- Course Title: Abnormal Psychology
- Course Prefix/Number: PSYC 430
- Credit Hours: Three (3)
- Description: This course involves understanding psychological and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, including the definition of normality/abnormality within a historical context, the underlying assumptions on what constitutes “abnormal” mental health, and an understanding of the DSM criteria to classifying psychological and psychiatric disorders. This course provides a brief overview of the major theories in the area as well as some discussions of approaches to the treatment of such disorders.
- Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Have knowledge of what defines abnormality within historical context, legal and ethical issues in psychopathology, concepts of diagnosis, assessments, types of disorders across the lifespan, and the treatment approaches.
- Define basic concepts in Abnormal Psychology across the lifespan.
- State basic facts associated with definitions, diagnosis, prognosis, assessment and treatment of the different disorders across the lifespan.
- State the key legal and ethical issues in mental health services and research.
- Understand types of disorders across the lifespan and the impact on the affected individuals.
- Identify the key characteristics of the various disorders across the lifespan.
- Describe the causes, etiology, prognosis and approaches to treatment for disorders found across the lifespan.
- Apply and analyze the theories and concepts in Abnormal Psychology that are related to diagnosis, causes, etiology and treatment options.
- Interpret the presenting issues, assumptions, theories related to these disorders
- Discuss the treatment options
- Explain how causes of disorders interact and impact on development of disorders.
- 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
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.
There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.
- Course Outline
- 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
- Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders
- Substance Related, Addictive, and Impulse Control Disorders
- Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders
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