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Distance Education · Social Sciences · Psychology - PSYC

Abnormal Psychology

  • Fall 2021
  • Section R61 CRN-20807
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/25/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 10/22/2021

Meeting Times

Lecture - Remote

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, REMOTE

Contact Information

Instructor: Roberta Sheffield

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 979-209-8650

Office:  A291


Office Hours

  • Monday & Tuesday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM,
  • Wednesday, 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM


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.


PSYC 2301 General Psychology

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


  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.



REQUIRED |By Comer & Comer

  • EDITION: 11th
  • ISBN:   9781319167455


Students MUST register for Launchpad.  Launchpad assignments will be required throughout the course.  The student must have access to the textbook, whether by hard copy or e-book on Launchpad.  Students are NOT required to purchase the hardcopy and launchpad code; however, students are required to have at least the e-book that is available on Launchpad with Launchpad access.  Mandatory Launchpad assignments will be due throughout the course.   

To enroll, please go to:

If you should require any assistance accessing this course or have any technical issues with Launchpad anytime during the course, please access technological assistance from Launchpad directly:

*To succeed in their courses, students also will need Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint for some assignments. These Microsoft Office programs are available for all students to download for free using their Blinn Buc email accounts. To install Microsoft Office 365, please visit or contact Academic Technology at 979-830-4357.

Course Requirements

Attendance:  Attendance is mandatory.  This class is scheduled to meet REMOTELY via zoom Monday through Thursday (zoom links provided in eCampus).  CAMERAS MUST BE ENABLED AND STUDENTS NEED TO BE PREPARED TO PARTICIPATE IN ORDER TO BE COUNTED PRESENT AND TO RECIEVE PARTICIPATION CREDIT. Students MUST also be present for the entire class in order to be counted present!  Students who accumulate 2 weeks worth of absences are subject to being dropped from the course.  It is advised that students keep instructor informed of absences.  However, only Blinn approved excused absences will be accepted.  Extenuating circumstances will be considered.   

  • 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; High school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and 
  3. Military service.

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


Assignments:  Students will be required to complete in class activities and discussion, departmental assignment(s), homework, Launchpad activities, projects, chapter quizzes on eCampus, major exams and a final exam on eCampus.  Exam reviews can be completed for extra credit points.

Exams:  There are 4 exams and a cumulative final exam that will be completed on eCampus.  There will be extra credit reviews for each exam, including the final exam.  These are optional and will earn extra credit points.  Incomplete reviews will NOT earn any extra credit points.

LAUNCHPAD ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE REOPENED IF MISSED! These assignments are opened well before their due date, giving students ample time to complete them and plan ahead.  



Points Possible

Points Earned






Cumulative Final



                GRADE CHART




     A     90-100%     900-1000



     B     80-89.9%    800-899

Total Points



     C     70-79.9%    700-799 



     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


  • Class activities, group projects and departmental assignment(s) will be completed throughout the semester.  These account for class participation and will be graded.  THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR MISSED ACTIVITIES COMPLETED IN CLASS.  A zero will be assigned in the gradebook for any missed assignments, projects or exams.
  • Launchpad is required and will be utilized for various assignments.  Monitor the Calendar in Launchpad for due dates.  All Launchpad assignments MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE AND TIME.

Launchpad assignments account for a significant amount of points in the class and if they are not completed you WILL NOT PASS the course. Several zeros will lower the final grade and many will most likely result in an F for the class.  

  • Chapter quizzes will be completed on eCampus PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE AND TIME.
  • Other assignments/activities/homework will be posted on eCampus and must be submitted through the appropriate drop box on eCampus PRIOR TO THE DUE DATE.
  • Exam reviews are optional and are for extra credit.  Incomplete reviews will not earn any extra credit points (partial reviews do NOT earn extra credit).

Late work:

  • Late work will not be accepted -- NO EXCEPTIONS. Launchpad Assignments, 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 before their due date and time!  If an assignment is due at 11:59 pm, then it will be closed by 11:59 pm and further submissions will not be accepted by the grading systems.  DO NOT EMAIL ASSIGNMENTS unless prior arrangements were made with the instructor.  Any assignments emailed without permission will NOT earn credit and a zero will be assigned in the gradebook.

Scholastic Integrity and Cheating:

There is absolutely NO reason to cheat in this class!  All the tools to be successful in the class are made available to each student. Any student(s) discovered to be cheating on any assignment will loose the privilege of earning any extra credit for the remainder of the course and could face disciplinary action from Blinn. 

  • Cheating on Exams or Quizzes:  Collaboration on exams is CHEATING!  This includes asking questions on group-me, text, chat, etc. while taking the exam/quiz.  Taking an exam/quiz with another student present for the purpose of collaborating/assisting one another is CHEATING!  Requesting information from any person(s) during the exam/quiz constitutes CHEATING!  If the instructor suspects any cheating on an exam/quiz, remaining exams/quizzes in the course will be proctored in class or online through Honorlock and will NOT be open note/book. 
  • Cheating on Reviews:  Splitting up the review with other students or using a review from a previous student is CHEATING and will NOT be tolerated!  Students completing a certain section of a review and combining student answers to complete a review is CHEATING and will NOT BE TOLERATED!  DO YOUR OWN WORK!!!!! I do NOT recycle exams from previous semesters, so the review may not be the same or cover the same information as in previous classes.  Any identical/remarkably similar reviews submitted will NOT earn credit and student will forfeit any further opportunity to earn extra credit on subsequent reviews.  



**All due dates are subject to change as it becomes necessary**






Chapters 1-4

November 7th 

History vs. Modern Day Abnormal Psychology, Research in Abnormal Psychology, Models of Abnormality, Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment


Chapters 5, 6, 7

November 14th

Disorders of Trauma and Stress, Depressive and Bipolar Disorders and Treatment


Chapters 9-12

November 29th 


Disorders with Somatic Symptoms, Eating Disorders, Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors, Sexual Disorders


Chapters 13-16

December 12th 

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders/Treatment, Personality Disorders, Disorders Common Among Children and Adolescents


December 15th 


Cumulative – covers all information from the course

**All due dates are subject to change as it becomes necessary**



Due dates for other activities, quizzes and assignments are posted in eCampus, calendar in Launchpad, and announcements made in class.  All dates are subject to change, making class attendance and participation crucial.