Teacher Observation Abnormal Psychology
Course number and section: 39228 Psych 2810 TR3
Course Timing: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:40 p.m. to 4:55 p.m.
Class Location: Boylan Hall (BH 2150)
Instructor Name: Professor Ventouras, Adjunct Lecturer
Email: Maria.Ventouras@brooklyn.cuny.edu (E-mail is preferred for correspondence)
Mailbox: 5315/5401 James Hall
Office Hours: 12:00 to 1:00 P.M.
Office Location: 5313 James Hall
This course will provide students with a broad understanding of human psychopathology. Students will learn the core characteristics of the major disorders found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM), with a focus on symptoms, assessment and etiology. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to mental disorders in adult humans. We will discuss diagnostic issues and methods used to study psychopathology. We will also examine a variety of mental disorders from several different theoretical and treatment perspectives. Focus will be on diagnosis, epidemiology, course of the disorder, etiology, and treatment issues. We will also briefly examine ethical and legal issues pertaining to psychopathology. The goals of the course include greater awareness and knowledge of psychopathology in hopes that we can reduce the suffering and stigma associated with mental disorders.
PREREQUISITES: PSYCH 1000
GOALS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Abnormal Psychology, by Beidel, D., Bulik, C. & Stanley M., 4TH Edition, (2017) Pearson Education, ISBN# 978-01-342-389-44.
RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK: American Psychiatric Association (2013). DSM-5: Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).Washington, DC:
This course will integrate professor-led PowerPoint presentations, online Blackboard material, class-wide discussions and projects. Additionally, reflection assignments and examinations will be administered to offer a variety of pathways to allow students to demonstrate their learning and understanding of the course material. I strongly encourage you to participate and ask questions!
The Scientific Attitude: The application of science to questions of abnormal behavior carries with it the implicit assumption that these problems can be studied objectively. Clinical scientists adopt an open-minded attitude that allows them to ask empirical questions so that research data can inform their decision-making, rather than allowing personal biases to guide them. We are going to discuss several controversial topics, including sexual behaviors, drug use, and definitions of normality. In order to get the most out of this class, you are asked to have a tolerant and open mind, and keep in mind that intellectual (not personal) debate will be encouraged in class. In addition, it is often tempting for people to start diagnosing themselves and/or their friends and family when they learn about the criteria for different psychological disorders. Please remember that professionals with the appropriate training should make diagnoses, and that many people can demonstrate some characteristics of a given disorder without experiencing clinically significant impairment or distress.
Peer Review Matrix Assignment: 10%
Case Study: 10%
Reaction Essay: 10%
Grading Scale: The following grading scale will be used to determine your grade
A+, A, A- = 90 – 100%
B+, B, B- = 80 – 89%
C+, C, C- = 70 – 79 %
D+, D, D- = 60 – 69 %
F (Failure) = 0 – 59 %
INC = Incomplete
WU = Withdrew Unofficially
Peer Review Matrix Assignment (10%, due week 6): Have students choose and summarize a peer reviewed journal article from a database that highlights a topic discussed in class. The assignment will consist of the student reading the article then breaking it down into the Matrix with defining the article through the Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review and other parts of the journal that will be reviewed in class.
Discussion/Assignment Board (10%): Contribution to Discussions and Assignments to be completed on Blackboard.
Journals (10%): Writing in your weekly Journal on Blackboard, answering the question, then if the student wants, writing any experience or what is on their mind. This is the student’s Journal and only I, Professor Ventouras, read it.
Case Study (10%, due week 10): Write up of a Case Study pertaining to one or more psychological disorder(s). If you are going to use a true story please change all the names in the case study.
Reaction Essay To A Piece Of Literature (10%, due week 14): A Reaction Paper consists of 2 pages of a critique of the literature or film you have read or seen. Additionally, there are other factors which are follows: YOU MUST INCLUDE 4 components in your reaction essays but the style MUST BE IN ESSAY FORMAT (not numbered questions). You will not receive full credit if these 4 components are NOT included or if the paper is NOT in essay format You must also have paragraphs that contain five or more sentences, also it is great when your literature is backed up with a citation. A five sentence to seven paragraphs is a good size paragraph. Here are some questions you need to answer when writing your reaction essays.
These are two pieces of literature you may read or watch for your Reaction Essay. (Make sure you state if you read or watched these pieces of Literature).
The section above lists all the graded assignments, and number of points for each assignment. The total is 100 points. Please note that 10 points of the 100 points are for class participation and attendance. In order to earn those points, students must actively participate in class discussions, ask informational or clarifying questions, and demonstrate an active interest actively participate in class discussions and assignments, ask informational or clarifying questions, and demonstrate an active interest in the subject matter on a consistent basis throughout the semester as well as be present in the online class. Only students who fulfill these expectations will receive credit for class participation and attendance. The amount of credit awarded will be at the discretion of the professor.
Blackboard will be the website we will be using for weekly announcements, weekly homework, projects, specific assignments etc. Please log on to our course in Blackboard either before or on the first day of classes. You are also required to engage in one Discussion on Blackboard. The professor will post instructions, and you are required to “create a thread”, then complete the assignment, which is writing your response in 100 words and respond to a minimum of 60 words to one of your fellow classmates’ posts.. Discussion should be typed into the text box (not uploaded as a document—so that your classmates can see your response easily). Posts should be well-developed and full paragraph length. You will NOT get full credit if you write only 1-2 sentences; you will LOSE 10 POINTS if you do not reply to at least one other post Discussion Board counts as 10% of your final grade.
