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PSYC 323 Abnormal Psychology

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Requires Presentations

    A Few Big Assignments

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    Aug 15, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Easy class, relaxed teacher. She can be helpful at times but can also be scatter-brained on occasion. Not a whole lot of useful information unfortunately, lots of personal conversations.

    Course highlights:

    Had the chance to get some advice from someone who has actually had experience with counseling and working with patients. She had a lot of first hand knowledge of the field.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are looking for an easy course, pick this one. If you are looking for a course that teaches you a lot and gives you information that will help you in the future, don't.

    • Spring 2017
    • Grisworld
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Group Projects Participation Counts
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    Jan 07, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The class was interesting but there were way too many assignments.

    Course highlights:

    I learned the basics about pretty much all of the psychological disorders

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    If at all possible, do not take it with Martinez.

    • Fall 2016
    • Tomas Martinez
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Requires Presentations Final Paper
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    Jun 09, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is a course that will give students a deeper meaning as to what it means to distinguish normal from abnormal behavior. There is so much information to learn and skills to apply. Nothing is misleading about the course and it is truly straightforward​ material. One of the best professors I have had throughout my time at Pepperdine teaches this course, giving his own personal experiences and insight as to how to be most effective in what you learn and apply.

    Course highlights:

    The presentations are by far the most important part of the class. There are several ones throughout the course based on an expanding research study on a specific disorder from the current DSM edition. It builds your presentation and research skills so that as a scholar, students are prepared for potential graduate work. From this, I learned that as a person I needed to build my confidence in public speaking, but also found how passionate I was in researching the biological aspects to mental disorders. This was also another very important aspect to the course because having understood the biological foundation to most of the disorders in the DSM gave me a greater perspective to fully understand and grasp the concept of what it might be like to suffer from a disorder.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Always read the book! I cannot stress this enough, but you will Not pass if you do not read the book. Be present and engage in the course. The powerpoints are straight from the book assigned for all the readings. The exams are also pulled from the book verbatim. The questions are applied to practical situations so please understand differences in symptoms, treatment and the various perspectives to understanding different disorders. Lastly, respect the professor and visit him during his office hours. He has great advice and carries himself with integrity. He relates the information to his life and the students as well as giving personal experiences​ and how he was able to overcome them.

    • Summer 2016
    • Tomas Martinez
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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