PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
S1T 2008 DLD
West, James E.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
San Antonio Texas
8 AM - 5 PM M-F CST
1. Abnormal Psychology, 6th Edition, Ronald Comer, 2006, Worth Publishers. It is required that you either have the CD-ROM for use in this class or access the material on Park's Intranet ("Plan B" information below). Used books will not have the CD-ROM.
2. Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology, Ethan Gorenstein and Ronald Comer, 2001, Worth Publishers. ISBN# 0-7167-3854-6.
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 CD-ROM which will accompany new textbooks.
Plan B: If you order a used textbook it will not have a CD-ROM. You can access the CD-ROM material on Park University's Intranet. http://captain.park.edu/waxse the passcode is Comer 5e This plan may not provide you with as easy (timewise--dial-up internet connections may take a long time to load) access as having your own CD, but it will provide an alternative. The videos on the CD are an important supplement to studying and understanding the various disorders covered in this class. Only use the links to the individual videos. Do not download the entire CD information.
The textbook website will be used for assignments in the class. Please book mark for easy reference. http://bcs.worthpublishers.com/comerabpsych6e/default.asp
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 Abnormal Psychology involves the application of knowledge of a particular disorder to a Case Study. Students will be provided a Case Study with questions to discuss related to information provided in the Case Study. The core assessment Case Study will be administered as a take-home assignment.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Discussion Topic—minimum of 300 words for each question--Due on Thursday of each week
Homework—minimum of 300 words for each question--Due on Sunday of each week
Group Case Study Assignments—minimum of 300 words--Due on Saturday of each week
5 Case Study assignments
Group Topic/Activity--Due Saturday of week 5
Personality Disorder Character assignment--Due Thursday of week 7
1 assignment—300 words minimum
Week 2 Case Study—10 points (individual assignment)--Due Sunday of week 2
Mastery--Due Sunday of each week
Responses--3 points each, including "Consider This" responses--Due Sunday of each week.
26 total responses
Journal entries--1 entry each week--week 2 through week 7--Due Sunday of each week
5 points for each entry
Research Paper--Due Saturday of week 7
Core Assessment—Due Sunday of week 6. Core Assessment Rubric in Syllabus
Midterm Exam--Due Saturday of week 4
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.
The total number of points for the course is 1038.
90-100% 934 - 1038 points
80-89% 830 - 933 points
70-79% 727 - 829 points
60-69% 623 - 726 points
59% and below 622 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.
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
midnight Mountain Time
will not receive credit
Midnight Mountain Time
- 5 points
no credit will be received (after this date the Midterm Exam cannot be accessed)
24-hour "grace" 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 .
See "Class Assessment" for more specific details.
Midterm Exam--due Sunday of week 4.
Research Paper--due Saturday of week 7.
Discussion Topic (8)--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.
1 Group Activity--due Saturday.
Case Study--individual assignment--due Sunday of week 2.
Journal entries (7)--due Sunday of each week.
Consider This (5) discussions--due Sunday of each week.
Reading of the text and casebook assignments.
Links provided in the lectures.
Forums, Research Questions, 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
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. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85In 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.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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Last Updated:12/10/2007 2:41:43 PM