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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Webb-Tafoya, Mary


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Course

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

S2B 2010 BL

Faculty

Webb-Tafoya, Mary

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Social Psychology
M.A. Mental Health Counseling
PhDc Clinical Psychology Specialization in Neuroscience

Daytime Phone

915.373.7486

E-Mail

mary.webb-tafoya@waldenu.edu

Maximbty@sbcglobal.net

Semester Dates

22Mar2010 - 16May2010

Class Days

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Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7th Edition, 2010, Worth. ISBN-10: 1-4292-1631-X
 
Meyer, Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior (only to be used as a supplement to another textbook), 6th Edition (8th Edition)2003, Allyn & bacon ISBN: 0205370861

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Additional Resources:
DSM-IV-ITR Diagnostic Statistical Manual (th ed.) American Psychological Association

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Course Description:
PS 401 Abnormal Psychology: 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:
Learning is a process and an interaction between the student, the teacher and wealth of information. Student and teacher are interchangeable as we can all learn from one another. The true scholar-practitioner can take the knowledge he or she possesses and bring it to life in the classroom to inspire, encourage and assist the student in expanding their knowledge and convictions. As an educator and scholar-practitioner, my goal and commitment to my students is to reintroduce the excitement of the field of Psychology and feed the motivation of the student. As a student, learning is a journey but is far more easily acquired when the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment are there.

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. Understand the fundamentals of observing, assessing and analyzing abnormal behavior.
  2. Understand basic application of DSM-IV through review of case studies.
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 is a 10-page research paper using empirical research and the APA format. The research paper provides an opportunity to explore the important research on a specific disorder in Abnormal Psychology, demonstrate the appropriate use of abnormal concepts and terminology, discuss the ethical and responsible use of the DSM-IV, evaluate theories and treatments of psychopathology, and to identify the historical and cultural context of psychopathology.

RESEARCH PAPER EXPECTATIONS.
 
  • Select a topic for your research paper from a chapter that we will study this term. When selecting the topic, it is important to keep in mind that empirical research can be found on the Areas of Focus listed below. 
  • Research Paper needs to be a minimum of 10 pages of text—title, abstract and reference pages are in addition to the 10 pages.
  • Research Paper needs to have a minimum of 10 references from full-text empirical research journals.
  • Research Paper needs to follow the Areas of Focus described at the end of this section. Each area of Focus needs to be supported by information from research journals.
  • Paper needs to be organized using the Areas of Focus as section headings so the information can be easily identified.
  • The Research Paper must follow the APA format—title, abstract, reference page, 1 inch margins, running heads, DS, proper reference format, etc. See the following website for more information: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/  or http://www.psychbytes.com/APA.htm
  • Research Paper is to reflect college-level work. Proofreading is expected.
  • The references for the Research Paper need to be from the full-text original source of empirical research journals.

Areas of Focus

All Areas of Focus need to be supported with empirical research.

1. DESCRIPTION

Describe the disorder you are researching.

2. DSM-IV APPLICATION

List the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. Discuss the ethical and responsible use of the DSM-IV in general and with this particular disorder. Cultural influences need to be included in discussion.

3. 4 Ds—DISTRESS, DEVIANCE, DYSFUNCTION AND DANGER

Describe the disorder according to the level of Distress, Deviance, Dysfunction and Danger for a person diagnosed with this disorder.

4. MODELS OF ABNORMALITY THAT EXPLAIN THE ETIOLOGY

Identify at least 2 theoretical models of abnormality that provide an understanding of the etiology for the disorder. Based on the research, discuss which model best explains the etiology. 

5. TREATMENTS

Identify at least 2 treatments that are currently being used to treat this disorder. Based on the research discuss which treatment is the most effective. 

6. HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS

Discuss what have been the historical influences and changes for this disorder in the last 100 years. Describe the cultural influences for the disorder and discuss the occurrence of this disorder in other cultures.

