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1 School of Arts & Humanities PSYC 406 Psychopathology Credit Hours: 3 Length of Course: 8

School of Arts & Humanities PSYC 406 Psychopathology Credit Hours: 3 Length of Course: 8 Weeks Prerequisite(s): None

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Instructor Information

Evaluation Procedures

Course Description

Grading Scale

Course Scope

Course Outline

Course Objectives

Policies

Course Delivery Method

Academic Services

Course Materials

 

Instructor Information

Instructor: Dr. Grace Riley Email: GR440@online.apus.edu

Office Hours:

As arranged via email appointment.

Most concerns can be dealt with effectively via e-mail. Should you need to call, to ensure being able to have uninterrupted time with your instructor, please e-mail in advance so that a mutually agreeable time can be arranged.

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Course Description (Catalog)

This course surveys syndromes of psychopathology, by reviewing etiology, symptomatology, and treatment. Psychological, neurobiological, and genetic approaches to understanding mental disorders are considered. Topics also include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, personality disorders, memory disorders, and childhood disorders.

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Course Scope

This course provides a broad overview of the psychology subspecialty area of psychopathology (also known as abnormal psychology) by exploring the nature, causes, treatments, and experiences of psychiatric disorders.

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Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • 1. Examine the similarities and differences among the mainstream models and theories of psychopathology.

  • 2. Identify critical characteristics of abnormal behavior and psychology.

  • 3. Summarize distinctions between personality, belief systems, values, and attitudes regarding mental illness.

  • 4. Evaluate the effects of psychopathology on individuals, families, and social systems.

  • 5. Demonstrate knowledge of diagnostic processes and criteria established to categorize psychopathology.

  • 6. Discuss issues related to psychopathology in public health.

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Course Delivery Method

This course, delivered via distance learning, will enable students to complete academic work in a flexible manner, completely online. Course materials and access to an online learning management system will be made available to each student. Online assignments include Discussion Boards, examinations and individual writing assignments.

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Course Materials

Maddux, J.E. & Winstead, B.A. (2007). Psychopathology: Foundations for a contemporary understanding (2 nd ed.) Routledge.

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Evaluation Procedures

Submission of Assignments - Although distance learning provides you with a flexible schedule to meet your professional, personal, and academic responsibilities, it isn’t self-paced learning and students are expected to submit assignments on time and in compliance with instructions. If you know you are going to be unavoidably late due to work requirements such as deployment or temporary duty assignments (keep in mind, though, that your

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prof has experienced many student soldiers completing high quality work while on deployment so it isn’t an automatically accepted reason for late work), or non-negotiable civilian work demands, you may avoid a penalty to your grade by e-mailing your prof in advance of the circumstance and requesting time-limited late submission (this isn’t a blanket or retroactive permission for late work, of course). In the case of a situation with no advance notice possible, such as a health emergency, you will need to e-mail me as soon as possible after the assignment due date so that I can assess the situation’s impact on timely assignment complteion. I am pleased to work with you, but you must keep me informed of your situation. Late assignment permission is not automatically granted, cannot be given blanket fashion (i.e. permission to complete multiple assignments “as you can”) and has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Students sometimes need assistance with determining what is an emergency/urgent/no-notice situation. Below are some situations that wouldn’t qualify for this category:

A vacation conflicting with time or Internet access needed for course work, even if planned long ago

Too much work at the office

“Biting off more than I could handle” concerning course load

Wanting to spend more time with family or having a relationship conflict that competes for attention with course work focus

Wanting to spend more time on an assignment to get it in the best shape possible (deadlines are set per prior university assessment of good course pacing and it has to be “pencils down” when a deadline arrives with no extended time for polishing), forgetting an assignment or leaving at home or the office materials needed to complete course work

Computer problems (other than due to service provider or military shut- downs or communications blackouts or due to lack of access during residential or military relocations)

The above constitutes an abbreviated list of “life happens” concerns that would probably would not stop one from going to work or other activities. Chronic Internet access difficulties can’t be considered a reason for lack of timely assignment submission. This can be equated to an employee not being able to get to work on time or at all due to car problems or lack of a car. Such can only be considered for a very limited time period and then one would be at risk of losing one’s job. Internet access is considered the online student’s mode of transport to the classroom and must be reliable.

