Psychology (PSYC) 435

Abnormal Psychology (Revision 7)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study Optional video component*.
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Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: PSYC 289, PSYC 290, and PSYC 356 are strongly recommended.

Precluded Course: PSYC 335. (PSYC 435 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for PSYC 335.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 435 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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PSYC 435 examines human behaviours and mental phenomena that diverge widely from the normal.


  • Unit 1: Abnormal Psychology: An Overview
  • Unit 2: Historical and Contemporary Views of Abnormal Behaviour
  • Unit 3: Causal Factors and Viewpoints
  • Unit 4: Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Unit 5: Stress and Physical and Mental Health
  • Unit 6: Panic, Anxiety, and Their Disorders
  • Unit 7: Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Unit 8: Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
  • Unit 9: Eating Disorders and Obesity
  • Unit 10: Personality Disorders
  • Unit 11: Substance-Related Disorders
  • Unit 12: Sexual Variants, Abuse, and Dysfunctions
  • Unit 13: Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Unit 14: Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Unit 15:Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Unit 16:Therapy
  • Unit 17: Contemporary and Legal Issues in Abnormal Psychology


To receive credit for PSYC 435, you must complete all course assignments and achieve a composite course grade of at least D (50 percent), and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Five Quizzes 25%
Term Paper 35%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Text: Butcher, J. N., Mineka, S., & Hooley J. M. (2015). Abnormal psychology (15th ed.). Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.

Case Studies: Meyer, R.G., Chapman, L.K, Weaver, C.M. (2013). Cases studies in abnormal behavior (9th ed.). Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.

Other Materials

Other course materials include a student manual, course manual, workbook, and an online study guide.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 435 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 7, June 20, 2013.

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