PS401 Abnormal Psychology

for F2R 2004

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COURSE TITLE: Abnormal Psychology
NAME: Mr. Kenneth Bergo
TITLE: Instructor
LOCATION: Scott/50
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Monday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
DATES OF THE TERM: October 18 - December 11, 2004
CLASS DAYS: Monday - Wednesday
CLASS TIMES: 1700 -1930 hours

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.


EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, class and group discussions, writings, quizzes, and examinations. The instructor will engage the learner in a lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions related to abnormal psychology.

1. Provide the student with an introduction and background to abnormal behavior.
2. Acquaint the student with the following:
a. A multi-perspective approach to abnormal behavior, which recognizes all the major viewpoints of psychological disorder.
b. The introduction, evaluation, and the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV).
c. Research methods used in abnormal psychology - the methodological problems and standards that investigators must face.
d. The critical role of social support in preventing and treating the various disorders and dysfunctions - the important role of the immediate family in this concept.
e. The neuroscience perspective - this provides new and promising insights while focusing on the organic determinants of abnormal behavior.

TEXT BOOK: Martin E.P. Seligman, Elaine F. Walker, and David L. Rosenhan,. Abnormal Psychology. 4th Edition, New York , NY.: W. W. Norton and Company, 2001.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: The instructor will not receive any assignments after their due date. Assignments submitted after the due date will receive a grade of "zero".

COURSE ASSESSMENT: There will be two examinations each worth 100 points and one ten page term paper worth 100 points assigned during the term. The first examination will include all material covered between the first and the seventh class periods. The second examination will include all material covered between the ninth and fifteenth class periods. The ten page term paper will be written in "APA" style and the topic will be explained during the first class period.

DISABLITY 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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
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Session Day Date Assignment
1 M 18 Oct Introduction, Chapts 1 & 2
2 W 20 Oct Chapter 3
3 M 25 Oct Chapter 4
4 W 27 Oct Chapter 5
5 M 1 Nov Chapters 6 & 7
6 W 3 Nov Chapter 8
7 M 8 Nov Chapter 9 and review
8 W 10 Nov Examination 1
9 M 15 Nov Chapter 10
10 W 17 Nov Chapter 11
11 M 22 Nov Chapter 12
12 W 24 Nov Chapter 13 Term paper due
13 M 29 Nov Chapter 14
14 W 1 Dec Chapter 15
15 M 6 Dec Chapter 16 and review
16 W 8 Dec Examination 2

Grading requirements will be in accordance with the following ratios.
Test 1 30%
Test 2 30%
Term Paper 30%
Class discussion 10%
Grades will have the following numerical values:
90% and higher A
80% to 89% B
70% to 79% C
60% to 69% D
Less than 60% F