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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Black, Charles A.


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Course

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

F2QQ 2007 HI

Faculty

Black, Charles A.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Education/Educational Psychology
Bachelor of Science

Office Location

Building 383, Hill AFB, Utah

Office Hours

0800 hours to 1600 hours

Daytime Phone

(801)390-3978

Other Phone

(801)476-8964

E-Mail

charles.black@park.edu

charles_black@comcast.net

charles.black@mtctechnologies.com

Semester Dates

22 )ctober - 16 Dec 2007

Class Days

------S

Class Time

9:30 - 4:00 PM

Prerequisites

PS101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Comer, Ronald J., Abnormal Psychology, 5th edition, Worth Publishers, New York, Ny, 2004

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Additional Resources:
Journal of Abnormal Psychology Journal of Psychology

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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

Educational Philosophy:
Students will be expected to treat others with respect and to be familiar with each chapter prior to discussion.

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.


  Instructor 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:
Examinations, case presentations.

Grading:

Examination: 200 total points.
Case presentation: 25 points.
Core Assessment 75 points.
A = 90 -100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = Below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Examinations taken after the assigned date will be in an alternate format.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Treat other classmates and instructor with respect.  Read chapters in advance of lecture.  Do one case presentation orally in class.  Complete Core Assessment by 7th week of class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

   

Date

Chapter

Exam

Other

27 Oct 07

1, 2

03 Nov 07

3, 4

1 - 4

10 Nov 07

5, 6, 7

17 Nov 07

8, 9

24 Nov 07

10, 11

5 - 9

01 Dec 07

12, 13, 14

08 Dec 07

15, 16

12 - 14

Core Assessments

15 Dec 07

17, 18

15 - 18

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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401ch5sg.doc

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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