SRJC Course Outlines

6/18/2021 2:52:04 PMPSYCH 5 Course Outline as of Fall 1993

New Course (First Version)

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


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to the major theoretical orientations, important psychotherapuetic methods, selected disorders including depression, schizophrenia & psychosomatic disorders & current issues in abnormal psychology.
(Grade Only)

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: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.   Describe the range of stress responses and identify those that are
    dysfunctional as well as explain several treatment approaches
    effective in relieving stress reactions.
2.   Discuss how thoughts, feelings and behaviors affect our well being
    and cite research studies to support such discussions.
3.   Explain why personality disorders are particularly difficult to
    diagnose and identify several forms of personality disorder,
    including the narcissistic, antisocial, borderline, and obsessive-
    compulsive disorders.
4.   Explain the effects of substance abuse on both the individual and
    society and examine the causal factors contributing to such abuse.
5.   Explain the categories used by the DSM to distinguish between the
    mood disorders and the schizophrenias.
6.   Identify the mental disorders that result from organic causes such
    as physical trauma, disease, and exposure to toxic substances.
7.   Distinguish between childhood and adult disorders and recognize
    the characteristics of several such disorders, including autism,
    the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the conduct
8.   Characterize several therapy approaches and point out when and
    where they are most effective.
9.   Record lecture material and relate that material to assigned
10.  Demonstrate critical, independent thinking and analytical skills in
    a variety of examinations.

Topics and Scope
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1.  The History of Abnormal Behavior
2.  What is Abnormality?
3.  Classifying Abnormal Behavior
4.  Anxiety Disorders
5.  Somatoform Disorders
6.  Mood Disorders
7.  Dissociative Disorders
8.  Schizophrenia
9.  The Antisocial Personality

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1.  Attend class regularly and take extensive notes.
2.  Carefully read and digest assigned material in the textbook and
3.  Write papers in response to reading and lecture material.
4.  Participate in class discussion.
5.  Carefully prepare for all examinations.

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
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
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
75 - 90%
Multiple choice
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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Abnormal Psychology
    Spencer A. Rathus
    Jeffrey S. Nevid
 Prentice-Hall, 1991
Abnormal Psychology
    Irwin G. Sarason
    Barbara R. Sarason
 Prentice-Hall, 1993
Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life
    Robert C. Carson
    James N. Butcher
 Harper Collins, 1992

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