I. COURSE TITLE: Forensic Psychology
II. COURSE NUMBER: PSY 3360 TDWA
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
XI. OFFICE FAX: 670-3291
XII. OFFICE E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
XIII. COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES:
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.
XIV. REQUIRED TEXT:
Bartol, Curt R., Bartol, Anne M. (2004) Introduction to Forensic Psychology Thousand Oaks: Sage
Publications ISBN: 0-7619-2606-2
XV. GRADING METHODS, WEIGHTS OF CRITERIA, AND MAKE-UP EXAMS
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
C. OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
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.
XV. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:
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
XVI. ABSENCE POLICY:
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.
XVII. IMPORTANT DATES
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
XVIII. ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT POLICY
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