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Abnormal Psychology

  • Spring 2021
  • Section NT1
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 01/19/2021 to 05/11/2021
  • Modified 01/26/2021

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 every 2-3 days for changes or new information.  You will likely need to spend 2-3 hours each week on reading and assignments (including the topic presentation).  Please plan accordingly.

Contact Information

Associate Professor: Ms. Jennifer Mann

Office Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays

9:00 am – 9:30 am, 11:00 am – 11:30 am, and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays

9:00 am – 9:30 am and 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


9:00 am – 10:00 am: in office

10:00 am – 11:00 am: virtual hour on Zoom (see contact info for link)

*Additional in-person or virtual meetings can be made by appointment


3 lec (3 Cr.)This course provides an introduction to the psychological, biological, and socio-cultural factors involved in the development, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders. It includes a review of the historical understanding of abnormal behavior and the development of modern diagnostic systems. It includes discussion of psychological research and practice as it relates to mental health and psychological functioning, as well as legal and ethical issues. (PSYC 2320 is included in the Psychology Field of Study.)


Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.


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.

Required and Optional Materials

This course requires MindTap access.

Abnormal Psychology and Life: A Dimensional Approach

  • Author: Kearney & Trull
  • Publisher: Cengage
  • Edition: 3rd
  • ISBN: 9780357093122 (Loose-leaf text and 1-term access code to MindTap)

Students have multiple options to purchase the text and MindTap access.  They may purchase the loose-leaf text with MindTap access code (ISBN listed here).  They may choose to purchase the access code alone and use the eText.  Lastly, students may choose to purchase a Cengage Unlimited subscription that covers MindTap and eText access for all Cengage texts.  Students are encouraged to talk to the Navarro College Bookstore for more information, pricing, and to help them decide which option might be best for them.

Assignments and Activities

GRADED ACTIVITIES (34%):   Students will complete weekly graded activities in MindTap (for each covered chapter) and/or Canvas.  Weeks are divided into units.  Students may work ahead, but may not turn in work late, without a penalty (see Late Policy).  Graded activities assess comprehension of material and facilitate critical thinking.  Students are expected to read the assigned material each week and complete activities which include Mastery Training (for each covered chapter) and either Profiles in Psychopathology, Case Studies, or Canvas activities.  Students will be responsible for reading the weekly tasks each week. There will also be section and chapter quizzes available in MindTap for practice.  While these are not for a grade, they will help prepare students for the unit tests.

All activities are due by the posted due date found in Canvas, on the Course Calendar (at the bottom of this syllabus and in Pages), and in MindTap.  Students are expected to keep track of due dates by looking ahead and planning work accordingly.  If you have questions about an activity or quiz, contact the instructor BEFORE attempting the activity/quiz.  Getting busy and missing a due date is not an acceptable excuse.  NOTE:  MindTap activities DO NOT show up on the Canvas calendar or To Do list.  You will need to reference the Course Calendar page/document, MindTap, AND weekly task page for due dates.   

Graded activities will also include an SLO assessment at the end of the semester and will consist 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 above. Graded activities constitute 34% of the final grade.

TOPIC PRESENTATION (33%):  Each student will develop a presentation over a relevant topic in Abnormal Psychology. The student will research the topic, develop a power point that presents information and research data, and provide a general overview.  Presentations will be posted in Canvas during the second half of the semester, and students will review 1-2 presentations for a final graded activity.  The topic project will include several components.    

  1. Choose a topic or have a topic assigned by the instructor.  Specific instructions on how to complete the project will be posted in Canvas and discussed in class. 
  2. Research the topic and develop a power point presentation that identifies key points and data that support conclusions.
  3. Post the power point on Canvas, or designated program, to be viewed by classmates.
  4. Review 1-2 presentations and submit the review through Canvas.
  5. A page in Canvas will include a rubric that explains criteria and expectations, as well as directions and due dates.

The project will comprise approximately 33%of the final grade.


MAJOR TESTS (33%):  Students will complete three unit tests and a comprehensive final exam.  Unit Tests will be taken in MindTap.  The comprehensive final exam will be held during the scheduled final exam time starting 5/6 and ending 5/11.  Students will be allowed to drop one major test.  Therefore, the top three grades will be taken from the 4 tests (3 unit tests and 1 final exam) and account for a total of 33% 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.

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.

When emailing the instructor, be sure to identify your class and section in the subject line or 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/Make-Up Work

Late work may be accepted in MindTap up to three days past the due date with a loss of 10% of available points. This is usually 10 points off.  In Canvas, late work may be accepted with 10 points off per day up to 3 days late.  No make-up exams will be allowed.

