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									                                     Skyline College
                           Psychology 410 - Abnormal Psychology
                                 Course Syllabus-Fall 2012

Section: JA (85752) Rm: 1111 Hours: 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Monday
Instructor: Paul Tony Jackson, Ph.D.
Office Hours: M 3:30-5:30pm; W 8:00-9:00am; F 12-2:00pm
Office: Rm. 1131 Phone: x 4156               E-mail:

Essentials of Abnormal Psychology; Durand and Barlow, 5th ed

Exam Schedule:
Mid-Term Exam:                           Oct. 15
Team project presentations:              Dec. 10
Final Exam:                              Dec. 17

To increase the level of understanding of major diagnostic categories in clinical psychology
and their corresponding theories of causation and treatment. Also to familiarize students with
the criteria of DSM-IV, as well as to enhance students' understanding of how clients/patients
who fit these different diagnostic categories present.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives,
empirical findings, and historical trends in the field of abnormal psychology as
measured by in class testing and quality of in-class discussions.

Develop and/or demonstrate information competence and the ability to use
computers and other technology for the purposes of this course.

Demonstrate factual and conceptual understanding of various psychological
disorders presentations.

Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of socio-cultural issues and
diversity as demonstrated through testing and participation in classroom

Develop insight into their own and other’s behavior and mental processes relative
to concepts of normality.

This course will utilize a combination of lectures, readings from the assigned text, videotaped
segments, visual aids, and activities in an interactive group process. In the spirit of learning
communities, active student involvement in a collaborative learning process will be extremely
important. “Collaborative experiences provided lessons that no lectures or homilies can
provide. Asking students to share the responsibility for each other’s learning teaches students
their learning and that of their peers are inextricably intertwined and that, regardless of race,
class, gender, or background, their academic interests are the same” (Tinto 1998, p. 173)

Course Requirements:
Concurrent or prior enrollment in Psychology 100 and/or 201 are strongly recommended
before taking this course.

Attending class is extremely important and unexcused absences are taken very seriously.
Quality of participation is also very important and every effort will be made to support your
participation. More than 3 unexcused absences (UA) will affect your grade. Sign in sheets
will be available before class begins. Each student must sign only his/her name. Penalty for
signing another student’s name will be expulsion from the class.

Tardiness versus Absence:
Tardiness: “behind time, late or delayed”. This is not allowed on a regular basis. If you are
tardy, it is your responsibility to sign the attendance sheet before the end of the class session.
Otherwise, you are considered absent.

Once you sign the attendance sheet, you are considered present if and only if you remain in
class for the entire class session. Signing the sheet and leaving the classroom is not considered
an attendance and will be considered an absence. If you need to leave early for an illness-
related circumstance, you should notify me.

Students will be responsible for the course material covered in the lectures, textbook, and in
videotaped material. All exams and quizzes unless otherwise specified will be multiple-
choice format. Scantron sheets are required and it is the student’s responsibility to have
them on hand at all times. Scantrons are available in the bookstore. Make sure that you
purchase the thin, 11.5” sheet which can be used for exams and short quizzes. Examinations
MUST BE TAKEN AS SCHEDULED. Students who arrive more than 5 minutes
late for a quiz will not be allowed to take it. Students who show up more than
15 minutes late for the Final Exam will not be allowed to take it (Certain
exceptions apply, including pre-notification of tardiness. Regardless of the
specifics of the exception, the exam will be rescheduled at a 10% cost to the


Make-up Tests (read carefully)
Make-up tests will generally NOT be allowed. Make-up tests will only be offered
to students who notify me the class session before the exam (2 days before the
exam date). In case of illness or other circumstances taking place on the exam
date, it is your responsibility to notify me that same day via e-mail or by coming
to my office (Rm: 1131 Bldg 1) in order for accommodations to be made relative
to your situation.
Make-up tests WILL NOT be offered (you will receive a 0) if notification was not
given prior to the exam date and time or without presenting a valid and official
doctors note- NO EXCEPTIONS!
Integrity Policy:

