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Bryan · Social Sciences · Psychology - PSYC

Abnormal Psychology
PSYC-2320

  • Fall 2020
  • Sections 50C CRN-20807, 50D CRN-20808
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/19/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 10/20/2020

Meeting Times

PSYC 2320-50C

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM

Tuesday - Lecture  A222

Thursday - Lecture  Remote

PSYC 2320 - 50D

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM

Tuesday - Lecture   Remote

Thursday - Lecture  A222

Contact Information

Instructor: Roberta Sheffield

Office Hours

  • Thursday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, and by appointment

All office hours will be conducted VIRTUALLY through Zoom.  

 

Description

This course provides an introduction to the psychological, biological, and socio-cultural factors involved in the development, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders.  It includes a review of the historical understanding of abnormal behavior and the development of modern diagnostic systems.  It includes discussion of psychological research and practice as it relates to mental health and psychological functioning, as well as legal and ethical issues. (PSYC 2320 is included in the Psychology Field of Study).  48 contact hours.  Credit: Three semester hours.

Requisites

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.

Outcomes

  1. Discuss the historical antecedents to modern understandings of abnormal behavior.
  2. Identify and describe the major classes and characteristics of psychological disorders as presented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).
  3. Describe the factors and theoretical perspectives related to the development and maintenance of different types of abnormal behavior.
  4. List the primary treatments for psychological disorders and discuss their effectiveness.
  5. Discuss the current research and methodological issues in the study of abnormal behavior.
  6. Discuss the legal and ethical issues associated with the treatment of and research related to abnormal behavior.
  7. Develop an understanding of how social and cultural factors impact the expression of psychological disorders.
  8. Examine the impact of biological factors on the development of psychological disorders.

Materials

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (LOOSE)-W/ACCESS

REQUIRED |ByCOMER

  • EDITION:   10TH 18
  • PUBLISHER:   MAC HIGHER
  • ISBN:   9781319167455

The Blinn bookstore bundles a loose-leaf text with a LaunchPad code. The code gives you access to the Macmillan learning management system (called Launchpad) along with an eBook. A Launchpad course code will be provided to you in class.                     

Blinn Bookstore Order Page for text and Launchpad   

Launchpad:  REQUIRED FOR COURSE - STUDENTS MUST PURCHASE

Use this link to customize your order: Order Launchpad only or get Launchpad and rent the book, for example.

https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/product/Abnormal-Psychology/p/1319066941

Course Requirements

This is a 8-week course, therefore, much of the content will be the responsibility of the students to learn outside of class.  It is imperative that students keep up with all readings and assignments in order to be successful in this class.  Time management is key.   

  • Macmillan Launch Pad:  This is required and is an essential component for this class. Failure to complete these assignments will most likely result in FAILING GRADE in the class.  Launch Pad is an on-line course support which you will be required to use on a weekly basis to complete Learning Curve Activities, Concept Practice Assignments, & Practice Quizzes for each chapter.

    Technical Support: Students must contact Macmillan technical support for help with access to Launch Pad. Please see the module under the CONTENT tab on e-campus to contact tech support. You will need to complete a HELP form. Once submitted, you will be given a case number and 1-800 to call.  STUDENTS MUST USE THEIR BLINN EMAIL (buc.blinn/edu) ACCOUNT TO REGISTER FOR LAUNCHPAD IN ORDER TO ENSURE GRADES ARE TRANSFERRED INTO ECAMPUS.  In order for grades to be automatically transferred into eCampus gradebook correctly, it is imperative that registration is completed with Blinn email;  otherwise, grades will not transfer correctly.  The instructor WILL NOT manually transfer Launch Pad grades into eCampus.  This will result in students NOT receiving credit for assignments in Launch Pad, resulting in zero's for those assignments.  LAUNCHPAD ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE REOPENED!  

  • Attendance: Attendance is mandatory, no matter whether you are present in the classroom or virtually via Zoom.  Those students attending on Zoom MUST enable their camera/video in order to be counted present for the class.  Virtual attendance strictly with audio will NOT count as an unexcused absence.  In accordance with Blinn policy there are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution: 
    1. Observance of religious holy days - The student should notify his or her instructor(s) no later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
    2. Representing the College District at an official institutional function;
    3. High school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and 
    4. Military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.

