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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Bryan, Diane


SYLLABUSCourse Number: PS401
Course Title: Abnormal Psychology
Instructor: Diane H. Bryan, Ph.D. Ab.D.
Term Dates: Fall II, 2004
Meeting Time: 2-5:00 PM
Resident Center: Ft. Bliss- Park Central

I 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 to their environment. Prerequisite: PS 101

II Goals of The Course: the students will develop a comprehensive base of knowledge for understanding and identifying abnormal behavior. They will be able to use the proper terminology to clinically discuss these diagnosis as well as use the DSM-IV for clarification of the symptoms and criteria for the diagnoses. They will recognize abnormal behavior and understand what is required to treat the abnormal behavior.

III Learning Objectives:
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.

IV Course Arrangement:
a. Lectures which support the content of the text
b. Class discussion
c. Group/individual video presentations
d. Exams

V Course Requirements:
a. Text book reading assignments, handouts and electronic reading assignments are required and responsibility of the student to read these prior to class.

b. Group or individual presentations, depending upon the size of the class, will be assign by the professor during the first session of the course (Video presentation with research).

c. Midterm and final exams will be given, all of which must be taken and graded to pass the course.

d. Class discussion is a part of the course work. Due to the fact that participation in class discussion counts as a factor in determining your allover grade in the course, each student must contribute significantly to in-class analysis and discussion of the research and other assignments. Your grade for class participation is something to be earned by contributing your assessment and judgements to the discussion. Merely coming to class and listening to the discussions of assigned work is not sufficient; attendance is not participation. You should, therefore, make a conscientious effort to be sufficiently prepared to make intelligent, timely comments regarding the research and other assignments.

VI Textbook:
Butcher, J. N., Mineka, S. & Hooley, J. M. (2004. Abnormal Psychology (12TH ed.). Boston: Pearson Education.

VII Supplemental resource materials list:
Electronic research
Professional journals
Current texts

IX Class meetings and examinations schedule:
WEEK 1-1 Introduction to course
Housekeeping rules
Discuss course requirements
Assign research topics and video presentations
Read Chapters 1- 3
Lecture: Historical views, contemporary views, causal factors and general understanding of abnormal behavior.

WEEK 1-2 Video Snake Pit

WEEK 2-1 Read Chapters 4 and 18
Lecture: clinical assessment, contemporary issues, causal factors
Class discussion based on current newspaper articles, journals and electronic research presented by students.

WEEK 2-2 Video “Sam I Am”
DSM IV-R overview ans discussion, profiling labeling and judging the person and behavior as one.

WEEK 3-1 Read Chapters 5-7
Lecture: Stress, panic, and mood disorders
Class discussion

WEEK 3-2 Video presentations

WEEK 4-1 Read Chapters 8-10
Lecture: Somatoform, eating and health disorders
Class discussion

WEEK 4-2 Midterm exam: chapters 1-7 and 18
WEEK 5-1 Video presentations chapters 8-10
Read Chapters 11
Lecture: Personality disorders
Class discussion

WEEK 5-2 Video presentations

WEEK 6-1 Read chapters 12-13
Lecture: Substance abuse and sexual variants

WEEK 6-2 Video presentations

WEEK 7-1 Read chapters 14 -16
Lecture: Schizophrenia, cognitive disorders, child and adolescent disorders
Class discussion

WEEK 7-2 Video presentations
Final exam

X Class policies:
Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, the university 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 the university.

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 paper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled meeting of all courses in which they are enrolled and to be present for the full class period. Absenteeism and tardiness, regardless of cause, threaten academic achievement. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (e.g., illness, death in family, temporary duty) are excusable; However, a student who is absent from a class is subject to appropriate consequences, as described by the instructor in the syllabus, if a test, quiz, recitation, homework assignment or any other activity falls on the day of absence, unless the student is granted an excused absence.

I am available by appointment to assist you with any assignment or to discuss your class performance. You can contact me at: dbryan@elp.rr.com, 915-525-2796, fax 915-581-6708, or by appointment, following each class session.





XI Grading policy:
Midterm exam 30 % A 90-100
Class discussion 10 % B 80-89
Video presentations 30 % C 70-79
Final exam 30 % D 60-69
F Below 60