Syllabus

Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

PSYO 1030: Abnormal Psychology

Credits - 3

Description

This abnormal psychology course will explore basic concepts and theories related to abnormal psychology and how psychopathology is classified.   Emphasis will be placed on understanding the history of abnormal psychology, the negative impact of stigma related to the diagnosis of mental health disorders, strategies for clinical assessment, the biopsychosocial model for explaining mental illness, as well as the classification, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the major disorders. Upon completion, students should be able to distinguish between normal and abnormal behavior patterns as well as demonstrate knowledge of etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.

Materials

Textbooks

Bridley, A. & Daffin, Jr., L.W.  (2018).  Essentials of Abnormal Psychology.  Retrieved from    https://opentext.wsu.edu/abnormalpsychology/front-matter/title-page/

Resources

Access to Screencast-O-Matic (free), Zoom, or another video-recording platform for recording your Case Study Presentation in Week 15.

Mandatory UNE-approved webcam – To be used during proctored exam

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Program Outcomes

In lecture courses, students should be able to:

  • Communicate scientific concepts and information clearly.
  • Illustrate fundamental laws, theories, and principles of scientific disciplines.
  • Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to scientific problems.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain how psychologists define abnormal psychology and how it is classified.
  2. Identify types of mental health professionals.
  3. Explain perceptions, diagnoses, and treatments of mental illness with appropriate historical context.
  4. Analyze the stigmas associated with mental illness.
  5. Evaluate mental illness using the biopsychosocial model.
  6. Employ appropriate methods for clinical assessment.
  7. Describe the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of various anxiety disorders.
  8. Describe the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of various obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.
  9. Describe the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of various mood disorders.
  10. Describe the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of various dissociative disorders.
  11. Describe the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.
  12. Describe the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of various personality disorders.

Assignments

Self-Assessments/Matching Activities – Students will be provided a matching bank and will be asked to match key terms with their definitions or related concepts. Self-Assessments are not counted towards the student’s final grade.

Discussion Boards – Students will respond to a discussion prompt and will interact with peers by providing feedback to their discussion responses.

Clinical Assessment Assignment – In this assignment, students will watch a popular film depicting an individual with a mental health disorder and they will imagine they had an opportunity to administer a clinical assessment to the character and will complete the assessment with information provided in the film.

Reflection Papers – These written assignments ask students to reflect on different phenomena that occur in abnormal psychology in a manner that is informed by their own reading and research.

Problem-Based Learning Scenarios – These written assignments provide the student with a real-world example of a clinical issue from the subsection of diagnoses being addressed in that learning module.  The student will be expected to apply their knowledge of abnormal psychology to suggest a strategy for diagnosing and treating the individual.

Creative Activity – Students will be asked to create a possible new mental health diagnosis.  This proposed diagnosis will be justified using clinical research.

Holistic Case Study – In this written assignment, students will evaluate a complex case study of an individual with a mental health disorder.  The student will be expected to apply their knowledge of abnormal psychology to suggest a strategy for clinical assessment, diagnosing and treating the individual. The student will also be required to apply the biopsychosocial model to fully explaining the etiology of the disorder. A brief video summary of the content of the paper will also be provided.

Final Cumulative Exam (Proctored) – This is a 50-item, multiple-choice exam that is proctored. Students will have 1 hour and 1 attempt to complete the exam. This exam will be open-book, open-note. This Cumulative Exam must be taken though ProctorU. See UNE’s ProctorU page for information about signing up and scheduling your exam. The official UNE webcam is required. 

Proctored exams are closed for review. You will not be able to review them at any time. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Grading Policy

Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:

Grade Breakdown

Assignment/Category Grade
Self-Assessments/Matching Activities0%
Discussion Boards 9%
Clinical Assessment Assignment10%
Reflection Papers15%
Problem-Based Learning Scenarios36%
Creative Activity5%
Holistic Case Study10%
Final Cumulative Exam15%
Total100%

Grade Scale

Grade Points Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 94 – 100% 4.00
A- 90 – 93% 3.75
B+ 87 – 89% 3.50
B 84 – 86% 3.00
B- 80 – 83% 2.75
C+ 77 – 79% 2.50
C 74 – 76% 2.00
C- 70 – 73% 1.75
D 64 – 69% 1.00
F 00 – 63% 0.00

