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PSY 212 TA (Abnormal Psychology)


Henry Laboranti


570-265-3449 / 570-637-6703


Lackawanna College Towanda


Office Hours


Call or Email for Appointment or,

Friday Before / After Class





Abnormal Psychology, 12th Edition
ISBN:   9781118018491  

Abnormal Psychology This course is designed to produce an understanding of the etiologies, characteristics, diagnoses, treatments and prognoses of a variety of exceptionalities that have limiting effects on human potential (3 Credits).  


1.       Understand the social, psychological, educational, and intervention issues associated with each exceptionality.

2.       Assess each exceptionality from the viewpoints of the theoretical paradigms presented in this course.

3.       Describe exceptionalities using the diagnostic system of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV).

4.       Develop a case study that includes an assessment, theoretical review, and treatment plan for one or more selected exceptionalities.


·         Reading Assigned Textbook

·         Completing Assignments

·         Completing 3 Exams as well as a Final Exam

·         In Class Discussions and Participation


Assignment # 1 – Autobiography and Family Biography ( 2/08/2013)

-          All students must complete an autobiography on themselves discussing who they are, what they enjoy or don’t enjoy, what career they are hopeful for, and why they are taking the course. You must also complete a biography of your family. Who they are, what they do, and your similarities and differences. The autobiography must be between 2 – 3 double spaced pages in size 12 font. Worth 50 Points.

Assignment # 2 – Observing Psychology in Media and the Public ( 2/22/2013)

-          Over the course of one week, watch television shows, movies, read the news, and watch individuals in public areas. Explain how you think the media depicts someone who they consider abnormal and how they treat these individuals and deal with them? Did you feel uncomfortable while watching any of these? Also, pick a story from the newspaper or local news that you find most interesting that would deal with the world of Abnormal Psychology. Explain the news story, explain how it relates to the class, and give personal opinions based on what you learn. Select one day where you either sit outside or go to a public place and watch the people as they go by. If you had to pick certain individuals out in this crowd that seem abnormal, explain why and what gives you that impression. Include how they dress and how they act. This paper should be no less that 3 – 4 pages and must be 12 pt & double spaced. All sources must be referenced using APA format.

Assignment # 3 – Stress and Anger ( 3/22/2013)

-          Over the course of a couple days and what you personally know about yourself, describe to me what makes you the most stressed and angry. What is it that makes you stressed, how do you react, and what do you do about the reaction? Also, what makes you the angriest? This could be anger that occurs with friends, family, by yourself, or in public. What do you do when you get angry and how do you resolve the anger? Also, explain to me how your closest family members react to stress and anger and if you are similar to them in any way. Finally, research some stress and anger relieving ideas from the internet or library; explain what they are, how they work, and if you think they’re effective. Be sure to cite all references using APA format. Must be 3 – 4 pages, double spaced and 12 font.

Assignment # 4 – Childhood Disorders (Research Paper) ( 4/12/2013)

-          Using credible sources that may include your book, describe to me what some of the most severe childhood disorders are. Also, be sure to give examples of specific cases and what the outcomes were. This paper must also include the psychological effects of bullying on children and teens and what bullying does to the victim. Again, be sure to include specific cases and what the outcomes were. Include anything else you find interesting and necessary. Cite all references using APA format, 12 font, double spaced, and 3 – 4 pages.

Assignment # 5 – Movie Review   ( 5/10/2013)

-          You are asked to complete a two – three page double spaced paper reviewing the movie we watched in class about Psychology. What did you think of the movie? Did you like it? Why / why not? How did it make you feel when you watched it? Do you think it ties in with what we spoke about during the progression of our course, how so? Worth 50 Points.


Exams -                 There will be three exams in the course that are worth 100 points each. Each exam will cover only the topics discussed in class. There will never be “trick questions” on the exam as you will be evaluated for your knowledge of in class discussions, topics, and assignments. The week before exams are given, a portion of the class will be dedicated to reviewing and preparing for the upcoming exam.  This is the time to ask all questions. (There is no such thing as a dumb question)


Final Exam – At the end of the course, a final exam worth 100 points will be given. Only questions and topics covered in the first three exams will be discussed on the final. SAVE YOUR TESTS.

A perfect study guide will be reviewing each of those tests. The week before the final exam, at least half of the class period will be devoted to preparing for the upcoming final examination.


Class Discussion and Participation – During nearly every class meeting, time will be devoted to having an in class discussion or debate about your current topics. It is imperative that you participate, voice your opinion, or ask questions during this time. A large portion (200 points total) of your grade will depend on your participation during this time.






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 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

·        College courses are about discussing topics one on one or as a class. Therefore, attendance in the class is absolutely mandatory. If at any time you cannot make it to class, you must call or email me to make it an excused absence.

·        In addition, Abnormal Psychology is a topic that is frequently discussed. Therefore, a large portion of your grade will go towards in class participation, discussions, debates, etc…

·        All assignments must be received on the date that they are due, no exceptions. If you are not in class on the due date, assignments must be sent to my email address above.












·         Exams – 100 points each

·         Final Exam – 100 Points

·         Assignments – 50 Points Each

·         Participation in Class Discussions – 200 Points Total

·         Notes – 50 Points

Grading Breakdown:

·         Exam One – 100 Points

·         Exam Two – 100 Points

·         Exam Three – 100 Points

·         Final Exam – 100 Points

·         Assignment 1 – 50 Points

·         Assignment 2 – 50 Points

·         Assignment 3 – 50 Points

·         Assignment 4 – 50 Points

·         Assignment 5 – 50 Points

·         Participation / In Class Discussion – 200 Points

·         Notes – 50 Points

                     Total Points : 900



Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

Points Needed


96 – 100


900 – 855


90 – 95


855 – 810


87 – 89


810 – 783


83 – 86


783 – 747


80 – 82


747 – 720


77 – 79


720 – 693


73 – 76


693 – 657


70 – 72


657 – 630


67 – 69


630 – 603


60 – 66


603 – 540


0 – 59


540 – 0















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 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,

assessing 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.



Course Schedule:





1 - 2/01/2013

Introduction / Syllabus Exam

Autobiography Due Next Week

2 - 2/08/2013

Chapter One / Two

Assignment # 1 Due

3 - 2/15/2013

Exam One / Review

Assignment #2 Due Next Week

4 - 2/22/2013

Understanding Genetics

Assignment # 2 Due

5 - 3/01/2013

The Mind in Psychology

Student for Exam Next Week

6 - 3/08/2013

Exam Two / Review

Assignment #3 Due Next Week

7 - 3/22/2013

Research in Psychology

Assignment # 3 Due

8 - 4/05/2013

Anxiety Disorders

Study for Exam Next Week

9 - 4/12/2013

Exam Three / Review

Assignment # 4 Due

10 - 4/19/2013


Refer to Instructor

11 - 4/26/2013


Organize Notes

12 - 5/03/2012

Discussion / Childhood Disorders

Assignment #5 Due Next Week

13 - 5/10/2013

Final Exam

Final Exam Today
Assignment # 5 Due



Appointed classroom and class times. If weather cancels class, I will be in contact with you. However, the exam will be pushed to the following week.







Grade Tracker

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Instructor Contact Information

Mr. Henry Laboranti
Lackawanna College Towanda Advisor