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David Gorman




Lake Region Center


Office Hours

5:45-6:00pm class day





Kring, A. M., Johnson, S. L., Davidson, G., & Neal, J. (2012). Abnormal Psychology (12 th Edition). Wiley: New York.


This course is a review of abnormal behaviors that affect human beings. The course includes a review of the various paradigms of abnormal behavior as well as the leading treatment modalities for those behaviors.


1) To explore the development, etiologies, theories and treatment interventions regarding behavior exceptionalities encountered by human services workers and educators.

2) Explore the behavior associated with mental retardation, schizophrenia, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.

3) Understand the social, psychological, educational, and intervention issues associated with exceptionalities.

4) Understand and assess exceptionalities from the viewpoints of the main paradigms.


All students are expected to participate in class discussions. A short presentation/paper is required.


Evaluation is based on exams, participation and projects.


Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online classes as well. Attendance is tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:


# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week


2 times a week


1 time a week


Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030



Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.


To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attended an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.


Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies:

Students who plan to miss a class session must contact the instructor or inform Lackawanna College prior to skipping the class. In an emergency situation this may be done after the class is missed. Failure to do so may result in sanctions.




Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties:

o     The grace period for late assignments is as follows:

§   1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade

§   2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade

§   3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%

o     There will be no “extra credit.”


Academic Integrity:

 Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

·          Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;

·          Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;

·          Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;

·          Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;

·          Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;

·          Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;

·          Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;

·          Stealing examinations or assignments;

·          Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;

·          Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;

·          Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;

·          Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement:


Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with the academic development office to discuss your options.


Equal Opportunity Statement:


Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquires should be directed to the Affirmative Action Office. 

Course Schedule:


This class will meet weekly on Monday evenings from 6:00 to9:00 pm.



Exam dates to be announced.