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
Tue 3 May Legal issues in Abnormal Psychology Chpt 19
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
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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