7. PROGNOSIS

Discuss the prognosis for a person with this disorder.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Weekly discussion questions - due on ecompanion by Sunday at midnight - 40 points = 240
 
Midterm -Oral presentation - 160
 
Research paper - 300
 
Final exam - 200 points
 
Attendance/ participation - 12.5 max per class = 100

Grading:

900-1000 = A
800-900 = B
700-800 = C
600-700 = D
599-below = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due on due date. There will be no late assignments accepted without prior notification or arrangements. If you anticipate not being present when an assignment is due, please speak with me and we can make arrangements. All assignments are presented in a timely manner in this syllabus so please plan accordingly to your schedule. Late submission of weekly discussion questions will result in a 5 point reduction if turned in by the end of the week and 10 points if turned in the following week and will not be accepted past one week late. Due to the number of sessions per term, if you are absent more than once, you may get credit for absences if you provide a summary of the chapters covered that class period in addition to weekly assignments, but not without prior consent from the instructor. Midterm is a class presentation and discussion and accommodations into next scheduled class time will result in 20 point reduction. Research paper MUST be turned in at beginning of class, on the 7th week: No exceptions will be made! Final exam is administered and entire class time will be allotted so please be on time or you may not have adequate time to complete it. You will not be administered the test if you show one hour or longer after the exam has begun.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

I anticipate that the class is comprised of working professionals and/or dedicated adult students that want to learn; therefore, I will treat you with nothing less than the respect you present to your fellow classmates, colleagues and myself. These are the basic rules of conduct that I will uphold and will expect nothing less from students who will someday be my colleagues!
 
1. Please be on time and if circumstances arise that prohibit you from doing so, please do not disturb the lecture or class upon your arrival. This includes entering and exiting class to attend to any personal matters, i.e. restroom, etc.
 
2. Please turn off your cell phone or at least put it on vibrate. I understand that many of you may need to answer a call so please exit class before answering and take care of any business you need to outside of class. This also includes side talk.
 
3. If you need to leave class early for any reason and it is during lecture, please wait for break or please write down your reason and leave any assignment, if due, on my desk and attend to your emergency Please keep in mind that staying half of class results in deduction of points. All situations will be treated on a case by case basis.
 
4. I advise you to meet with me on any clarifications of assignments before they are due! I want you to perform your best and enjoy this learning process but I cannot assist you the day the assignment is due!
 
5. I will recommend that you also submit any major assignments, i.e. research paper and refer to online classroom if you miss class, for your protection; however, all weekly assignments are due online. I will require a physical copy of your research paper aside from the one submitted online.
 
6. Relax! This class is only as difficult or stressful as you make it!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

All weekly assignments are to be written in APA format (6th edition). We will utilize case study book throughout the semester as a reference and understanding how to apply material learned as we progress through the chapters. I realize there are many chapters in this book and they are lengthy. I anticipate that many of you will not get your books in time or have enough time to read all the chapters prior to class; however, attempt to get the key points for discussion purposes. All chapters have vital information in helping you understand the concepts of Abnormal Psychology; therefore, making it virtually impossible for me to omit any one section. I intend to cover all the material you will find in the text into a comprehensible and condensed format.
 
Session 1 - Friday, March 26th - Introduction to class, review syllabus and class expectations. Lecture and review on  Abnormal Psychology in Science and Clinical Practice: Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4. Chapters should be read prior to class commencement. Assign weekly discussion question that is due by Sunday midnight.
 
Session 2 - Friday, April 2nd - Review and lecture on Problems of Stress and Anxiety; Chapters 5,6 and 7. Weekly discussion question is assigned and due by Sunday midnight. Students will be assigned a case study for midterm presentation.
 
Session 3 - Friday, April 9th - Review and lecture on Problems of Mood: Chapters 8,9 and 10. Weekly discussion question is assigned and due by Sunday midnight.
 