Schedule

Week

Topic

Readings/Resources

Assignments

1

Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

Textbook Chapter 1

Discussion Board 1

Self-Assessment – Types of Mental Health Professionals

Timeline Activity

Reflection Paper – Stigma and Mental Illness

2

Contemporary Models of Abnormal Psychology

Textbook Chapter 2

 

Article “Racism as a Stressor for African Americans: A Biopsychosocial Model”

Problem-based Learning Scenario – The Biopsychosocial Model

3

Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Textbook Chapter 3

 

DSM-5 – Basics in the DSM-5

Clinical Assessment Activity

 

 

4

Anxiety Disorders Part 1

Chapter 4: Anxiety Disorders (Sections 4–4.3.4)

DSM-5: Anxiety Disorders (Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia)

Video Anxiety Disorders

 

Problem-Based Learning Scenario – Anxiety Disorders

5

Anxiety Disorders Part 2

Chapter 4: Anxiety Disorders (Sections 4.5–4.6.3)

DSM-5: Social Anxiety and Agoraphobia

Video Scared to Leave Home

 

Self-Assessment – Anxiety Disorder Jeopardy

Creative Activity – Propose a New Diagnosis

6

Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Part 1

Chapter 5: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (Sections 5–5.1.5)

DSM-5: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (Introduction and the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder entry)

Video OCD: A Monster in My Mind

 

Problem-Based Learning Scenario – Obsessive Compulsive Disorders – OCD

7

Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Part 2

Chapter 5: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (Sections 5.2–5.2.5)

DSM-5: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Video I Feel So Ugly: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

 

Self-Assessment – Matching OCD and BDD

Problem-Based Learning Scenario – Obsessive Compulsive Disorders – BDD

8

Mood Disorders Part 1

Chapter 6: Mood Disorders (Sections 6–6.1.5)

DSM-5: Depressive Disorders Introduction, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

Video Mood Disorders

 

Problem-Based Learning Scenario – Mood Disorders – Major Depressive Disorder

9

Mood Disorders Part 2

Chapter 6: Mood Disorders (Sections 6. 2 – end)

DSM-5: Depressive Disorders Introduction, Bipolar I and Bipolar II

Video Living the Roller-Coaster

 

Self Assessment – Mood Disorders

Problem-Based Learning Scenario – Bi-Polar I and Bi-Polar II

Discussion Board 2

10

Dissociative Disorders Part 1

Chapter 7: Dissociative Disorders (Sections 7–7.1.5)

DSM-5: Dissociative Disorders Introduction, Depersonalization Disorder, and Derealization Disorder

Video Dissociative Disorders

 

Reflection Paper – Dissociative Disorders – Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder

11

Dissociative Disorders Part 2

Chapter 7: Dissociative Disorders (Sections 7.2 – end)

DSM-5: Dissociative Identity Disorder and Dissociative Amnesia

Video: Dissociative Identity Disorder

 

Self-Assessment – Dissociative Disorders Fact or Fiction

Problem-Based Learning Scenario – Dissociative Identity Disorder

 

12

Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders Part 1

Chapter 8: Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (Section 8 – 8.2.2)

DSM-5: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders Introduction, (Schizotypal Disorder, Delusional Disorder, Brief Psychotic Disorder, Schizophreniform Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder)

Video: I am Not a Monster: Schizophrenia

 

Reflection Paper – Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders

13

Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders Part 2

Chapter 8: Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (Section 8.3 – end)

Video: Schizophrenia: Neurotransmitter Tracts, Causes, Treatment & Assessment

 

Self-Assessment – Matching: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorder

Problem-Based Learning Scenario – Treatment of Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders

14

Personality Disorders Part 1

Chapter 9: Personality Disorders (Section 9 – 9.2.3)

DSM-5: General Personality Disorder and Cluster A Personality Disorders

Video: Schizophrenia vs. Schizotypal vs. Schizoid Personality Disorder: the Differences.

 

 

Problem-Based Learning Scenario – Cluster A Personality Disorders

15

Personality Disorders Part 2

Chapter 9: Personality Disorders (9.3 – end)

DSM-5: Cluster B and Cluster C Personality Disorders

Video – Exploring the Mind of a Killer

 

Self-Assessment – Matching – Personality Disorder

Case Study Presentation

16

Review and Final Assessment

Review/Study Guide

 

Discussion Post 3

Final Cumulative Exam

Student Resources

Student Portal: Your Best UNE Resource

We created the UNE Online Student Portal, specifically for you, to be a useful collection of information to support you as you navigate your online course(s).

