SRJC Course Outlines

5/18/2024 11:48:05 AMPSYCH 5 Course Outline as of Summer 2008

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 5Title:  ABNORMAL PSYCH  
Full Title:  Abnormal Psychology
Last Reviewed:12/9/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to the major theoretical orientations, important psychotherapeutic methods, current issues in abnormal psychology and selected disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, and psychosomatic disorders.  


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Introduction to the major theoretical orientations, important psychotherapeutic methods, current issues in abnormal psychology and selected disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, and psychosomatic disorders.  
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1993
Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 1994
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1995
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1993Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1993Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.   Discuss criteria used to define abnormal behavior, and various
    methods used to study abnormal behavior, including the naturalistic,
    observation method, the correlation method, the experimental method,
    kinship studies, the epidemiological method, and the case-study
2.   Distinguish among the following contemporary perspectives on
    abnormal behavioral:  biological, psychodynamic, learning based,
    humanistic, cognitive, and sociocultural.
3.   Describe approaches used by investigators to demonstrate
    the reliability and validity of classification and methods of
4.   Summarize the findings of research into the effectiveness of
    psychotherapy in general and specific therapeutic approaches in
5.   Explain the significance of stress factors in health and illness, and
    discuss some of the psychological factors that moderate stress.
6.   Define and describe generalized anxiety disorder, and be able to
    identify various treatment approaches.
7.   Describe the major features of the dissociative and somatoform
    disorders and recount various theoretical perspectives for both.
8.   Distinguish between normal and abnormally depressed moods, define
    the term "mood disorder" and discuss the incidence of suicide and
    theoretical perspectives on its causes.
9.   Compare and contrast the three research clusters of personality
    disorders:  paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypol personality disorder.
10.  Differentiate between psychological and physiological dependence and
    describe the physical and psychological effects of depressants,
    stimulants, and hallucinogens.
11.  Describe the diagnostic features of anorexia, and bulimia, obesity,
    and sleep disorders; and discuss the prevalence and treatment for
12.  Describe sociocultural factors involved in classifying sexual
    behaviors as normal or abnormal.
13.  Discuss theoretical perspectives and schizophrenia, including the
    psychodynamic learning, biological, and family theories in the
    development of schizophrenia.
14.  Identify ways of determining what is normal and what is abnormal in
    childhood and adolescence.  Discuss types, theoretical perspectives,
    and interventions for learning disorders.
15.  Discuss the basic features of dementia and the relationship between
    dementia and normal aging.
16.  Differentiate among biological, social-cognitive, and socioculture
    perspectives in explaining human aggression.
17.  Outline the legal procedures for psychiatric commitment and the
    safeguards to prevent abuse of psychiatric commitment.  

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introduction and Research Methods
2.  Contemporary Perspectives on Abnormal Behavior
3.  Classification and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior
4.  Methods of Treatment
5.  Stress, Psychological Factors and Health
6.  Anxiety Disorders
7.  Dissociate and Somatoform Disorders
8.  Mood Disorders and Suicide
9.  Personality Disorders
10. Substance Abuse and Dependence
11. Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Sleep Disorders
12. Gender Identity Disorder, Paraphilia, and Sexual Dysfunctions
13. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
14. Abnormal Behavior and Childhood and Adolescence
15. Cognitive Disorders and Disorders Relating to Aging
16. Violence and Abuse
17. Abnormal Psychology and Society  

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1.  Read approximately 30-35 pages per week.
2.  Write at least two papers, 4 pages in length, in response to reading
   and lecture material.
3.  Two midterm exams and one final on lecture, reading
   concepts and terminology, for the purpose of assessment and
4.  Write a term or course research paper approximately five pages in
   length for the purpose of learning research skills, enhancing course
   knowledge, and improving writing skills.
5.  Participate in class discussion.
6.  Read case studies and be able to make theoretical diagnosis.  

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 25%
Term papers, course research papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 15%
Case studies
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
60 - 80%
Multiple choice, true/false
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Schwartz, Steven
 Abnormal Psychology:  A Discovery Approach
 Mayfield/McGraw-Hill, 2002
Carson, Robert C.; Butcher, James N.; Mineka, Susan
 Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life, Allyn & Bacon, 2002
Holmes, David
 Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life, Allyn & Bacon, 2001
Nevid, Jeffrey; Rathus, Spencer, A.; Greene, Beverly
 Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, Prentice-Hall, 2000  

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