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PSYC 316 Abnormal Psychology

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    A Few Big Assignments

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    Mar 13, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I felt like the professor kind of breezed through as much of the book as he could, without really elaborating on any of the disorders we learned about. Compared to the psychopathology course that I'm taking now, PSYC 316 at NIU didn't feel nearly as rigorous.

    Course highlights:

    The professor I had did actually work with a lot of mentally afflicted children, so the hands on experience he did share with us was very helpful.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Really dissect the differences between the most similar diagnoses. It can be easy to mix up things like bipolar I and bipolar II because they are relatively similar, but the small differences are the most important ones.

    • Fall 2015
    • David Bridgett
    • Yes
    • A Few Big Assignments Requires Lots of Research
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    May 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    There is an abundance of information on abnormal psychology that you won't hear everyday. It helps you understand personality disorders and other serious psychological disorders better in depth than what you probably see on the surface.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that even abnormal disorders such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia can have unrealistic stereotypes that are fairly common. These disorders aren't understood very well by people. Psychological disorders also don't only apply to the young, they apply to the old too. This class enlightened me on how these disorders aren't as scary if you know more about them rather than goinf off of what you hear about them.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not just do the learning curve or the online quizzes. Fill out the study guide in depth and look over it thoroughly before the test. Filling out the study guide made a difference between a low C and a high A or B for me. You will be more prepared if you take the time to do the study guide. The material is difficult and the fill in the blank can leave you stumped, so make sure you cover the material well before every test or you won't do as well. Use your book, the PowerPoint's have a lot of information but the book is also helpful to pick up extra details you may need to know. Go to every class, because reading the PowerPoint's on your own is one thing but it is different in class when the teacher can explain things better or has background stories, and in class allows for questions or discussions that only makes the material easier to understand.

    • Spring 2016
    • Simon,J
    • Always Do the Reading
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    May 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is an incredible look into the human brain and its dysfunctions and disorders. It is a great start for any profession where you may have to work with others.

    Course highlights:

    It is a great way to begin to understand mental disorders and the people inflated with them. It will help erase stigmas and prejudice someone may have toward mental disorders.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely go to every class. The teachers appreciate attendance and also study throughout the semester. Do not wait to cram before an exam.

    • Spring 2016
    • Jenscius
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments

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