Abnormal Psychology – PSYC 430

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of neurotic and psychotic behavior including origin, classification, symptoms and a survey of diagnosis, therapy and prevention.


PSYC 255 and (PSYC 101 or PSYC 210)


Because of the complexity of modern society and the diversity of today’s medical system, the student need a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of all types of abnormal behaviors. It is also critical to understand both the normal and the abnormal and their relationship to each other. This is essential for any type of psychologically-related work, especially as the student works with other professionals and agencies as part of a “healing team.”

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Analyze and interpret the historical background, symptoms, basic theoretical orientations, and established research in abnormal behavior.
    2. Categorize and compare the terminology, concepts, and principles that are used in the identity, study, and treatment of abnormal disorders.
    3. Recognize and evaluate the various psychopathologies and classifications of abnormal psychology.
    4. Recognize and manage deviant behaviors in his/her own life or in the lives of those who may be disturbed or distraught psychologically.
    5. Assess spiritual and religious factors in psychopathology and in its treatment.
    6. Compare and evaluate psychopathologies according to the DSM-V and appraise and assess the abnormal disorders in their proper place within this system.
    7. Demonstrate the skills of gathering information from a library including computerized information sources, bibliographic systems, computerized literacy skills in word processing, APA format, conducting internet/electronic searches, as well as other sources from which one can present a persuasive argument.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The student must complete 4 Discussion Board Forums. The forums will cover topics relating to the course material. The student must post a thread for each forum of at least 200 words and reply in at least 100 words each to at least 2 classmates’ threads. In the thread, the student must use a journal reference as well as a Bible passage, including an application of the passage to the forum topic.

Case Study Homework (5)

The student must complete five (5) case study homework assignments.

For four (4) of these assignments, the student will review information about a type of abnormal behavior and then complete multiple-choice questions to demonstrate what he/she has learned from the study. These Case Studies are accessed through McGraw Hill’s Connect link within the assigned modules.

For one (1) of these assignments, the student will review a Case Study via a link to the Case Study provided on a Word document, write essay-style answers directly onto the provided Word document, and upload the completed Word document in Blackboard.

Research Paper

The student will research a specific mental disorder within the realm of Abnormal Psychology. The topic must be one which is discussed in the course textbook and described in the DSM-V. The length of the body of the paper must be 7 pages and must not exceed 10 pages. In addition, the student must include a current APA-style title page, abstract, and references. Sources will be all journals dated within 10 years.

Quizzes (8)

In each module/week, the student will take a 50-minute, open-book/open-notes quiz based on the assigned textbook readings and media presentations. Each quiz contains 25 multiple-choice questions. Additionally, each quiz will only be available for the full week of the module/week.