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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Schwartz, Kenneth L.


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CoursePS 401 Abnormal Psychology RA
SemesterS1SS2006
FacultySchwartz, Kenneth L.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesB.S. Psychology
M.A. Counseling Psychology
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Texas
Office LocationClassroom
Office HoursBy arrangement only
Daytime Phone565-3139
E-Mailkenneth.schwartz@park.edu
Semester DatesJanuary 9, 2006 - March 5, 2006
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time4:55 - 7:35 PM
PrerequisitesPS 101
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Comer, R., (2004) Abnormal Psychology (5th Ed).  New York, NY: Worth Publishers. (ISBN:0-7167-5792-3).

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore


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

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's education philosophy is based on the use of reading, lectures, discussion and interactions, exercises, papers, quizzes, and examinations to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and skills related to the topic area of a course.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate appropriate use of abnormal human behavior concepts, guided by the criteria of distress, deviance, dysfunction, danger.
2. Differentiate and evaluate theories and treatments of psychopathology.
3. Display ethical and responsible use of the DSM-IV.
Identify the historical and cultural context of psychopathology.  
4. Critically examine the contextual influences on the theories and treatments of psychopathology.
5. Demonstrate a general understanding of the DSM-IV diagnostic classification system and abnormal behavior.
6. Develop some insight into the strengths and limitations of the diagnostic approach for identifying and categorizing abnormal behavior.
7. Be able to identify general diagnostic symptoms associated with specific conditions.
8.  Understand practical ways the classification system can be used to help identify needs of individuals and formulate potentially effective treatment intervention approaches.

Course Assessment:
The level of student success in achieving the learning outcomes will be measured by class participation, examinations, and a reaction paper & presentation evaluating the DSM-IV diagnostic classification system.

Grading:
Class Participation - 50 points
Reaction Paper - 100 points
Quizzes (10 quizzes at 10 points each) - 100 points
Examinations (three at 100 points each) - 300 points
Presentation - 50 points
Total Points Available - 600 points

1.  Completion of a 6 to 8 page double-spaced typewritten paper (Word Times New Roman 12-point type) in which you integrate several aspects of the abnormal psychology diagnostic and classification approach.  You can discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the currentsystem, your personal perspective of how you would use the diagnostic classification or a different approach for identifying and treating abnormal behavior, etc.  Discuss the rationale for your approach/model, its strengths and weaknesses, how it would assist in effective treatment, the philosophical, theoretical, and practical benefits/problems with your approach, etc.  The purpose of this assignment is to mentally interact with the current diagnostic and classification system model; develop your own perspective/approach to its use (or a radically different system of classificaiton/diagnosis as long as you can justify its usefulness and benefit to effective psychotherapy); and articulate your rationale for your approach/model.  Your model should touch on areas like your view of human nature, health, and pathology; the structure of the personality and human needs; and how change occurs.  The overall goal of the paper is to present a cohesive, practical, and effective diagnostic and classification approach with supporting rationale.  Paper must follow APA format.  You will also make a class presentation of your model.

2.  Tests will be objective format.

A: 90 - 100%
B: 80 - 89%
C: 70 - 79%
D: 60 - 69%
F: Below 60% or three or more unexcused absences

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the date given in the syllabus.  Five points will be deducted for every day an assignment is late.  No points will be awarded for an assignment that is late by more than 1 week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend all class session and arrive on time.
2. Read all assignments prior to class and actively participate in class discussions.
3. Treat each other with courtesy and respect.
4. Advise instructor of any TDYs before departure if it requries missing class.  Provide a copy of the orders to the instructor for the absence to be excused.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Date               Topic           Assignment            
Week 1 - Class 1   Overview          Chap 1
Jan 10

Week 1 - Class 2   Research          Chap 2
Jan 12

Week 2 - Class 3   Models of         Chap 3
Jan 17             Abnormality

Week 2 - Class 4   Diagnosis &       Chap 4
Jan 19             Treatment

Week 3 - Class 5   Anxiety           Chap 5  
Jan 24             Stress                

Week 3 - Class 6   Stress            Chap 6     Exam #1
Jan 26             Disorders                  (chap 1-5)  

Week 4 - Class 7   Dissociative      Chap 7
Jan 31             Disorders

Week 4 - Class 8   Mood              Chap 8&9
Feb 2             Disorders

Week 5 - Class 9   Eating            Chap 11
Feb 7              Disorders

Week 5 - Class 10  Substance         Chap 12
Feb 9              Disorders

Week 6 - Class 11  Schizophrenia     Chap 14    Exam #2
Feb 14                                    (chap 6-9,11,12)

Week 6 - Class 12  Schizophrenia     Chap 15
Feb 16            

Week 7 - Class 13  Personality       Chap 16    Reaction
Feb 21             Disorders                    Paper due

Week 7 - Class 14  Aging             Chap 18
Feb 23            

Week 8 - Class 15  Legal Issues      Chap 19
Feb 28            

Week 8 - Class 16  Class Review                 Exam #3
Mar 2                                   (chap 14-16,18,19)

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners 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:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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