From the UNE Online Student Portal, you can access:

  • Blackboard
  • Technical Support
  • Library
  • Bookstore
  • UNE Email
  • U-Online

The portal also features:

  • Dates to Remember
  • Support and Services
  • Contact information for your Support Specialist
  • Academic Resources - links to the Academic Calendar, Registrar and Academic Calendar
  • Financial - links to eBilling, Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check the course welcome page in Blackboard for specific instructor and support specialist contact information.

Further Assistance

Your student service advisor monitors course progression and provides assistance or guidance when needed. They can assist questions regarding ordering course materials, University policies, billing, navigating the course in Blackboard, and more.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge Discussion Board is a designated support forum in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Feel free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but be mindful of UNE’s Academic Integrity Policy.

Your instructor will monitor this forum. However, if you are seeking specific and timely answers to questions about course content or your personal grades, please contact your instructor via course messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate and proceed through the course, please contact your Student Service Advisor through the Student Portal.

Policies

Proctored Examinations

The University of New England has contracted with ProctorU to provide students with the most convenient online exam proctoring system. This system provides a simple, no cost to the student, secure, online proctor for exams and allows the student to take all the exams at home and on their own schedule.

Upon enrollment into the course, each student will register with ProctorU and establish a login name and password. This will give the student access to all of ProctorU’s services. When ready, students will schedule each of their proctored exams with ProctorU. Exams must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid fees. Prior to taking their exams, students must be sure that they have downloaded the ProctorU Chrome or Firefox extension and are using the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. They must also be sure their testing site’s connection meets the minimum requirements by using ProctorU’s “Test It Out” utility.

Upon the exam day and hour, students will log in to ProctorU and click on “exams”. After following the procedures outlined at ProctorU’s web site, the student will log in to Blackboard and locate their correct exam. The proctor will then allow student access to that exam.

Students must use ProctorU and must follow all proctoring requirements for their exams to be credited.

Proctored exams are not available for review at any time. You will not be able to see the questions, nor the answers you've given, after completing the exams. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Course Discussions

Discussion board assignments cover interesting current events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each assignment may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video prior to writing a response following the specific guidelines in the assignment.

To earn full credit: you will need to post a response to the discussion topic, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute meaningfully to an ongoing discussion. You will need to post your initial response before you will see any posts from your classmates. Please keep in mind that only this initial response is included in your assignment grade, so make sure you have followed all of the guidelines and written a complete response prior to submitting the post. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.

Please see Blackboard for a full description, along with specific guidelines, for each assignment. Discussion board assignments should be completed, along with all other assignments in the course, in the order that they appear. Due to the course design, you may be unable to take a proctored exam if you do not complete all assignments that appear prior to that exam.

Please also refer to the Grading Policy/Grade Breakdown section of the syllabus to learn the percentage of your grade that each discussion board assignment is worth.

Technology Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Graduate Programs: https://online.une.edu/online-learning/technical-requirements/

Course Length

A schedule of lectures and assignments is included in this syllabus. This is, however a self-paced course and you can complete the course in less time.

  1. Courses in the SPHP program are equivalent to one-semester courses designed to be completed in 16 weeks
  2. Enrollment in the course begins the day your section opens which is listed in the Academic Calendar found on the Student Success Portal.
  3. Course start and end dates are in respect to Eastern Time.

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

Please visit this page to review the withdrawal and refund policies.

Grade Policy

Students are expected to attempt and complete all graded assignments and proctored exams by the end date of the course. To view the incomplete grade policy, please click here.

Transcripts

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, only the student may request official transcripts. This may be done online by going to the University of New England Registrar website and following the directions on the page.

To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

  1. Log into uonline at https://uonline.une.edu
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

To request your official UNE student transcript:

Please review your Unofficial Transcript prior to requesting an Official Transcript.

  1. Log into uonline at https://uonline.une.edu
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Request Printed/Official Transcript
  5. Follow the prompts

After you click Submit Request, your official transcript will be put into the queue to be printed in the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Integrity

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  2. Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  3. Action which destroys or alters the work of another student.
  4. Multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  5. Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Program Director. Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of a decision may be made to the Dean whose decision will be final. Student appeals will take place through the grievance process outlined in the student handbook.