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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Abnormal Psychology
PSYC-430

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

A study of neurotic and psychotic behavior including origin, classification, symptoms and a survey of diagnosis, therapy and prevention.

Requisites

Prerequisites

PSYC 255 and (PSYC 101 or PSYC 210)

Rationale

Because of the complexity of modern society and the diversity of today’s medical system, the student need a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of all types of abnormal behaviors. It is also critical to understand both the normal and the abnormal and their relationship to each other. This is essential for any type of psychologically-related work, especially as the student works with other professionals and agencies as part of a “healing team.”

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Analyze and interpret the historical background, symptoms, basic theoretical orientations, and established research in abnormal behavior.
    2. Categorize and compare the terminology, concepts, and principles that are used in the identity, study, and treatment of abnormal disorders.
    3. Recognize and evaluate the various psychopathologies and classifications of abnormal psychology.
    4. Recognize and manage deviant behaviors in his/her own life or in the lives of those who may be disturbed or distraught psychologically.
    5. Assess spiritual and religious factors in psychopathology and in its treatment.
    6. Compare and evaluate psychopathologies according to the DSM-V and appraise and assess the abnormal disorders in their proper place within this system.
    7. Demonstrate the skills of gathering information from a library including computerized information sources, bibliographic systems, computerized literacy skills in word processing, APA format, conducting internet/electronic searches, as well as other sources from which one can present a persuasive argument.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Nolen-Hoeksema, Susan (2020). Abnormal Psychology. (8th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Publishers. ISBN #978-1-260-89135-5

Disclaimer: The above resource(s) provide(s) information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these(this) resource(s).

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio and video equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. APA Manual Information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The student must complete 4 Discussion Board Forums. The forums will cover topics relating to the course material. The student must post a thread for each forum of at least 200 words and reply in at least 100 words each to at least 2 classmates’ threads. In the thread, the student must use a journal reference as well as a Bible passage, including an application of the passage to the forum topic.

Case Study Homework (5)

The student must complete five (5) case study homework assignments.

For four (4) of these assignments, the student will review information about a type of abnormal behavior and then complete multiple-choice questions to demonstrate what he/she has learned from the study. These Case Studies are accessed through McGraw Hill’s Connect link within the assigned modules.

For one (1) of these assignments, the student will review a Case Study via a link to the Case Study provided on a Word document, write essay-style answers directly onto the provided Word document, and upload the completed Word document in Blackboard.

Research Paper

The student will research a specific mental disorder within the realm of Abnormal Psychology. The topic must be one which is discussed in the course textbook and described in the DSM-V. The length of the body of the paper must be 7 pages and must not exceed 10 pages. In addition, the student must include a current APA-style title page, abstract, and references. Sources will be all journals dated within 10 years.

Quizzes (8)

In each module/week, the student will take a 50-minute, open-book/open-notes quiz based on the assigned textbook readings and media presentations. Each quiz contains 25 multiple-choice questions. Additionally, each quiz will only be available for the full week of the module/week.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 ea)

200

Case Study Homework (5 at 40 ea)

200

Research Paper

200

Quizzes (8 at 50 ea)

400

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

PSYC 430

Textbook: Nolen-Hoeksema, Susan. Abnormal Psychology. (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Nolen-Hoeksema:

chs. 1–2

1 Presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1

10

0

50

50

2

Nolen-Hoeksema:

chs. 3–4

1 Presentation

DB Forum 2

Quiz 2

50

50

3

Nolen-Hoeksema:

chs. 5-6

1 Presentation

PTSD Homework

DB Forum 3

Quiz 3

40

50

50

4

Nolen-Hoeksema:

chs. 7–8

1 Presentation

Major Depressive Disorder Homework

Schizophrenia Homework

Quiz 4

40

40

50

5

Nolen-Hoeksema:

chs. 9–10

2 Presentations

Borderline Personality Disorder Homework

Quiz 5

40

50

6

Nolen-Hoeksema:

chs. 11–12

1 Presentations

Research Paper

Bulimia Nervosa Homework

Quiz 6

200

40

50

7

Nolen-Hoeksema:

chs. 13–14

1 Presentation

DB Forum 4

Quiz 7

50

50

8

Nolen-Hoeksema:

chs. 15–16

2 Presentations

Quiz 8

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.