1) Cheating: is not allowed under any circumstances. As a consequence, the student will
receive an “F” and will be dismissed permanently from the class. (See the current college
catalog for further information)

2) Plagiarism: “to take from another and pass them off as one’s own” is not allowed under any
circumstances. The student will receive an “F” and will be dismissed permanently from the

 Scantron Exams are typically tough exams. Test questions will come from
  both text, Powerpoint lectures and internet based material. Due to the time
  limitation, it is not possible to lecture on all material, therefore it is
  imperative that you read the assigned chapters in order to do well on the
  tests. READ! READ! READ!
 Electronic translation devices are NOT ALLOWED! Students may use hard
  copy translators and must present the translator for inspection before each
 All cellular phones are to remain off while in class. In case of emergency
  students may notify the professor in advance and only in these cases may the
  cell phone be placed in silent mode. At no times are cell phones to be
  answered or used in class for any purposes (this includes texting).
 Use of laptop computers will be allowed in the classroom for the purpose of
  note- taking. However, it is recommended that in-class note taking be
  conducted with use of paper and pen/pencil. Cornell style notes are

If you have any disability, please advise me during the first week of class. In order to provide
you with the appropriate accommodations, you need to get a signed form from the Disabled
Students Programs and Services (650-738-4280).

Also it is your responsibility to notify me of any circumstances that may interfere with your
work in the course. If problems arise, you must notify me immediately so that appropriate
assistance and consideration can be given. DO NOT wait until after the fact to reveal
circumstances that may have compromised your performance in the course.

Final Team Project:
Students will organize themselves in teams collaborating to create and produce an Interactive
game to be played by fellow students in the class. This final project will illustrate the group’s
knowledge and understanding of a particular clinical syndrome as well as their ability to
delineate criteria for demonstrating knowledge of the syndrome. The final production will be
graded according to qualities of creativity, appropriateness of subject matter, clear and concise
Instructions and "playability" (I.e. Interest and enjoyment level). Final award will be based on
students' and the professor's evaluations and on the students’ performance on their own

Students are expected to form working groups of 4 to 5. In class time will be allotted to allow
students to get to know one another and to become familiar with each other’s schedule. It will
also be necessary for students to meet outside of class time. Groups have the freedom to
choose any game format. Group members are expected to participate in every level of
development and presentation. Simply put, EVERYONE MUST BE INVOLVED!

Final grades will be determined on the following bases:
Final exam                               30%
Mid-Term                                 30%
Team Project                             20%
Pop Quizzes                              20%
Class participation and Extra Credit           10%

Course Outline:
Aug. 20                    Course Introduction
                           Chap. 1: Abnormal Behavior in historical context

Aug. 27                    Chap. 2: Integrative approach to psychopathology

Sep. 3                     Holiday: Labor Day

Sep. 10                    Chap. 3: Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis

Sep. 17                    Chap. 4: Anxiety Disorders

Sep. 24                    Chap. 5: Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders

Oct. 1                     Chap. 6: Mood Disorders

Oct. 8                     Chap. 7: Physical Disorders and Health Psychology
                           Mid-Term Review

Oct. 15                    Mid-Term Exam
                           Chap. 8: Eating Disorders

Oct. 22                    Chap. 9: Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

Oct. 29                    Chap. 10: Substance-Related and Impulse-Control Disorders

Nov. 5                     Chap. 11: Personality Disorders
Nov. 12                         Holiday: Veteran’s Day Observed
                                Nov. 16:   Last Day To Withdraw

Nov. 19                         Chap. 11: Personality Disorders

Nov. 22-23                      Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 26                         Chap. 12: Schizophrenia

Dec. 3                          Chap. 12: Schizophrenia

Dec. 10                         Team Project Presentations / Final Review

Dec. 17                         Final Exam (Monday)
                                (Additional Presentations if necessary)
 I, the instructor, may modify this course schedule at any time. Thus, it is important for you, the student, to
come to class and to stay updated with the class schedule.

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