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Abnormal Psychology

Course Description: 

This is an examination and assessment of the symptoms, etiology, and treatment procedures of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 (3:3-0)

Textbooks/Material: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

A. Analyze symptomatic disorders using a multiaxial approach..
B. Design treatment plans and strategies.
C. Understand and identify the meanings of abnormal behavior and cultural relevance of behavior
D. Identify and analyze historical contributions to abnormal behavior and the current trends.
E. Identify and analyze causal/etiology theories for abnormal behavior
F. Demonstrate an understanding of stress/adjustment disorders, treatments, and be able to provide provisional diagnoses.
G. Demonstrate an understanding of childhood disorders and treatments.
H. Demonstrate an understanding of anxiety disorders, treatments, and be able to provide provisional diagnoses.
I. Demonstrate an understanding of mood disorders, treatments, and be able to provide provisional diagnoses.
J. Demonstrate an understanding of somatoform/dissociative/eating disorders and treatments.
K. Identify, synthesize and analyze the substance abuse disorders treatments, and be able to provide diagnoses.
L. Demonstrate an understanding of personality disorders, treatments, and be able to provide provisional diagnoses.
M. Demonstrate an understanding of sexual dysfunction disorders and treatments.
N. Demonstrate an understanding of cognitive disorders, treatments, and be able to provide provisional diagnoses.
O. Demonstrate an understanding of the psychotic disorders, treatments, and be able to provide provisional diagnoses.
P. Identify and understand the various treatments for the disorders and be able to identify positive and negative aspects of them
Q. Use research to better understand the clinical application of a particular disorder
R. Study one disorder in depth and be able to role play with the instructor a hypothetical patient
S. Analyze a vignette and use appropriate DSM-IV TR criteria to diagnose and use rule outs.
T. Evaluate postings on Blackboard and contribute responses consistent with abnormal theory and research.
U. Demonstrate an understanding of the limitations of assessment, as it relates to diverse populations.
Grade Range: 
90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
Below 60 F
Grade Formula: 
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Homework/Test Make-Up Policy: 
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Attendance Policy: 
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Classroom Participation Policy (optional): 
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Classroom Etiquette: 
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Withdrawal Policy: 
Faculty will not drop students. Students starting college for the first time in fall 2007 or after may only receive six grades of W ( grade received from a course dropped after the census date) from all Texas public colleges and universities attended. Grades of W in developmental courses or courses taken while in high school will not count in the six grades of W. After six grades of W are received, students must receive grades of A, B, C, D, or F in all courses. There are other exemptions from the six-drop limit and students should consult with a Counselor/Educational Planner before they drop courses to determine these exemptions. Students receiving financial aid must get in touch with the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.
Repeat Rule: 
If a course is subject to the repeat rule, a student may take the course two times and pay the regular tuition. The third time, the student will be charged an additional $60.00 of tuition per credit hour for the third or subsequent time taken.
Honesty Statement: 
San Jacinto College students should exhibit honesty, integrity, and high standards in their academic work. Members of the college community benefit from an open and honest educational environment. Upholding academic integrity is the responsibility of everyone.

Emergency Response: 
For immediate response to an emergency on campus San Jacinto College Police Department should be notified immediately by dialing extension 5555 or 281-476-9128.
Emergency Notification/College Closure: 
In the event the College needs to be closed for any situation, such as inclement weather, students and employees should check the College website at www.sanjac.edu or call (888) 845-5288 for the most immediate and current information. The College will also engage SJC AlertMe, which sends a voicemail, email, and/or text message to each student/employee who opts in. Students are responsible for any charges from their phone service provider associated with receiving voice or text messages. Official communications with students is through their San Jacinto College email account, and any emergency notifications will always be sent to students' San Jacinto College email addresses. The College will also contact local media but the most reliable, accurate and current information will also be found on the College website, via SJC AlertMe, or at the toll-free number listed above.
Use Of Student Email: 
The College provides a free, official email account to all students to ensure efficient and secure communications between you and the College. Students will be required to use their college-issued email address to communicate with their instructors and all other college personnel, so it is easy to distinguish a student's email from spam. The College expects that students will utilize their college email addresses to send and receive communications with college personnel and will read email on a frequent and consistent basis. To activate your student email go to http://www.sanjac.edu/email and follow the instructions provided on the site.
Disability Statement: 
If a student has a disability that may affect his or her ability to learn the material in this course, the student should get in touch with the Disabilities Services Counselor on the campus located in the Educational Planning and Counseling Centers:
Central Campus - 281-476-1888;
North Campus - 281-998-6150 Ext. 2317;
South Campus - 281-922-3444


Graduation Information: 
Upon completion of degree and/or certificate requirements, the student must apply for graduation for the credential to be awarded. There is no fee to apply for graduation. The student completes a Degree Evaluation online using SOS. Confirm that all requirements for the degree or certificate are completed or in progress. Print a copy and bring it to the Educational Planning and Counseling office or Enrollment Services office. Submit a Request for Final Graduation Verification with the Degree Evaluation to the campus Enrollment Services office by (date). This date is provided by the individual instructor.