PSYCH 3443 – ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Spring, 2003 Instructor: Larry L. Mullins, Ph.D.
Monday & Wednesday, 8:30-9:20 (Lecture) Office: 414 North Murray
Classroom Building 303 Phone: 744-6951
Office Hours: MT 9:30 – 10:30, or by appt.
Teaching Assistant: Chris Neumann
Office: 314 North Murray
Office Hours: TBA
Phone: 405-601-2700 (no calls after 10:00P)
This course will review the major approaches to conceptualizing abnormal behavior including biological, dynamic, social, and learning-based theories. Lectures will involve discussion and illustration of the major forms of mental disorders such as childhood disorders, anxiety, depression, psychoses, and character disorders.
Thus, this course provides a broad survey of abnormal behavior, including clinical descriptions, epidemiology, etiology, and contemporary approaches to treatment and prevention. We will approach this material from a scientific perspective, focusing on research-based evidence relevant to the various disorders and their treatment.
Psych 1113, Introductory Psychology.
Both required and optional books are available for this course. All students should purchase the required books because readings will be required from each on a weekly basis as a supplement to lecture and discussion sections. Information from both may be on the exams, even if not discussed in lecture or sections. The optional books are available as resources that may enrich your learning in the course or serve as resources in the future. All books are available at the University Bookstore, and may be available at off-campus or on-line booksellers.
Durand, V.M. & Barlow, D .H. (2000). Abnormal psychology: An introduction.
Stamford, CT: Wadsworth.
Brown, T.A. & Barlow, D. H. (2001). Casebook in abnormal psychology (2nd ed.).
Stamford, CT: Wadsworth.
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Santogrossi, D. A. (2000). Study guide for “Abnormal psychology: An introduction.”
Stamford, CT: Wadsworth.
American Psychiatric Association (2000). Desk reference to the diagnostic criteria
from DSM-IV-TR. Washington, DC: APA.
There is a web page for the text which includes a number of useful learning resources, including practice exam questions. You can find that page through the Wadsworth psychology page at:
An interactive CD-ROM, “Abnormal Psychology Live, “ is included with the required textbook. This CD-ROM includes video segments of patients with a variety of psychological disorders that may enhance your understanding of the material.
This class uses discussion sections to add to your learning in the class. The discussion sections will be used for a variety of purposes including answering questions about lecture content, discussion of case examples from the required casebook, viewing and discussing relevant videos, discussing relevant controversies or current events, and reviewing for exams. A short quiz will be distributed at the scheduled starting time of each section and collected 10 minutes after the schedules starting time of your section, without exception. The schedule for discussion sections is as follows:
Section Location Time
001 CLB206 8:30 – 9:20 a.m.
002 PS109 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.
003 CLB121 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
004 M307 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.
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Exams will be held on the scheduled dates. Exams will be distributed immediately at the scheduled class time (8:30 a.m.) and collected at the end of class (9:20 a.m.). Each exam will consist of approximately 40-45 multiple-choice questions (worth 2 points each) and one short-answer question (worth 10 points). Partial credit will be offered for the short-answer question. Prior to the exam, five short-answer questions will be distributed and the question on the exam will be selected from these questions. Each exam is worth a total of 100 possible points.
The final exam is scheduled for Monday May 5, from 8:00 – 9:50. No early final exams will be given under any circumstances.
Important: You must bring a scantron sheet and at least two sharpened #2 pencils to each exam.
A short quiz with five multiple-choice questions will be distributed at the start of each discussion section. Each quiz is worth 5 points and a total of 15 quizzes will be given. We will throw out your three worst quiz scores, to arrive at 12 quiz scores to figure into your final grade.
Make-up exams will be granted only under legitimate unavoidable circumstances such as verifiable illness or injury, personal emergency, or official OSU absence. Whenever possible, notify the instructor in advance of such circumstances and make arrangements for the make-up exam. In any case, you must notify me within 72 hours of missing an exam to inform me of your circumstances. If you feel that circumstances may exist that would limit your performance on an exam, do not wait until you have taken the exam to tell me. Once you take an exam, that score will count no matter what.
No make-up quizzes will be given. Missed quizzes will be assigned a score of zero. The nature of the use of quiz scores in calculating your grade allows you to have three quizzes with a score of zero without penalty to your grade. Do not waste these early in the semester, because it is designed to prevent penalty for missing quizzes due to unforeseen emergencies or absences.
There will be a few opportunities for extra credit. These will be explained in the first meeting of your discussion section and a handout will be provided. No other opportunities will be negotiated or made available, so please don’t ask.
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Calculation of Grade
Grading in the course will be based on percentage of total points earned during the semester. Total points will be accumulated based upon 4 exams and 12 quiz scores as follow:
Exams (4 x 100 points ea.) 400 points
Quizzes (12 x 5 points ea.) 60 points
Total Possible 460 points
Final grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
A = 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 70 – 79
D = 60 – 69
F = 59 and below
It is possible to take this course for honors credit. If you are interested in doing so, please meet with the instructor during the first few weeks of class to negotiate requirements for an additional honors project related to the course. I am open to creative options to fulfill the requirements, and these might include writing a research paper or other creative project (website, cd-rom, video, etc.) relevant to the content of the course. According to Honors College guideline, an honors contract must be approved by the instructor and the Arts & Sciences honors director and filed with the Honors College by the end of the third week of class.
