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Course Details

Course Code: PSYC406 Course ID: 3609 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course surveys syndromes of psychopathology, by reviewing etiology, symptomatology, and treatment. Psychological, neurobiological, and genetic approaches to understanding mental disorders are considered. Topics also include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, personality disorders, memory disorders, and childhood disorders. (Prerequisite: PSYC101)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students who complete this course will:

  1. Examine the similarities and differences among the mainstream models and theories of psychopathology.
  2. Understand etiology of major psychological disorders
  3. Identify critical characteristics of abnormal behavior and psychology.
  4. Summarize distinctions between personality, belief systems, values, and attitudes regarding mental illness.
  5. Evaluate the effects of psychopathology on individuals, families, and social systems.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of diagnostic processes and criteria established to categorize psychopathology.
  7. Investigate major treatment models for psychological disorders
  8. Discuss issues related to psychopathology in public health.



Graded class discussions, which require participation in interactive dialogs with classmates about course-relevant topics, are accessed via the Forums link on the classroom navigationmenu. Participation across six weekly forums is required. Full instructions are posted on the Forum screen.

Midterm and Final Exams

The midterm and final essay exams, accessed via the Tests & Quizzes link on the classroom navigation menu, are untimed and open book. Each essay exam can be accessed multiple times but submitted only once. The midterm exam covers assigned content from weeks 1 - 4. The final exam covers assigned content from weeks 5 - 8. Essay questions in the exams contain word and length requirements (minimum 300 words for each question). Your score will be reduced if these requirements are not met.


There are three paper writing assignments required for the course.

Current Events Paper Assignments. Two current events assignments will be required, due at the end of Weeks 2 and 5. For this assignment, students will select a current event that relates to the topic of psychopathology, selecting one concept from the course readings and apply it to the current event selected. Additional details are provided under the Assignments section of the course.

Diagnostic Paper Assignment. Due at the end of Week 7. This paper will require the student to select a current psychological disorder described in the course textbook, describe this disorder in detail, discussing both psychological and pharmacological treatment options, and select a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article from the APUS Library that relates to the selected psychological disorder as a point of reference and discussion. Additional details are provided under the Assignments section of the course.

NameGrade %
Forums 35.00 %
Forum Week 1 5.83 %
Forum Week 2 5.83 %
Forum Week 3 5.83 %
Forum Week 5 5.83 %
Forum Week 6 5.83 %
Forum Week 7 5.83 %
Assignments 35.00 %
Current Event Paper 1 7.00 %
Current Event Paper 2 7.00 %
Diagnostic Paper 21.00 %
Exams 30.00 %
Final Exam 15.00 %
Midterm Exam 15.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
RealizeIT 0.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.