PS401 Abnormal Psychology

for S1E 2005

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CoursePS 401 Abnormal Psychology
FacultyGraff, Camille L.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesBA Sociology
BS Social Psychology
MS Counseling and Guidance
Office LocationClassroom
Office HoursBefore or after class or by arrangement
Daytime Phone760/757-2870
Semester Dates1/09/06-03/05/06
Class Days--T-----
Class Time4:45 - 10:00 PM
PrerequisitesPS 101
Credit Hours3

Comer, R. J. (2004). Abnormal psychology w/CD-ROM. (5th Ed). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on class discussion, lectures, group work, reading, examinations, research, videos, Internet, and writings. The instructor will facilitate learning through exploring ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:

a. The student will develop a working understanding of the DSM IV.
b. The student will be able to identify the clinical picture, causal factors, treatment and outcome of the major patterns of abnormal behavior.
c. The student will discuss the limitations of the diagnostic system.
d. The student will discuss the biological, psychological, interpersonal and sociocultural factors connected to abnormal behavior.

Course Assessment:
You are required to have read the assignment material and have completed the assigned work prior to class so that you are prepared to participate in discussion and activities in class. This course will consist of lectures, discussions, participation, activities, examinations, presentations, written assignments, research, and attendance.  Examinations may be essay, fill-in, short answer, true/false, matching, multiple-choice, or other types or a combination of any of these formats. Written assignments, reports, and class exercises will be executed with proper grammar in accordance with standards expected at Park University. (See Paper Grading Criteria for specific format.) I encourage you to store/save all work. Participation is evaluated through in-class participation and discussion.

Participation-40(5 points each night)
Out of class assignments-60(6 at 10 points each)
Two tests-300(150 points each)
Total possible points= 550 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due on the date indicated in the syllabus or by the instructor. However, because unexpected situations do occasionally arise, you may hand in some work up to one class day late. You will receive a reduction of ten percent. After one class day, no late work will be accepted. Late exams are not accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
--Students are expected to attend and ACTIVELY participate in all classes.  Active participation is especially crucial because it is through active participation that course information is learned and retained.
--Students are expected to have read all material prior to the due date to incorporate the material into assignments and discussions.
--5 points are available for participation each night of class. If a student is not in class, the student will get 0 participation points for the night. If the missed class is a result of requirements of his or her employment, the student may make up the participation points by completing an additional, prearranged assignment. If the student completes the assignment, no participation points will be deducted. Leaving class early or tardiness may result in a reduction of points.
--It is the student's responsibility to drop a class, not the instructor's.
--The instructor should be advised of any TDY/TDA assignments BEFORE the assignment if it requires the student to miss class. A copy of orders must be given to the instructor for the absence to be excused.
-- Per Park University Policy, students may mot miss more than two classes. If a student misses more than two classes, he or she may be administratively dropped. If a student misses class because of military orders, attendance is excused and the student will not be penalized.
--Emergencies will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. You must call or send an email to the instructor explaining the emergency before you miss the class. Not more than two classes may be missed for any reason. Documentation/verification may be required. It is the student's responsibility to get any information missed from class.
-- Also, be aware that derogatory comments, bad language, and rudeness will not be tolerated. Disagreement is fine (and, in fact, encouraged, as this is how learning occurs), as long as it is done with respect and tact. Lack of participation, disruptive behavior, or derogatory, rude, or offensive comments will result in a significantly lower grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
A syllabus is not a contract between instructor and student, but rather a guide to course procedures on attendance, requirements, grading, objectives, and class topics and reading schedules. The instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus when emergency circumstances dictate or unusual opportunities for student learning arise. Students will be notified.

Out of class assignments come from the video(s) from the CD-Rom. For the videos assigned, answer the questions briefly, and be prepared to discuss these in class.

Week One January 10
Review of course
Chapter One-Abnormal Psychology Past and Present
Chapter Three-Models of Abnormality
Chapter Four-Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Week Two January  17
Chapter Five-Anxiety DIsorders
Chapter Six-Stress Disorders
Assignment one

Week Three January 24
Chapter Seven-Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
Chapter Eight-Mood Disorders
Chapter Nine-Treatments for Mood Disorders
Assignment two

Week Four January 31
Chapter Ten-Suicide
Midterm (Chapters 1-10)

Week Five February 7
Chapter Eleven-Eating Disorders
Chapter Twelve-Substance-Related Disorders
Chapter Thirteen-Sexual Disorders and Gender Identity Disorder
Assignment three and four

Week Six February 14
Chapter Fourteen-Schizophrenia
Chapter Fifteen-Treatments for Schizophrenia
Assignment five

Week Seven February 21
Chapter Sixteen-Personality Disorders
Chapter Seventeen-Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Assignments one-six due
Term Paper due

Week Eight February 28
Chapter Eighteen-Disorders of Aging and Cognition
Final exam (Chapters 11-19)

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 85-87
Plagiarism is claiming as your own a paper, report, article, outline, or speech which, in whole or in part was prepared by someone other than yourself. Material quoted from readings MUST be noted according to the report writing style followed (APA, in this case). The scope of academic honesty is:
1. You must do your own work. Papers, quizzes, tests, etc. MUST be your own work in your own words.
2. When "borrowing" ideas from another source - ALWAYS, ALWAYS give credit; even on a test. You cannot have too many citations in a paragraph/paper - especially a "research" paper, because you are "researching" from other sources. If you have information that you did not research yourself, or that did not come directly from your head (ie. If you were "inspired" by something you read or saw), you MUST cite the reference. Claiming work as your own that is not yours is plagiarism. Plagiarism will result in failure of the assignment and may result in failure of the course.

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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:

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