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Abnormal Behavior

  • Fall 2020
  • Section 8CNT1
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/24/2020 to 12/12/2020
  • Modified 08/30/2020

Based on recommendations from the CDC and other governmental agencies, the content delivery method for this course may need to be modified.

Meeting Times

This is an online class so you will have to manage your time in order to successfully complete this course.  The greatest difficulty students have is not managing their time, getting behind, and then not being able to complete their assignments on time. 

The recommendation is that you check emails and announcements frequently for changes or new information, especially during this time.  You will likely need to spend 2-4 hours each week on reading and assignments.  Please plan accordingly.

Contact Information

Instructor: Jennifer Mann

Office Hours

Mon/Wed – 9:30 am – 11:00 am and 2:00pm – 4:00 pm

Tues/Thurs – 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Additional office hours or virtual meetings available by appointment


3 lec (3 Cr.) An exploration and identification of maladaptive behavior including characteristics classification diagnosis and treatment modalities. Topics include factors associated with defining and identifying abnormal behavior. For Mexia State Supported Living Center Employees Only.


Upon completion of the core curriculum, students are expected to demonstrate competence in all of the core objectives listed in the college catalog. The overall content of this course is designed to enhance skills in each of the following core objectives.

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the DSM system and describe specific abnormal behaviors.
  2. Explain how abnormal behavior is assessed, diagnosed, and treated.
  3. Identify impact of abnormal behavior on relationships and social constructs, including groups and families.
  4. Explain the ethical obligations of a mental health professional in response to abnormal behaviors exhibited by clients and co-workers.
  5. Demonstrate how to monitor and document changes in behavior.

Required and Optional Materials

Course materials will be provided by the instructor.

Assignments and Activities

Weekly Activities (30%)

Students will complete topic activities (approximately 12-14) to assess comprehension of material and facilitate critical thinking.  Activities may include reflections, article reviews, and/or quizzes. Students are expected to read the provided material each week and follow instructions for completing the activity.  Activities will be completed in Canvas.  Details and due dates for each will be posted in Canvas.  If you have questions about an activity, contact the instructor BEFORE the due date.

Activities will also include an SLO assessment (later in the semester) consisting of multiple choice questions administered on Canvas.  Once released, you will have one week to complete, unless otherwise told in writing (email or announcement).  This assessment will measure your knowledge on the SLO’s identified in this syllabus. Weekly activities will be averaged and account for 30% of the final grade.

Application Activities (30%)

Students will complete 5 activities that require application of learned concepts.  Each application activity will follow a topic and will be completed through Canvas.  Details and due dates can be found on Canvas within each topic.  Due dates are posted on the course calendar and in Canvas.  Application activity grades will be averaged and account for 30% of the final grade.

Major Exams (40%)

Students will complete two major exams:  a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam.  Reviews will be posted in Canvas and both exams will be completed online in Canvas.  Due dates are posted in the course calendar and in Canvas.  The Midterm will cover the first two topics and the Final Exam will cover the remaining three.  Final exams will be held on the scheduled final exam time during finals week.  Each major exam is worth 20%.  Both account for a total of 40% of the final grade.

Grading Criteria

Grade criteria will conform to the established policy of Navarro College as stated in the College catalog: A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=59% or below.


This course does not require proctored testing.

Course Policies

Instructional Methodologies

Face to Face  Hybrid Online

Face to face courses are taught in a traditional classroom format. 

Courses classified as “Hybrid” in the course schedule (identified with the letter ‘H’ in the course section designation) will use a combination of face-to-face classroom and online instructional methods. A minimum of 50 percent of the course must be taught online to be classified as a hybrid course.

Students must have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection, either on campus or in a personal setting, to complete all assignments.

In addition to traditional lecture, Navarro College uses the Canvas Learning Management System to provide course materials and activities assigned by the instructor. Here is a video overview of Canvas:

To access Canvas:

(1) Go to: [email protected] 
(2) Enter your User Name (MyNC ID) and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course in your Canvas Dashboard.

Please note some courses will also use materials provided by the publisher and require the student to have an access code in order to complete assignments, activities, and exams. Please see the Materials section of this syllabus to determine if an access code will be necessary for this course.

Final Exams

Students are required to take final exams during the posted final exam week and should not make travel reservations or other plans which would require them to request a rescheduled final.  Requests to take final exams early, or at a time other than indicated on the final exam schedule, must be approved by the appropriate Executive Dean and are granted only in exceptional circumstances. Personal or family travel plans are not deemed as exceptional circumstances.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

Students may choose to share personal information or experiences, as appropriate, in written assignments, class discussions, presentations, and conferences with instructors. While instructors and other college employees will strive to keep personal student information private, they are required to report information about sexual misconduct, childhood abuse, and criminal activity to the proper authorities. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting NorthSTAR Mobile Crisis at 1-800-260-8000 or the Navarro College Licensed Counselor at 903-875-7393.

