Abnormal Psychology

Course Code: CLP2140

Credit Hours: 3 semester hours

Effective beginning: Fall 2020


Course Description:
A course which concentrates on the description, causes and treatment behavioral disorders as seen from the viewpoint of the major theoretical models of abnormal behavior.

Course Details


Prerequisite: PSY 2012, General Psychology


Sarah Gambill

Latresha Moore

Rachel Rackard

Tameka Russ

Willie E. Spires

Kassandra Starrine




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Lyons, Charles, Barclay Martin, and Willie E. Spires. Psychopathology: Clinical Perspectives and Treatment Modalities (Looseleaf). 5th ed. Redding: BVT, 2011. Print.

ISBN: 97816118828316


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify theories, hypotheses and research methodologies that behavioral scientists use to explain, investigate and predict behaviors and social trends.

SS-2 Use appropriate social and behavioral science investigation techniques to analyze contemporary social issues.

SS-3 Identify and investigate interdisciplinary courses in the social and behavioral sciences, such as, history, criminal justice, economics, etc. and establish how these courses are inter-related from a global perspective.

SS-4 Create and utilize current technologies in developing oral and written presentations on topics relevant to subject matter under the auspices of social and behavioral sciences.

SS-5 Identify fundamental modalities used to promote understanding of differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify appropriate methods, technologies and data that social and behavioral scientists employ to investigate the human condition.

Examine a variety of behavior psychopathologies and the various treatment modalities used in treating these disorders.

Analyze how psychology impacts our lives.

Examine the etiologies and the theories that are associated with psychological disorders.


SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4, SS-5

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4, SS-5

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4, SS-5

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4, SS-5

Quizzes, Documented Essays, Unit Tests, Final Exam







  1. Read all assigned materials.
  2. Attend and participate in class discussions.
  3. Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.
  4. Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and/or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning Courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Classification, Diagnosis, and Assessment
  • Stress, and Stress-Related Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
  • Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Eating, Sleep, and Impulse Control Disorders
  • Disorders of Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence
  • Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, and Other Cognitive Disorders
  • Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Abnormal Psychology

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