Participation and Interaction - Successful completion of APUS courses requires online access and may require usage of PowerPoint, MSWord and Adobe Acrobat Reader programs. Online communication tools such as

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Student Folders, Discussion Boards, Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms are available to students and instructors. Not everyone is comfortable with chat applications and some geographical-time differences make them difficult to schedule without causing inconvenience; therefore, I do not require students to use Instant Messaging or Chat Rooms.

Readings and Written Assignments– Throughout the course, you will have assignments that require reading and synthesis of and response to course content. Collaboration on coursework, unless so assigned by your instructor, is not allowed.

Absolutely NO COPYING of any published material is allowed and will result in a zero score for the first assignment and a failing course grade for a second instance regardless of amount of copying or intent. This is a matter of academic integrity which every student should value. In the event that copying is found in any assignment submission, it will be reported to the Registrar’s Office. This is done without judgment of student character but rather is an automatic process.

All written assignments must be your original work (in your own words and giving proper source credit to any paraphrases or quotes of published authors’ work, the latter of which should be used very sparingly) and should submitted error free and in accordance with the APUS writing standards found in the Student Handbook in the e-classroom. You should proofread each assignment carefully before submitting it. Employee the grammar and spell check features available. All assignments must be submitted as MS Word (.doc, not .wps or .wpd) documents. Plagiarism check systems are employed.

Discussion Board Assignments

Deadlines: The “initial post” in response to your professor’s weekly instructions is due Friday at 11:59pm Eastern Time for each board. Two responses to classmates are due the following Mondays at 11:59pm Eastern Time (i.e. Initial post for Week 1 is due Friday of Week 1 and the replies for Week 1 are due the following Monday which is actually Monday of Week 2; initial post for Week 2 is due Friday of Week 2 and the replies for Week 2 are due the following Monday which is actually Monday of Week 3, and so on). You may post more than the minimum required two responses to peers weekly but doing so won’t increase the score assigned. The Capstone DB requires 3 substantive responses to peers.

All DB posts must be placed on the Discussion Board where they are graded

directly by your prof.

Uploading copies of posts into student folders or

attaching them to assignment links or posting them into Student Comments boxes isn’t necessary but you may do this if you wish to save copies of your work.

Each discussion assignment may involve several activities including accessing resources outside the classroom (e.g. visit a web-site and tell what

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you learned from the site related to the week’s topic). Consider these readings and outside resource exploration activities “tickets in” for their associated assignments that must be completed prior to assignment completion.

Each discussion assignment requires one “initial post” (minimum of 350 words) and two substantive replies (minimum of 200 words) to the postings of other classmates. The Capstone Discussion requires 3 responses to

classmates. These requirements mean more than one paragraph or statements of agreement or disagreement. You must engage in academic dialogue, not debate or letting each other know how much you agree or

disagree. Each reply must include the name of the fellow student to whom you are replying, the specifics of his or her post that motivated you to reply (these two will not count to the minimum length requirement), and your related thoughts and insights supported by citations scholarly experts writings in the body of the posts and in Reference lists at the end of each one, so your posts are more than opinion. These are academic discussions, and you should avoid informal instant messaging style language (e.g. abbreviations, all caps or not using capitalization or punctuation) and personal opinion unless otherwise instructed by the course professor. You should approach the work as though it were a paper assignment in terms of professionalism in content and tone (i.e. think and write as a student scholar) but also make your posts conversational (i.e. think of yourselves as academic colleagues talking about course related topics rather than engaging in casual conversations or merely

writing papers). This is a challenge that you all are up to meeting and your prof will support your effort by providing constructive feedback without much penalty during Week 1 as long as there is evidence of the work truly being attempted. After Week 2 it is expected that the basics of the work are mastered and point deductions will be significant for failure to comply with all aspects of the assignment instructions. All of the discussion assignments are available for viewing at the beginning of the course, but early postings (prior to a given discussion assignment week) are not allowed—doing so will void all points for the assignment. These discussions are designed to facilitate a learning community and a sense of space and place for weekly connections between you and your classmates, and should not be viewed as something to work ahead on and get out of the way, even if a particular week’s topic isn’t of interest (everyone has something to learn and students learn from each other, not just the course prof or textbook). However, if you wish to keep your own notes ahead of time to help you develop responses and discussion dialogue you are free to do so.

