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Psychology 3213-01 Abnormal Psychology

Summer 14: 1-2:50pm in Magruder 226

Instructor: Kevin J. Armstrong, Ph.D. Phone: 662-325-7657
Assoc. Professor & Licensed Psychologist Office Hrs: MThF 9:30-10:30 or by appt
(please email me well find a time!)
Office: Magruder Hall, Rm. 311
Email: Class website

Required Text (Get the ebook or binder ready version only - use these ISBN numbers!*): Kring, Ann. (2014).
Abnormal Psychology, 12
ed, DSM-V Update. Wiley: Hoboken, NJ. Currently only available as a Binder Ready Version
ISBN 9781118640883 ($90 off Internet, but more at bookstore) OR: purchase a Coursesmart online version $49 of the
test at
Required Website: grades & other important information will often be available
through our courses site. Some activities may require postings to the sites Discussion area (an electronic
bulletin board of sorts). Other activities will be conducted there, as well. PLEASE check regularly.
Course Catalog description: (Prerequisite: PSY 1013). Three hours lecture. Behavioral patterns and causes of
deviant behavior from childhood through later maturity. Etiology and symptomatology are emphasized.

Academic Accommodations for Disabilities: Students who need academic accommodations based on a
disability should visit the Office of Student Support Services, 01 Montgomery Hall, call (662) 325-3335, or visit
the web site at

Rubric Used for Grading*:
400 points for unit exams (4 exams X 100 points each)
100 points for the final exam
500 points possible
Subtract 0-15 points in penalties for poor classroom behavior
Add 0-8 points research participation credit [Note only if available this summer]
(2 points per .5 research credit up to 8 points total MAXIMUM)
[insert if no RPP available: Add 0-8 points extra credit for various in-class activities]

*But ANY incident of cheating/plagiarism will result in an automatic failing grade for the course!

Percentages Required to Earn Each Grade
89.5% and higher = 448/500 = A
79.5% to 89.49% = 398/500 = B
69.5% to 79.49% = 348/500 = C
59.5% to 69.49% = 298/500 = D

Tentative Outline of Topics & Test Dates Any changes will be announced in class and on the class website.

6/5 Introduction to class
6/6 Ch. 1 - Introduction and Historical Overview

6/9 Ch. 2 - Current Paradigms in Psychopathology
6/10 Ch. 3 - Diagnosis and Assessment
6/11 (Finish up Ch. 1-3)
6/12 Unit 1 Exam Ch. 1-3
Start Ch. 4 - Research Methods in Psychopathology
6/13 (Continue Ch. 4)

6/16 Ch. 5 - Mood Disorders
6/17 (Continue Ch. 5)
6/18 Ch. 6 Anxiety Disorders
6/19 (Continue Ch. 6)
6/20 Unit 2 Exam Ch. 4-6
Start Ch. 9 Schizophrenia

6/23 (Continue Ch. 9 Schizophrenia)
6/24 Ch. 10 Substance Use/Abuse
6/25 Ch. 11 Eating Disorders
6/26 Unit 3 Exam Ch. 9-11
Start Ch. 12 Sexual Disorders
6/27 Ch. 13 - Disorders of Childhood

6/30 (Continue Ch. 13)
7/1 Ch. 14 - Late Life and Neurocognitive Disorders
7/2 Unit 4 Exam Ch. 12-14

7/7 Final Exam

Attendance & Classroom Behavior (read carefully - especially if you have a cell phone addiction, chat too
much, or bother others!)
University policy makes it clear that attendance is expected. When in class, I also expect you to make a
reasonable effort to stay involved with the class lectures, activities, and discussions. I especially request that
you not do things that would distract your classmates or violate university expectations for classroom behavior
(e.g., talking without being called upon, snoring, unagreed-to-recording of classmates or instructor, using sign
language, miming that you are in a box, dancing on your chair, or conducting bad magic tricks). Please, please
do NOT use your phone in class.
If I have to talk to you about being distracting to others (e.g., private conversations, using your phone
in class, reading a newspaper, etc.) expect to see that you received a 5-point deduction from the next scheduled
exam. If I have to talk with you a second time, there will be a 10-point deduction from the next scheduled exam
AND I will refer you to the Dean of Students due to inappropriate classroom behavior. To be allowed back in the
class and to become eligible to earn points again, you must provide documentation of that visit and an
acceptable written plan outlining how this wont be a problem again. A third incident will result in failing the
If you miss a unit exam, you can take it during our final exam period. I expect reasonable
documentation if you miss due to illnesses, funerals, official university functions, presenting at research
conferences, etc..
If you want to make up an extra credit points made available in class, you MUST be in contact with
me beforehand if at all possible. Your make up work will likely be more demanding than the actual class
activity so as to ensure perceptions of fairness by those who were successfully able to attend class.

The University has made it very difficult to award an Incomplete grade. Any exceptions have to be approved
by the department head, dean and provost. Here is the University policy statement:
A grade of I may be submitted in lieu of a final grade when the student, because of illness, death in his
or her immediate family, or similar circumstances beyond his or her control, is unable to complete the
course requirements or to take final examinations. All grades of I must be removed within thirty
calendar days from the date of the students next enrollment, but only that part of his or her work may
be made up which was missed during the emergency for which the incomplete was granted. If a grade
of I is not resolved into a passing grade within the allotted time, the grade becomes an F.

Academic Dishonesty:
I have a Zero Tolerance policy for academic dishonesty AND, UNDER THE HONOR CODE, YOUR
CLASSMATES DO AS WELL! Please understand that there is an Honor code in place at MSU
( and that this is a BIG deal - you are obligated to abide by it as a
MSU student. With the honor code in place, cheating students IMMEDIATELY risk their own academic career
AND the careers of witnesses (i.e., witnesses who fail to report cheating receive serious, expensive
Students who cheat on an exam or assignment, or who plagiarize in a written assignment will be
considered to have violated the university rules on academic dishonesty. In such a case, the instructor will
automatically fail the student for the entire course.
For written assignments that involve some research on your part, you may wish to consider using or similar on-line paper review services to reduce your risk of plagiarizing due to inappropriate
documentation/usage of sources. Ill supply a link in class if you would like it.

Use the SQ4R (survey, question, read, write, review, and recite) method. It should save you time and increase
your productivity. A handout will be made available to help you learn this method.
Effective studying involves:
1) Reading assigned materials thoroughly. If you cant read a chapter before the class lecture, you should at
least spend a half hour reviewing a chapters outline before the first lecture on that chapter. Start creating
questions that the chapter should answer. Print the lecture handout ahead of time and look at what the
instructor plans to discuss. Budget your time wisely!
2) Writing out and studying the learning objectives provided in the text &/or in class. Form a study group with
other hard working students. Work ahead!! You dont want to be reading material for the first time on the
night before an exam the last night is for studying things youve already learned.
3) Attending class and using web site materials, if available.
How much should you study? This is hard to answer. Every student is different in how quickly they read, learn,
and memorize. Successful students typically report that they complete assigned readings and begin studying
the learning objectives prior to lectures. Successful students report spending a minimum of 3 to 5 hours
preparing and mastering each chapter. Unless you have an exceptional memory and unusual grasp of the
material, you will find that reading a chapter once or twice before an exam won't suffice. I encourage you to
consider this information before committing yourself to this course. Drop deadlines are listed in the
university bulletin and on the registrars web site.