PSY 2080 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Instructor: Dr. Diane Finley
Office: Marlboro 2049
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Put PSY208ONLINE in the subject line if you want
Office Hours: To Be Announced
Study of human behaviors and mental experience that are unusual,
unreasonable, and distinct from cultural norms. Changing views of mental
disorders are discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
At the end of the course the student who has fully
participated in the course should be able to: (included here are the
departmental core objectives for PSY 2080).
An online course includes components not found in
traditional classroom courses. By enrolling in an online course, you are making
a commitment to your classmates in the course. This commitment involves active
participation in weekly discussion boards and working in groups on assignments
as designated by the instructor.
1. Define abnormal behavior, discuss cultural issues in abnormality, and
describe the prevalence and incidence of mental disorders
2. Describe research approaches in abnormal psychology
3. Identify major historical and legislative events that have influenced
current practices in community mental health programs.
4. Use the psychodynamic, biological, behavioral, cognitive and
humanistic perspectives to explain abnormal behavior
5. Describe the classification system for the DSM and identify the
identify the appropriate criteria for each major mental disorders
6. Describe different categories of personality disorders, treatments
and outcomes for these disorders
7. Identify and describe child, adolescent and adult mental disorders.
8. Contrast different psychotherapies in terms of treatment approach,
success, social value and cultural diversity
9.Describe current multicultural issues in community mental health that
impact ethnic minority communities.
10. Discuss contemporary and legal issues in abnormal
11. Demonstrate proficiency applying information literacy skills to
produce individual/group projects, papers and presentations
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assignments are designed to enhance your learning of course materials. ALL
projects must be typed or done on a word processor. You must double-space your
work. Your paper must have a cover sheet with your name and section number on
it. Pay attention to your writing skills as these figure into the final grade.
Reference pages must follow the American Psychological Association Style
Manual. The Manual is available in the library. There is also information on
how to cite and reference APA Style on my homepage.
(http://academic.pgcc.edu/~dfinley. Go to the Title 3 Supersite).
Here are some websites that may help you with
writing APA Style.
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copies check the Student Handbook or contact the Office of Academic Advising.
Students are also responsible for knowing and following all College policies
regarding registration, withdrawal, etc.
expected to observe the College code of conduct found in the PGCC Student
Handbook. Smoking and eating are not permitted in the classroom. Disruptive
students will not be tolerated and are subject to dismissal procedures as
outlined in the Handbook. Cheating is obviously unacceptable behavior and is
grounds for failing the class. If you cheat on any test or assignment, you will
receive a 0 for that assignment/test. You will not be allowed to make-up any
such item. In addition, your behavior will be reported to the Dean.
Any student with a
documented disability, including learning disabilities, that the student feels
may affect classroom performance should discuss the matter privately with their
instructor at the beginning of the semester so that reasonable accommodations
can be made. It is also recommended that students contact the Disability
Support Services Office (M-1042) or call 301-322-0838 (voice) or 301-322-0122
(TTY) for additional assistance with classes and campus activities. Students
must provide documentation of disability when requesting academic
accommodations and copies of their enrollment confirmation (bill) with paid
receipt. If you need accommodations, I must be notified by the start of the
second week of class.