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Winter 2000 - BYU Psychology - Brigham Young University


                                                Fall 2011
                                    Wednesday 5:00-7:30 pm; 171 TLRB

Debra Theobald McClendon, PhD
  Please use email unless you have an emergency
  319-0904 (cell)
Mailbox: 284 TLRB
Office hours: Available immediately following class or by appointment

As stated in the course catalog, Psychology 111 (General Psychology) is a prerequisite for this course.
Learning Objectives:
BYU’s learning objectives for Psychology 342, as stated on the BYU website, include the following:
• Students will identify and describe the major forms of psychological disorders and the major theories
regarding the classification, etiology, and treatment of psychological disorders.
• Students will critically examine key concepts and theories in abnormal psychology.
• Students will engage in service learning by serving persons diagnosed with psychological disorders.
• Students will examine and critique a topic in abnormal psychology using the current research literature.

As you can see from the above, this course is designed to introduce you to the major forms of
psychopathology. However, abnormal behavior is not just encountered when formally working in the field
of psychology—it affects people all around us. Therefore, another major goal of this course is to gain
empathy for people suffering with psychopathology; we will spend time discussing the human part of
psychological disorders.

The required text for this course is Required Text: Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 6th
Edition by David Barlow and V. Mark Durand. Assignment dates reflect the date by which the
reading should be complete. Please read chapter 1 as soon as you are able; a reading quiz for chapter 1
will be given on 9/14.
       Reading log for points: 1 pt= ≥1/2 of the reading; 2 pts= ≥3/4 of the reading; 4 pts= all of the
       reading. Your point value is earned based on how much of the reading you have completed by 5
       pm Wednesdays. Even if you are not able to attend class, you may still get reading points, but the
       reading must still be done by the required time. This reading log, with total points calculated, is
       due in class the dates listed on the schedule. This syllabus is our contract and this reading is your
       part of the commitment, therefore, I reserve the right to give “pop” reading quizzes to make sure
       you are doing your part.

Course Requirements/Grading:
        Exams (100 Points each): Exams will cover the readings, lectures, and class discussions. The
format of the exams will be multiple-choice and short-answer. All exams will be administered at the
Testing Center and may be taken anytime during the dates indicated on the course schedule. There will be
no test make-ups except under extreme conditions and these require verification (e.g., doctor's note).
Cheating of any kind will result in a lowered grade and other university sanctions. The final exam is
comprehensive and is worth 180 points. Since the final is comprehensive, review your tests in 284 TLRB
once you have been told grading is complete and the tests are available; each test will be available only
until the following test begins so do not procrastinate your study. You may take notes on questions you
missed but you may not copy exact questions.

        APA formatted research paper (100 points): The research paper provides an opportunity for you to
pursue in-depth a topic of interest to you that is relevant to psychopathology. The topic of the paper is
flexible, but must be based on articles you have selected from the empirical literature. A paper proposal will
be due early in the semester. Papers should be well thought out, constructed and executed. The final paper is
to be no more than 8 pages long, including an introduction and conclusion. An extensive description of
paper requirements will be provided.

        5-Minute papers (2 points): To facilitate comprehension and retention of lecture material and
discussion topics, “minute” papers will be given intermittently throughout the term on a random basis.
This will be a timed 5-minute paper relating to the present classroom topic. These will amount to no more
than a few paragraphs and you will earn full points if you participate—I just want you processing! If you
come into class while a minute paper is in process you are ineligible to receive credit for the assignment.
As I am aware there may arise a need to miss a class period, so you may drop your lowest score.

