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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Miller, Tamara D.


Abnormal Psychology

Park University

 

             

COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: PS 401

 

COURSE DESCRIPTOR:

 

COURSE TITLE: Abnormal Psychology

 

SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: F1J 2004

 

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Tamara D. Miller

 

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Adjunct Professor Social Sciences

 

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: downtown

 

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: 5:00 – 5:30 Tuesday, or by appointment

 

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 913-288-7136, 913-573-7475, 913-573-3191

 

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:  tammil@kc.rr.com

 

           

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: tammil818@hotmail.com, tmiller@toto.net, tamara.d.miller@gm.com

 

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS:

 

DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: August 24 – October 12, 2004

 

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Tuesdays

 

CLASS SESSION TIME: 5:30 – 9:50

 

PREREQUISITE(S): PS 101

 

CREDIT HOURS: 3

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

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

 

VISION STATEMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

 

An introduction and investigation of the causes, development, symptomatology and treatment of abnormal behavior. Primary focus is an eclectic view of persons and their adaptation of their environment. Pre-requisite: PS101. 3:0:3

 

 

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:

 I will address a variety of learning styles through the use of visual media, discussions and group activities, writing, presentations, and hands on application of concepts. The facilitator encourages critical thinking, reading and writing skills. I believe that learning is fundamentally about exploring the boundaries of your own values, beliefs and ideas.

 

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1. Participants will obtain a general understanding of the ways we define abnormal.

2. Participants will become acquainted with diagnostic symptoms associated with specific mental illnesses.

3. Participants will acquire a general knowledge of the development and treatment of abnormal behavior.

4. Participants will gain an understanding of the diagnostic classifications system.

5. Participants will deepen their understanding of psychological principles and integrate abnormal psychology into existing knowledge base of human behavior..

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S):

Davison, Neale and Kring  Abnormal Psychology, 9th ed. 2004, Wiley

 

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY:        “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

 

 

PLAGIARISM:            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.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

 

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY:       Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. ANY TWO ABSENCES IN THE TERM WILL RESULT IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE WITHDRAWAL OR FAILING GRADE.

 

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:

I do not accept late materials. Any assignment not submitted at 5:30 on the date due will receive a zero.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT:

Course will be assessed on three one hundred point exams and three case studies worth 50 points each.

 

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:

 Please turn cell phones and pagers off or to silent/vibrate mode. If you feel compelled to take a call or answer a page, please step outside to do so, preferably at a break time. Such disruptions to the classroom environment are detrimental.

There will be group discussions that I will lead. Because in the social sciences there are sensitive topics there are a few ground rules.

First, everything that is said in our classroom stays in the room. This type of course lends itself to personal disclosure and that should be safe for everyone.

Second, unless the building is on fire, DO NOT raise your voice in the classroom. I consider it disrespectful, not only to me, but also to the other students.

Lastly, speak one at a time. I will give you ample opportunity to speak and be heard, but respect those around you and hear them as well.

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: 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 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of the any inconsistency between those 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Date

Agenda

To be completed

 

August 24

 

Housekeeping, introductions, course overview, historic contributions, current paradigms

 

We will complete student information sheets in class

August 31

Diagnostic classification system, clinical assessment measures, Childhood Disorders

 

September 7

Anxiety Disorders, Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders, Psychophysiological
disorders

 

Exam One

Case study one due

September 14

Sexual Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders

 

September 21

Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Learning Disorders

 

Case study two due

September 28

Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Aging and Psychological Disorders

Exam two

October 5

Psychological treatments and ethical issues

Case study three due

October 12

 

Final exam


 
GRADING PLAN
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Grading scale:

450 – 405        A

404 – 360        B

359 – 315        C

314 – 270        D

269 – below     F