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PSY 311 v1 IS
Abnormal Psychology

University of Mississippi
Department of Psychology
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

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Instructor name:

Jennifer Caldwell, Ph.D.

Instructor Information:

I received my undergrad psychology degree from Ole Miss, a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University in Atlanta, and my Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Ole Miss.

I also work in the research compliance department, overseeing the IRB and IACUC. I'm a double cancer survivor, and my husband and I just had our first child, a boy.

I enjoy teaching online classes because I get to know my students on a more personal level, as they seem to reach out more when it's email based. I've always found psychology interesting, because people are interesting!

jkmann@go.olemiss.edu

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Course Description

Welcome to Abnormal Psychology: the characteristics, causes, and treatment of abnormal behavior. Most people find psychology very interesting, since it is about people, and many find abnormal behavior to be the most interesting part of psychology. I hope you enjoy this course!

Textbook Information:

PSY 311TEXTBOOK


Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 7th Edition. Barlow and Durand

ISBN-13: 978-1285761343

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Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will:

  1. have an integrative overview of the field of abnormal psychology and major psychological problems and disorders

  2. be familiar with the multiple causes of psychopathology as viewed from a number of different theoretical perspectives

  3. have exploredan integrative view of research in the area of abnormal behavior

  4. be able to discuss intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders

Course Outline:

This course consists of 16 instructional modules (or lessons).  

Lessons

Reading Assignments

Required Assignments

1

Chapter 1: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context
Notes, presentation, and video

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

2

Chapter 2: An Integrative Approach to Psychopathology. Notes, presentation, and video

Written assignment

Chapter quiz

3

Chapter 3: Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis. Notes, presentation

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

4

Chapter 4: Research Methods. Notes, presentation, and video

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

5

Chapter 5: Anxiety, Trauma, and Stressor-Related and Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders. Notes, presentation, and videos

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

6

Chapter 6: Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders. Notes, presentation

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

7

Chapter 7. Mood Disorders and Suicide. Notes, presentation, and videos

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

8

Chapter 8: Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders. Notes, presentation

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

Midterm Exam

This exam covers Chapters 1-8

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

9

Chapter 9: Physical Disorders and Health Psychology. Notes, presentation

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

10

Chapter 10: Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders and Gender Dysphoria. Notes, presentation

Written assignment

Chapter quiz

11

Chapter 11: Substance-Related, Addictive and Impulse-Control Disorders. Notes, presentation

Written assignment

Chapter quiz

12

Chapter 12. Personality Disorders. Notes, presentation, and video

Written assignment

Chapter quiz

13

Chapter 13: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders. Notes, presentation, and video

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

14

Chapter 14. Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Notes, presentation

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

15

Chapter 15: Neurocognitive Disorders. Notes, presentation

Written assignment

Chapter quiz

16

Chapter 16: Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issues. Notes, presentation

Journal entry

Chapter quiz

Movie Paper

You must choose a movie where the main character is suffering from a mental disorder, give a synopsis of the disorder, and compare and contrast 2 possible therapies for that character.

Final paper

Final exam

This exam covers Chapters 9-16

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Grading:

This course uses the University of Mississippi's Plus/Minus grading scale.

94-100%

A

Reserved for near perfection; exceeding all expectations; work of definitely superior quality

90-93%

A-

Awarded for work exceeding all expectations; work of definitely superior quality

87-89%

B+

Awarded for very strong performance; exceeds most expectations

84-86%

B

Awarded for strong performance; exceeds expectations

80-83%

B-

Awarded for better-than-average level of performance; exceeds some expectations

77-79%

C+

Recognizes achievement of all basic expectations; average level of performance

74-76%

C

Recognizes average level of performance; achieves all basic expectations

70-73%

C-

Recognizes acceptable fulfillment of basic expectations

60-69%

D

Assigned for minimal adequacy; barely satisfactory effort toward achieving most expectations; below-average performance

0-59%

F

Issued for egregious underperformance; inability or unwillingness to meet threshold requirements; unacceptable level of performance

GRADING INFORMATION:

The grading distribution is as follows:

Chapter quizzes: 35%

Lesson journals and assignments: 15%

Movie Paper: 10%

Midterm Exam: 20%

Final Exam: 20%

FAILURE TO PASS THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

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