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Abnormal Psychology

  • Summer 2014
  • Section 90049
  • 3 Credits
  • 06/06/2014 to 08/03/2014
  • Modified 06/08/2014


A survey of the nature, development, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology viewed from a general-systems perspective (psychological, sociological, and biological). Major theories of causes, scientific research, and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques are studied with respect to various psychological disorders. (F,Sp,Su)


Prerequisite: Minimum 2.0 in PSYC 200 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the various facets of abnormal behavior, such as atypical behavior, personally and/or socially distressing thoughts/behavior, and culturally deviant thoughts/behavior
  2. Discuss the causality and treatment proposed by each of the major models of psychopathology (psychodynamic, learning, and biological theories/treatment) for the major mental disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, addictive disorders, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, eating and sleep disorders, paraphilias, and psychotic disorders
  3. Identify the major mental disorders categorized by the Diagnostical and Statistical Manual - IV (DSL-IV)


Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology

  • Author: Ronald J. Comer
  • Publisher: Worth
  • Edition: Sixth
  • ISBN: 978-1-4292-1633-3

You should be able to get the 6th Edition at a reduced rate by renting it at Gibsons. Or, buying it on, or any other Internet site that sells text books.


You will need to rent the following movies for analysis during the term. GOOD WILL HUNTING; A BEAUTIFUL MIND; GIRL INTERRUPTED.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Class Assignments 30%

There will be a Class Assignment every class period.  It will be a short essay in response to something presented in class that day. You can earn 10 points for a well thought out essay. You will not receive any points for the assignment if you miss the class. This is my way of incorporating class attendance into the Final grade.   15 class meetings X 10 Points= 150 total points possible for the term.

Class Attendance 0-10%

Missed classes will cost you 10 points.  There are 15 classes before the last Test. If you should miss 2 classes, that would drop you 4% of your over-all grade.

Tests 32%

There will be 4 tests, worth 40 points a piece.  

Papers/Movie Reviews 18%

There will be 3 Movie Reviews, worth 30 points a piece. 

Reports/Presentations 20%

A Group Presentation will be worth 100 points. You will get an opportunity to choose between 4 different topics. Groups will have time in class to prepare, but may need some time outside of class to get ready. The first Presentation will be on July 15. The topics will deal with fringe psychological subjects, that are designed to help expand your perspective on Abnormal Psychology (it's strengths and limitations).



College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation

Class attendance is incorporated through the class assignment requirement. Participation is not graded, but greatly encouraged. 

Late Tests and Assignments

If you miss a test, you will be allowed to make it up. But, you may lose points for not taking the test on time. Make-ups will be taken at the Assessment Center. Class assignments missed willl not be made up.


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be earned for exceptional effort on class assignments, movie reviews, or the group presentation. Extra points may also be awarded for outstanding responses to any short essay questions on the tests.

Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transferability information, please consult the Transfer Equivalency Information located at the LCC website at For additional transferability information contact the LCC Academic Advising Center, (517) 483-1904.

The MACRAO Transfer Agreement simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. The most current MACRAO Transfer Agreement information can be found at

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, Gannon Building, Room 204 ( or by calling (517) 483-1924 [TTY (517) 483-1207] as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive educational environment that will benefit student success. In order to ensure this vision, the College has established the LCC Student Code of Conduct and the Student General Rules and Guidelines to ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as to support the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established guidelines for the redress of grievances by individuals accused in such proceedings. A copy of the most current Code can be found on the College’s website at                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Class rosters will be updated by the end of the second week of the semester (50% refund period) to accurately reflect student enrollment in this course. Students who have not attended by the end of week two will be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges. This policy only applies to 16-week (full semester), first 12-week, and first 8-week sections.