PSYC280: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
Section: EG1     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearMarch 2012 / (10 weeks): Mar 5, 2012 to May 8, 2012
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Mary Himmelstein   Email: Mary.Himmelstein@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8060

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:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

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

Other Technologies

Your instructor has indicated the following:

Windows Media Player. Adobe Reader. Microsoft Office (Powerpoint & Word).


Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, go to 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 either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.


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

Plan a minimum of 6 to 9 hours per week for your coursework. While eLearning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course. Students are expected to begin the course work on the first day of classes.

To be successful in this course you will need to read the text, read supplemental information provided by the instructor for each chapter, ask questions about concepts, as well as answer questions and discuss concepts on the discussion board. You should plan to post on the discussion boards and complete assignments on a WEEKLY basis. Exams are given online.

This class covers a wide range of material in a relatively short time span, but your classmates and instructor are there to support you on the way. Your instructor will provide specific instructions to aid you in mastering the course material, and act as a guide to facilitate your understanding of that material.

The topics we will cover include the following: History of abnormal behavior; DSM-IV classifications for anxiety disorders, mood/affective disorders, dissociative disorders, schizophrenic disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, childhood and adolescent disorders, mental retardation, and cognitive disorders; Theories of abnormal behavior such as psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, organic, biochemical, family systems, reactive and diathesis; Treatments like psychoanalysis. behavioral psychotherapy, cognitive psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, family psychotherapy, and eclectic psychotherapy.

The exams are designed to assess your understanding of course material beyond simple memorization. In general, they contain questions which require you to apply what you have learned rather than identify a simple definition. You will need to be self-disciplined enough to keep up with your weekly coursework to prevent falling behind. While I am available to help you through the course, success in the course will rely on your willingness to work and study.