WESTERN UNIVERSITY LONDON CANADA Department of Psychology Summer 2013

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WESTERN UNIVERSITY LONDON CANADA Department of Psychology Summer 2013 Psychology 2030A 650/660 - Online Human Adjustment and Maladjustment 1.0 CALENDAR DESCRIPTION This course will survey various categories of maladjusted behaviour and consider different explanatory models and treatment strategies for the control of such behaviour. Theories of human adjustment and maladjustment will be reviewed. Antirequisites: Psychology 2050 and 3310F/G Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. So if you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course. 0.5 course

2.0 COURSE INFORMATION Instructor: Dr. Ian R. Nicholson Office and Phone Number: B3-418, University Hospital – Phone: 519 619 4764 Office Hours: by appointment Email: [email protected] If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, there are several resources here at Western to assist you. Please visit: http://www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth/ for more information on these resources and on mental health. Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 519-661-2111 ext 82147 for any specific question regarding an accommodation. 3.0 TEXTBOOK Title: Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Perspective, Third Canadian Edition Author: Barlow, D.H., Durand, V.M., & Stewart, S.H. Publisher: Nelson Edition/Year: 2012 ISBN: 13 978-0-17-650219-5 Type: Required resource

4.0 COURSE OBJECTIVES The purpose of the course is to provide students with an overview of the major forms of psychopathology and their treatment. The course will begin with addressing some of the fundamental aspects of the foundations of any study of abnormal psychology including understanding the profession of psychology, ethics, psychological assessment, and diagnosis. It will then move into discussions of several different types of psychological disorders, including several that are related to physical functioning. We then conclude with a discussion of psychopathology across the lifespan. All issues will be presented from both a theoretical and a practical perspective.

5.0 EVALUATION The Psychology Department follows the University of Western Ontario grading guidelines, which are as follows (see http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/handbook/general/grades_undergrad.pdf): A+ 90-100 One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level A 80-89 Superior work that is clearly above average B 70-79 Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory C 60-69 Competent work, meeting requirements D 50-59 Fair work, minimally acceptable F below 50 Fail Grade Distribution On-Line Class Participation: 15% First Mid-Term Exam (8 June 2013): 30% Second Mid-Term Exam (6 July 2013): 30% Final Exam (date to be determined): 25% On-Line Class Participation (15%) Each week, a new on-line Discussion will be started for that week's topic. To aid in these discussions, questions will be posted on-line each week. Readings from the text will be used as the basis for these Discussions. At the beginning of each week's discussion, additional relevant web site addresses will be given to students to review and include in the Discussion for the week as they see them as relevant. For this course to work, students must "come to class". Students lose most of their marks in this requirement by not participating regularly. The class works best if you think of it as a seminar/ discussion group where students comment on the issues discussed, using material from the text and the web. If only one or two students come to class regularly, then the class does not work for anyone. In order to ensure that the discussions remain current, weekly Discussions will be closed after they have been open for one week. **IMPORTANT** Class Participation Requirements: It is expected that students will actively participate in these on-line Discussions. A minimum of two (2) comments (on two (2) separate days) that add into the Discussions for each topic are expected from each student each and every week. For more information on the Class Participation, students should read the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) in the Announcements. Please Note: The on-line Discussions will be open from 12:01am on 6 May 2013 until 11:59pm on 26 July 2013. Since the final week is short (22 July 2013 until 26 July 2013, only one (1) comment is required during that week). First Mid-Term Exam (30%) – 8 June 2013 Content of Exam: The mid-term exam will consist of a maximum of seventy-five (75) multiple choice questions. They will reflect the material from chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, and 16. There will be approximately an equal number of questions from the each of these five (5) textbook chapters. The exam will be two (2) hours long.