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 is a student success service to all students. Opportunities include Canvas courses, meaningful activities, Culture of Caring and travel opportunities. Bulldog Life is a self-guided experience. We know that every student is in a different stage in life. 

Counseling Services: 

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counselors who provide brief counseling, assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services to currently-enrolled Navarro College students. The Navarro College Counseling Center is free, confidential, and available to all enrolled NC students.

Testing Center Hours and Contact Information:

Online Proctored Testing Information:

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:


Major Course Topics:

Topic 1:  History of Abnormal Psychology (Ch 1 – Abnormal Psychology and Life)

Topic 2:  Perspectives on Abnormal Psychology (Ch 2)

Topic 3:  Risk and Prevention of Mental Disorders (Ch 3)

Topic 4:  Diagnosis, Assessment, and Study of Mental Disorders (Ch 4)

Unit 1 Test

Topic 5:  Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Trauma-Related Disorders (Ch 5)

Topic 6:  Somatic Symptom and Dissociative Disorders (Ch 6)

Topic 7:  Depressive and Bipolar Disorders and Suicide (Ch 7)

Topic 8:  Eating Disorders (Ch 8) and Substance-Related Disorders (Ch 9)

Unit 2 Test

Topic 9:  Personality Disorders (Ch 10)

Topic 10:  Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders (Ch 12)

Topic 11:  Developmental and Disruptive Behavior Disorders (Ch 13)

Topic 12:  Sexual Dysfunctions and Neurocognitive Disorders (Ch 11 – Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders, and Gender Dysphoria; and Ch 14 – Neurocognitive Disorders)

Topic 13:  Treatment and Ethics (Ch 15 – Consumer Gide to Abnormal Psychology)

Unit 3 Test

Final Exam

Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Calendar


Start Date

Topic (Text Chapter)


Due Date



Review syllabus and course expectations

Syllabus quiz

Introduction Activity

Thurs 01/21

Sun. 01/24



Topic 1: History of Abnormal Psychology (Ch1)


Ch 1 Mastery Training (MT)



Sun. 01/31



Topic 2: Perspectives on Abnormal Psych (Ch2)


Ch 2 MT

Choose Topic for Presentation

Sun. 02/07

Sun. 02/07



Topic 3: Risk & Prevention of Mental Disorders (Ch3)

Ch 3 MT

Canvas Activity

Sun. 02/14

Sun. 02/14



Topic 4: Diagnosis, Assessment & Study of Mental Disorders (Ch4)

Ch 4 MT

Unit 1 Test

Sun. 02/21

Sun. 02/21



Topic 5: Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive & Trauma-Related Disorders (Ch5)

Ch 5 MT

Ch 5 Profiles

Sun. 02/28

Sun. 02/28



Topic 6: Somatic Symptom & Dissociative Disorders (Ch6)

Ch 6 MT

Ch 6 Profiles

Sun. 03/07

Sun. 03/07








Topic 7: Depressive & Bipolar Disorders and Suicide (Ch7)

Ch 7 MT

Ch 7 Profiles

Sun. 03/21

Sun. 03/21



Topic 8: Eating Disorders (Ch8) and Substance-Related Disorders (Ch9)

Ch 8 & 9 MT

Unit 2 Test

Sun. 03/28

Sun. 03/28



Topic 9: Personality Disorders (Ch10)

Ch 10 MT

Ch 10 Profiles

Sun. 04/04

Sun. 04/04



Topic 10: Schizophrenia & Other Psychotic Disorders (Ch12)

Ch 12 MT

Ch 12 Profiles

Sun. 04/11



Topic 11: Developmental & Disruptive Behavior Disorders (Ch13)

Ch 13 MT

Ch 13 Profiles

Topic Presentation

Sun. 04/18

Sun. 04/18



Topic 12: Sexual Dysfunctions & Neurocognitive Disorders (Ch11 & Ch14)

Ch 11 & 14 MT

Ch 11 Case Studies

Ch 14 Profiles

TP Reviews Due

Sun. 04/25

Sun. 04/25



Topic 13: Treatment & Ethics (Ch15)


Ch 15 MT

Canvas Activity

SLO Quiz

Unit 3 Test

Sun. 05/02

Sun. 05/02

Sun. 05/02



Review for final exams, finish up





Final Exam

Final Exam

Mon. 05/10

11:59 pm