Of the first six discussion board assignments, grading is based on 30 possible points for your initial response (the one in response to your prof’s weekly instructions post) due Friday, and 10 points each for substantive responses to peers due the following Monday. The Capstone Discussion Board initial post is due by Friday, Midnight, Eastern Time in Week 8, and is valued at 10% of your course grade. It requires a bit more work and is thus worth more points. Week 8 replies are due by Sunday as the last day of all APUS courses with no

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course work submissions permitted per University policy past the course final day at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Quizzes – There are 5 Quizzes. Quizzes may be multiple choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, and/or short-answer essay questions and may be derived from the readings AND Discussion Board questions. Each quiz will be accessible for the duration of the course and you may access it multiple times but may only submit it once and only at the end of its assigned week Eastern Time. The tests are open-book and NOT proctored. Retakes are not allowed after the tests due dates. Make-ups are not allowed unless approved by your prof.

Midterm Exam – A Midterm Exam will be accessible for the duration of the course and you may access it multiple times but may only submit it once and only at the end of its assigned week Eastern Time. The test is open-book and NOT proctored. Retakes are not allowed after the tests due dates. Make-ups are not allowed unless approved by your prof.

Final Exam - A Final Exam will be accessible for the duration of the course and you may access it multiple times but may only submit it once and only at the end of its assigned week Eastern Time. The test is open-book and NOT proctored. Retakes are not allowed after the tests due dates. Make-ups are not allowed unless approved by your prof.

Important: The Final Exam is a comprehensive exam covering all readings and Discussion Board questions.

You will want to do your best on every assignment. As indicated in the chart below, each contributes to a percentage of your total course grade but can also reduce it if not completed correctly with resulting point deductions that cannot be recouped later. There are no extra credit options for this course.

Assignment Weighting Summary

Course Requirements

Points

Percenta

Possible

ge

Quizzes (5 at 40 Points Possible Each)

  • 200 20%

 

Midterm Exam

  • 200 20%

 

Final Exam

  • 200 20%

 

Discussion Questions & Participation: 6 @ 50 Points Possible Capstone Discussion Question (Week 8: = 100 Points Possible)

  • 400 40%

 

Totals

1000

100%

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Course Outline

 

Textbook Readings

Assignments

Week 1

Chapter 1 – Conceptions of Psychopathology

Complete the readings. Discussion #1 per Discussion Board instructions (click on “Discussion Boards”

Chapter 5 – Classification & Diagnosis

then Discussion #1). Initial post due Friday of this week and replies to classmates due by the following Monday.

Chapter 9 – Mood Disorders

Complete Quiz #1 by Monday, Midnight, Eastern Time.

Week

 

Complete the readings from the text.

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Chapter 4 – Biological Bases of Psychopathology

Discussion #2 per Discussion Board instructions (click on “Discussion Boards”

Chapter 10 -- Schizophrenia

then Discussion #2). Initial post due Friday of this week and replies to classmates due by the following Monday.

Complete Quiz #2 by Monday, Midnight, Eastern Time.

Week

Chapter 2 – Cultural Dimensions of

Complete the readings. Discussion #3 per Discussion Board

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Psychopathology

instructions (click on “Discussion Boards”

then Discussion #3).

Initial post due

Chapter 3 – The Role of Gender, Race, and

Friday of this week and replies to classmates due by the following Monday.

Class in Psychopathology

Complete Quiz #3 by Monday, Midnight, Eastern Time.

Disorders Chapter 12 – Eating Disorders

Chapter 13 – Sexual Dysfunctions & Disorders

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Week 4
Week
4
Week 5
Week
5
Week 6
Week
6
Week 7
Week
7
Week 8
Week 8

Chapter 15- Substance Use Disorders

Chapter 6 – Psychological

Assessment

Chapter 8 – Anxiety Disorders

Chapter 7 – Psychotherapy

Research

Chapter 18 – Cognitive Disorders of Childhood Externalizing Chapter 17 – Internalizing Disorders of Childhood Disorders
Chapter 18 –
Cognitive Disorders
of Childhood
Externalizing
Chapter 17 –
Internalizing
Disorders of
Childhood
Disorders of
Chapter 16-
Childhood

Personality Disorders

Chapter 14 – Somatoform Disorders

Chapter 11 –

Chapter – 19 Mental Health and Aging

This week ends on

Sunday.

