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Revision Date: 16-Mar-24
 

Fall 2024 | PSY-2060-VO02 - Psychopathology


Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 3 (as of 07-13-24 3:05 PM)
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Faculty

Robert Mandatta
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

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General Education Requirements


This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
    Note
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the study of psychopathology which explores the description, classification, and treatment of mental disorders. Topics will include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and childhood disorders.


Essential Objectives

1. Analyze the shifting concept of maladaptive behavior within the cross-cultural spectrum of human conduct.
2. Describe the development of psychopathology as a scientific discipline.
3. Compare and contrast the major paradigms in psychopathology including biological, psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and sociocultural models.
4. Describe common symptoms and treatments of mental disorders including anxiety, mood, somatic, dissociative, sexual, and psychotic disorders.
5. Identify and analyze several legal and ethical issues surrounding the research and treatment of mental disorders.
6. Distinguish between fact and opinion, recognize unstated assumptions, and evaluate arguments according to the quality of supporting evidence in the literature.
7. Locate, select, and effectively use research materials that address specific problems in psychopathology.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources


*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

PSY-2060-VO02 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Integrated: This course's generative AI policy acknowledges the use of AI is an essential skill in today's world. By using genAI for specific purposes, students become equipped with relevant skills and tools necessary to thrive in a technology-driven society. Emphasizing the mastery of generative AI should empower you to harness its potential, enhancing your problem-solving abilities and preparing you for future challenges and opportunities. Be aware, however, that any time generative AI is used at any point in the assignment without attribution it may be considered a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


Methods

No prior experience with online learning is required for this course, just a willingness to learn and the self-discipline to stay focused for this rich, multimedia immersion into the fascinating world of psychopathology.

It also doesn't matter where you begin the course in terms of academic skill -- advanced or new to college level learning, all are welcome!

This course does not use Zoom or require you to be online at a specific time. Nor is it a conventional course with a textbook, quizzes, and papers that are privately submitted to the course instructor. It differs from such traditional college courses, both in person and online, in several key ways, including the following:

-- The learning is interactive and peer-based, which means that all of your work will be posted at our class Discussion forums where you must interact with your colleagues in weekly Q&A sessions.

-- Instead of reading a textbook you'll be using a variety of free online sources in different types of media (scholarly text articles, videos, podcasts, etc.).

-- You'll focus on case studies, primarily of real-life Vermonters, as well as on your own experience and those you know best.

-- You'll learn how to find your own valid online sources and mixed media to use in your posts.

-- You'll identify a current leader for diagnosed Vermonters and create a mixed media presentation about their leadership style and vision.

-- You'll assess your learning at the end of this course after exploring professional options.


Evaluation Criteria

The grading system is simple: You can earn up to 5 points for each of the 12 regular Discussion weeks, 10 points for the midterm exam, and 30 points for both parts of the final exam. This is a total points system of 100 points (with no weighted assignments). For detailed information, see the Syllabus area at the course site.

When evaluating your work weekly, midterm, andendterm:

1. I assess how well you identify and explain behaviors, thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and feelings, especially when analyzing your own experience and our weekly case studies. What evidence or expert opinion do you rely upon?

(See, e.g., "Distinguishing Fact, Opinion, Belief and Prejudice" @https://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/co300man/pop12d.cfm)

2. I encourage clarity of thought and cleverness of expression, as well as sound academic writing, citing, and posting with mixed media at Canvas. While I welcome brief tangents, I expect you to have addressed the point of each assignment.

3. Naturally, I prefer posts that are interesting, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, the kind that invite serious discussion with your course colleagues about the week's overall topic and related issues.

4. I gauge your interest and note how well you participate in the Discussion Q&A -- are you engaged and helping to build an online learning community with your course colleagues?

5. I ultimately evaluate the extent to which you have demonstrated growth of academic and professional skills in our field of study, as well as their application to your personal life and career goals.


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

Why Study Psychopathology?

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

2

Moral Treatment & Asylum

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

3

Coercion & Force in Treatment

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

4

Diagnosis and Treatment

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

5

Women & the Mental Health System

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

6

History of Psychopathology

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

7

Midterm Exam: Psychological Theories

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

8

Crazy!

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

9

Mood & Madness

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

10

Sexuality

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

11

Childhood Challenges

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

12

Madness and Spirituality

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

13

Exploring Madness and Mental Illness

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A personal reflection on the week's topic, a formal case study report, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

14

Final Exam, Part 1: Who Leads for Diagnosed Vermonters?

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A formal leadership case study report and Q&A with your course colleagues.

 

15

Final Exam, Part 2: First-Person Psychopathology

  

Free online materials provided at the week's Module, including scholarly articles and mixed media sources.

  

A psych career exploration report, a formal self-evaluation of your learning in the course, and Q&A with your course colleagues about the first two.

 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.


Participation Expectations

Due to the interactive nature of online learning, your work must be posted to count, and you cannot make up missed work after the week has ended. You must post at least once during the 24/7 class week to be marked Present.

I offer one Free Week of five points for any non-exam Discussion in case of a conflict (such as personal illness, family emergency, or bereavement). You also may redeem two Late Passes for non-exam weeks when you need extra time to finish your work.

If you encounter technical problems with your computer or server--which happens to all of us periodically--please post from your nearest CCV academic center, your local public library, a wifi cafe, or by using a public wifi hotspot (https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/public-wifi-hotspots-vermont).

Please note that attendance is not the same as participation, and 100% of your final grade is earned by participating in the class meetings held at our weekly Discussions (see "Methods" above).

If you miss three or more weeks, you cannot earn academic credit for the course, although you are welcome to participate for learning's sake.



Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Late work is not accepted in the discussion forum. Interacting with classmates is an essential part of online discussions and cannot be made up after the fact.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.