PSYCHOLOGY OF ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR
Text: Comer, R. J. (1998). Abnormal Psychology, 3rd ed. New York: W.H. Freeman. ISBN# 0-7167- 3089-8.
Units: I. Chapters 1 , 3, 4 plus pps. 137-145.
II. Chapters 6, 7, 11, 17.
III. Chapters 12, 14, 18.
IV. Chapters 8, 9, 15, 16.
Lectures: College students should be able to read and understand what they read. Therefore, class time will not generally be devoted to helping you understand material that is in the book. Rather, class time will be devoted to material that is difficult, important, or fun. Of course, if there is narrative in the book that you have studied carefully but don't understand, then feel free to ask about it in class or during office hours (below).
Tests: There are four Unit Exams each with 20 multiple-choice questions from the book, and 20 multiple-choice questions from the lecture notes. There is a cumulative final examination with approximately 50 multiple-choice questions from the book, and 50 multiple-choice questions from the lecture notes. The questions on the final are not the same as those on the unit exams. You will receive a warning at least one week before each unit exam. The Final Examination will occur as scheduled by the university. Absence from an exam is only excused by prior arrangement or documented medical emergency.
Attendance policy: Attendance is not required; no record of attendance is kept. However, extremely poor attendance is not acceptable and will be punished by grade lowering. Furthermore, many exam questions are made up from the lecture notes; answers to them are not in the textbook. Therefore, you should either attend class and take notes regularly or make some other arrangement to acquire a complete set of lecture notes.
Atmosphere: I enjoy teaching abnormal psychology. I work hard at making it an outstanding class. I hope the atmosphere will be relaxed and informal but, at the same time, professional and well-
structured. Please feel free to question, argue, discuss. We will not shy away from objectionable features of our legitimate subject matter, including disgusting activities and raw language. Drop the class if you wish to avoid violence, cruelty, deviant sexuality, bathroom language, etc.
Office Hours: Anyone who wishes to get acquainted or who needs to discuss something can drop by my office (209 Thach) Mon. - Thurs. after 3:00 p.m.
Grades: There are 260 points on the 5 exams. There will be opportunity to earn 10 bonus points (that will not count against you if not earned). The grades and percentages of these points are as follows:
A= 90% and higher
F= 64.99% and lower
About the Instructor:
F. Dudley McGlynn, Ph.D. (clinical psychology) University of Missouri.
Clinical affiliations: Missouri State Psychiatric Hospital, Fulton, MO.; Missouri State School for the Mentally Retarded, Marshall, MO; Veterans Administration Neuropsychiatric Hospital at Little Rock, AR; Bryce Hospital-Tuscaloosa, AL; Mississippi State Penitentiary, Parchman, MS; Student Counseling Center, Mississippi State University;
Mississippi State University (1968-1979);
University of Florida (1979-1987);
University of Missouri-Kansas City (1987-1990);
Auburn University (1990- forever ).
Professional Interests: behavior/cognitive therapy, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, exposure therapy.
Hobbies: motorcyles, muscle cars, bass fishing, avid Auburn football fan, academic writing (over100 publications) and editing (editorial work for several journals), yard/home care.
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