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Abnormal Psychology

  • Spring 2021
  • Section All
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/10/2021
  • Modified 12/16/2020


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 Courses: Minimum 2.0 in PSYC 200
Placement Scores: Reading Level 5
Recommended: Writing Level 6 or Minimum 2.0 in ENGL 121 or ENGL 131

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 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - 5



Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 10-60%

Any form of activity or project

Class Participation 0-10%

Include rubric or method of evaluation

Exams or Tests 20-70%
Final Exam 0-25%
Papers 10-60%

Any form of writing

Portfolios 0-40%
Quizzes 0-15%
Reports/Presentations 0-30%



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


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Institutional Policies

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

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 of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

Additional Items

Honors Option

The honor’s option in psychology requires students to design and conduct an original research project.  The culmination of the project is the submission of a comprehensive APA-style report. The purpose of this project is to immerse the student in the scientific aspect of psychology and is designed for exceptional students who wish to pursue an intensive and independent research opportunity.   In order to take advantage of this option a student must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a minimum writing level of 6. 

The honor’s option is a five-step process: 

  1. Students must contact their professor within the first week of class and discuss their intention to complete the honor’s option. This contact must be done on the first day of class for variable length classes (i.e. 14-week, 12-week, and 8-week)
  2. Student must meet (at least once) with the faculty member to discuss their research ideas.  This meeting should take place no later than the 3rdweek of the semester (2nd week for a variable length class)
  3. Students will submit a written APA style research proposal.  A research proposal consists of a review of the literature relevant to their specific area of research, as well as a detailed description of the research design and methodology to be used for data collection. The faculty member must approve the research proposal before data collection can begin.   The research proposal must be submitted no later than the fifth week of class (4thweek for 14-week and 12-week classes, 3rd week for an 8-week class).
  4. Students will meet (at least once) after the proposal has been accepted to discuss data collection, data analysis, and any difficulties the student may be having (e.g. what to include in the discussion section of the paper). This meeting must take place by the 10thweek of class (by the 8thweek for a 14-week class, by the 7th week for a 12 week class, and by the 6th week for an 8 week class)

5.Students will submit a completed paper using formal APA format for an experimental investigation.  This includes:

  • Abstract
  • Literature review
  • Discussion of procedures and the research methodology
  • Analysis of the data
  • Discussion of the results
  • References
  • Appendix (if appropriate)

The final paper must be completed and turned in by the end of the 13th week of class for a full semester class, by the end of the 10th week for a 14 week class, by the 9th week for a 12 week class, and the 7th week for an 8 week class.

 Honor's credit will be awarded if the student earns a minimum of a 3.0 in the class overall, and a minimum of 81% on both the research proposal and the final research paper.  Failure to meet either of these criteria will result in no honor's credit being awarded.  The honor’s credit is independent of the final course grade.

Students should be aware that conducting honors research is an extremely demanding undertaking, both in terms of time and effort.  It requires students to review and integrate a substantial body of theoretical and experimental literature, as well as demonstrate the ability to devise and execute an original research project.  Moreover, students must be able to clearly communicate their ideas in a professional-style scientific manuscript.  Students who choose this option must be extremely motivated, organized, and self-sufficient.