Psychology 1 Introduction to Psychology
Introduction • Welcome to this course in abnormal psychology! This course is designed to introduce you to the scientific study of deviations from “normal” human behavior, cognition, and emotions. The goals of the course are to familiarize you with psychologically related disorders, and the theories and concepts from early and current perspectives in the phenomena of psychological abnormality.
Learning Objectives • After taking this course, it is expected that you should be able to: 1). Define psychological abnormality; 2). Compare and contrast somatogenic and psychogenic perspectives; 3). Explain and provide examples of the case study, and correlational and experimental designs as they relate to clinical research; 4). Discuss the biological, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic perspective in mental health treatment; 5). Describe the physiological, cognitive, and emotional symptoms in the fight-or-flight stress response; 6). Distinguish among generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder; 7). Differentiate clinical syndromes and explain the diagnostic classification as indicated by the most current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM); 8). Describe dissociative amnesia, fugue, and identity disorder; 9). Distinguish between bipolar I and II disorders, and compare and contrast with unipolar depression; 10). Identify risk factors in, and triggers of, suicide; 11). Discuss the effects of depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and cannabis on cognition, emotion, and behavior; 12). Categorize behavioral and cognitive symptoms as evidence of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa; 13). Describe the symptoms and course of schizophrenia; 14). Compare and contrast personality disorders, and describe the problems posed by the DSM categories.
Useful Websites • Plagiarism—what it is, and how to avoid it • (see below for a handout on plagiarism: • http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets.shtml • For writing tips, see Elements of Style, by W. Strunk • http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html • For other tips on writing psychology papers: • http://www.southwestern.edu/~giuliant/write.doc
Semester Paper • This paper will include an in-depth examination of the positive psychology movement in psychology and how that relates to abnormal behavior. This paper is to be typed and double-spaced. Please see the detailed description of the requirements of this paper at the end of the syllabus. • Your paper is to be typed, and submitted to the Turnitin location no later than the due date and time.NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED SO PLEASE PLAN AHEAD. • Please see the instructions for properly uploading your semester paper. • Please see the detailed handout in the syllabus for this assignment, which is attached to the syllabus.
Exams • There will be 2 exams, which will cover information presented in the course (text and lectures). The final will NOT be a comprehensive exam. All students are to take their exams on the scheduled date. If you have a conflict, then I can arrange for you to take the test EARLIER than the scheduled date, but NOT after. • If you have an extreme circumstance (e.g., death in the family, being hospitalized, etc.) then please see me, but you will have to show me your documentation.
Exam Reminder • You will need to buy two scantron forms (form #882)—one for each exam (please buy these ahead of time so that you don’t have to worry about the bookstore’s hours of operation). • IF YOU NEED AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION DICTIONARY WHILE TAKING YOUR EXAMS, YOU MUST HAVE A PAPER COPY—THAT IS, NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE ALLOWED DURING THE EXAMS. Lastly, please bring a photo ID to each exam—I will be checking your I.D. at each exam (EVEN IF I KNOW YOU).
Chapter Quizzes • You will be expected to take weekly quizzes, and achieve at least 70% correct for credit. These quizzes are not timed, and you may use your book when answering the questions—it is encouraged that you take your time to get your best score the first time. Once you begin a quiz, you must finish it to completion. That is, you cannot save, return later, or click the back arrow. Credit is all or nothing—that is, if you make the 70% criterion, you will receive full credit. You may take it more than once, but please use this as an opportunity to test your knowledge the first time.
Weekly Assignments • Part of the learning experience takes place by doing weekly assignments. You will have approximately one week to complete each assignment, and this must be received on time to receive credit. You are to complete each weekly assignment by typing your responses, checking the spelling and grammar, and using YOUR OWN WORDS.
Weekly Assignments Reminder • Plagiarized work will NOT be accepted. All weekly assignments are due to the appropriate folder in “Assignments” by the specified due date and time (usually by 11:00 PM on the Sunday unless otherwise indicated), and please remember that no late assignments will be accepted so please plan ahead. • Note: You must first SAVE YOUR DOCUMENT AS A “RICH TEXT FILE” (i.e., “rtf” file) BEFORE UPLOADING IT TO THE BLACKBOARD SYSTEM. IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS, I CANNOT OPEN YOUR DOCUMENT, THUS YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THAT ASSIGNMENT.
Weekly Assignments Reminders • Also, please follow the instructions for how to properly upload assignments. I will have you upload each assignment two ways—i.e., by cutting and pasting your entire document (minus the graphics) in the message window in the Blackboard system, and uploading the document to the system. • Lastly, it takes approximately one week for me to read through each student’s paper. Once I am finished reading all papers, I will post your score on the Blackboard system. However, please note that it usually takes me at least a week to read and post credit for all students’ assignments.
Discussion Board Participation • Throughout the semester, the class will engage in discussions on various topics. It is expected that you will respond with at least three comments on each discussion board topic to receive credit. If you make only one or two comments, you will only get partial credit. See the handout for how to participate in Blackboard discussions.
Last Reminder • Please read your syllabus very well! You will be held accountable for all deadlines and other requirements. • Please frequently refer to the schedule portion of the syllabus. The deadline dates and times are posted. • Have a GREAT semester!