Session 4 - Friday, April 16th - Midterm presentations are due. Presentations are to be 10 to 15 minutes in length and students are encouraged to utilize any visual aids or documentation to support their findings. Students will submit topic for research paper for approval.
 
Session 5 - Friday, April 23rd - Review and lecture on Problems of Mind, Body and Problems of Psychosis: Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. Weekly discussion question is assigned and due by Sunday midnight.
 
Session 6 - Friday, April 30th - Review and lecture on Life - Span Problems: Chapters 16, 17, and 18. Review material that will be covered on final examination and answer any questions. I will review any rough drafts of research paper. Assign weekly discussion question that is due by Sunday at midnight.
 
Session 7 - Friday, May 7th - Review and lecture on final chapter, covering any missed material and any questions. Students will be given demonstrations of theory and practice in relation to treating abnormal behaviors and disorders. Students will engage in case study evaluations and research papers are due. Assign weekly discussion question that is due by Sunday at midnight.
 
Session 8 - Friday, May 14th - Final exam

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:
Incompletes "I" will only be awarded if all course work has been completed satisfactorily up to point of request and all supporting documentation is submitted.



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
Outcomes:  #1, #2, #4  Areas of Focus:  #1, #3, #4, #5, #6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Concepts and terminology are indicated (5 or more) reflecting an in-depth comprehension; models and treatments are thoroughly described, analyzed  and evaluated; historical and cultural contexts are analyzed and evaluated and discussed in depth.  

Areas of Focus include support from at least two different empirical research sources.  Empirical research is critically examined, evaluated, reflecting an understanding of the research and the relationship with the particular Area. 
Concepts and terminology are indicated (3-4) reflecting comprehension, models and treatments are described, analyzed and evaluated; historical and cultural contexts are analyzed, evaluated and discussed.    

Areas of Focus include support from at least one empirical research source.  Empirical research is critically examined, evaluated, reflecting an understanding of the research and the relationship with the particular Area.
Note: Areas of Focus #4 and #5 need at least two empirical research sources.
 
Concepts and terminology are indicated (1-2), models and treatments minimally evaluated, and historical and cultural contexts are reported, but not analyzed and evaluated.    


Empirical research may be used, but information is reported, is not critically examined or evaluated and does not reflect an understanding of the research and the relationship with the particular Area.
 
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Outcomes: #1, #3, #4  Areas of Focus: #2, #3,  #6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Concepts and terminology are applied (5 or more) and reflect in-depth comprehension; important ethical issues related to the responsible use of the DSM-IV are identified, discussed in detail and applied; detailed historical and cultural contexts are identified, discussed and applied.      

Each Area of Focus includes support from at least two different empirical research sources that are critically examined, evaluated, reflecting an understanding of the research and the relationship with the particular Area. 
Concepts and terminology are applied (3-4) and reflect comprehension, important ethical issues related to the responsible use of the DSM-IV are identified, discussed and applied; and historical and cultural contexts are identified, discussed and applied.      

Each Area of Focus includes support from at least one empirical research source that is critically examined, evaluated, reflecting an understanding of the research and the relationship with the particular Area. 
Concepts and terminology (1-2) are indicated, ethical and responsible use of the DSM-IV and historical and cultural contexts are minimally identified, discussed and applied.      

Empirical research may be used, but it is reported, is not critically examined or evaluated and does not reflect an understanding of the research and the relationship with the particular Area.

 
 
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Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Artifact displays professional writing and utilizes correct APA format.  More that 10 empirical sources in the paper.  Paper is at least 12 or more pages of text.  All parts of each Area of Focus were addressed and developed. Professional writing displayed and APA format is generally followed (1 error: cover page, abstract, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc.  10 empirical sources.  All parts of each Area of Focus were addressed. Professional writing problems (e.g., excessive quoting, lack of proofreading, informal language, lack of organization) and/or 2 or more APA errors: cover page, abstract, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc.  10 empirical sources.  All parts of Areas of Focus were not addressed.  

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