Brain and Mind Disorders in Childhood (BMRI5010)


This unit of study provides an understanding of child development from conception to adolescence, looking at key genetic, psychological and environmental factors that contribute to clinical disorder. Classic pathologies such as mood disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders will be examined, as well as other forms of learning difficulty and cognitive impairment. The unit will discuss the influence on child development of familial, educational, social, economic and environmental and range of targeted interventions relevant to these groups. Students will also be introduced to strategies for holistic care and the importance of working with services including health, education and welfare. Part of this experience includes a site visit to a clinical centre to observe a diagnosis session taking place.

Further unit of study information


1x2-hr lecture/week


short answer questions (30%), extended response (30%), essay (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.