Abnormal Child Psychology

Abnormal Child Psychology

    1. Module Title: Abnormal Child Psychology
    2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 305
    3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
    4. Description: This course aims to give students an overview of the various theoretical approaches to child psychopathology and a holistic understanding of the (i) possible cause, (ii) progression, (iii) symptoms & diagnosis and (iv) treatment of mental disorders specific to the development of children and adolescents and age specific onset.
    5. Student Learning Outcomes:
      Learning outcomes
      The learner will:
      Assessment criteria
      The learner can:
      1. Have a basic understanding of the
      different major theoretical approaches to understanding abnormal child psychology
      1.1 State and define different theoretical assumptions and approaches (a multidimensional approach) to psychopathology
      1.2 Differentiate basic concepts/ principles underpinning these different approaches
      Integrate and Apply these approaches flexibly
      2. Explain the clinical aspects and application to mental health and ASD, Intellectual Disability, Communication and Learning Disorders, Conduct Disorder, and Trauma and Stress-related disorders. 2.1 State the process of clinical assessment and diagnosis within different types of psychopathology.
      2.2 Understand the etiology and interventions of various clinical disorders.
      3. Learn how research has supported current findings of abnormal child psychology. 3.1 Utilize empirically based findings to support existing concepts on abnormal child psychology.
    6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
      Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
      A 90–100
      B 80-89
      C 70-79
      D 60-69
      F 0-59

      Assignments 40%

      As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

      Assignment (Essay) 20%

      Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

      Guidelines for the essay assignment:

      • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
      • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
      • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
      • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

      Exam 40%

      There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

    7. Course Outline
      Topics in Part 1
      • Abnormal Behavior in a Historical Context
      • An Integrative Approach To Psychopathology
      • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research In Psychopathology & Mental Health Services
      • Legal & Ethical Issues
      • Anxiety, Trauma and Stressor-Related and Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
      • Mood Disorders and Suicide
      • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
      • Personality Disorders
      • Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders
      • Substance Related, Addictive, and Impulse Control Disorders
      • Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders
      Topics in Part 2
      • Introduction to Normal and Abnormal Behavior in Children and Adolescents
      • Theories and Causes
      • Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Development Disorder)
      • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia
      • Communication and Learning Disorders
      • Conduct Problems
      • Trauma and Stressor related Disorders

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