       Service-Learning (90 points total): The service-learning requirement is a requirement of the
psychology department and is completed in all sections of Abnormal Psychology.
               Service-learning at BYU is defined as "an academically rigorous, credit-bearing,
               educational experience requiring the designed connection of classroom instruction with
               practical service activities. Students engage in service which is clearly linked to the
               learning objectives of the course. Through collaboration with predetermined community
               partners, the service rendered by students meets genuine community needs. Service-
               learning provides students the opportunity to participate in structured reflective analysis
               designed to integrate the realities of the service experience with academic subject matter.
               Service-learning prepares students for active citizenship and lifelong learning by helping
               them realize a broader application of course material, a heightened sense of civic
               responsibility, and a deeper appreciation for their own skills and insights."
Students often report the service-learning is the most valuable experience from this class! To increase
your understanding and appreciation of psychopathology, you will be given the opportunity to serve
persons diagnosed with psychological disorders through the volunteer program at Utah State Hospital or
another self-selected site. Those choosing a self-selected site must have it approved before September
14 at 5:00pm (those approved thereafter will receive a 10 point deduction).
You are required to participate in 23 hours of service-learning during the semester (this includes
orientation time). Keep track of your own hours; do not rely on the computer system at the hospital. The
hospital has brief orientation/training sessions at the beginning of the term that you are required to attend
in order to work in the hospital. These orientation sessions are being offered at the following times:
                                     Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9:00 a.m.;
                                          Monday, Tuesday &
                                      Wednesday Sept. 12, 13 & 14
                                              at 6:00 p.m.
These orientation sessions are held in classroom #21 of the Henninger (Administration) Building at the
Utah State Hospital which is located at 1300 East Center Street, Provo. The volunteer coordinator at the
Hospital is Shawna Peterson (801-344-4254). Do not call Shawna to attend orientation, just show up at
the specified time. You will also receive information regarding the various possible assignments and be
given the chance to sign up for a volunteer setting that meshes with your own personal interests. Please
bring a photocopy of your driver’s license or other picture ID to the orientation (this is a requirement
for the required background check).

It is now required that you provide documentation of TB testing within the last year in order to serve as a
volunteer at USH. These tuberculin skin tests (Mantoux - PPD) can be obtained for $10 through the BYU
Student Health Center (appointment required: call 8-6 M-F to set up appointment for 8:00 am-3 pm
Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 801-422-5156, 9th East and University Parkway, BYU Student ID). You
must return to have the results read 72 hours later. You may also obtain a TB test for $17 through the
Utah County Health Department (walk in 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday; 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Wednesday; 801-851-7025, Health and Justice Building 151 South University Avenue, payment by cash,
in-state check, Visa or MasterCard). You must return to have the results read 48-72 hours later.
Your service-learning hours are worth 80 points. It is expected you will complete a minimum of 23 hours
(includes 1 hour of USH orientation). However, as I am aware that you may participate without meeting
the minimum requirement I have made some provisions.

                                       0-14 hours = 0/80 points

                                       15-19 hours = 40/80 points

                                       20-22 hours = 60/80

                                       23 or + hours = 80/80 points

The write-up for your service hours is due at the end of the semester and is worth 10 points (it is due by
5:15 on December 7th, late papers that day will receive a 3 point deduction; I will not accept reports
after this day. I will always accept assignments turned in early!). The write up is a 2-page Field Work
Report. This should include a small table indicating dates, how many hours worked, and what task was
done each time. The hours should be totaled at the bottom of the table. The font size should be shrunk so
the table fits into ½ a page or less. A supervisor’s signature should be at the bottom of the chart verifying
your volunteer work. The other 1 ½ pages of the report include a summary of lessons learned with
application to what was learned from the textbook and lectures; this should be double spaced and the
writing should be rich and concise. Do not just restate duties performed as this information will be in
your table. I recommend writing 2 full pages and then editing them down to the requirement to produce a
well-written paper.

        Extra Credit: There is no extra credit in this course, so it is recommended you focus your efforts
on the requirements described herein to attain the grade you desire. I do require that you complete the
online teacher evaluation at the end of the semester, but you will receive all of the available 8 points for
completing it…so if it makes you feel better, you can consider that a freebee.
Grades: Grades are figured on a strict percentage basis. 93% of the total points or higher earns an A, 90-
92% A-, 87-89 % B+, 83%-86 B, 80-82% B-, 77-79% C+, 73-76% C, etc. (Although I would love not to
have to give a grade below a C!)
                       Teacher Evaluation                     8 points
                       Reading log                           52 points
                       Minute Papers                         ___ points
                       Exams                                 300 points
                       Final Exam                            180 points
                       Research Paper                        100 points
                       Field report write-up                  10 points
                       Service learning hours                 80 points
                       TOTAL                                 730 points + ____ quiz & minute paper pts

Emotional and Psychological Distress: Sometimes students experience emotional or psychological
distress when taking this course because the content is often disturbing and may trigger sensitive issues in
their personal lives. It is a conflict of interest for me to cultivate a dual relationship with students. For
example, I cannot be your teacher and also act as your therapist. I am willing to listen briefly to you about
any concerns you may have but will most likely refer you to the Counseling and Career Center so you can
explore and discuss these issues with another professional counselor who can assist you.

