PS401 Abnormal Psychology

for F1L 2006

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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology


F1L 2006 WT


Moore, Dana


Adjunct Faculty



Office Location

Whiteman Air Force Base Education Building

Office Hours

By Arrangement

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

21 August - 15 October, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:20 PM


PS 101

Credit Hours


Martin E. P. Seligman, Elaine F. Walker, David L. Rosenhan.  Abnormal Psychology.  Fourth Edition.  W. W. Norton & Company, 2001.  ISBN 0-393-97417-0.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Periodicals, newspapers, videos, magazines, etc. that Relate to abnormal behavior and other issues pertinent to the subject may be brought to class.  Searches on the internet will be the most beneficial for supplemental materials and is strongly encouraged. 

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Course Description:
An introduction and investigation of the causes, development, sympto-matology and treatment of abnormal behavior. Primary focus is an eclectic view of persons and their adaptation of their environment. PREREQUISITE: PS 101. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of the enteractiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings.  The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The final grade for the course will come from the two scheduled examinations, any quizzes given during the course, the research paper and participation in class.



Exam One                 30% of grade

Exam Two                 30% of grade

Research Paper        30% of grade

Class Part.                10% of grade

The following percentages will be used to assign course grades:

A  90-100%

B  80-90%

C  70-79%

D  60-69%

F  Below 60% of more than 2 unexcused absences


There will be no curve used in the grading nor will extra work be accepted for credit except to make up course work missed due to an excused absence.  Students are expected to consult with the instructor before undertaking any work for extra credit.


Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due on the date announced.  As assignment will be devalued one letter grade per class period that it is late unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class every night and strictly follow the rules established by Park University and the Base Education Office.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Aug 22 Introduction to course-Chapter 1, pp. 2-29, Abnormality: Past and Present

Aug 24 Chapter 2, pp. 30-85, Assessment, Diagnosis and Research Methods

Aug 29 Chapter 3, pp. 86-121, Psychological Approaches

Aug 31 Chapter 4, pp. 122-161, Biological Approach and Neuroscience

Sep 5 Chapter 5, pp. 162-219, Anxiety Disorders

Sep 7 Chapter 6, pp. 220-247, Somataform and Dissociative Disorders

Sep 12 Chapter 7, pp. 248-299, Mood Disorders

Sep 14 Mid-Term Exam

Sep 19 Chapter 8, pp. 300-369, Early Onset Disorders

Sep 21 Chapter 9, pp. 370-413, Personality Disorders

Sep 26 Chapter 10, pp. 414-467 Schizophrenias

Sep 28 Chapter 11, pp. 468-499, Late Onset Disorders

Oct 3 Chapter 12, pp. 500-533, Psychological Factors and Physical Disorders

Oct 5 Guest Speaker-Dr. Julie McMurphy (PAPER DUE)

Oct 10 Chapter 14, pp. 574-637, Substance Use Disorders

Oct 12 Final Exam

A research paper is part of this course. It is to be on one of the abnormal behaviors studied during this course. Full details will be provided on the first night of class.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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