Attendance is required and expected at all lectures and discussion sections. However, no explicit requirement for attendance is made because I believe that poor attendance will be reflected in exam and quiz scores. Material may be presented in lectures and sections that is not found in the textbooks and this material may be on exams. Attendance will be taken via sign-in sheet at all lectures and discussion sections.
Some students may have physical or learning disabilities that require special accommodations to allow for optimal learning and performance in the course. I am happy to work with students to arrange reasonable accommodations, so please talk with me early in the semester. Students in need of such accommodations are required to work with the office of Student Disability Services (326 Student Union, 744-7116) to verify the presence of a disability and make arrangements for accommodation. See the Syllabus Attachment for more information.
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I expect students to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity at all times. Academic dishonesty and misconduct will not be tolerated. A minimum penalty for instances of dishonesty will include a grade of zero for that quiz or test, but much more severe penalties may be used. Instances of academic dishonesty and misconduct will be handled within the quidelines of OSU policies. A written report will be made to (1) the student(s) involved, (2) the student’s advisor, (3) my department head, (4) the student’s academic dean, and (5) the Office of Student Conduct. Information about appealing penalties is available from the Office of Student Conduct (315 Student Union, 744-5470).
Inappropriate, disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Students in this class will be treated with respect and courtesy, and the same is expected in return. Chit-chat, late arrivals, sleeping, or the use of threatening language or profanity are examples of unacceptable behavior. Pagers and cell phones must be turned off. Severe or repeated disruptive behavior will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action.
I support the University’s policies on equal educational opportunity for all. Each student in the course can expect to be treated with respect by the instructor and fellow students at all times, and discriminatory behavior will not be tolerated. If you feel discriminated against in any way, please notify the instructor immediately.
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Day Date Topic Required Reading
Mon 1/13 Introduction to Course None
Wed 1/15 Historical Context of Abnormal Chapter 1
Psychology, Definitions of Abnormal Psychology
Fri 1/17 Introduction to sections None
Mon 1/20 Holiday
Wed 1/22 Integrative Model of Abnormal Chapter 2
Fri 1/24 Intergrative Model of Abnormal Chapter 2 Psychology
Mon 1/27 Integrative Model (cont’d)
Wed 1/29 Methods for Studying Abnormal Chapter 3
Fri 1/31 Assessment and Abnormal Chapter 3
Mon 2/3 Psychological Assessment
Wed 2/5 Anxiety Disorders: Description Chapter 4
Fri 2/7 Anxiety Disorders: Etiology Chapter 4
Mon 2/10 Obsessive-compulsive disorder Case #5: OCD
Wed 2/12 Anxiety Disorders: Treatment Chapter 4
Fri 2/14 Panic Disorder/Review for Test Case #2: Panic Disorder with
Mon 2/17 EXAM #1
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Wed 2/19 Mood Disorders: Description Chapter 6
Fri 2/21 Mood Disorders Case #8: Major Depression
Mon 2/24 Mood Disorders: Etiology Chapter 6
Wed 2/26 Mood Disorders: Treatment Chapter 6
Fri 2/28 Mood Disorders Case #9: Bipolar Disorder
Mon 3/3 Mood Disorders
Wed 3/5 Substance Use: Description Chapter 10
Fri 3/7 Substance Use Case #13: Alcohol Dependence
Mon 3/10 Substance Use: Etiology & Chapter 10
Wed 3/12 EXAM #2
Fri 3/14 Substance Use TBA
3/15 – 3/23 SPRING BREAK
Mon 3/24 Eating Disorders Chapter 8
Wed 3/26 Sleep Disorders Chapter 8
Fri 3/28 Eating Disorders Case #10: Bulimia Nervosa
Mon 3/31 Psychotic Disorders & Description Chapter 13
Wed 4/2 Psychotic Disorders: Etiology and Chapter 13
Fri 4/4 Psychotic Disorders Case #15: Schizophrenia
Mon 4/7 Psychotic Disorders: Etiology and Chapter 13
Wed 4/9 Dissociative Disorders Chapter 5
Fri 4/11 Dissociative Disorders Case #7: Dissociative Identity
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PSYC 3443 SPRING 2003
Mon 4/14 EXAM #3
Wed 4/16 Somatoform Disorders Chapter 5
Fri 4/18 Disorders of Childhood Case #16: Autism
Mon 4/21 Disorders of Childhood
Wed 4/23 Cognitive Disorders Chapter 13
Fri 4/25 Cognitive Disorders TBA
Mon 4/28 Sexual Disorders Chapter 9
Wed 4/30 Personality Disorders Chapter 11
Fri 5/2 Wrap Up
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