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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Dapper, Karen L.


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Course

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

U1DD 2010 DC

Faculty

Dapper, Karen L.

Title

Professor of Behavioral Sciences/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Doctorate in Psychology

Office Location

DSCC

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday 1600 - 1700

Daytime Phone

(614) 889-0015

E-Mail

Karen.Dapper@park.edu

kdapper@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

June 7 - August 1, 2010

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 10:15 PM

Prerequisites

As per Park University requirements

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Comer, Ronald (2010). Abnormal Psychology:  Seventh Edition.  Worth Publishers:  New York, NY.

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Additional Resources:
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR).Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

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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:
The professor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on readings, dialogues, examinations, class presentations, assignments and writings.  The professor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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.


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:
The student will be required to read all assigned materials and engage in an ongoing dialog with the professor during class.  The core assignment will be turned in on time as noted above.  Each student will research one major mental illness from a diagnostic perspective and present this research and associated implications for individuals afflicted with this mental illness to the class. Finally, each student will complete the midterm and final examinations as noted below.

Grading:

The midterm examination will be worth 100 points or 28% of total grade
The final examination will be worth 100 points or 28% of total grade
The core assignment will be worth 100 points or 28% of total grade
Attendance and active participation in class is worth 16 points or approximately 5% of total grade
Diagnostic research assignment is worth 18 points or approximately 6% of total grade
Class presentation on diagnostic research is worth 17 points or  approximately 5% of total grade
 
Grades:
100% - 90% - A
89% - 80% - B
79% - 70% - C
69% - 60% - D
59% - 0% - F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any submission of late assignments must be pre-approved by the professor.  Any late assignments will have points deducted from the final grade.  All assignments must be completed by the last day of the quarter.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Participation is expected and an integral part of the final grade.  The student is expected to attend all classes and be on time.  Class assignments are expected to be turned as assigned.  Any deviation from the schedule listed below will need prior approval by the professor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

June 7 - Discuss syllabus and core assignment.  Read to discuss Chapter 1 & 2.
June 9 - Read to discuss Chapters 3, 4 & 5
June 14 - Read to discuss Chapters 6, 7 & 8. Diagnostic research assignment due.
June 16 - Read to discuss Chapters 9, 10 & 11. Group study session.
June 21 - Midterm.  Read to discuss Chapters 12, 13 & 14
June 23 - Read to discuss Chapters 15, 16 & 17.  Class presentation on diagnostic research
June 28 - Read to discuss Chapters 18 & 19.  Group study session
June 30 - Final Examination & Core Assignment due

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 .



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.

 
 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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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