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Course : PSYC

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2021
O'Donohoe Hall, 110
Days & Times
12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
Final Exam Day/Time
Thursday, December 09, 2021 10:30 am - 12:30 am

A survey of the historical views, alternative conceptualizations, and current representations of the major categories of psychopathology, with an applied emphasis on the diagnostic procedures of the DSM-5.

This class will consist of lectures and class presentations presented by both the professor and students. Each student will be assigned a topic, and usually two class periods in which to present your material; you are expected to fill your assigned periods. An outline and rubric for these presentations is presented below, but the specific form this takes is up to you, as is the choice of additional reading material. Each student will be responsible for choosing appropriate readings to supplement DSM-5. These readings must be approved by me in advance; you must make your readings available to your classmates at least one week in advance of your presentation. You will need to supply your classmates with an outline of your presentation. Additionally, each student will be required to submit four test questions (essay) and answers to me. I reserve the right to use other questions on the exams. 

Grades: Your course grade will include three exams, including a comprehensive final, plus a grade for class participation.

           Exams                        (25% each)     90%

           Class Presentation      (25%)             10%

Presentation Grading Rubric

Physical Presentation - 25%

Grooming - 5%

Eye Contact - 5%

Gestures - 5%

Volume of Speech - 5%

Rate of Speech - 5%

Content of Presentation - 75%

Organization - 25%

Thoroughness - 25%

Quality - 25%

Graduate students are expected to make every effort to attend classes, and to be on time. Failure to do so reflects poorly on your commitment and professionalism. As such, three absences will be allowed in this course; further absences will result in a letter grade drop, on your final grade, for every two further absences. Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class; failure to be in class in time to sign the roll sheet will be considered an absence.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

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