Course Content and Rigor

College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.


All Navarro College students are required to use their Navarro College email to correspond with instructors and other Navarro College personnel.

Please identify the class and section of the course in the subject line or in the beginning of the email.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to do their own work at all times. Cheating is a serious offense with serious consequences which may include any of the following:  a grade of zero, course failure, or removal from a program.

Student Conduct

All students enrolled in classes at Navarro College shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. Behavior deemed by the instructor to be disruptive may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Subject to Change

The Course Syllabus and/or the Course Calendar may be changed as the term progresses at the discretion of the department and/or instructor.

Late Work/Make-Up Exam Policy

Late work may or may not be accepted. With instructor approval, late work may be accepted with a late penalty of 10 points for the first day past the due date, 20 points second day, and so on, up to 50 points on the fifth day.  No assignments will be accepted beyond 5 days after the due date. Contact the instructor prior to the due date if you think you might be late.  Even if approved, no more than 2 late submissions will be accepted per student per semester.  The opportunity to make up missed work will be determined on an individual basis per assignment/exam.  No late or make-ups can be done for Final Exams.

Confidentiality Statement

In this course, you may want to discuss people or events related to our topics.  I personally adhere to the rules of confidentiality, including its limits.  For example, what you say to me will be kept confidential EXCEPT in situations in which you are at risk of harm to yourself or others, or you report harm to minors or vulnerable populations (this includes persons who are incarcerated and/or disabled).  As a mandatory reporter, I am required by law to report these to someone who could help (i.e., protective services or police).  With that said, I cannot force classmates to maintain confidentiality, nor do I know what legal obligations you have to maintain confidentiality.  I hope you feel free to be open and honest, but you must understand these limits.

For this course, you will be asked to read and acknowledge this statement. Please ask for further information/clarification, if needed.

Institutional Policies

Students are expected and required to have read the Student Handbook and to consult appropriate sections of the College Catalog for general academic information.

Attendance and Preparation

Face to Face and Hybrid Online

Regular and punctual class attendance is expected at Navarro College as a key element for student success. Excessive absenteeism is defined as two consecutive weeks of instruction in a 16-week semester (or the equivalent in any shorter term) and may result in being dropped from the course.

Students who miss class to participate in a co-curricular activity must have written permission (e-mail accepted) from a coach/director and must make prior arrangements with the instructor to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day. 

Regular (daily or weekly) online work is a key element for student success in an internet-based class.  Students must complete the first assignment by the designated deadline to document participation in the course.  The instructor will drop any student who fails to complete an assignment by the deadline provided in Canvas.

Although the instructor MAY withdraw a student from the class for insufficient participation the RESPONSIBILITY for dropping a class belongs to the student! Insufficient participation is defined as not logging in and completing assignments for the equivalent of two consecutive weeks.  If you are unable to complete the course, you should formally drop it.

  • Additional information regarding attendance requirements is available in the Navarro College Catalog.
  • You may drop this class by completing an online form. It is the student's responsibility to visit with his or her instructor concerning course status before submitting the required paperwork to the Office of Admissions and Records to drop this class. Additional information about dropping a class may be found in the Navarro College Catalog.
  • Failure to withdraw by the deadline may result in your name remaining on the class roll, resulting in a grade of ‘F’ at the end of the semester. 
  • A student who foresees educational issues related to pregnancy, postpartum recovery, or other physical or mental health matters is strongly encouraged to notify the College as soon as possible.  By doing so, the student and College personnel can collaborate and develop an appropriate plan for the continuation of the student's education.  Pre-planning when possible also may help with particular challenges a student faces while pregnant, when recovering from childbirth, or in response to a physical or mental health concern (e.g., missed classes, make-up work).  The choice to inform the College of any health concern is voluntary. A student is not required to share this information with the College. A student may choose to consult a College counselor or the Office of Disability Services before deciding whether or not to disclose any health-related information.
  • If you are receiving financial aid grants or loans, you must ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE in all classes FROM THE FIRST CLASS DAY.  Do not drop or stop attending any class without consulting the Financial Aid Office. Changes in your enrollment level and/or failing grades may require you to repay financial aid funds.  
  • All students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) benefits must notify the Veteran’s Certifying Official of any enrollment changes as soon as they are made. The Veterans Affairs benefit recipient needs to be aware that the VA may require repayment of all benefits received since the beginning of a semester for any course in which a “W” grade is received
  • According to current Texas law, dropping a course may have serious academic consequences. Under most circumstances, a maximum of 6 courses may be dropped throughout the entire undergraduate degree program. Before you decide to withdraw from this or any other course, make sure you understand the consequences. For more information see the Office of the Registrar.

