PSYC280: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
Section: E41     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearJune 2010 / (9 weeks): Jun 14, 2010 to Aug 12, 2010
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Catherine O'Conor   Email: oconorc@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8061
Campus Location: Founders 210 ( when on campus)

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 8 - 12 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

eLearning:
Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Format

A sample Course Format is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. Course Formats explain how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Other special requirements may apply. Consult "Other Information about the Section" for details.

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

This information has expired. If you are looking for current course information you must go to the current semester course information page.

Accessing Your Course

Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)

Your course is using Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)! Your student account in Bb Vista will be created about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class and you can log into the system at that time. Please use the time before the start of your class to become familiar with Bb Vista by using the tutorials provided for you.

You will be able to access your course as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Bucks Bb Vista course space at: http://online.bucks.edu

  • Username: Your new user account will consist of your last name and first initial, and if necessary, followed by a random number. For example, John Smith's user account will be smithj4567
  • Password: Your initial password for all systems will be reset to "bd" followed by your birthdate in mmddyy format. (Example: bd042372 for 4/23/72). You will need to establish your new password immediately, which is 6-9 characters in length, using letters & numbers. You should also establish a password hint at this time.
  • To obtain your new user account go to http://www.bucks.edu and select WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your new user account name will display on the screen

Note: If you registered late, there may be a short delay in activating your Bb Vista login.

Computer Requirements and Settings

Your computer must be correctly configured to work with Bb Vista. Before you login do the Check Browser located on the Bb Vista login page. This will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality of this application is available to you. If errors are detected, mandatory or recommended changes will be indicated.

Access Codes

Some Bb Vista courses that use content provided by textbook publishers require an access code. If your course requires one, you will be prompted to enter it the first time you access the course. This access code may be included with the purchase of a new textbook, or may be purchased separately from the textbook publisher through http://www.webct.com/content/viewpage?name=content_student_access_codes.

If you purchased a used textbook and do not yet have an access code, you can obtain a 15-day temporary code the first time you log in by clicking the "get temporary code" link. You will then have 15 days to purchase your access code.

Troubleshooting

Detailed troubleshooting information is available by clicking on Help on the Bb Vista login page or on any page within the system after you have logged in.

Learning To Use Bb Vista

  • Face-To-Face Workshops! are offered at the beginning of each full semester at the Newtown campus.
  • LIVE Online Sessions! are offered via web conferencing before the start of each modular session and full semester.

Check http://www.bucks.edu/e-resources/virtual-campus/after-registration/kickoff/ for dates and times.

We also encourage you to use the various "Learning Bb Vista" courses provided online when you log in to your Bb Vista account.


Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.


Other Information about the Course

The Psychology of Abnormal Bahavior looks at how human beings think, feel and behave outside the ordinary boundaries of thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with what is considered normal thinking, feeling and behaving. The course will study some of the history of mental and emotional illnesses, diagnoses, symptomatology and treatment options available in the past as well as in the present. Students will have the opportunity to look at research about mentql illness; to evaluate cases and make opinion based decisions derived from their reading and discussions. A part of the course will be devoted to substance abuse issues since rarely do we find a person with substance abuse who does not also have a mental/emotional diagnosis as well as vice versa. Students will be required to attend weekly online classes and to participate in weekly discussion board postings discussions . This is a necessary part of the learning experience-to communicate what we are learning to others. Students will also watch videos depicting situations with mental illness. Films reflect values and attitudes prevalent in society. The materials used are Robert Meyer's text Case Studies. Double Trouble which can be downloaded from the website is a secondary text and workbook. There will also be videos put on video stream for students to watch. Welcome to the wonderful world of mental health! Looking forward to meeting you online June 14th or 15th, 2010. Catherine