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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Mason, Teresa L.


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

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

S1F 2006 QU

Faculty

Teresa L. Mason

Title

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. George Mason University - Psychology
M.A. Geogre Mason University - Developmental Psychology
Ph.D (ABD) George Mason University - Developmental Psychology

Office Location

Quantico

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

703-598-1291

Other Phone

703-598-1291

E-Mail

teresa.mason@park.edu

tmason@gmu.edu

Semester Dates

10 January - 7 March 2006

Class Days

Wednesday

Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Prerequisites

PS101

Credit Hours

3


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 Park
http://www.park.edu/library/index.asp - Park University Library
http://www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org/quanticolibrary.htm - Quantico Marine Corps Base Family Library
http://www.fmmcmwr.com/librarymyer.htm - Fort Myer Post Library

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:
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

  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.
  4. Identify the historical and cultural context of psychopathology.
  5. Critically examine the contextual influences on the theories and treatments of psychopathology.
Class Assessment:
Required Core Assessment:
Case Study - Directions:
Read the Case Study about Randy.  After reading the case study, please answer the questions that are listed at the end of the case study.  Please list the category of the question(e.g., Evaluation, Synthesis, etc.),and number each question according to the numbers in the category listing.  The Case Study will be given to you on the first night of class. NOTE: your case study must be turned in both in electronic and hard-copy form.

Additional Assessments:
2. Mid-term and Final Exams:
Students will complete two examinations.

3. In-class assignments:
These will be designed to provide you with the opportunity to work in groups and apply the concepts we are learning about.  An example is the use of case studies to understand a theoretical approach.

4. Out-of-class assignments:
Throughout the term you will be asked to complete short written exercises that will help you learn the concepts and prepare for the exams.

5. Modules:
You must complete 2 modules.  Any additional modules completed will be worth 2 points that will be added onto your mid-term or final exam point total (not percentage).

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

Chapters

Activities

Exams & Assignments Due

Modules

Meeting - 1
11 Jan

1 - Introduction and History of Abnormal Psychology; and
2 - Research in Abnormal Psychology

Lecture; Video

N/A

N/A

Meeting - 2
18 Jan

3 - Models of Abnormality; and
4 - Assessment

Lecture & group assignment

N/A

Module 1 - Topic TBA

Meeting - 3
25 Jan

5 - Anxiety Disorders; and
6 - Stress Disorders

Lecture & group assignment

N/A

Module 2 - Topic TBA

Meeting - 4
1 Feb

7 - Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders

Lecture & group assignment

N/A

Module 3 - Topic TBA

Meeting - 5
8 Feb

8 - Mood Disorders; and
9 - Treatment of Mood Disorders

Lecture & group assignment

Midterm Exam

Module 4 - Topic TBA

Meeting - 6
15 Feb

10 - Suicide; and
11- Eating Disorders; and
12 - Substance Disorders

Lecture & group assignment

Draft of Case Study Due

Module 5 - Topic TBA

Meeting - 7
22 Feb

14 - Schizophrenia; and
15 - Treatments for Schizophrenia

Lecture & group assignment

N/A

Module 6 - Topic TBA

Meeting - 8
1 March

16 - Personality Disorders; and
Wrap-Up

Lecture & group assignment

Case Study Due

Module 7 - Topic TBA

Meeting - 9
8 March

N/A

Final group assignment

Final Due

N/A


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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