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					                                                     Troy University
                                                   Psychology Program

I.       COURSE TITLE:               Forensic Psychology


III.     TERM:                      Spring, 2008

IV.      PROFESSOR:                 Dr. Mary Ann Hooten

V.       PRE-REQUISITE COURSES: Six semester hours of psychology

VI.      OFFICE HOURS:              Monday through Friday 8:00 – 10:00 am
                                    Other times by appointment

VII.     CLASS MEETING TIMES/DAY:                      M,W, F 10:00 – 10:50

VIII.    CLASS MEETING LOCATION:                       General Academic Building Room 207

IX.      OFFICE LOCATION:                     MSCX 132

X.       OFFICE TELEPHONE:                    Department: 670-3350
                                              Office: 670-3358

XI.      OFFICE FAX:                          670-3291

XII.     OFFICE E-MAIL:             


Catalog Description: Forensic psychology is the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and
issues relating to law and the legal system. This course will introduce students to the specialty area of forensic psychology.
Particular emphasis will be on applied aspects of the field.

After completion of this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Describe the field of forensic psychology and what it encompasses.
    2. Discuss the history and practice of police psychology including mental and aptitude testing.
    3. Define investigative psychology including what is involved in criminal profiling and identification of the offender.
    4. Discuss the development of criminal behavior and what leads to the development of psychopathic behavior.
    5. Describe the relationship between psychology, intimidation, and violence including the causes of violent behavior
        and the development of serial killers.
    6. Learn about the psychology of sexual assault to include date rape, pedophilia, and juvenile sex offenders.
    7. Discuss victimology and various services provided to victims - also understand the psychological effects of
    8. Understand concepts related to domestic violence and prevention.
    9. Learn about the role of psychology in the courtroom including the judicial process, expert testimony, and the
        assessment of future risk.
    10. Discuss the legal standards for competency and the assessment of insanity.
    11. Learn about the field of correctional psychology and the role of psychologists in the prison system.
    12. Describe the juvenile corrections process and various models for treatment that are used.

Bartol, Curt R., Bartol, Anne M. (2004) Introduction to Forensic Psychology Thousand Oaks: Sage
Publications ISBN: 0-7619-2606-2

A.     Grading Scale (Percentage Points):
       90 – 100      A
       80 – 89       B
       70 – 79       C
       60 – 69       D
       Below 60      F

B.     Criteria for Grading:
       Three Unit Exams                                     20% of grade each
       One Comprehensive Final Exam                         15% of grade
       Presentation Project                                 25% of grade

       Scantron sheets for examinations – Form Number 882 – E (green colored)

D.     MAKE-UP exams will be conducted with the permission of the professor, only under
       circumstances beyond the control of the students. You should consult with the professor PRIOR
       TO THE ABSENCE if you need to miss for any reason, especially if your absence means that
       you will miss an exam. In order to take a make-up exam you must provide a valid written excuse.


       Any student whose disabilities fall within ADA must inform the professor at the beginning of the
       term of any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course.
       Students who have or may be dealing with a disability or learning difficulty should speak with
       the professor, contact the office of the Adaptive Needs Program (215 Adams Center), or call
       670-3220 or 670-3221. Various accommodations are available through the Adaptive Needs


       University Policy: In registering for classes at Troy University…students accept responsibility
       for attending scheduled classes and completing assignments on time, and for contributing to class
       discussion and exploration of ideas. A student will be excused for class absence for
       circumstances beyond his/her control or to attend an official, pre-authorized, university function.

       Faculty Policy: You are expected to attend all class sessions. Attendance will be taken at the
       beginning of each class period. You have the opportunity to earn up to 5% extra credit on your
       final course grade based on your attendance.

      January 11: Last Day to Add a course by 4:30 pm
      January 11: Last Day to drop a course without financial penalty
      January 16: Last Day to withdraw without owing full tuition
      March 21: Last Day to drop/withdraw without academic penalty
      Monday, May 5 2:00 – 4:00 Final Examination

       All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. The Academic Code of the
       Troy State University Oracle will be followed in the event of suspected misconduct.
XIX. TENTATIVE DAILY ASSIGNMENTS (Come to class regularly to make sure you are up-to-

Wednesday, January 9        Course Introduction
Friday, January 11          Chapter One, part 1
Monday, January 14          Chapter One, part 2
Wednesday, January 16       Chapter Two, part 1
Friday, January 18          Chapter Two, part 2
Monday, January 21          HOLIDAY – HAPPY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY!
Wednesday, January 23       Chapter Three, part 1
Friday, January 25          Chapter Three, part 2
Monday, January 28          Review for test one
Wednesday, January 30       TEST ONE
Friday, February 1          Chapter Four, part 1
Monday, February 4          Chapter Four, part 2
Wednesday, February 6       Chapter Five, part 1
Friday, February 8          Chapter Five, part 2
Monday, February 11         Movie Day – part 1
Wednesday, February 13      Movie Day – part 2
Friday, February 15         Chapter Six, part 1
Monday, February 18         Chapter Six, part 2
Wednesday, February 20      Review for Test Two
Friday, February 22         TEST TWO
Monday, February 25         Chapter Seven, part 1
Wednesday, February 27      Chapter Seven, part 2
Friday, February 29         Chapter Eight, part 1
Monday, March 3             Chapter Eight, part 2
Wednesday, March 5          Chapter Nine, part 1
Friday, March 7             Flexible Day
Monday, March 10                                    >>>>>>>SPRING BREAK<<<<<<<
Wednesday, March 12                                 >>>>>>>SPRING BREAK<<<<<<<
Friday, March 14                                    >>>>>>>SPRING BREAK<<<<<<<
Monday, March 17            Chapter Nine, Part 2
Wednesday, March 19         Chapter Ten, Part 1
Friday, March 21            Chapter Ten, part 2
Monday, March 24            Review for Test Three
Wednesday, March 26         TEST THREE
Friday, March 28            Chapter Eleven, part 1
Monday, March 31            Chapter Eleven, part 2
Wednesday, April 2          Chapter Twelve, part 1
Friday, April 4             Chapter Twelve, part 2
Monday, April 7             Chapter Thirteen, part 1
Wednesday, April 9          Chapter Thirteen, part 2
Friday, April 11            Presentations 1, 2, & 3
Monday, April 14            Presentations 4, 5, & 6
Wednesday, April 16         Presentations 7, 8, & 9
Friday, April 18            Presentations 10, 11, & 12
Monday, April 21            Presentations 13, 14, & 15
Wednesday, April 23         Presentations 16 & 17 & 18
Friday, April 25            Troy University Psychology Conference
Monday, April 28            Review for Comprehensive Final Exam
Wednesday, April 30         DEAD DAY
Monday, May 5               FINAL EXAMINATION 2:00 – 4:00 pm

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