#08391, 830:340:08, Fall, 2010
TuF; Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:20– 11:40 am
Ph111, Busch Campus
Professor Jan Mohlman, Ph.D.
No office phone due to budget cuts!
Busch Campus, Busch Psychology Building (across from golf course)
152 Frelinghuysen Road, Room 319
Kris Mescher, email@example.com
607 Tillett Hall, Office hours: Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 pm.
The T.A. handles all grading and grade-related matters.
You are responsible for all the information contained in this syllabus, and for all changes to the syllabus
that I announce in class or post on the website.
Email and Sakai website
I will post the slides for each lecture on Sakai at least an hour ahead of time, and you should print them out and
bring to class with you.
Please check the Sakai site at least every other day for updates.
announcements, study guides etc. will also be posted on Sakai. Please check the Sakai site first before emailing
me if you need any class documents. I will do my best to respond to emails on the same day I receive them, but I
can’t promise that I will always be able to do this.
Barlow, D. & Durand, M. (2004)
Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach
recommend buying a used copy from NJ Books – this book might not be available at the Rutgers Bookstore.
do not need the CD that comes with the book.
You do not need to bring your book to class. You do not need to
purchase any separate study guides. Don’t pay any attention to signs in the bookstore telling you that you need the
study guide – no additional books are needed for this class.
There are four noncumulative exams in this class on the following dates:
Friday, September 24;
Tuesday, October 19; Tuesday, November 16; and Friday, December 10.
These are regular exams given
during the regular class time; there are no cumulative midterms or final exams in this class. No grades will be
dropped - your grade in the class is based on these four exams, which are worth 50 points each. There is one extra
credit point on each exam, for a total of 4 extra credit points. Do not ask me for additional extra credit.
Course Overview and Objectives
This course provides an introduction to the field of abnormal psychology. First, we will discuss definitions of
abnormal psychology and the diagnosis and assessment of emotional disorders. The most commonly occurring
disorders will be covered with an emphasis on phenomenology (the experience of the individual experiencing the
disorder), etiology (the possible causes of the disorder), and contemporary approaches to treatment. Special
attention will be paid to controversial topics and current trends in the study of abnormal psychology, such as the
importance of research in developing effective treatments.