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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Powell, Shawn D.


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

S2Q 2006 FE

Faculty

Powell, Shawn D.

Title

Professor of Psychology/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. School Psychology
Licensed Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Daytime Phone

307-637-5464

E-Mail

shawn.powell@piratemail. park.edu

shawndp@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

Spring II

Class Days

Friday and Saturdays ·March 24 & 25; April 7 & 8; and May 19 & 20

Class Time

Fridays 5:00 to 10:00 and Saturdays 8:00 - 6:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Comer, R. J. (2004). Abnormal psychology. (5th Ed). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

ISBN: 0-7167-5792-3


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

  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 the responsible use of the DSM-IV, (and not to present themselves as professional users of it).
  4. Identify the historical and cultural context of psychopathology.
  5. Critically examine the contextual influences on the theories and treatments of psychopathology.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Appreciate the biological, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives of mental disorders
  2. Comprehend the relationship between physical and mental disorders
  3. Review psychopathology across the life span
Core Assessment:


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.

Grading Scale:
  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.

  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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