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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Clarence, Deborah R.


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.
CoursePS 401 Abnormal Psychology MT
SemesterS2RR2005
FacultyClarence, Deborah R.
Degrees/CertificatesM.ED- Vocational Counselor
Daytime Phone208-794-1610
E-Maildeborahclarence@park.edu
deborah clarence @yahoo.com
Semester Dates28 March through 22 May 2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
PerquisitesPS 101
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Abnormal Psychology; (5th edition) Comer, Ronald, J., 2004; Worht Publishers and W. H. Freeman and Company

Additional Resources:
Written materials may be handed out to aid the student in further insight. DSV IV, periodical “Psychology Today” available at base 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.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator will engage each learner in lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions in review of material presented in the textbook, and other resources. The learner can expect activities in the form of open discussion with a variety of exercises to encourage student's expression of ideas. Printed handouts, internet, video and web sites will supplement text materials.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss historical development of abnormal psychology and it's reflection on current views of abnormal behavior.

2. Understand research methods and how they relate to mental disorders.

3. Develop and discuss concepts pertaining to clinical assessment, diagnosis and approaches to treatment, as well as learn how these concepts are related to various mental disorders.

4.Identify theoretical perspectives and models of abnormality, and how they explain abnormal functioning.

5.Understand symptoms of various mental disorders and how they impair functioning and affect normal performance.

6.Learn to differentiate behaviors and the thought processes of suicidal persons, persons with eating disorders, and persons with gender identity disorders.

7.Learn to recognize symptoms of child hood disorders, and symptoms of aging from normal variations in behavior.

8.Discuss and resolve ethical dilemmas and understand laws that govern clinical practice of psychology.

Course Assessment:
This course will be evaluated by the student's successful completion of a Midterm examination, and Comprehensive Final examination. These evaluations will consist of multiple choice and true false questions. Students will also be expected to complete 3 additional graded assignments, and a term paper. Further information regarding these assignments and the term paper will be discussed in class.

Grading:
Midterm        40 points                     24% of grade
Term Paper      40 points      24% of grade
Final        40 points      24% of grade
3 assignments 45 points (15 each)      28% of grade
TOTAL Points 165

VI. Grade Requirements:
91% - 100% A 150 to 165 points
81% - 90% B 134 to 149 points
71% - 80% C 117 to 133 points
61% - 71% D 101 to 116 points
60% or below F 100points or lower

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 Because a significant proportion of the learning process will result directly from classroom exercises and discussions, regular class attendance is essential to successful completion of course work and to satisfactory performance on examinations. In addition, students will be expected to complete reading assignments prior to each class session in preparation for classroom discussion. Please refer to the Park College Bulletin for policies regarding attendance and academic honesty.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Tue 29 Mar  Introduction course review
Thu 31 Mar  Research                        Chpt 2
Tue 5 Apr   Theoretical perspectives        Chpt 3
Thu 7 Apr   Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment Chpt 4
Tue 12 Apr  Anxiety Disorders Chpt 5
   Psychological Stress Chpt 6
Thu 14 Apr  Suicide Chpt 10
           Somatoform Disorders Cpt 7
Tue  19 Apr Mood Disorders Cpt 8
   Treatment of Mood Disorders Chpt 9
Thu 21Apr   Schizophrenia Disorders Chpt 14
   Treatment of Schizophrenia Chpt 15
Tue 26 Apr  Personality Disorders Chpt 16
   Childhood/Adolescent Disorders Chpt 17
   Disorders of Aging Chpt 18
Thu 28 Apr  Eating Disorders Chpt 11
   Substance Abuse Chpt 12
   Gender Identity Disorders
MID-TERM
Tue 3 May   Legal issues in Abnormal Psychology Chpt 19
MID-TERM  Due
Thu 5 May   CLASS ACTIVITY ASSIGNMENT
Tue 10 May  CLASS ACTIVITY ASSIGNMENT
Thu 12 May  Treatment and current trends Chpt 1
Tue 17 May  CLASS ACTIVITY ASSIGNMENT
TERM PAPER DUE

Thu  19 May COMPRENSIVE FINAL

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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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