 

No Discussion Board Assignment this week.

Complete Midterm Exam by Monday, Midnight, Eastern Time.

having a Discussion assignment. Initial post due Friday of this week and replies to classmates due by the following Monday.

Discussion #4 per Discussion Board instructions (click on “Discussion Boards”

off due to the midterm exam Week 4 not

numbers and the week numbers are one

Complete Quiz #4 by Monday, Midnight, Eastern Time.

then Discussion #4 Week 5). Note that from Week 5 on the discussion board

replies to classmates due by the following Monday.

Initial post due Friday of this week and

Boards” then Discussion #5 Week 6).

Discussion #5. (click on “Discussion

There is no quiz this week.

then Discussion 6 Week 7). Initial post due Friday of this week and replies to classmates due by the following Monday.

instructions (click on “Discussion Board”

Complete Quiz #5 by Monday, Midnight, Eastern Time.

Discussion #6 per Discussion Board

Complete the Final Exam by Sunday, the last day of the course.

Capstone Discussion #7 per Discussion Board instructions. (click on “Discussion

Initial post due Friday of this week and

Board” then Capstone Discussion 7).

replies to classmates due by day of course.

Sunday
Sunday

, last

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Policies
Policies

The following policies are detailed in the APUS Student Handbook. Students are responsible for having knowledge of and complying with course and University policies.

* Note: A prohibition against ANY copying, regardless of source citation inclusion, is part of this course not listed in the APUS policy. See details in the Evaluation Procedures section of this syllabus.

NETIQUETTE

Online universities promote the advance of knowledge through positive and constructive debate--both inside and outside the classroom. Discussions on the Internet, however, can occasionally degenerate into needless insults and “flaming.” Such activity and the loss of good manners are not acceptable in a university setting--basic academic rules of good behavior and proper “Netiquette” must persist. Remember that you are in a place for the fun and excitement of learning that does not include descent to personal attacks, or student attempts to stifle the discussion of others.

Technology Limitations: The Educator classroom may not fully support MIME or HTML encoded messages, which means that double-spacing, bold face, italics, underlining, and a variety of color-coding or other visual effects will not translate in your e-mail messages or discussion board posts.

Humor Note: Despite the best of intentions, jokes and--especially--satire can easily get lost or taken seriously. You are learning scholarly writing, which is a more formal way of communicating. It is how all of us in academics communicate.

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Academic Services

ONLINE LIBRARY RESEARCH CENTER & LEARNING RESOURCES

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The Online Library Resource Center is available to enrolled students and faculty from inside the electronic campus. This is your starting point for access to online books, subscription periodicals, and Web resources that are designed to support your classes and generally not available through search engines on the open Web. In addition, the Center provides access to special learning resources, which the University has contracted to assist with your studies. Questions can be directed to orc@apus.edu.

Charles Town Library and Inter Library Loan: The University maintains a special library with a limited number of supporting volumes, collection of our professors’ publication, and services to search and borrow research books and articles from other libraries.

Electronic Books: You can use the online library to uncover and download over 50,000 titles, which have been scanned and made available in electronic format.

Electronic Journals: The University provides access to over

12,000 journals, which are available in electronic form and only through limited subscription services. Turnitin.com is a tool for improving student research skills that also detects plagiarism. Turnitin.com guides students in producing papers that are intellectually honest, original in thought, and clear in expression. This tool also helps ensure a culture of adherence to the University's standards for intellectual

honesty. Turnitin.com reviews students' papers for matches with Internet materials and tens of thousands of student papers in its database, and returns Originality Reports with percentages and highlighting to indicate the degree of copying contained in a student’s writing. This is not a substitute for your prof’s hands- on, individualized grading of your work, but if plagiarism is found, the work will not be hand-graded with feedback provided other than notification of the plagiarism and consequence assigned.

Smarthinking: Students have access to 10 free hours of tutoring service per year through Smarthinking. Tutoring is available in the following subjects: math (basic math through advanced calculus), science (biology, chemistry, and physics), accounting, statistics, economics, Spanish, writing, grammar, and more. Additional information is located in the Online Research Center. From the ORC home page, click on either the “Writing Center” or “Tutoring Center” and then click “Smarthinking.” All login information is available.

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