Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

    1. Course Title: Abnormal Psychology
    2. Course Prefix/Number: PSYC 430
    3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
    4. Description:This course aims to give students an overview of the various theoretical approaches to psychopathology and a holistic understanding of the (i) possible cause, (ii) progression, (iii) symptoms & diagnosis and (iv) treatment of different mental disorders. It also looks at ethical and legal concerns within the mental health setting to help students better understand the rationale of various existing protocols and policies within the field.
    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 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

      2. Explain the clinical aspects and application to mental health and various types of psychopathology 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. Appreciation of the legal and ethical issues within mental health 3.1 State and understand the rationale behind various ethical and legal concerns within the mental health setting.

      3.2 Understand the application of legal and ethical guidelines on specific case scenarios

    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
      • Abnormal Behavior in a Historical Context
      • An Integrative Approach To Psychopathology
      • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research In Psychopathology
      • Anxiety, Trauma- and Stressor- Related and Obsessive- Compulsive and Related Disorders
      • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders
      • Mood Disorders and Suicide
      • Physical Disorders and Health Psychology
      • Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders
      • Sexual Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, and Paraphilic Disorders
      • Substance-Related, Addictive and Impulse-Control Disorders
      • Personality Disorders
      • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
      • Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders
      • Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issues

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