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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Jenkins, Christina E.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

S2E 2012 PE

Faculty

Jenkins, Christina E.

Title

Adjunct Professor of Psychology & Sociology

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
B.A. Public Relations with Sociology emphasis, Pepperdine University

Office Hours

Before/after class with an appointment

Daytime Phone

949-294-8096

E-Mail

christina.jenkins@park.edu

Semester Dates

March - May

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:00 - 10:25 PM

Prerequisites

Ps 101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

There are two (2) texts for the class. 

Comer, R. J. (2010). Abnormal Psychology (7th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.  1. ISBN-10 1-4292-3920-4

ISBN-13 978-1-4292-3920-2

Gorenstein, E. E., & Comer, R. J. (2002). Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology. New York: Worth Publishers.  ISBN 0-7167-3854-6.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore.  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____

This is an accelerated course so you will be required to bring your books and materials to the FIRST class meeting.  Homework and quizzes begin the first week of class based on of the assigned reading materials.  Please plan accordingly.

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.

Educational Philosophy:
A variety of instructional methods will be used in this course - possibilities include: lectures, guest speakers, small and large group discussions, brainstorming, multi-media, role-play, debates, demonstrations, games, case studies, group activity projects, hands-on class participation activities and a variety of readings, as well as lab/field work and assignments to be completed outside of class.

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 final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

1.      Instructor Evaluation/Participation and Preparation:

(1)   Each student will be assessed on his/her contribution to the lectures, discussion, debates, and class time activities. 

(2)   In addition, course notes found in eCompanion will need to be printed out and brought to class each week as well as other requested materials.

(3)   Attendance (students who do not make contact with instructor prior to class will be given an unexcused absence). In addition, student will lose all participation points for an unexcused absence.  

 

2.     Homework Assignments/Quizzes: In lieu of a midterm exam, the student will complete 6 weekly Homework assignments, which will consist of end of chapter review questions and case study questions.  The purpose of these assignments is to ensure familiarity with the literature and to maximize participation in class.  Assignments will be posted by students on appointed due dates in a word.doc via the Dropbox in eCompanion.

 

3.     Weekly Presentation on Chapter Topics:  In classes 2 through 7, each student will be expected to give a brief presentation on a concept from that week’s reading.  These presentations are to be written, logical and organized.  More details will follow the first day of class.  Assignments will be posted by students on appointed due dates in a word.doc via the Dropbox in eCompanion.

 

4.     Comprehensive Final Examination: The final will be primarily a multiple choice type examination with a few short response essay questions.

 

5.     Literature Review

 

  


Grading:

Grades in the course are based on the number of points earned by the last day of class including the results of the final exam. Adjustments on individual assignments/tests are rare and at the instructor’s discretion.  It is each student’s responsibility to keep track of his/her own total points and to increase performance during the semester if additional points are needed for the grade he/she wishes to earn in the course.

 

Item / Assignment

Points

Homework Assignments/Quizzes (18%)

6 wks x 30 pts= 180 pts

180

Weekly Presentation on Chap. Topics (18%) 6 wks x30 pts =180 pts

180

Core Assessment/ Literature Review (25%)

250

Comprehensive Examination (25%)

250

Core Assessment Presentation and Outline (6%)

60

Participation and Preparation (8%)

10 wks x 8 pts = 80 pts

80

Total Points Possible

1000

 

 

 

 

Points

Grade

1000 - 900

A

899 - 800

B

799 - 700

C

699 - 600

D

Less than 600

F

 

Core Assessment/ Literature Review:

 

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.

 

Requirements:

 

·       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 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.

·       Paper needs to be organized using 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, 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.

 

 

 

 

Areas of Focus

All Areas of Focus need to be supported with empirical research.

 

1. DESCRIPTION

Describe the disorder you are researching.

 

2.  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.

 

3. 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.

 

4. 4 D’s—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.

 

5. 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. 

 

6. 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. 

 

7. PROGNOSIS

Discuss the prognosis for a person with this disorder.

8. SUMMARY

Give a brief synopsis of the disorder and conclude with what current research is being conducted to further understand and/or treat the condition.