NO MAKE UP EXAMS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHOUT AN EXCUSED ABSENCE!  NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • Late Work:  Only exams can be made up with an excused absence.  Quizzes and other assignments will NOT be reopened for any reason, as they are posted well before their due date.  LaunchPad assignments will also NOT be reopened.  It is the students responsibility to keep track of due dates and plan their time accordingly.  Exams that are missed must be made up within 48 hours of their due dates.  Any exceptions are at the discretion of the instructor.  Final Exam will NOT be reopened.  If you do not complete the Final Exam by the assigned due date, you will receive a zero.  NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Reading:  This class requires you to stay current on all reading.  You will be required to read every assigned chapter and complete quizzes on eCampus.
  • Major Exams and Cumulative Final Exam: There will be 4 non-cumulative exams and a cumulative final exam.  All exams will be completed on eCampus by (this means before) 11:59 pm of the due date.  Make up exams will NOT be permitted without an excused absence and must be completed within 48 hours from the due.  
  • Proctored Assignment:  the departmental required "Research Methods Quiz" will be proctored through Honorlock.  Students need to ensure that their computer system is compatable with Honorlock by completing a systems check availabe when Honorlock is accessed.  This quiz will NOT be reopened.  Therefore, it is highly recommended that students run this systems check well in advance, allowing adequate time to finish the quiz before closing at 11:59 pm.  
  • Final Exam Review: There will be a final exam review, which is REQUIRED.  The review must be entirety completed to receive credit!  This means NO PARTIAL CREDIT will be awarded - NO EXCEPTIONS.  The review must be typed or handwritten and uploaded in the appropriate drop box in e-campus by 11:59 pm on the closing date.  This means students must submit them before -NOT- at 11:59 pm.  
  • Quizzes:  There will be several quizzes throughout the semester.  They will be completed on eCampus and/or LaunchPad PRIOR TO DEADLINE.  These quizzes are over information from the chapters.  Attendance may also account for a quiz grade.  More information will be provided in class.  THERE ARE NO MAKE UP QUIZZES.  DO NOT REQUEST THAT A QUIZ BE REOPENED.  There is no excuse for not completing the quizzes by deadline even if ill, as you know the due dates well in advance! 
  • Assignments/Activities/Discussions: There will be several activities during the semester that might consist of small group assignments/discussions, class activities, eCampus assignments, departmental required assignments, discussion posts, pop quizzes, worksheets, and other in or out of class assignments.  THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP OPPORTUNITIES IF A CLASS ACTIVITY OR DISCUSSION IS MISSED. Any class activity missed because of punctuality CANNOT be made up.  Work assigned on eCampus will NOT be reopened without an excused absence.   
  • LaunchPad Assignments: Students will be required to complete several REQUIRED  activities in LaunchPad for each module.  This includes Learning Curves, Video Activities, and/or Practice Quizzes. Remember, student's MUST use their Blinn email (buc.blinn.edu) to register for LaunchPad.  Otherwise grades will NOT transfer into eCampus and student's will NOT earn any credit, resulting in Zero's for those assignments.  If these assignments are not completed, students will most likely NOT PASS THIS COURSE!  Launchpad assignments will be due at the end of the first week.  These assignments will NOT BE REOPENED.
  • NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED/ASSIGNMENTS AND QUIZZES WILL NOT BE REOPENED.  It is the student's responsibility to check eCampus and Launchpad on a regular basis for assignments and/or the possibility of changes in the schedule.  It is recommended that students check both on a daily basis.  There is no excuse to be unaware of assignments, due dates, and/or changes in assignments or course requirements.  (1) A detailed assignment schedule is located on the eCampus course homepage.  It details when the assignments open and the due day/date/time of the assignments.  (2)  "Upcoming Events" on the eCapmus course home page (at the bottom of the page) contains the dates of upcoming assignments due in eCampus.  Students can also access these assignments by clicking on the event/assignment.  (3) Assignments due in Launchpad can be seen and accessed in the Launchpad "Calendar."    (4)  Class announcements - instructor will discuss changes in scheduling and due dates of assignments in addition to detailed information about certain assignments and/or projects.