MyNC Single Sign-On

MyNC Single Sign-On:

The MyNC Single Sign-On page provides one-stop access to several student resources, such as the MyNC Portal, Canvas, Office365 (Student Email), and Self-Service.

For Login Instructions, please visit: 

For Login Assistance, please contact:

OneStop Service Desk
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]

Your privacy is extremely important.  Please DO NOT SHARE your account information with anyone.

Always include full name and date of birth, phone number, and valid email address when contacting the One-Stop Service Desk. Navarro College will not disclose sensitive account access information with anyone other than the student regardless of student’s age.

For Assistance with Canvas, please contact:

Matt Miller, Dean of Online Instruction
Phone: (903) 875-7422
Email: [email protected]

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum:

Includes:  Civility, Being a Successful Student, Classroom Decorum, Change of Grade, Grade Challenge Procedure, Academic Dishonesty, and User Responsibilities for IT Resources/Penalties for Violation of Technology Policy, Tobacco Use Policy

Academic Integrity:

College Catalog:

Campus Safety:

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA):

Student Rights and Responsibilities:

Student Handbook:

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: 

Navarro College's Bulldog Life student success services includes opportunities to grow personally as you pursue your educational goals at Navarro College. Opportunities include workshops to learn more about your personal gifts and skills, travel opportunities, and our culture of caring through efforts to support you mentally, spiritually, and physically. In addition, we provide resources and personal support to launch you into your dream job, university, and/or career with Bulldog Pride! Bulldog Life is available to all students of Navarro College through intentional initiatives that support student success outcomes. Find out more about how to enroll in Bulldog Life by contacting us at [email protected] or 903-875-7737.

Library Services:

Tutorial Services:

NOTE: In addition to Navarro College tutoring services, students also have access to free 24/7 tutoring by visiting UpSwing ( and logging in to their UpSwing account.  If you're a new user, click NEW USER to create an account.

Disability Services: 

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations.

The instructor is committed to helping each student reach his/her academic potential and to providing every student equal opportunity to participate in and engage with the course.  In keeping with this commitment, effort has been made to develop accessible learning materials that provide equal access.  Please contact the instructor immediately if access to course materials is restricted due to a disability so the issue(s) can be resolved in a timely manner.

Student Support and Administrative Services:

Additional Items

Course Calendar:


Start Date (Mon)

Topic (Text Chapter)


Due Date




Review syllabus and course expectations

Syllabus quiz


Sun. 08/30

Topic 1:  Defining Abnormal Behavior



What is Abnormal Behavior?

Weekly Activity

Sun. 09/06




What Factors Affect Mental Health?

Weekly Activity

Sun. 09/13




Universal Diagnostic Classification and the DSM5

Weekly Activity App. Act. #1

Sun. 09/20

Topic 2:  Normal versus Abnormal Behavior




How Cultural Context Determines “Normal” Behavior

Weekly Activity

Sun. 09/27



How Behavior Impacts Relationships & Social Constructs

Weekly Activity

Sun. 10/04



Challenging Behaviors in Children and Adults

Weekly Activity App. Act. #2

Sun. 10/11



Review for MidTerm


Sun. 10/18

Topic 3:  Treating Abnormal Behavior



Treatment Modalities – Psychological & Biological

Weekly Activity

Sun. 10/25



Behavior Modification

Weekly Activity App. Act. #3

Sun. 11/01

Topic 4:  Monitoring and Documenting Behavior



Determining a Baseline

Weekly Activity

Sun. 11/08



Tracking Behavior

Weekly Activity

Sun. 11/15



Monitoring Progress

Weekly Activity App. Act. #4

Sun. 11/22

Sun. 11/22

Topic 5:  Ethical Obligations of Mental Health Professionals



Ethical Obligations

Thanksgiving break 11/25-11/27

Weekly Activity


Sun. 11/29



Finish Ethics &

Review for Final Exam

App. Act. #5

Sun. 12/6



Final Exams start 12/8

Final Exam

Fri. 12/11

@ 5:00 pm



Major Course Topics:

Topic 1:  Defining Abnormal Behavior

  • What is Abnormal Behavior?
  • What Factors Affect Mental Health?
  • Universal Diagnostic Classification and the DSM5

Topic 2:  Normal versus Abnormal Behavior

  • How Cultural Context Determines “Normal” Behavior
  • How Behavior Impacts Relationships and Social Constructs
  • Challenging Behaviors in Children and Adults

Topic 3:  Treating Abnormal Behavior

  • Treatment Modalities – Psychological and Biological
  • Behavior Modification

Topic 4:  Monitoring and Documenting Behavior

  • Determining a Baseline
  • Tracking Behavior
  • Monitoring Progress

Topic 5:  Ethical Obligations of Mental Health Professionals

**See Course Calendar for specific dates and activities/assignments/exams.