PSYCH 342 - Abnormal Psychology



This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the history, research methods, classification, assessment, diagnosis, causes (etiology), course, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. Given that there is sufficient literature to warrant a separate course on each disorder, the focus will be limited to gaining a general understanding of the current issues being faced by mental health professionals with respect to the aforementioned overview.

Learning Model Architecture

Students will prepare by reading and studying textbook chapters, and completing reading quizzes.

Students will teach one another by participating in small group discussions around chapter topics.

Students will ponder and prove by completing writing assignments related to the textbook and other book readings.

Required Materials

Comer, R. J. (2016). Fundamentals of abnormal psychology (8th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
Miller, R. B. (2015). Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Brown, H. (2011). Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
Saks, E. R. (2007). The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness. New York, NY: Hyperion.



NSAP Chapter Outline

Gather in Small Groups

Small Groups Gathering Discussion

Written Test

Additional Readings & Responses

Cumulative Exams

Grading Policies

The grade book for this course has no weighted categories—what you see is what you get.

The grade scale for this course is as follows:

Letter Grade Percentage
A 93–100%
A- 90–92%
B+ 86–89%
B 83–85%
B- 80–92%
C+ 76–79%
C 73–75%
C- 70–72%
D+ 66–69%
D 63–65%
D- 60–62%
F 59% and below

Late Work Policy

Late work is not accepted. However, your Instructor may extend deadlines if you experience extenuating circumstances. Contact your Instructor to discuss personal or emergency situations.



Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Center. Check the details in the link provided.

Online Support Center

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You have the responsibility to carefully read assigned materials and instructions. Questions should be noted and directed to your instructor. You also have the responsibility to contribute to others’ learning through your participation in discussions.

This syllabus and the course schedule may be changed at any time prior to or during the semester as the need arises. You will be notified by your instructor of any changes and may view them in the course documents.

University Policies

Read the University Policies page found in the Welcome module in the course. See information there about student honor, students with disabilities, sexual harassment, complaints and grievances, and copyright policies. Students with disabilities should contact their instructor regarding many of the activities. 

Academic Honesty

As followers of Christ, all BYU-Idaho students, staff, and faculty are expected to be honest in all their dealings. This honesty also applies and extends to behavior and actions related to academic work. It is critical for you to understand the seriousness of academic dishonesty and misconduct and strive to produce and submit only the results of your own effort and original work. While you are encouraged to work with one another and share ideas, the sharing of text, code, or anything like it for individual assignments is inappropriate. There is never an acceptable excuse for plagiarism or cheating. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated by the University.

Your instructor will be responsible for creating and applying policies and penalties for academic dishonesty, which may include point deductions, a score of zero on an entire assignment, and referral to the Student Honor Office. Cases will be analyzed on an individual basis and penalties applied according to the severity of the misconduct.


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