PSYC 300A (3 cr): Behaviour Disorders

Course Description and Prerequisites

The definition, history, and scope of deviant behaviour; emphasis on the psychological factors that control its origins, maintenance, and modification.

Prerequisite: Either (a) PSYC 100, or (b) all of PSYC 101, PSYC 102, or (c) 6 credits of 200-level Psychology (but not 205 or 263).

Course Objectives

This course provides an overview of psychopathology. It will examine the main classifications of mental disorders from an evidence-based and biopsychosocial perspective. Coverage will span a range of topics including signs and symptoms of psychopathology, methods of assessment and diagnosis, etiological theories, psychotherapy and psychotropic medications.

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify how mental disorders are classified and describe the different categories of mental disorders.
  • Describe and compare the different paradigms and theories guiding the study of abnormal psychology.
  • Explain guiding concepts in the assessment and treatment of mental disorders.

Course Content

There are four units in this course that you will need to work through. Each unit has corresponding readings on the course website and in your textbook.

  • Unit 1: Overview of Abnormal Psychology
  • Unit 2: Assessment and Treatments for Mental Disorders
  • Unit 3: Exploring Select Mental Disorders In-Depth – Part 1
  • Unit 4: Exploring Select Mental Disorders In-Depth – Part 2

Course Format

PSYC 300A is an online course that is delivered via Connect.

Each unit in the course follows a similar structure:

  1. Completion of readings in the text and online. The material online will prompt you to read certain chapters at certain points.
  2. Following the end of each unit, there will be time for review plus a scheduled online discussion.


Written Assignment – topic and format TBA at start of course


Online Discussions – participation in all four scheduled discussions


Invigilated Final Exam – mix of fill in the blank, short answer and short essay



Butcher, James N., Jill M. Hooley & Susan M. Mineka, Abnormal Psychology Plus NEW MyPsychLab with eText- Access Card Package, 16/E, Pearson Publishing, 2013.

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