PSYC.2720.206: Abnormal Psychology - Siegel

Grade Breakdown



Average of class quizzes (lowest 3 dropped)


Class group activities completed with 'S'


Term paper step 1


Term paper step 3


Term paper step 4


Final Exam


Participation Bonus



Course Requirements

Attendance and Participation

Regular class attendance is expected but is not a factor in your course grade; however, as explained below, there are quizzes and various group activities in every class, and missing too many of those will adversely effect your grade. I make no provision for excused absences unless due to conflicts with university obligations (including athletics), but I will drop the three lowest quiz grades. You are also welcome to raise questions or offer comments at any time during class, as long as they are relevant to what is being presented at the time, but thi sis not required and is not a factor in grading

When in class please observe the following rules of classroom etiquette: turn off cellphones; listen respectfully to the instructor or other students who are talking, and do not engage in side conversations; arrive on time and do not leave early; take any rubbish with you; and if you move your chair, please return it to its proper position at the end of class. You may use a laptop or tablet, but only for purposes of keeping notes or accessing the course website. Students who do not observe proper etiquette will not earn credit toward the attendance bonus for that day.

Daily Quizzing

You should keep up with all required reading in the Lyons-martin-Siegel text as show in the course calendar above. Each class will include a brief two-part multiple-choice quiz: one set of questions focused on the material to be covered that day. Thus, it is always a good idea to read the material from our text for each class ahead of time. The "post-quiz" portion that covers the previous class will count ¾ of the quiz grade, and the "pre-quiz" portion ¼.

Group Activity Assignments

Most classes will include a 15-minute group activity focused on a specific assignment related to the material from our required readings. Whenever such activity is planned, an assignment sheet will be distributed in the previous class; complete as much of it as possible ahead of time, bring it with you to class, add to or edit it as needed based on the group discussion, and submit it at the end of class. Assignments are graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory; Unsatisfactory assignments will be returned and can be revised and resubmitted. There will be approximately 18 of these, and your grade for this aspect of the course will depend on how many of them you successfully complete.

# Submitted Grade
12 100%
11 93%
10 88%
9 83%
8 78%
7 73%
6 68%
5 63%


At the end of each class I will accept questions written out on 3 X 5 inch index cards that contain your name, and, assuming they are relevant to the material we covered that day, I will read the questions at the start of our next class. Those who contribute questions that I read will gain 0.5% bonus credit for each (up to a maximum for the semester of 5%).

Make-up Policy: I will allow make-ups of missed quizzes and group activities only for students who can provide suitable documentation of a medical or family emergency, and the student missing a quiz must contact me (e-mail preferred) before the next class to request permission. The make-up will consist of 5 questions similar, but not necessarily identical, to the questions asked in class. In lieu of make-ups, however, in calculating your average for all quizzes, I will drop the lowest 3 quiz scores.

Term Paper

Each student will submit a 6-8 page (1250-2000 word) paper that examines and discusses current thinking in psychology about explanations and treatments relating to one specific area of psychopathology that you select form an approved list, with an emphasis on what current research tells us, including a summary and analysis of one published research study.

To help you do the best possible job with this requirement, I have posted a number of important "handouts" in the Course Resources section of our course website. Most important are the Step-by-Step Directions, where you will find the approved list and which will describe a series of specific steps you will follow in preparing for your paper, along with guidelines for each step; and the Grading Rubric, which will list the specific factory that I ust in my grading for each Step. You will find other important guides: to locating references, common writing errors, APA style, and how to read and understand a research article

Final Exam

In addition to the daily quizzes described above, there will be a comprehensive essay-style Final Exam covering the entire course. The date for our final is assigned by the Registrar; do not make travel plans for May until you know your Final Exam schedule. The Final will consist of three parts: Part I will include 50 of the quiz questions form all our classes; Part II will be a series of short-essay style questions drawn from the Key Concepts that appear at the end of every unit in our text; Part III will consist of one longer essay question.