University Policies:
Learning Outcomes
Each program at BYU has developed a set of expected student learning outcomes. These will help you
understand the objectives of the curriculum in the program, including this class. To learn the expected
student outcomes for the programs in the psychology department and college go to and click on the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences and then
the psychology department. The outcomes for Psychology 342 are listed at the beginning of this syllabus.

Honor Code Standards
In keeping with the principles of the BYU Honor Code, students are expected to be honest in all of their
academic work. Academic honesty means, most fundamentally, that any work you present as your own
must in fact be your own work and not that of another. Violations of this principle may result in a failing
grade in the course and additional disciplinary action by the university.

Students are also expected to adhere to the Dress and Grooming Standards. Adherence demonstrates
respect for yourself and others and ensures an effective learning and working environment. It is the
university’s expectation, and my own expectation in class, that each student will abide by all Honor Code
standards. Please call the Honor Code Office at 422-2847 if you have questions about those standards.

Preventing Sexual Discrimination or Harassment
Sexual discrimination or harassment (including student-to-student harassment) is prohibited both by the
law and by Brigham Young University policy. If you feel you are being subjected to sexual discrimination
or harassment, please bring your concerns to the professor. Alternatively, you may lodge a complaint with
the Equal Employment Office (D-240C ASB) or with the Honor Code Office (4440).

Students with Disabilities
If you have a disability that may affect your performance in this course, you should get in touch with the
office of Services for Students with Disabilities (1520 WSC). This office can evaluate your disability and
assist the professor in arranging for reasonable accommodations.
                                        Class schedule
DATES                 TOPIC                                        Readings and Assignments
08/31                 Class Intro                                  Syllabus
                      Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context      Chapter 1
09/07                 An Integrative Approach to Psychopathology   Chapter 2
                                                                   • Article: “Myths about Mental
                                                                   Illness”- Ensign Oct. 2005, Morrison
09/14                 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis            Chapter 3
09/28                 Research Methods                             Chapter 4
                                                                   * Research paper topics due
                                                                   * Reading Log Due
09/29 Thurs – 10/03   Late Day:                                    EXAM 1 - Testing Center
Mon                   10/04 Tues
10/05                 Anxiety Disorders                            Chapter 5
10/12                 Mood Disorders and Suicide                   Chapter 7

10/17                 Eating Disorders                             Chapter 8 through p. 289
10/26                 Developmental Disorders                      Chapter 14
                                                                   * Reading Log Due
10/27 Thurs – 10/31   Late day:                                    EXAM 2 - Testing Center
Mon                   11/01 Tues
11/02                 Cognitive Disorders                         Chapter 15
                                                                  • Handout- “The Zen of Alzheimer’s”
11/09                 Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders Chapter 13
11/16                 Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders       Chapter 6
                                                                  * Research paper due
11/23                 NO CLASS: Happy Holiday
11/30                 Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders        Chapter 10
                                                                  • Handout-“Thinking & Talking about
                                                                  • Handout-“Charles: The Soul of
                                                                  * Reading Log Due
12/01 Thurs – 12/05   Late day:                                   EXAM 3 – Testing Center
Mon                   12/6 Tues
12/07                 Personality Disorders                       Chapter 12
                                                                  *Field work report due
                                                                  Research papers returned
12/12 Mon – 12/16 Fri                                             FINAL EXAM -- Testing Center
Please consult page 1 of the syllabus for an explanation on how to claim reading points.

      DATES              READING LOG                DATE           INITIALS
                          (Up to 4 points)
       08/31      Reading for this class period
                  may be done any time before
                  09/14 to secure points for this

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                         (Up to 4 points)
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