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Master Course Syllabus · Social Sciences · Psychology - PSYC

Abnormal Psychology

  • Master Course Syllabus 2013
  • Section ALL
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/01/2013 to 08/30/2013
  • Modified 08/05/2019

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This is a sophomore level course presenting historical and contemporary viewpoints of abnormal behavior. A variety of functional and organic mental disorders, including psychoses, personality disorders, anxiety reactions, substance abuse, mood disorders, and mental retardation, will be examined in terms of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. 48 contact hours. Credit: Three semester hours.


PSYC 2301 and one additional Psychology course is preferable.

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


discuss historical attitudes, knowledge, and theories of abnormal behavior

summarize contemporary approaches to abnormal behavior including current research methodology that pertains to mental disorders and their treatment

evaluate cross-cultural and gender differences in abnormal behavior

characterize the physiological, psychodynamic, learning, cognitive, humanistic/existential, and sociocultural theories of psychopathology and related treatment methods

utilize current definitions and classification systems of mental disorders emphasizing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association to differentiate among various disorders

analyze various treatment approaches/methods available for mental disorders

assess real-life situations that may require professional psychological help and compare various treatment options

differentiate among ethical and legal difficulties in treatment


Bryan campus: Comer, R. J. (2004). Abnormal psychology, 5th ed. New York: Worth. ISBN 0716757923 Brenham campus and internet: Davidson, G. C., Neale, J. M., & A.M. Kring, A. M., Abnormal psychology, 10th ed. Wiley. Supplemental readings are encouraged.

Course Requirements

The student will read the textbook and other readings that may be assigned by the instructor. Students will be required to exercise their writing skills. Instructional methodology may include demonstration, homework, research projects, classroom discussions and collaboration, oral presentations, computer assisted learning projects, video modules for case studies, guest lectures/panels, or other methods.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes

Course objectives will be assessed by evaluating the student’s knowledge and understanding of course material. This information will be obtained from student performance on a minimum of four major grades, including three major exams, a comprehensive final (worth 10-30% of the course grade), written or other assignments, and quizzes. As per Blinn College policy, participation in class will amount to at least 10% of the student’s final grade. An average of at least 60% on all means of assessment is required for successful completion of the course.

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

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