Where to write the exam: When registering for Distance Studies courses, students MUST select an exam centre. Once you have selected the centre, you must write the final examinations and/or midterm tests at that location. Most students come to The University of Western Ontario to write with their classmates. Students living or working outside of London may register to write at one of the designated testing centres (Barrie, Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary). If you need to change your exam centre, contact the Distance Studies Office at 519-661-2111 ext. 84879 or by email at [email protected] Any changes must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the exam date. Unable to write an exam: Students who are unable to write a scheduled midterm test must inform his/her instructor with proper documentation. Only when approval is made for a make-up test and you are writing at one of the off-campus exam centres should you contact the Distance Studies office immediately. If you are a London student, your instructor will make arrangements with you for you to write your test/exam. If you are unable to write or missed a final examination as scheduled, it is the University's normal policy that you need to obtain special exam permission from your home faculty. You must contact your Academic Counsellor and present him/her with proper and compelling documentation. The Academic Counsellor will assess your reasons and approve or deny a make-up exam in consultation with your instructor.   Students requiring academic accommodation: An academic accommodation is an alteration in the usual way in which students perform academic tasks. Parts of a task may be changed through an accommodation if the changes do not remove an essential course or program requirement. For example, writing the exams in a course typically would be an essential course requirement; however, writing the answers to essay exam forms by hand typically would not be essential. Therefore, a student who has difficulty writing by hand because of a disability may require the use of a word processor to complete the exams. In the example above, the use of a word processor would be an academic accommodation. The purpose of academic accommodation is to provide students who have disabilities with the opportunity to achieve their academic potential in essentially the same tasks that other students are required to complete. Accommodation does not fundamentally alter the content of exams, the standards used to assign grades, or the requirement that students independently demonstrate their knowledge of course material. Students who require exam accommodations should follow the instructions for obtaining such accommodations that are at: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca/ssd/ Marking of the Exam: While the majority of students will be writing their exams on campus, many will be writing them at one of the six designated assessment centres outside of London. Only when ALL the exams have been received from these centres will the exams be marked and marks posted. This normally takes up to two (2) weeks for mailing and processing all exams. NO electronic devices, including cell phones, will be allowed during exams. Identification required for examinations: You must take your valid Western ONEcard or student identification card to examinations. Second Mid-Term Exam (30%) – 6 July 2013 Content of the Exam: The mid-term exam will consist of a maximum of seventy-five (75) multiple choice questions. They will reflect the material from chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 13. There will be approximately an equal number of questions from the each of these five (5) textbook chapters. The exam will be two (2) hours long. Students are NOT responsible on this exam for material from earlier in the course (i.e., material covered in the earlier mid-term exam). Where to write the exam:: When registering for Distance Studies courses, students MUST select an exam centre. Once you have selected the centre, you must write the final examinations and/or midterm tests at that location. Most students come to The University of Western Ontario to write with their classmates. Students living or working outside of London may register to write at one of the designated testing centres (Barrie, Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary). Independent proctor is not an option for students. If you need to change your exam centre, contact the Distance Studies Office at 519-66-12111 ext. 84879 or by email at [email protected] Any changes must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the exam date. Unable to write an exam: Students who are unable to write a scheduled midterm test must inform his/her instructor with proper documentation. Only when approval is made for a make-up test and you are writing at one of the off-campus exam centres should you contact the Distance Studies office immediately. If you are a London student, your instructor will make arrangements with you for you to write your test/exam. If you are unable to write or missed a final examination as scheduled, it is the University's normal policy that you need to obtain special exam permission from your home faculty. You must contact your Academic Counsellor and present him/her with proper and compelling documentation. The Academic Counsellor will assess your reasons and approve or deny a make-up exam in consultation with your instructor. Students requiring academic accommodation: An academic accommodation is an alteration in the usual way in which students perform academic tasks. Parts of a task may be changed through an accommodation if the changes do not remove an essential course or program requirement. For example, writing the exams in a course typically would be an essential course requirement; however, writing the answers to essay exam forms by hand typically would not be essential. Therefore, a student who has difficulty writing by hand because of a disability may require the use of a word processor to complete the exams. In the example above, the use of a word processor would be an academic accommodation. The purpose of academic accommodation is to provide students who have disabilities with the opportunity to achieve their academic potential in essentially the same tasks that other students are required to complete.

