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Mary Ann Dziak, M.S.


(570) 459-1573


Hazleton Center


Office: Hours

Monday – Thursday

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM





Kring, A.M., Davison, G, Johnson, S. & Neale, J. (2012). Abnormal Psychology (12 th Edition).  John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, New Jersey.


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


1)  To explore the development, etiologies, theories and treatment interventions regarding behavior exceptionalities encountered by human service 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 associates with exceptionalities.

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

5)  Review up-to-date theories and research in psychopathology and intervention and conduct the search for answers to some of the most puzzling questions facing humankind.

6)  Examination of the legal and ethical issues and dilemmas associated with therapy and research in society today.

7)  Combat the stigma associated with psychopathology and explore positive and hopeful views on the causes and treatments of mental illness. 

8)  Acquire a deep and critical understanding of the myriad of  complex issues relative to the study of abnormal psychology.


3 Exams

1 Written Project

Attendance and Class Participation


3 Exams – 75 Points (25 Points per Exam)

1 Written Assignment – 15 Points

Attendance and Class Participation – 10 Points


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 4


1 time a week 2


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 attend 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 enrolled in college are expected to behave with a certain level of maturity and academic professionalism.  This includes regular attendance, paying attention in class, active participation in class discussions, refraining from distracting behaviors in class such as sleeping, eating or disrespecting the instructor or fellow students. 


Punctuality is expected in terms of getting to class on time and submitting your assignments on time.  If you are going to be late or absent from class for any reason, it is your responsibility to notice me in advance of that class.  Unexcused absences will count negatively toward your class participation grade. 

All cell phones, pagers, headphones, etc., MUST be turned off as not to disrupt the class.  If your phone rings, you are caught texting or playing a game, you will be excused from the class and given an absence and a “0” for that day’s class participation grade.  If it happens more than once, you will be removed from the class. 


[Add your course assignments and grade designations along with LackawannaCollege’s grading scale here. Also, add your rubrics here.]

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.”

If a student misses an examination or assignment, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor and arrange to make up that examination or assignment as soon as possible, and no later than the next scheduled class. 

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.

Plagiarism is totally unnecessary, unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this class.

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 Ms.

 Deborah Hartzell in 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. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola,

Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or .

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking,

accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.