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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Moore, Dana


Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO Fall I 2004
Park University Vision: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Park University Mission: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will propare learners to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

I. Course Description
An introduction and investigation of the causes, development, sysptoms and treatment of abnormal behavior. Primary focus is an eclectic view of persons and their adaptation to their environment.

II. Goals of the Course
The course is designed to acquaint the psychology student with most of the major viewpoints on psychological disorders. Particular emphasis will be places on case studies.

III. Learning Objectives
The student who successfully completes the course should be able to:
A. Recognize and name certain abnormal behaviors
B. Know what general forms of treatment may be used with specific abnormal behaviors
C. Know when a behavior is abnormal and when treatment needs to be sought
D. Understand basic terminology used when discussing abnormal behavior

IV. Course Arrangements
Teaching techniques in this course include but are not limited to lecture, discussion, individual exercises, homework, videos and guest speakers.

V. Course Requirements
Students are expected to read the assigned material prior to coming to class and are expected to participate in classroom discussions. Students are expected to complete and submit homework assignments on time.

VI. Textbook
Martin E. P. Seligman, Elain F. Walker, David L. Rosenhan. Abnormal Psychology. Fourth Edition. W.W. Norton & Company, 2001.

VII. Supplemental Resource Materials
Periodicals, newspapers, videos, magazines, etc that relate to abnormal behavior and other issues pertinent to the subject may be brought to class. Searches on the internet will be the most beneficial for supplemental materials and is strongly encouraged.
A research paper pertinent to an abnormal behavior will be required in this class. Details of the paper will be given on the first night of class.

VIII. Class Meetings and Examination Schedule
Aug 17 Introduction to course-Chapter 1,pp. 2-29 Abnormality: Past and Present
Aug 19 Chapter 2, pp. 30-85 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research Methods
Aug 24 Chapter 3, pp. 86-121 Psychological Approaches
Aug 26 Chapter 4, pp. 122-161 Biological Approach and Neuroscience
Aug 31 Chapter 5, pp. 162-219 Anxiety Disorders
Sep 2 Chapter 6, pp. 220-247 Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
Sep 7 Chapter 7, pp 248-299 Mood Disorders
Sep 9 Mid-Term Exam
Sep 14 Chapter 8, pp. 300-369 Early Onset Disorders
Sep 16 Chapter 9, pp. 370-413 Personality Disorders
Sep 21 Chapter 10, pp. 414-467 Schizophrenias
Sep 23 Chapter 11, pp. 468-499 Late Onset Disorders
Sep 28 Chapter 12, pp. 500-533 Psychological Factors and Physical Disorders
Sep 30 PAPER DUE Guest Speaker: Dr. Julie McMurphy
Oct 5 Chapter 14, pp 574-637 Substance Use Disorders
Oct 7 Final Exam

IX. Class Policy
Class attendance is required. Forty hours of contact time are required for satisfactory completion of each course. Faculty are required to provide forty hours of contact time and students are expected to receive forty hours of instruction or complete equivalent work. Classes missed for legitimate reasons are excusable. However students must inform the instructor or college office prior to the absence and must make up missed work. Missed classes due to taking ordinary leave or vacation are not considered excused absences. Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Studaents are expected to come to all classes and be on time. Roll will be checked each class meeting. Three unexcused absences are excessive. These may be grounds for the awarding of a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the Campus Center Director.

Academic honesty is required of everyone in the learning community. Hence, the college will not tolerage cheating or plagiarism on examinations, papers, and other course assignments. STudents who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades, suspension or expulsion from the university.

Plagiarism, the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work, sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. This does not make it less serious. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructor or a research style guide for help.

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability

X. Grading Policy
The final course grade will be determined using the following scale: Exam I 30% of grade
Exam II 30% of grade
Paper 30% of grade
Class Participation 10% of grade

The following percentages will be used to assign course grades:
A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%
F Below 60% or more than two unexcused absences

There will be NO curve used in the grading process nor will extra work be accepted for credit except to make up course work missed due to excused absences. Students are expected to consult with the isntructor before undertaking any prrojects for extra credit.

All assignments are due on the date announced. All assignments will be devalued one letter grade per class period that it is late, unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor.


Received/Approved by Beth Hicks 07/07/04