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Standardized Syllabus

Abnormal Psychology

Monday-Wednesday 4:30pm-6:00pm



Rosemarie  Best MS/ABD-Phd




In Classroom


Office Hours

Before Class





Abnormal Psychology, Kring, Johnson, Davison & Neale. Wiley



This course provides you with an overview and introduction to a wide range of psychological disorders.  This includes the following:

·         the historical context and definition of abnormal behavior,

·         an integrative approach to abnormal psychology,

·         clinical assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders,

·         causes, symptoms, and treatments of various psychological disorders, and

·         health psychology and physical disorders.



After completing this course, you should:

·         Understand mental illness and the nature of psychopathology

·         Be able to incorporate an integrative approach to abnormal psychology

·         Be familiar with clinical assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders

·         Be familiar with the causes, symptoms, and treatment approaches to various psychological disorders.

·         Have an understanding of the emerging field of health psychology.



All readings for this class are to be completed by the date provided on the syllabus.  It is very important that each student attends all classes and comes to class prepared to discuss the topic in a knowledgeable and critical manner. I will make every effort to cover the information outlined in your syllabus; however, I cannot make any promises that this will occur. Therefore, you are responsible for all the information provided, and if you have questions that are not addressed during class time, please feel free to see me during office hours or by appointment. Thank you in advance for your flexibility.



Examinations: There will be three examinations given on material presented in class and the textbook.  Each student is responsible for all material given in class and in the textbook.  Exams will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in-the blank questions. There will not be any make-up exams without written documentation on letterhead from University officials and/or a medical professional.  NO EXCEPTIONS! Any persons caught cheating will be given an “F” on any test and may be subject to dismissal from the course.

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 stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. 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

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Grading : Course grades will be assigned based on the number of total points a student earns throughout the term. 

Total Points

Exams (100 pts each)                                                                         

Quizzes (50 pts each)                                                                         

Homework assignments (small papers) (20 points each)             

Research project (100 points)                                              


Extra Credit


1)      481-600= A

2)      361-480= B

3)      241-360= C

4)      121-240= D

5)      0-120= F



Due Dates and Late Penalties

[Add your own due date and late penalty policy here. Included is a suggestion.]

  • 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%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”


Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. 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.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, 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.

·         Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see the 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 Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

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.



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