This is a web-enhanced course which is a face-to-face course that uses any form of electronic media to post information, deliver content, provide learning resources, and foster student interaction outside the classroom. Students are responsible for gaining access to a reliable computer, preferably connected to a LAN line, to complete any assignments scheduled in eCampus and due outside of class, and to keep up with announcements and their grades. Typically, desktops and laptops function more effectively than phones and tablets to submit assignments; Chrome browser seems to work well with eCampus.

Want to receive quiz reminders, grades, and announcements by text or email? Set up Notifications in eCampus!

  1. Log in to eCampus
    2. Click on your name in the top right corner
      Select Notifications
    3. Under Contact Methods:
      Add your personal email if preferred and your phone number
        Select the amount of messages to receive per day
    4. Under Instant Notifications:
        Scroll down and check the last 5 boxes (at least)
    5. Under Customize Notifications:
        Check all boxes
    6. Click Save

How to log in to eCampus:
1. Go to eCampus Login
2. Type your username and password.
     a. Your username is firstname.lastnameLast2digitsofID. For example, John Jones with an ID of  B00125645 would have a username of john.jones45.
     b. Your password is the same password you use for the MyBlinn and other Blinn College systems.
          i. Typically, it will be your birthday written MMDDYY (for new students) or YYYYMMDD (for   returning students).
          ii. If you have changed your password to something other than your birthday, please use that password to access eCampus-Desire2Learn.
3. Click Log In. If you have problems, click Forgot your Password?

Evaluation

 

Points Possible

Points Earned

           

Exams

400

 

 

Final Exam Review

50

 

                GRADE CHART

Cumulative Final

100

 

     A     90-100%     900-1000

Quizzes

200

 

     B     80-89.9%    800-899

Assignments/Activities/Discussions

250

 

     C     70-79.9%    700-799 

                            Total Points 1000

 

     D     60-69.9%    600-699

   

 

     F         <60%           <600

                                   

 

 

 

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.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the Fall semester: Back with Blinn.

Course Policies

Please read: Fall 2020 General Course Policies.

  • LaunchPad is required and will be utilized for various assignments.  
  • Late work will not be accepted.  Quizzes and drop boxes will NOT be re-opened, so do NOT ask.  You will know the due dates well in advance, giving students ample time to plan and complete by their due date!  Only the are major exams and reviews can be made up with an excused absence.  
  • Please note that assignments are always due by 11:59 pm.  This means that assignments must be submitted BEFORE 11:59 pm.  
  • Any changes to the schedule will be communicated through e-mail, on eCampus, and/or in class announcements.  These changes will not be made in the syllabus.

SCHOLASTIC INTEGRITY

  • Scholastic integrigy is taken very seriously!  I work very hard to ensure students are provided the necessary tools and resources to be successful in my class.  Therefore, I expect students to complete their own work
  • Collaboration with peers is acceptable, but students MUST TURN IN THIER OWN INDIVDUALIZED/UNIQUE DOCUMENT!  
  • Any extra credit assignment, graded assignment, and/or reviews need to be their own work.  Duplicate assignments will be considered plagarized and will result in a ZERO.  No exceptions!  Further disciplinary action could also be taken according to Blinn's policy for Scholastic Integrity
  • DO NOT TURN IN THE SAME DOCUMENT/ASSIGNMENTS AS YOUR PEERS even for extra credit or required exam reviews.  Studying with a peer(s) is allowed but sharing responsibility for the exam review is Not!

Schedule

MODULE 1:  EXAM 1 MATERIALS – CHAPTERS 1 - 4

October 19, 2020 through October 25, 2020

 Student readings: Chapters 1 & 2

LECTURES

    • Course Introduction
    • Abnormal Psychology: Past and Present
    • Research in Abnormal Psychology

*DUE FRIDAY, 10/23/20 BY 11:59 PM – CHAPTERS 1, 2 ASSIGNMENTS

*DUE SUNDAY, 10/25/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS READING QUIZZES – CHAPTERS 1 -2

 

MODULE 2:  EXAM 2 MATERIALS – CHAPTERS 5 - 9

October 26, 2020 through November 8, 2020

 Student readings: Chapters 3 and 4 (MODULE 1 – EXAM 1 MATERIAL)

