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: firstname.lastname@example.org Text: Essentials of Abnormal Psychology; Durand and Barlow, 5th ed CengageNow Exam Schedule: Mid-Term Exam: Oct. 15 Team project presentations: Dec. 10 Final Exam: Dec. 17 Goals: 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 discussion. Develop insight into their own and other’s behavior and mental processes relative to concepts of normality. Description: 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. Attendance: 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. Examinations 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 student). Examinations MUST BE TAKEN AS SCHEDULED. 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 class. 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 exam. 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 recommended. Disabilities: 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 games!!! 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! Grading: 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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