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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Butler, Joseph E.


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Course

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

F1T 2010 DLA

Faculty

Butler, Joseph E.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhB Psychology
MS Counseling Psychology

Office Location

Bemidji, Minnesota

Office Hours

M-F 10:00-5:00 Central

Daytime Phone

218 586 2524

Other Phone

none

E-Mail

joseph.butler@park.edu

joe_butler02@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

F1T 2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

PS 101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

There are two (2) texts for the class and 1 Video Tool Kit.
 
1.  Comer, R. (2010). Abnormal Psychology, 7 edition, New York: Worth Publishers

Abnormal Psychology Video Tool Kit.  It is required that you have the Abnormal Psychology Video Tool Kit.  The Tool Kit can be purchased through the MBS bookstore (see link below) with a new text or a Tool Kit access card can be purchased separately through the bookstore.  Access to the Tool Kit can also be purchased at

http://bcs.worthpublishers.com/apvtk/VTK/Login.aspx

 

2.  Gorenstein, E., Comer, R. (2001) Case Studies in Abnnormal Psychology, New York: Worth Publishers.
 
It is recommended that you use the book service located on the Park website MBS  http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm because they are prepared to have your texts in stock and can provide them with a quick turn around time. They have been informed about the necessity of the Abnormal Psychology Video Tool Kit which will accompany new textbooks. 

Keep in mind--there have been problems in receiving textbooks in a timely manner that are purchased through a private seller.

The textbook website will be used for assignments in the class.  Please book mark for easy reference. http://bcs.worthpublishers.com/comerabpsych7e/#t_499319____

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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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.

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:

Discussion Topic—minimum of 300 words for each question--Due on Thursday of each week

9 questions

135 points

Homework—minimum of 300 words for each question--Due on Sunday of each week

4 questions

60 points

Group Case Study Assignments—minimum of 300 words--Due on Saturday of each week

5 Case Study assignments

75 points

Group Topic/Activity--Due Saturday of week 5

1 Activity

15 points

Personality Disorder Character assignment--Due Thursday of week 7

1 assignment—300 words minimum

15 points

Week 2 Case Study—10 points (individual assignment)--Due Sunday of week 2

1

10 points

Mastery--Due Sunday of each week

8

80 points

Responses--3 points each--Due Sunday of each week.

23 total responses

69 points

Journal entries--1 entry each week--week 2 through week 7--Due Sunday of each week

5 points for each entry

30 points

(3 points each)
Group Activity--week 2
Research Paper Topic--week 2
Research Paper/Core Assessment progress report--week 5
 

 

 9 points

Core Assessment—Due Saturday of week 7.  The Core Assessment is a Research Paper

 

200 points

Midterm Exam--Due Saturday of week 4

 

125 points

Final Exam--Proctored essay exam to be taken by Friday of week 8.  Final exam is in 2 parts.  Part 1 is the multiple-choice exam which will be taken in the course without a proctor.  Part 2 is the essay exam which will be taken under the supervision of a proctor.

 

125 points

 

Grading:

The total number of points for the course is 948.  

A

90-100%                  854 - 948 points

B

80-89%                    759 - 853 points

C

70-79%                    664 - 758 points 

D

60-69%                    569 - 663 points

F

59% and below       568 points and lower

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submission of Late Work:

This is an interactive class and not a correspondence class therefore; assignments are expected by their due date. It is also not equitable to the other students in the class to permit late assignments to receive credit.  Assignments that are posted after the Sunday deadline will not receive credit unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor and late assignments should be the exception and not become a pattern.

Internet classes are the most effective if assignments are timely.   Not having face-to-face contact is a great challenge for this new medium of instruction and one way to feel a part of the class is to keep discussions going.  The most optimal learning environment for an online class is when assignments are posted and responded to in the week they are due. After each week is completed, the class moves onto another topic and there is little interest, nor are students expected to, in going back to read and respond to a late posting.   If you enter the class late you are expected to be completely caught up by the end of the 2nd week and assignments need to be posted on time from that point forward.

POINT DEDUCTIONS.     

  1. Points will be deducted for lateness as follows:

Assignments and Journals:  

Thursday assignments after

Midnight on Thursday (Mountain Time) will not receive credit

Saturday assignments after

Midnight on Saturday (Mountain Time) will not receive credit

Sunday assignments after

Midnight on Sunday(Mountain Time) will not receive credit

       

Responses:

 

 

Sunday after

midnight Mountain Time

will not receive credit

  

Midterm:

 

 

Sunday after

Midnight Mountain Time

- 5 points

 

 

Monday after

Midnight Mountain Time

no credit will be received (after this date the Midterm Exam cannot be accessed)

       

Research Paper:

 

 

Saturday after

Midnight Mountain Time

24-hour "grace" time

Sunday after

Midnight Mountain Time

- 5 points

Monday after

Midnight Mountain Time

-10 points

Tuesday after

Midnight Mountain Time

no credit will be received

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Etiquette/Courtesy:  Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course.  What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  It is important not to take disagreement personally.  Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective.  Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally.  An important part of online learning is discussion.  Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened.  Because we have differences, we will have conflict.  The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness which blocks learning.  Here are online references that discuss online writing http://goto.intwg.com and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html .

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

See "Class Assessment" for more specific details.

Midterm Exam--due Sunday of week 4.

Final Exam--2 parts.  The multiple-choice exam, part 1, will be taken in the class without a proctor and will be due Sunday of week 8.    The essay exam, part 2, will be taken with a proctor and is to be completed by Friday of week 8.

Core Assessment/Research Paper
--due Saturday of week 7.

Discussion Topic (9)--due Thursday of each week. 

Discussion Topic Responses (2 each week)--due Sunday of each week.

Homework Assignments (4)--due Sunday of each week.

Mastery Quizzes (8)--due Sunday of each week. 

Group Case Study assignments from the Casebook--due Saturday of each week (week 3-7).

1 Group Activity--due Sunday of week 2.
1 Group Topic--due Saturday of week 5

Case Study--individual assignment--due Sunday of week 2.

Journal entries (7)--due Sunday of each week. 

Reading of the text and casebook assignments.

Links provided in the lectures.

Research Exercises, Case Studies, links located on the textbook website.

 

 

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
In addition to the information on plagiarism provided in the Syllabus, it is important to add additional information that will prevent problems that have occurred in previous classes.

Assignments are expected to use outside sources such as reliable websites, the textbook Doc Sharing and Webliography information to support your ideas, but this information needs to be integrated into the paper in appropriate ways to highlight and support your ideas, observations and conclusions. This information should not be the major part of your assignment or response.  Information from outside sources needs to be evaluated and discussed  critically.  Outside information is not to be used instead of your own thoughts and observations.  

The assignments must NOT contain large chunks of quotes. When outside sources are used, they need to be documented within the assignment and at the end. Direct quotes (used very sparingly) need to be in quotation marks. It is not acceptable to copy directly from the textbook or websites even if this information is documented at the end of your assignment. Assignments need to be in your own words indicating that you have read and understood the information. A report of the material is not acceptable—the information needs to be applied to the specific questions that are asked in the assignment.

Responses need to follow the above expectations as well. The information used from outside sources needs to be described and discussed as to why this information supports either the question or the assignment of another student. It is not enough to just provide a list with little description or discussion.

Also refer to Plagiarism thread in the class under Course Home.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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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