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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Wilson, Anthony


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.

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Course

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

S1Z 2008 ML

Faculty

Wilson, Anthony

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Associate of Applied Science, Community College of the Air Force
Bachelor of Science, Wayland Baptist University, Honolulu, Hawaii
Master Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, California

Office Location

Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

406-731-3219

Other Phone

799-1327

E-Mail

anthony.wilson3@park.edu

anthony.wilson@malmstrom.af.mil

anthony.wilson@bresnan.net

Semester Dates

January 7 - March 9, 2008

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Prerequisites

PS 101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Comer, Ronald J. (2007) Abnormal Psychology, 6 th.ed. New York: Worth Publishers.

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http://www.psychologicalscience.org

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

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's educational philosphy is one of interactiveness based on lecture, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, websites, and readings.  The instructor will engage each student in what is referred to disputations learning to encourage the level of exploration of ideas, issues and contridictions.

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 ethical and responsible use of the DSM-IV.
  4. Identify the historical and cultural context of psychopathology.
  5. Critically examine the contextual influences on the theories and treatments of psychopathology.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses are required to include a core assessment in order to measure the specific Departmental Learning Outcomes for each course. The core assessment for PS 401 Abnormal Psychology involves the application of knowledge of a particular disorder to a Case Study. Students will be provided a Case Study with questions to discuss related to information provided in the Case Study. The core assessment Case Study will be administered as a take-home assignment. 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

There will be two tests and two quizzes as noted below and students are required to complete homework as assigned.  A case study presentation will also be completed.

Grading:

The final course grade will be determined as follows:
Classroom attendance = 2.5 points
Classroom participation = 5 pts
No interruptions with pagers and cell phones = 2.5 points totalling 10 pts
(2) quizzess (20 points each) = 40 pts
One midterm = 20 points
Final exam = 20 points
Case study = 23 points
Grand total = 113 points
92-113 = A
82-91 = B
71-81 = C
60-71 = D
Below 60 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Case study is expected to be turned in on time.  With each day of lateness the point value of the paper will decrease 3 points from earned grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attrend each class as scheduled.  Use of cell phones cannot be permitted in class.  Each student's active participation is heavily encouraged adn graded.  Classroom discusssion is expected but also being mindful of the need to sustain mutual courtesy and respect for opinions and feelings at all times.  If a student misses class due to TDY, deployment, or being "in the field" it's the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of the projected absence.  It is also the student's responsiblilty to obtain the material covered and discussed in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

8 Jan - review syllabus and discuss Abnormal (Ab) Psychology: read Comer chapters 1-2
10 Jan - Discuss chpts 1-2, Ab Psychology: Past & Present, and research in Abnormal Psychology (read chpts 3-4)
15 Jan - Discuss chpts 3-4, Models of Ab Psychology and Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Tx. (read chpts 5-6)
17 Jan - Discuss chpts 5-6, Anxiety Disorders and Stress Disorders, (Quiz review chpts 1-6) Hmwk (study for quiz)
22 Jan - Quiz #1 Hmwk (read chpts 7-8)
24 Jan - Discuss chpts 7-8, Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders and Mood Disorders. Hmwk (read chpts 9-10)
29 Jan - Discuss chpts 9-10, Treatment for mood disorders and Suicide. Hmwk (read chpts for midterm, 1-10)
31 Jan - Midterm Review chapters 1-10
5 Feb - Midterm Hmwk (read chapters 11-12)
7 Feb - Discuss chpts 11-12, Eating Disorders and Substance Related Disorders. Hmwk (read chpts 13-14)
12 Feb - Discuss chpts 13-14, Sexual Disorders and Gender Identity Disorder and Schizophrenia (review chpts 11-14)
14 Feb - Review Quiz #2
19 Feb - Take Quiz on chpts 11-14 Hmwk (read chpts 15)
21 Feb - Discuss chpts 15, Treatments for Schizophrenia, and other Severe mental disorders. Hmwk (read chpts 16-17)
26 Feb - Discuss chpts 16-17, Personality D/O and Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence Hmwk (read chpts 18 -19)
28 Feb - Discuss chpts 18-19, D/O of aging & Cognition & Law, Society, & Mental Health Professions (review for final)
4 Mar - Take final examination. Hmwk (complete Case study and check grammatically for errors)
6 Mar - Turn in Case study
 

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
Outcome #1.Critical evaluation of the case study using the abnormal human behavior concepts of the 4Ds—Distress, Deviance, Dysfunction and Danger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
1. Answers to questions must identify examples from the case study of ALL FOUR of the following areas: 1.Distress 2.Deviance 3.Dysfunction 4.Danger 1. Answers to questions must identify examples from the case study of THREE  of the following areas: 1.Distress 2.Deviance 3.Dysfunction 4.Danger 1. Answers to questions must identify examples from the case study of TWO of the following areas: 1.Distress 2.Deviance 3.Dysfunction 4.Danger 1. Answers to questions identifies only ONE example or less of the following areas: 1.Distress 2.Deviance 3.Dysfunction 4.Danger 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
Outcome #4 & #5.Formulate the historical and cultural contexts and influences related to perceptions, outcome changes, diagnosis and treatment of the symptoms described in the case study                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Answers to questions need to cover ALL of the following areas: 1.Suburb perception: 2.Suburb outcome change: 1880s diagnosis: must reference some terminology appropriate to the period of time 3.1880s treatment: must reference at least 2 types of treatments appropriate to the period of time Answers to questions need to cover THREE-FOUR of the following areas: 1.Suburb perception: 2.Suburb outcome change: 1880s diagnosis: must reference some terminology appropriate to the period of time 3.1880s treatment: must reference at least 2 types of treatments appropriate to the period of time