LECTURES

    • Models of abnormality
    • Clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment

*DUE FRIDAY – 10/30/20 BY 11:59 PM – Chapters 3 & 4 Assignments (MODULE 1 – EXAM 1 MATERIAL)

*DUE SUNDAY – 11/01/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS READING QUIZZES – CHAPTERS 3 & 4 (MOD. 1 – EX. 1 MATERIAL)

*DUE MONDAY, 11/02/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS EXAM 1

*DUE MONDAY, 11/02/20 BY 11:59 PM – EXTRA CREDIT EXAM 1 REVIEW – ECAMPUS DROPBOX

Student readings: Chapters 5 and 6 (MODULE 2 – EXAM 2 MATERIAL)

LECTURES

    • Anxiety, Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
    • Disorders of trauma and stress 

Students readings: Chapter 7, 8 and 9

LECTURES

    • Depressive and Bipolar disorders and treatment
    • Suicide

*DUE FRIDAY – 11/06/20 BY 11:59 PM – Chapters 5. 6. 7. 8. And 9 (MODULE 2 – EXAM 2 MATERIAL)

*DUE SUNDAY – 11/08/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS READING QUIZZES – CHAPTERS 3 & 4 (MOD. 1 – EX. 1 MATERIAL)

*DUE MONDAY, 11/09/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS EXAM 2

*DUE MONDAY, 11/09/20 BY 11:59 PM – EXTRA CREDIT EXAM 2 REVIEW – ECAMPUS DROPBOX

MODULE 3:  EXAM 3 MATERIALS – CHAPTERS 10 - 13

November 09, 2020 through November 22, 2020

Student reading: Chapters 10 and 11

LECTURE

    • Disorders with somatic symptoms
    • Eating disorders

*DUE FRIDAY – 11/13/20 BY 11:59 PM – Chapter 10 and 11 Assignments

*DUE SUNDAY – 11/15/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS READING QUIZ – CHAPTERs 10 & 11

Student reading: Chapters 12 and 13

LECTURE

    • Substance use and addictive disorders
    • Sexual disorders 

*DUE FRIDAY – 11/20/20 BY 11:59 PM – CHAPTERS 12 and 13 ASSIGNMENTS

*DUE SUNDAY – 11/22/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS READING QUIZ – CHAPTERS 12 AND 13

*DUE MONDAY – 11/23/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS EXAM 3

*DUE MONDAY – 11/23/20 BY 11:59 PM – EXTRA CREDIT EXAM 3 REVIEW – ECAMPUS DROPBOX

 

MODULE 4:  EXAM 4 MATERIALS – CHAPTERS 14 – 17

November 30, 2020 through December 06, 2020

Student reading: Chapters 14 and 15

LECTURE

    • Schizophrenia and related disorders/treatment

*DUE TUESDAY – 11/24/20 BY 11:59 PM – Chapter 14 and 15 Assignments

*DUE MONDAY – 11/24/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS READING QUIZ – CHAPTER 14 & 15

Student reading: Chapters 16 and 17

LECTURE

    • Personality disorders
    • Disorders common among children and adolescents

 *DUE FRIDAY – 12/04/20 BY 11:59 PM – CHAPTERS 16 and 17 ASSIGNMENTS

*DUE SUNDAY – 12/06/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS READING QUIZ – CHAPTERS 16 AND 17

*DUE MONDAY – 12/07/20 BY 11:59 PM – ECAMPUS EXAM 4

*DUE MONDAY – 12/07/20 BY 11:59 PM – EXTRA CREDIT EXAM 4 REVIEW – ECAMPUS DROPBOX

 

CUMULATIVE FINAL EXAMINATION

 *DUE WEDNESDAY – 12/09/20 BY 12:59 PM – FINAL REVIEW – ECAMPUS DROPBOX

*DUE THURSDAY – 12/10/20 BY 12:00 PM (NOON) – ECAMPUS FINAL EXAMINATION

 

 IMPORTANT DATES:

Wednesday, 11/25/20 through Friday, 11/27/20 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes

Monday, 11/30/20 – Last day to drop classes with a “Q”