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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Webb-Tafoya, Mary


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Course

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

U1B 2011 BL

Faculty

Webb-Tafoya, Mary

Title

Assistant Academic Director/ Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Social Psychology
M.A. Mental Health Counseling
LMHC, LPC-Intern, PhD candidate Health Psychology

Office Location

By appointment only

Office Hours

30 minutes prior to class or 30 minutes after class

Daytime Phone

915.373.7486

E-Mail

mary.webb@park.edu

Maximbty@sbcglobal.net

Semester Dates

05/30/2011 - 07/24/2011

Class Days

M--W

Class Time

7:40 p.m. - 10:10 p.m.

Prerequisites

PS101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7th Edition, 2010, Worth. ISBN-  978-1-4292-3920-2

 
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 - Diagnostic Statistical Manual (4th ed.) American Psychological Association
APA Manual (6th edition) 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 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.
  3. Idenitify new ideas, concepts, approaches and modalities in the field and how they relate to the primary models.
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 - Presented in a threaded discussion for: Week 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7. Students are to post an original response to the post and respond to at least two of their peers (total of 3 responses). Due by Sunday at midnight. 40 points each, please adhere to late submissions for point deduction.

Midterm  - 160 points

Quizzes - week 1: 25 pts. 5 questions, week 2: 25 pts. 5 questions, week 5: 25 pts. 5 questions and week 6: 25 pts. 5 questions

Research paper - 300 points - divided into four components: Week 2/ Day 2: Outline of topic with title 40 pts., Week 5/ Day 2: Bibliography 40 pts., week 6/ Day 2: abstract 40 pts. and week 7/ Week 2: final paper 180 pts.

Final exam  - 100 points = 25, 4 pt. questions

Attendance/ participation - 100 points, 12.5 max points per class - I AM NOT GRADING YOU FOR ATTENDANCE; HOWEVER, I CANNOT GIVE YOU PARTICIPATION POINTS FOR DISCUSSION IF YOU ARE NOT IN CLASS.

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 for each day late.  There will be 4 quizzes given during the semester and will be administered online.. Each quiz is comprised of 5 questions and will be due by Friday of each scheduled week. These quizzes are timed and you will have 30 minutes to complete. Midterm is a class presentation and WILL NOT be accomodated any other time other than your scheduled day to present.
 
The core assessment is due Wednesday of the 7th week, hard copy. NO electronic submissions will be accepted and no late papers will be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS!
 
Core Assessment: Research paper
 
Core assessment will be written in full APA format to include title page, abstract, references and in-text referencing. This paper will be written in 5 different phases. First part of paper will be due at the end of week 2 and the last will be due week 7.  This entire paper will be submitted in sections and then submitted as a full, seamless APA paper in week 7.  
The paper will address a point of interest for the topic chosen.
 
 
Weekly Question:
A discussion question will be posted every week (weeks 1,2,3,5,6,7) as a discussion thread.  All students are required to post their response online and to respond to at least one classmate. Discussions will wrap-up on Sunday of each week. by midnight.
 
 
Final Exam:
Final exam will be comprehensive of all eight weeks and consist of 25 questions worth 4 points each.
 

Grading:
300  Core Assessment/Research paper (40pts each section and 180 pts. for complete paper)
240  Weekly Question (40 pts. for each)
160  Mid-term
100  Attendance/ Participation
100  Final Exam (25 question 4 pts. ea.)
100  Quizzes_________________________
1000 Total possible points
 
 

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 me, your fellow classmates and future colleagues. 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:

Week 1:

  • Day 1 - Introduction to course, review syllabus, cover history of Abnormal Psychology (Chapter 1)  and Models of Abnormality (Chapter 3) and key terms.
  • Day 2: Quiz, review Chapter 2.

Week 2:

  • Day 1 - Review Anxiety Disorder (Chp. 5) and Stress Disorders (Chp. 6). Discuss outline and topic of research paper due on day 2.
  • Day 2 - Quiz, review Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders (Chp. 7). Research topic, title and outline is due. Case studies given for midterm.
Week 3:
  • Day 1 - Review Mood Disorders (Chp. 8) and treatments (Chp. 9).
  • Day 2 - Discuss suicide, APA refresher for paper.Discuss case studies for midterm.
Week 4:
  • Day 1 - Review eating disorders (Chp. 11) and substance -related disorders (Chp. 12)  Class will be online with a discussion and reading on this topic as I will be out of town on a conference.
  • Day 2 -  Review and discuss Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (Chp. 17) - substitute will perform class.  
Week 5:
  • Day 1- Midterm presentations are due. 
  • Day 2 - Bibliography for paper is due. Review Schizophrenia and treatments (Chp. 14 & 15)
Week 6:
  • Day 1 - Review Personality Disorders (Chp. 16) discuss case study and review one in class.
  • Day 2 - Quiz,  abstract for paper is due. Review Sexual Disorders and Gender identity Disorder (Chp. 13)

Week 7:

  • Day 1 - Review and discuss Disorders of Aging and Cognition.
  • Day 2 - Quiz, research paper is due. Final exam review.
Week 8:
  • Day 1 - Review and discuss law, society and the metal health profession (Chp. 19). Discuss therapies.
  • Day 2 - 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 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 .

Additional Information:
There will be other readings assigned during the semester to assist the student in understanding course material.



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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