PS 390 Selected Topics in Psychology:
S2A 2011 BE
Cardner, Patricia A.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD, Sam Houston State UniversityEdD Candidate, Argosy UniversityMEd, Texas Tech University; Licensed Professional Counselor, TX
3:30-5:00 TTH and by appointment
March 14 - May 8
5:10 - 7:50 PM
Hickey, E. W. (2010). Serial murderers and their victims, 5th Ed.
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course is designed to be a survey course in which abnormal psychology and
personality theories are applied to individuals who engage in serial killing
and/or mass murder. Treatment methodologies will also be
My educational philosophy is based on a collaborative combination of lectures, readings, quizzes, videos and group work. The student will be able to critically evaluate topics in psychology while engaging in positive discussion with peers. My philosophy of teaching emphasizes student learning whether that learning occurs in a face to face format or in the online environment. One of my areas of expertise is psychology, and one of the main things that I learned from the study of psychology is that people have different learning styles. I have also learned as a result of study and experience that adult learners differ in some important ways from traditional college students. I believe that students learn best when the material presented is timely and relevant and applicable. Adult students in particular like to see the relevance of what they are studying. One way that I like to do this is by including current events and cases for discussions. Discussions are the heart and soul of effective learning. This is the one way that students get to know one another and it gives them an opportunity to learn from one another.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
There will be weekly quizzes administered throughout the semester – starting
with week 2 and ending with week 7 (for a total of 6 quizzes). Each quiz will be
made up of questions from the reading assignment for a given week. Each quiz
will be worth up to 10 points.
Participation: Attendance and participation is required for class and will be
worth up to 100 points.
Final. A Final
will be administered covering the readings from the entire semester
(comprehensive). The final will be worth up to 100 points.
Assessment. 6-8 page paper minimum worth 100 points. See
directions below on the core assessment. The core assessment is due in Week 7 on Sunday by 11:59 pm, and is to be submitted to the dropbox.
will select 1 serial killer or mass murderer and will write a paper that
analyzes the person in terms of the information presented in class. Each person will be described in terms of their likely psychological
disorder as well as their development as it pertains to the development of their
propensity to kill. Students will prescribe a course of treatment
that could have been undertaken before the killing commenced (often times there
are a series of warning signs before killing commences). Note any potential
shortcomings with possible treatment plans.
Possible selections include, but
are not limited to:
The Green River Killer
have been selected because there is a great deal of video and written material
regarding their crimes available as well as numerous other written documents and
interviews. You may seek permission to study a person who is not
on the list, as there are many more that could be worthy subjects.
should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and in APA style. The paper will be a minimum
of 6-8 pages. The paper should include at least six
references. The paper is worth 100 points.
Does Not Meet Expectations
#1, 2, 3
student ascertained all of the key factors related to the psychology of serial
killing and mass murder and did an exceptional job detailing the literature
review; no errors related to the discussion of a psychological concept were
present, and the recommendations contain more than an adequate amount of
student ascertained most of the key factors related to the psychology of serial
killing and mass murder and did an adequate job detailing the literature review;
one minor error related to the discussion of a psychological concept may be
present, or the recommendations may lack a small amount of supporting
student ascertained few of the key factors related to the psychology of serial
killers and mass murder and made numerous errors detailing the literature
review; more than one error related to the discussion of a psychological concept
may be present, or the recommendations contain very little supporting
student described in great detail the issues presented by their chosen criminal
and outlined courses of action that are realistic and likely to be effective,
along with an insightful view of potential shortcomings of the
recommendations. No errors were made in using psychological
student described in some detail the issues presented by their chosen criminal
and outlined courses of action that are realistic and likely to be effective,
along with an insightful view of potential shortcomings of the recommendations;
the student may have omitted a few important details. Psychological terminology
was used correctly, other than no more than one minor mistake, throughout the
student provided information about the criminal, but it was not very realistic
and/or not likely to be effective. Shortcomings of the recommendation were not
discussed in any detail. There were several errors in the use of psychological
very well organized, and all recommendations were clearly and adequately
supported with appropriate information. The entire document contained 2 or fewer
errors in both mechanics and APA style
organized but may have been unclear or lacking in necessary detail at times. The
entire document contained 3-4 errors in both mechanics and
of the paper were not very well organized, and/or most statements lacked
supporting detail. The reader was distracted by numerous errors, likely to
number more than 4, in mechanics and/or APA style
Late Submission of Course Materials: You need to take your quizzes in the week they are open. You should make every
attempt to take the quiz as soon as possible after it opens, as I will not allow
anyone to take the quiz after it has closed. They are open for 7 days. Technical
problems are not an excuse, and if you have difficulties with e-companion, you
should contact the help desk.
If your paper is turned in late, a 10 point
penalty will be assessed (this if you earn a 90 and it was turned in late, your
grade will be lowered 10 points to 80). You receive your paper assignment with
the syllabus in the first class, and I recommend that you start considering
topics from week 1. Your paper must be uploaded to the drop-box in the
e-companion shell. If it is not, a 5 point penalty will be enacted.
far as discussion and participation are concerned, you must attend class
regularly and be on time. Additionally, you are expected to participate
appropriately. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain the
notes and materials from a classmate. I do not provide lecture notes to students
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Introduction to the Psychological
Issues Associated with Serial Killing and Mass Murder
Personality Disorder and Serial Killing
Personality and Impulse Control Disorders and Serial
and Drug Abuse and Serial Killing
Predators, Paraphilia and Murder
Disorders and Serial Killing
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.
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 .
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