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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Black, Charles A.


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: PS 401
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: MGE
COURSE TITLE: Abnormal Psychology
SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Summer 1 Term U1QQ05
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Mr. Charles Black
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Senior Instructor
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Building 383 room 227
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: (801)777-9992
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: cblack@park.edu
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: blackfam.1@netzero.net
FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: cblack@captain.park.edu
DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: 6 June - 31 Jul 2005
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Friday and Saturday
CLASS SESSION TIME: Fridays: 4:30 – 9:30 PM, Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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: Study of the effects of social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: This instructor’s philosophy is one of interactive exchange with students by presenting the course material in a way that is clearly understood by each student to the extent that they can see how this learning applies to their everyday lives. This will be based on lectures on course material from the book for which the student will be tested and expected to complete homework for each chapter. The instructor will also employ readings, videos and internet as sources of information.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: An introductin and investigation of the causes, development, symptomatology and treatment of abnormal behavior. Primary focus is an exlectic view of persons and \their adaptation of their environment. On completion of this course, the students will know the tenets of Abnormal Psychology, the distinction between neuroses and psychoses, including diagnosis, approaches to understanding from the points of the major western theories of personality, and prognosis. In pursuit of this knowledge and familiarity, the students will study and be tested on their knowledge of the understanding and approach to abnormal behavior of each of the majo0r theories that we study.

COURSE TEXTBOOK: Comer, Ronald J., Abnormal Psychology, 5th Edition, Worth Publishers, New York, 2004.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members 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.”

PLAGARISM: “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 instructor.”

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.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Tests must be taken per the schedule on the syllabus unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. Homework will be scored after completion of each chapter.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Learning will be assessed through examinations and scored homework.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Students will be expected to treat others with respect and to be familiar with each chapter prior to discussion.





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 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.

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:
Chapter Chapter
DATE Lecture Homework Exam (chapters)
8 July 2005 1 - 2 1 - 2
9 July 3 - 5 3 - 5
15 July 6 - 7 6 - 7 1 - 5
16 July 8 - 10 8 - 10
22 July 11 - 12 11 - 12 6 - 10
23 July 13 - 15 13 - 15
29 July 16 - 17 16 - 17 11 - 15
30 July 18 - 19 18 - 19 16 - 19

GRADING PLAN: Four Examinations, with a mixture of multiple choice, completion, and essay questions. Students will be graded on the following percentages: 90 – 100% = A, 80 – 89% = B, 70 – 79% = C, 60 – 69% = D, below 60 = F.