PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
S2Q 2006 FE
Powell, Shawn D.
Professor of Psychology/Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D. School PsychologyLicensed PsychologistNationally Certified School Psychologist
Friday and Saturdays ·March 24 & 25; April 7 & 8; and May 19 & 20
Fridays 5:00 to 10:00 and Saturdays 8:00 - 6:00 PM
Textbook: Comer, R. J. (2004). Abnormal psychology. (5th Ed). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
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
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Assessment: 1. Required paper: Write a 3-4 page paper on a select diagnostic classification including a review of the disorder from the psychological/biological/sociocultural perspectives. This paper must be written in APA format and contain a minimum of five scholarly references. Scholarly references are from peer reviewed journals and text books. If you have a question regarding a specific reference please ask me. This paper will count for 40% of your grade.
2. Complete two examinations over materials covered in class. This includes class notes, media materials presented in class, and readings from the text. These examinations will count for 60% of your grade.
Grading: Written paper 40% of the final grade.
Two examinations worth 30% each for a total of 60% of the final grade.
A = 90 to 100% B = 80 to 89% C = 70 to 79% D = 60 to 69%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments are due on the date indicated in the syllabus or by the instructor. However, because unexpected situations do arise, you may hand in work up to one class day late. You will receive a reduction of ten percent of the total points allowed. After one class day, no late work will be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: • Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss the material.
• Students are required to complete and turn in all assignments.
• Students will be expected to engage in active class discussions.
• Students will be expected to attend all scheduled classes. If you plan to miss a class, notify me as quickly as possible. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with another student to obtain notes of the material missed.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: March 24 & 25 Read Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
April 7 & 8 Read Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13
First examination will be given on Saturday
May 19 & 20 Read Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19
Second Examination will be given on Saturday
Written paper is due on Saturday
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
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