 Describe the range of interventions including psychosocial and pharmacological approaches in mental health care
    4 Discuss the complexities of service responses across sectors
    5 Formulate assessment and service responses to complex presentations utilising an interdisciplinary approach
    6 Understand the implications for diverse client characteristics including values, beliefs, age and cultural background
    7 Integrate the principles of recovery approach in responding to clients
    8 Compare and contrast models of interventions
    9 Demonstrate the ability to research and utilise the latest evidence
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Meadows, G, Farhall, J, Fossey, E, Happell, B, McDermott, F & Rosenberg, S 2021, Mental health and collaborative community
    practice: An Australian perspective, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.


    The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
    Please note: it is your responsibility to organise printing should you prefer a hard copy of the reader.
    Recommended Resources
    Evans,K, Nizette,D and O'Brien, A 2017, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 4th edition, Elsevier, Australia

    Bullock, S & Manias, E 2017, Fundamentals of Pharmacology, 8th edn, Pearson, Australia

    Corey,G 2017, Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 10th edition, Cengage Learning, Australia

    Online Learning
    Virtual Classroom
    The virtual classroom (VC) technology will be used for lectures and tutorial discussions on a weekly basis during this semester. Some information on the VC will be provided in the Study Guide, you need to familiarise yourself with this technology to become reasonably comfortable with using it prior to the start of the semester.

    Each week a one hour tutorial will be conducted via the Virtual Classroom. All students are expected to log on and participate. The tutorial will address the week’s readings, activities and provide a forum for discussion between students on their experiences related to their studies.

    All students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework nursing program have access to the School of Nursing – Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni. If you would like the opportunity to network with other students, you can use the Communication features in the site. This site will also feature information about the latest news and events at the School of Nursing.

    For more information, including easy to follow instructions visit

    Library Resources
    Help for Nursing Students
    The University of Adelaide Library has a website to help nursing students use the library and its resource (

    Remote student library service
    The University of Adelaide Library provides a document delivery and loans service to non-metropolitan students who do not visit a University of Adelaide campus to attend classes (
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is in the format of self-directed learning. You will be provided with a series of topics in the course and you will address these topics through readings and activities. Interactive activities have been designed to test and consolidate your knowledge and to assist in developing skills to critique the literature reviewed. Each topic has been designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of mental health.
    Throughout this study guide you will encounter activities which will give a greater understanding of the particular topic and its application to Mental Health. These activities will make up part of the assessment for Mental Health

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Mental Health is a 6 unit course within the Graduate Diploma of Addiction and Mental Health. The Virtual Classroom tutorial is one hour in length and it is expected that your own private learning and completion of activities will be in the order of 24 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course content will include the following:
    1. Overview of mental health legislation and policy directions
    2. Introduction to the major frameworks within mental health practice, such as the Recovery Model and consumer involvement.
    3. The basis of therapeutic relationship, including working within professional boundaries and participation in clinical supervision.
    4. Comprehensive assessment in mental health practice
    5. Understanding diagnostic classification systems relevant to mental health
    6. Contemporary approaches to intervention including psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic approaches
    7. Overview of mental health and mental illness across the lifespan
    8. Cross cultural perspectives and considerations in mental health practice.
    9. Description of the contexts and organisation of mental health services and cross sector collaborations
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no requirements for clinical placement for this course
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Online Quiz Fomative NGP 1, 3
    Portfolio Activities Formative/Summative 60% All
    Presentation Summative 40% All

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1
    Online Quiz
    An online Quiz will be provided on MyUni.
    This assessment is formative. It will have no marks assigned, however it will be marked and feedback will be provided to assist you in developing skills for future assessments.
    Length – N/A                                    Weighting – Non Graded Pass

    Assessment 2
    Presentation & Briefing paper
    A two-part assessment which requires you to develop a short presentation for your fellow students. The topic of the presentation will be selected from content relevant to this course in negotiation with the Course coordinator. A briefing paper is to be submitted prior to your presentation.
    Length 3000 word equivalent         Weighting : 40%

    Assessment 3
    Portfolio activities
    A two-part assessment which requires you to complete the Portfolio Activities included in the Study Guide from Week 3 – Week 12. You are required to complete these activities each week and submit as assessment in two parts Part A and Part B.
    Some activities will require completion through participation in online tutorials through the Semester.
    Length – 4500 words                    Weighting 60%
    Assessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via Assignments in MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at

    An assessment submitted via MyUni must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file. If submitting a PowerPoint presentation for marking, the .ppt or .pptx must be submitted as .pdf file. It is also important to submit your file under your name, such as surname.firstname. MyUni stamps all the other details against your filename once you submit your assessment.

    Information on avoiding Plagiarism is available at
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Students are reminded that plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty constitute a serious offence and can result in disciplinary procedures. Students are advised to read the policy Academic Honesty and Assessment Obligations for Coursework Students Policy & Coursework Students: Academic Dishonesty Procedures policy, available at The following definitions should be noted.

    Referencing: providing a full bibliographic reference to the source of the citation (in a style as determined by the School).
    Quotation: placing an excerpt from an original source into a paper using either quotation marks or indentation, with the source cited, using an approved referencing system in order to give credit to the original author.
    Paraphrasing: repeating a section of text using different words which retain the original meaning.
    Please note: changing just a few words does not constitute paraphrasing.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    NA due to number of responses.
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