 
Answers to questions need to cover TWO of the following areas: 1.Suburb perception: 2.Suburb outcome change: 1880s diagnosis: must reference some terminology appropriate to the period of time 3.1880s treatment: must reference at least 2 types of treatments appropriate to the period of time

 
Answers to questions need to cover ONE OR LESS of the following areas: 1.Suburb perception: 2.Suburb outcome change: 1880s diagnosis: must reference some terminology appropriate to the period of time 3.1880s treatment: must reference at least 2 types of treatments appropriate to the period of time

 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Outcome # 2 Differentiate the theories and treatments of psychopathology that explain the disorder described in the case study                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
1. Answers to questions need to cover ALL SIX of the following areas: 1.Genetic Factors: must mention specific genetic factors 2.Biochemical Abnormalities: must mention specific biochemical abnormalities 3.Family Stress:  Must include specific family stressors 4.Sociocultural Contribution:  Must mention specific Sociocultural contributions. 5.Medication:  Must mention specific medication (most appropriate considering research findings) 6.Treatment Modalities:  Must mention types of therapy (not medication) appropriate to the client's needs Answers to questions need to cover FOUR-FIVE of the following areas: 1.Genetic Factors: must mention specific genetic factors 2.Biochemical Abnormalities: must mention specific biochemical abnormalities 3.Family Stress:  Must include specific family stressors 4.Sociocultural Contribution:  Must mention specific Sociocultural contributions. 5.Medication:  Must mention specific medication (most appropriate considering research findings) 6.Treatment Modalities:  Must mention types of therapy (not medication) appropriate to the client's needs

 
1. Answers to questions need to cover THREE of the following areas: 1.Genetic Factors: must mention specific genetic factors 2.Biochemical Abnormalities: must mention specific biochemical abnormalities 3.Family Stress:  Must include specific family stressors 4.Sociocultural Contribution:  Must mention specific Sociocultural contributions. 5.Medication:  Must mention specific medication (most appropriate considering research findings) 6.Treatment Modalities:  Must mention types of therapy (not medication) appropriate to the client's needs Answers to questions need to cover TWO OR LESS of the following areas: 1.Genetic Factors: must mention specific genetic factors 2.Biochemical Abnormalities: must mention specific biochemical abnormalities  3.Family Stress:  Must include specific family stressors 4.Sociocultural Contribution:  Must mention specific Sociocultural contributions. 5.Medication:  Must mention specific medication (most appropriate considering research findings) 6.Treatment Modalities:  Must mention types of therapy (not medication) appropriate to the client's needs

 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Outcomes # 3-Classify the case study disorder's criteria of behaviors, level of functioning and continuity, the specific type of disorder and the behaviors of the disorder described in case study                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Answers to questions need to cover ALL FIVE of the following areas:1.Criteria I of disorder: behaviors: 2.Criteria II of disorder: level of functioning: 3. Criteria III of disorder: Continuity 4.Specific type of disorder: 5.Specific behaviors related to disorder: Answers to questions need to cover FOUR of the following areas: 1.Criteria I of disorder: behaviors: 2.Criteria II of disorder: level of functioning: 3.Criteria III of disorder: Continuity 4.Specific type of disorder: 5.Specific behaviors related to disorder: 1. Answers to questions need to cover THREE of the following areas: 1.Criteria I of disorder: behaviors: 2.Criteria II of disorder: level of functioning: 3. Criteria III of disorder: Continuity 4.Specific type of disorder:5.Specific behaviors related to disorder: 1. Answers to questions need to cover TWO OR LESS of the following areas: 1. Criteria I of disorder: behaviors: 2.Criteria II of disorder: level of functioning: 3.Criteria III of disorder: Continuity 4.Specific type of disorder: 5.Specific behaviors related to disorder: 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Answers to questions were organized, focused and statements were effectively supported Answers to questions were organized, focus may not be clear at times and support for statements was minimal Answers were minimally organized, focus was frequently difficult to determine and statements were inconsistently supported Answers were challenging to read due to disorganization, lack of focus and statements were not supported 
Technical Skill in Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Proofreading was effective and there were few, if any grammatical and/or structural errors and the errors were not distracting for the reader More effective proofreading was needed with more grammatical and/or structural errors which was somewhat distracting for the reader Proofreading was inconsistent and grammatical and/or structural errors were so numerous that the reader was seriously distracted Proofreading was not effective and grammatical and/or structural errors were so frequent that it was too challenging to read 

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