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Abnormal Behavior
SCWK-2331

  • Fall 2022
  • Section NT1
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/22/2022 to 12/10/2022
  • Modified 08/14/2022

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

This class is not sufficient for licensure or to practice in any mental health services.  This class is designed to teach students to identify basic abnormal behavior.  The information in this course should not be used to diagnose or administer therapy.

Meeting Times

Online Class

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 day for changes or new information.  You will likely need to spend 2-3 hours each week on reading and assignments (including the topic/case study project).  Please plan accordingly.

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • Saturday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Zoom
  • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8817591292?pwd=MnF4VllwQ0dGbFRWZWhCN1E4YjQyQT09

Description

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.

Objectives

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.

Outcomes

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

There is not a book required for this course.  Everything will be provided in each week's tasks.

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

Grading 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= Below 60%. 

Grading criteria for certain programs, including those in the health professions, may differ. Grading criteria for such courses or programs may be located in the course syllabus and/or program handbook.

Criteria

This course does not require proctored testing.

Course Policies

Instructional Modalities

Description of instructional modalities

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. Access user information here:


To access Canvas:
(1) Go to: mync.navarrocollege.edu
(2) Enter your User Name and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course on the Canvas Dashboard.

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 Campus 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. 

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.

Email

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

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

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

Attendance and Preparation Policies

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 drop 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. 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: Dropping and/or Adding Courses
  • 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. 
  • If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations. The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]
  • 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: mync.navarrocollege.edu
The MyNC Single Sign-On page provides one-stop access to several student resources, such as Canvas, Office365 (Student Email), and Self-Service.

For Login Instructions, visit: Contact Center

For Login Assistance:
Contact Center
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]
Your privacy is extremely important. Please do not share your account information with anyone.

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum: Academic Decorum Policy
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: Academic Integrity Policy


College Catalog: College Catalog


Campus Safety: Department of Campus Safety


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA Policy


Student Rights and Responsibilities: Rights and Responsiblilities Policy


Student Handbook:  Official Student Handbook

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: Bulldog Life 

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: Counseling Services Center

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: Testing Center

One-week advance notice is strongly recommended for testing appointments.


Online Proctored Testing Information: Online Campus Proctoring (Testing)


Library Services: Navarro College Libraries


Tutorial Services: Tutoring Services

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


Disability Services: Disability and Access Services Office

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations. Contact 903-875-7377 or [email protected] for more information.  Once approved, you will be given an accommodation letter that you are to share with your instructor.

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.


Title IX Accommodations Related to Pregnancy: 

If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations.  The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]

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Student Support and Administrative Services: Support Services

Schedule

Major Course Topics:

Topic 1:  Defining Abnormal Behavior

  • What is Abnormal Behavior?
  • What Factors Effect 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.