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Lackawanna College


FALL:  10/18/2016-12/9/2016




Beth Ann Delaney, LCSW






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Text:  Abnormal Psychology, 13th Edition, Ann M. KringSheri L. JohnsonGerald C. DavisonJohn M. Neale

This course and its syllabus are built around Abnormal Psychology by Ann M. KringSheri L. JohnsonGerald C. DavisonJohn M. Neale

,You will be presented with all of the concepts, methods, and theories common to the discipline.  This course is a comprehensive approach for current research, theory and treatment modalities.  In addition, this course will take a problem-solving approach, by presenting students with the investigative process used by practicing clinicians and scientists.


The objectives of this course are for students to have:

  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.

 Instructor Policies

  1. DiscussionParticipation is Mandatory Every WEEK
  2. Post 2x ON 3 SEPARATE DAYS PER WEEK – (60% of your grade) for a total of 8 posts per week
    Respond to Each Main Question Daily
  3. Respond to 2 of Your Classmates Daily
    Include Research in all your posts to support your content
  4. Complete Assignments Weekly
  6. Late Submissions for Assignments are Not Accepted
  7. Please make sure that you proofread your posts & any assignments before submission.
  8. Use spell & grammar check.   


In order to benefit best from discussions, there must be consistent interaction. Therefore, you are required to answer all discussion questions, posting 4x per day.  Discussions count for 60% of your grade. The content of these posts must be substantive in order to earn points. Please see your Handouts section to find helpful hints for formulating your discussion posts. Also, for a successful online participation, be sure to:

  • Log in Daily
  • Respond to your classmates
  • Contribute to class by answering DQs, joining in discussions about your classmates’ comments, or asking questions
  • Maintain respectful communication
  • Be prepared, and submit assignments daily as required 


Posts:                                                          680 points (8 POSTS PER WEEK; 60% of grade; 85 pts per week)

Assignments:                                         120 points ( 2 Reflection Papers & Pre/Post Assessments)                                  

Special Topics Debate/Discussion     200  points

Total Points:                                              1000


Online 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 courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


Required Discussion Replies in an Online Course during  SPRING SESSION

Maximum # of Days Allowed without Discussion


8 times PER WEEK




  • You are required to engage in WEEKLY discussion – 8 posts per WEEK minimum
  • During SPRING SESSION, an online course week runs seven days per week, from Monday through Sunday.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your daily score.
  • Students who miss one day of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.


Student Review for Weekly Discussion Posts – Week 

Student Name: 

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


1, 2 or both

Points Applied

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 posts)  

25 pts.




Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 posts)

10 pts.




Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 posts)

10 pts.




Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 posts)

5 pts.




Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

10 pts.




Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

5 pts.




Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

5 pts.




Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette  

10 pts.





85 pts.




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.


Daily Posts:                                               600 points (8 POSTS PER WEEK; 60% of grade)

Assignments:                                           400 points       

Total Points:                                           1000 


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

*Late Submissions for Intersession are not Accepted

*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, 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 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. 

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination: Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, 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 VII of 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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Carolyn Quinn, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760,  

 Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email:   

 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


Course Schedule




Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


History, Paradigms, Assessment & Diagnosis

1 , 2, 3, 4 , 5 & 6

Discussion Format / Chps Readings/Research Reviews/Quizzes


Research & Mood Disorders

1, 2 & 3 , 5 & 6

Discussion Format/Chapter Readings


Anxiety, OCD, Trauma

1, 2 , 3 , 4 & 5

Discussion/Chp Readings/Special Topic Discussion/Videos


Dissociative/Somatic Disorders & Schizophrenia

2 ,,3,4 & 7

Discussion Format / Chapter Readings/Reflection Paper


Substance Abuse & Eating Disorders

1, 2 , 3 , 8 & 9

Discussion Format / Chapter Readings/Special Topic Debate


Gender Identity & Childhood Disorders

2 , 3 & 6

Discussion/Chapter Readings/Videos/Special Topic Discussion


Late Life Disorders

6, 7

Discussion/Chapter Readings/Reflection Paper


Legal & Ethical Issues

11, 12

Discussion/Chapter Reading/Post Assessment
































































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