 

 

 

RUBRIC for the Core Assessment/Literature Review

There are 250 points possible; below is the basic outline for the Term Paper.  

1. Formatting: APA Format utilized and followed (40 points total)

• Title Page- 4 points

• Abstract Page- 4 points

• Body of paper - 12 points

• Reference Page* -20 points

*References used within the text are cited on the reference page and consistency in how you have cited the references. In addition, if the reference is used in the paper there should be a listing in the Reference Page and vice versa. 

 2. Body of Paper: (160 points total)

·       Writing in a professional (non-conversational) manner. Professional writing includes, but is not limited to, the use of complete sentences, clear topic statements and supporting sentences, research or evidenced based rationales instead of unsupported opinions, transition sentences across paragraphs, integrating information from multiple sources, demonstrating multiple applications of critical thinking, and a concluding paragraph.

·       Main Points equally discussed; smooth transitions between points; convincing arguments made; points supported with references.

·       References properly cited within text.

 

Each Section is worth the point value as follows:

 

1.     Abstract- 10 points

2.     Description- 20 points

3.     Historical and Cultural Contexts- 20 points

4.     DSM-IV Application- 20 points

5.     4 D’s- 20 points

6.     Models of Abnormality- 20 points

7.     Treatments- 20 points

8.     Prognosis- 20 points

9.     Summary- 10 points

 

3. Length of overall paper. (30 points total):

The paper should be a minimum of 10 pages in length (plus Title and Reference pages).

4. Spelling and Grammar. (20 points total)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Student is responsible for reading all course material before attending class.

Student is responsible for buying the course books that are to be brought to the first day of class.

Each week’s work must be completed by the end of the week.  Assignments will be considered late if they are posted to eCompanion past the time and date it is due.

All work turned in after the week it was due is considered late, unless you have contacted me before the due date and explained of any special circumstances. I will then decide whether the “special” circumstances are sufficient for late work.  Late work carries an automatic 50% penalty.

Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Phone/Pagers: These items are to be placed in the silent, vibrate, or off mode during class. Use of these devices in class (e.g., text messaging) is both rude and disrespectful. 

Drop Policy: In compliance with Park University’s policy, students will be dropped from the course after two consecutive unexcused absences.

Be Respectful (both inside and outside of the actual classroom): As a student in this class, you should know upfront that you will encounter new ideas, topics, images and discussions, which may challenge your worldview. Some students may find this information personally offensive, uncomfortable, distasteful, or upsetting. Because the field of psychology addresses positive, neutral and negative aspects of human and animal behavior, we will discuss a broad range of topics that may not be pleasant for everyone. Please be respectful to your classmates and your instructor. Debates on relevant issues are encouraged, however no one should engage in personal attacks inside or outside of the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Our course follows the general schedule in the table below. 

 Wed. /Week

Reading Assignment Due

Activities

  MISC

 

Wed. March 21st/ Week 1

Course overview and Intro to Abnormal Psychology

Chapters 1-4

 Homework Due March 26 NLT 11:59 pm PST

 

Wed. March 28th/ Week 2

Ch. 5 & 6

Anxiety Disorders & Stress Disorders

Weekly Presentation

Homework Due April 2nd NLT 11:59 pm PST

 

Wed. April 4th/ Week 3

Ch. 7 & 8

Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders & Mood Disorders

Weekly Presentation

Homework Due April 9th, NLT 11:59 pm PST

 

Wed. April 11th/ Week 4

Ch. 11 &12

Eating Disorders & Substance-Related Disorders

 Weekly Presentation

Homework Due April 16th, NLT 11:59 pm PST

 

Wed. April 18th/ Week 5

Ch. 13 & 14

Sexual Disorders and Gender Identity Disorder & Schizophrenia

Weekly Presentation

Lit. Review and Homework Due April 23rd, NLT 11:59 pm PST

 

Wed. April 25th / Week 6

Ch. 16 & 10

Personality Disorders & Suicide

 Weekly Presentation

Homework Due April 30th, NLT 11:59 pm PST

 

Wed. May 2nd/ Week 7

Ch. 17 & 18

Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence & Disorders of Aging and Cognition

 Weekly Presentation

Study for Final Exam

 

Wed. May 9th/ Week 8

 

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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:



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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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