Students are responsible for notifying the instructor in advance of any expected absence, where you do not log into blackboard for a period of time, and will arrange to make up any missed work. Attendance is mandatory, if you are not present in the online class, there will be points taken off your grade. If it is deemed necessary that you are absent please have documentation for that absence so your absences do not become repetitive and you lose points. You must log into class daily. Please see Grading Policy on how attendance adds into your Final Grade.
HOMEWORK AND ASSIGNMENTS:
Homework and weekly assignments are due the Saturday after the Tuesday class at 11:59 pm (one minute before midnight). If you do not complete an assignment you will get a zero for that assignment and that will bring your average down. I will give you the opportunity to make up the zero. Your assignments will be opened on the Tuesday the class is scheduled on and your assignments will be due the Saturday after at 11:59 P.M. Late assignments get a significant amount of points off.
Students must be in class on the day that the in class when an extra credit assignment takes place. Extra credit questions may also be added to the midterm and the final exam. No individual extra credit assignments will be assigned.
EXAMS, PROJECTS, ASSIGNMENTS:
Exams, Projects and assignments are all online. If you miss an exam and the exam closes, the student will still have to schedule a time with me, Professor Ventouras, to take the exam at another time. All students must take every exam. If a student gets a zero for not doing an assignment or project on blackboard, during our class conferences where I will let you know what you are missing in the class, the student can make up all zeros. One zero can bring down your grade drastically, therefore more than one can bring you to a failure. To make up a zero on Blackboard all you must do is re-submit the assignment. When you are on Blackboard go to content in your class and you will see a folder for each week. Open that folder and you will view the necessary resources and assignments, or projects needed for that week.
LATE TO AN EXAM:
If a student comes late to an exam and one or more students have finished the exam, the student must make-up the exam another day. Please see Professor Ventouras to re-schedule the exam if this happens.
Please read my weekly announcements on Blackboard they will pertain to pertinent information you will need for the week.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM YOUR INSTRUCTOR
You may expect from your instructor consistency. I use that word consistency to show you that I will be consistent with following up with your emails, instructing you until you learn a lesson, giving you the opportunity to complete everything it states in this syllabus, such as making up your zeros, over a specific period of time. I am here for you to be your instructor and have you learn to your maximum potential even if it is with my help. I want to see all my students do well and I am and want to answer every question. Do not ever hesitate to email me thinking the question might be wrong or silly. There is no such thing as a wrong or silly question. I look forward to your emails and questions. I am here to make your college experience more enlightening as long as I have the help from you as well.
WHAT DO I EXPECT FROM MY STUDENTS?
I expect from my students to abide by the syllabus, by doing this the student will become more engaged in the class and understand the material well. I expect my students to reach out to me when they need me so I can be there for them via email. Not to be repetitive, however, I mentioned following this syllabus is one expectation I have for my students and this is in the syllabus, but I must mention it due to the fact of its utmost importance. I expect my students to attend each class unless they have an emergency with documentation. I foresee my students will enjoy attending class, therefore, there should be no problem with the attendance factor. I do take and record attendance each class.
WRITING POLICIES REGARDING ALL GENERAL WRITTEN WORK
This is a course that deals with sensitive and often personal issues. It is essential that the classroom be a safe haven for asking questions and sharing personal feelings and ideas. It is very important that every student participate in helping to maintain a classroom environment in which all students feel safe to express their unique points of view. Personal details that are disclosed during class must be treated as confidential and should not be shared with people outside the class. Please make sure that your language is respectful, civil and non-judgmental. Words and comments that are not acceptable in polite company or that are bigoted in any way will not be tolerated. Students violating this policy will be asked to leave the class and will not be able to return until proper counseling is completed and an apology to the class has been made and accepted.
On the first day of class, students will choose seats or have seats assigned for them. It is critically important that students always sit in their assigned seats so that the professor can learn their names and be able to credit them with an appropriate participation grade.
In addition, as a mark of respect to your fellow students and to your professor, please:
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RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE STATEMENT
New York State Education Law (Title I, Article 5, Section 224-a) requires that we “make available to each student who is absent from school, because of his [or her] religious beliefs, an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which he [or she] may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days.”
REFERENCE TO THE STUDENT BEREAVEMENT POLICY
“Students who experience the death of a loved one must contact the Division of Student Affairs, 2113 Boylan Hall, if they wish to implement either the Standard Bereavement Procedure or the Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure (see below). The Division of Student Affairs has the right to request a document that verifies the death (e.g., a funeral program or death notice).”
UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
“The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. The complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for policy implementation can be found at www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/policies. If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.”
CENTER FOR STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES (138 Roosevelt Hall; P: 718.951.5538)
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LEARNING CENTER (1300 Boylan Hall, P: 718.951.5821; E: email@example.com)
“The Learning Center offers students free tutoring, help with writing, supplemental instruction and technological support for courses across the curriculum.”
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“Personal counseling is available to Brooklyn College undergraduate and graduate students. A staff of psychologists, counselors and social workers are available to assist students with personal issues or problems they may experience during your academic years. Emergency consultations and referrals to outside services are also provided. Workshops are offered on stress management, time management, test anxiety, etc.”
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COURSE CALENDAR (Course schedule subject to change at the instructor’s discretion)