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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Bergo, Kenneth M.


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Course

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

F1R 2010 SC

Faculty

Bergo, Kenneth M.

Title

Senior Instructor Social Psychology/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA, Psychology, Webster University
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Missouri
National Board Certified Counselor

Office Location

Scot AFB, IL

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

618-593-2589

Other Phone

618-277-2897

E-Mail

Kenneth.bergo@park.edu

k_bergo@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

Aug 16, 2010 to Oct 10, 2010

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Prerequisites

None, PS 101 strongly recommended

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Seilgman, Walker, & Rosenhan,Abnormal Psychology, 4th edition, 2001, Norton. ISN:039394459X.
 
Gorenstein and Comer, Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology, 2001, Worth Publishers.
ISBN: 0-7167-3854-6.
 
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If you are a Social Psychology major it is strongly suggested that you purchase the latest edition of the American Psychological Association's Publication Manual.  All of your writing assignments will be written according to this manual.

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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:
 

This instructor’s educational philosophy in one of interactiveness and practical application based on the lectures, reading assignments, discussion, quizzes, projects, writing assignments, and videos.  Students are encouraged to engage in lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions presented by this course. Please share your experiences and viewpoints with the class. We learn best from each other.

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:
 

There will be three examinations worth 100 points each, 14 quizzes worth 10 points each, two one-page papers worth 20 points, and a core assessment/term paper worth 150 points. The papers will be described in detail during the first class session.

Grading:

Area

Points each

Total Points

2 one page papers

25

 50

15 Quizzes

10

150

3 Exams

100

300

1 Core assessment/term paper

150

150

Total Points

650

Grading:

Grading:

Grade

Point Range

Percentage Range

A

585 – 650

90 – 100

B

520 – 584

80 -- 89

C

455 – 519

70 – 79

D

390 – 454

60 – 69

F

389 or fewer

59 or less

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Work submitted after the due date will be subject to penalties. It is submitted one week late, there will be a 10% reduction. Works submitted more than eight days late will receive a 50% reduction. EXCEPTION: If the student has a legitimate absence, i.e., TDY, ill, or has duty during the class period the reductions will be suspended.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Be prepared to discuss the assignments during the appropriate class period.

The instructor follows the rules of academic freedom. Academic freedom means that anyone in the classroom may attack the ideas or logic of anyone in the classroom with logical arguments only. Verbal or physical abuse of anyone in the classroom will not be tolerated.

The rules of confidentiality will apply. At times someone in the classroom will present personal information about themselves or family members as part of the discussion. This information must remain in the classroom. Do not discuss any personal information so presented outside of the classroom, even if you are only discussing it with other class members.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Class mtg

Date

Assignment

1

08/16

Introduction, Seligman-Chapter 1, Quiz 1, Chapter 2, Quiz 2
Meyer-Chapter 1

2

08/18

Paper 1, Chapter 3, Quiz 3

3

08/23

Chapter 4, Quiz 4

4

08/25

Seligman-Chapter 5, Quiz 5
Meyer-Chapter 3

5

08/30

Exam 1

6

09/01

Seligman-Chapter 6, Quiz 6
Meyer-Chapter 5

7

09/06

Seligman-Chapter 7, Quiz 7
Meyer-Chapter 7

8

09/08

Seligman-Chapter 8, Quiz 8
Meyer-Chapter 14

9

09/13

Seligman-Chapter 9, Quiz 9
Meyer-Chapter 11 

10

09/15

Seligman-Chapter 10, Quiz 10
Meyer-Chapter 6

11

09/20

Exam 2

12

09/22

Chapter 11, Quiz 11, Chapter 12, Quiz 12

13

09/27

Seligman-Chapter 13, Quiz 13
Meyer-Chapter 8

14

09/29

Seligman-Chapter 14, Quiz 14
Meyer-Chapter 9

15

10/04

Seligman-Chapter 15, Quiz 15, Chapter 16
Meyer-Chapter 16

16

10/06

Exam 3, Paper 2

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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