PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
S1F 2006 QU
Teresa L. Mason
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A. George Mason University - PsychologyM.A. Geogre Mason University - Developmental PsychologyPh.D (ABD) George Mason University - Developmental Psychology
10 January - 7 March 2006
5:30 - 10:30 PM
Textbook: Comer, R.J. (2003). Abnormal Psychology, 5th Edition. Worth Publishers. ISBN 0716757923
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: • American Psychological Association (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th Ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
• Gorenstein, E.E. & Comer, R.J. (2002). Case studies in abnormal psychology, 1st Edition. Worth Publishers.
• American Psychiatric Association (2000). Quick reference to the diagnostic criteria from DSM-IV-R. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
• Greenberg, J. (1989). I never promised you a rose garden. New American Library.
• Chase, T. (1990). When rabbit howls. Jove Publishers.
http://www.park.edu/virginia - Metropolitan District of Washington Parkhttp://www.park.edu/library/index.asp - Park University Libraryhttp://www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org/quanticolibrary.htm - Quantico Marine Corps Base Family Libraryhttp://www.fmmcmwr.com/librarymyer.htm - Fort Myer Post LibraryCourse 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: I believe the ideal classroom is one where students add their own ideas to discussions, debate and challenge their fellow students, and actively think through the concepts being discussed. I learn so much from my students and I know they learn a lot from each other as well.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: The final course grade will be determined by the following measurements:
1. Case Study= 20%
2. Midterm and Final Examination = 55%
3. In-class Assignments = 10%
4. Out-of-class Assignments = 10%
5. Modules = 5%
Final course grading scale:
93-100 = A
83-92 = B
73-82 = C
63-72 = D
62 and below = F
Late Submission of Course Materials: If an assignment is due on a night that the student is not present, it is the student's responsibility to get the assignment to the instructor on the due date. Five points will be deducted each day an assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted after three days past the due date without prior approval from the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: • Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.
• Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.
• Students are required to read all material assigned prior to class and apply the material during class discussions, activities, and exercises.
• The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence, either prior to or immediately after the absence.
• Computers are now an integral part of our educational experience; you will be required to have access to the Internet on a regular basis.
• Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines.
• Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
• Students are expected to respect other students' opinions and values, even if they disagree with those opinions and values.
• There should only be one person talking at a time. Side bar conversations will not be tolerated.
Class Meeting Schedule
Exams & Assignments Due
Meeting - 1
1 - Introduction and History of Abnormal Psychology; and
2 - Research in Abnormal Psychology
Meeting - 2
3 - Models of Abnormality; and
4 - Assessment
Lecture & group assignment
Module 1 - Topic TBA
Meeting - 3
5 - Anxiety Disorders; and
6 - Stress Disorders
Module 2 - Topic TBA
Meeting - 4
7 - Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
Module 3 - Topic TBA
Meeting - 5
8 - Mood Disorders; and
9 - Treatment of Mood Disorders
Module 4 - Topic TBA
Meeting - 6
10 - Suicide; and
11- Eating Disorders; and
12 - Substance Disorders
Draft of Case Study Due
Module 5 - Topic TBA
Meeting - 7
14 - Schizophrenia; and
15 - Treatments for Schizophrenia
Module 6 - Topic TBA
Meeting - 8
16 - Personality Disorders; and
Case Study Due
Module 7 - Topic TBA
Meeting - 9
Final group assignment
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.
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 .