Accommodation does not fundamentally alter the content of exams, the standards used to assign grades, or the requirement that students independently demonstrate their knowledge of course material. Students who require exam accommodations should follow the instructions for obtaining such accommodations that are at: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca/ssd/ Marking of the Exam: While the majority of students will be writing their exams on campus, many will be writing them at one of the six designated assessment centres outside of London. Only when ALL the exams have been received from these centres will the exams be marked and marks posted. This normally takes up to two (2) weeks for mailing and processing all exams. NO electronic devices, including cell phones, will be allowed during exams. Identification required for examinations: You must take your valid Western ONEcard or student identification card to examinations. Final Exam (25%) - date to be determined Content of Exam: The final exam will consist of a maximum of sixty (60) multiple choice questions. They will reflect the material from chapters 11, 12, 14, and 15. There will be approximately an equal number of questions from the each of these four (4) textbook chapters. Students are NOT responsible on this exam for material from earlier in the course (i.e., material covered in the earlier mid-term exams). The exam will be two (2) hours long. Where to write the exam: When registering for Distance Studies courses, students MUST select an exam centre. Once you have selected the centre, you must write the final examinations and/or midterm tests at that location. Most students come to The University of Western Ontario to write with their classmates. Students living or working outside of London may register to write at one of the designated testing centres (Barrie, Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary). Independent proctor is not an option for students. If you need to change your exam centre, contact the Distance Studies Office at 519-661-2111 ext. 84879 or by email at [email protected] Any changes must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the exam date. Exam Conflicts: If you have an exam conflict, please contact your Academic Counsellor at your Home Faculty so that arrangements can be made for you to write your third exam. For Barrie, Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto, Calgary, or Vancouver students, please contact the examination office by phone (519) 661-2111 x84879 or by email [email protected] Unable to Write or Missed a Final Exam: If you cannot write an examination in the regular period, you may request from the Dean’s Office of your Academic Faculty the privilege of writing a special examination. This privilege is based on compassionate, medical, or religious grounds with the appropriate supporting documents. A special examination is normally written at the University or an Affiliated University College. Students requiring academic accommodation: An academic accommodation is an alteration in the usual way in which students perform academic tasks. Parts of a task may be changed through an accommodation if the changes do not remove an essential course or program requirement. For example, writing the exams in a course typically would be an essential course requirement; however, writing the answers to essay exam forms by hand typically would not be essential. Therefore, a student who has difficulty writing by hand because of a disability may require the use of a word processor to complete the exams. In the example above, the use of a word processor would be an academic accommodation. The purpose of academic accommodation is to provide students who have disabilities with the opportunity to achieve their academic potential in essentially the same tasks that other students are required to complete. Accommodation does not fundamentally alter the content of exams, the standards used to assign grades, or the requirement that students independently demonstrate their knowledge of course material. Students who require exam accommodations should follow the instructions for obtaining such accommodations that are at: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca/ssd/ Marking of the Exam: While the majority of students will be writing their exams on campus, many will be writing them at one of the five designated assessment centres outside of London. Only when ALL the exams have been received from these centres will the exams be marked and marks posted. This normally takes up to two (2) weeks for mailing and processing all exams. NO electronic devices, including cell phones, will be allowed during exams. Identification required for examinations: You must take your valid Western ONEcard or student identification card to examinations. 6.0 TEST AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE First Mid Term Exam (30%) – 9 February 2013 Second Mid Term Exam (30%) – 16 March 2013 Final Exam (25%) - date to be determined

7.0 LECTURE SCHEDULE Topic 1 – What is a Psychologist : 6 May 2013 - 12 May 2013 Chapter 1 - "Abnormal Behaviour in Historical Context" Chapter 16 - "Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issues" Topic 2 - Theories of Psychopathology : 13 May 2013 - 19 May 2013 Chapter 2 - "An Integrative Approach to Psychopathology" Topic 3 – Assessment and Diagnosis : 20 May 2013 - 26 May 2013 Chapter 3 - "Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis" Topic 4 – Anxiety Disorders : 27 May 2013 – 2 June 2013 Chapter 5 – “Anxiety Disorders” Topic 5 - Affective Disorders : 3 June 2013 - 9 June 2013 Chapter 7 - "Mood Disorders" Topic 6 – Schizophrenia and Dissociative Disorders : 10 June 2013 - 16 June 2013 Chapter 6 – “Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders” (pages 200-211 ONLY) Chapter 13 – “Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders” Topic 7 – Physical Health : 17 June 2013 - 23 June 2013 Chapter 6 – “Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders” (pages 181-200, 212-213 ONLY) Chapter 9 – “Physical Disorders and Health Psychology” Topic 8 – Disrupted Daily Living : 24 June 2013 - 30 June 2013 Chapter 8 – “Eating and Sleep Disorders” Topic 9 – Disorders of Control : 1 July 2013 - 7 July 2013 Chapter 11 – “Substance-Related Disorders and Impulse-Control Disorders” Topic 10 – Personality Disorders : 8 July 2013 - 14 July 2013 Chapter 12 – “Personality Disorders” Topic 11 – Disorders and the Age Spectrum - Childhood : 15 July 2013 - 21 July 2013 Chapter 14 – “Developmental Disorders” Topic 12 – Disorders and the Age Spectrum – Old Age : 22 July 2013 - 26 July 2013 Chapter 15 – “Cognitive Disorders”   8.0 STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC OFFENCES Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offenses. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offenses because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offense are described at the following link: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/handbook/appeals/scholoff.pdf

As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offenses. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between The University of Western Ontario and Turnitin.com (http://www.turnitin.com). Possible penalties for a scholastic offense include failure of the assignment, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University.

9.0 OTHER INFORMATION Office of the Registrar web site: http://www.registrar.uwo.ca Student Development Services web site: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca Please see the Psychology Undergraduate web site for information on the following: http://psychology.uwo.ca/undergradresponsibilities.htm - Policy on Cheating and Academic Misconduct - Procedures for Appealing Academic Evaluations - Policy on Attendance - Policy Regarding Makeup Exams and Extensions of Deadlines - Policy for Assignments - Short Absences - Extended Absences - Documentation - Academic Concerns - 2013 Calendar References No electronic devices, including cell phones, will be allowed during exams.

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