Saturday, 3 December, 2016

Revised Pattern of question paper for class test of 20 marks for Psychology courses at S.Y.B.A. (Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, Stress Management and Psychology of Adjustment) to be implemented from 2015-16

The class test will be on any 1 unit taught in that Semester. The Pattern can be any one of the following types.
1)      Write short notes. (Any 4 out of 6, each having 5 marks)
2)      Explain the terms in brief. (Any 10 out of 14, each having 2 marks)
3)      Fill in the blanks (Any 20 out of 24, each having 1 mark)
4)      Multiple choice question with 4 options (Any 20 out of 24, each having 1 mark)
5)      Two questions of 10 marks each; any possible combination of questions of any 2 of the above 4 types – e.g.
o   2 Short Notes out of 4 and 10 out of 14 Fill in the blanks
o   5 out of 10 terms in brief and 2 out of 4 short notes or
o   10 out of 14 Fill in the blanks and 10 out of 14 Multiple choice question with 4 options, and so on.

Note – If technical facilities are available in the college, for option 4 ) Multiple choice question with 4 options), modern methods like Moodle, clickers and OMR sheets can be used.

Revised Pattern of question paper for class test of 20 marks for Psychology courses at F.Y.B.A.
The Pattern for Semester 1 at F.Y.B.A. will be same as that for S.Y.B.A. given above. If the class test in Semester 2 is on Unit 4 (Statistics), the pattern will be –
A) 05 marks - Write 1 short note out of 2; or Fill in the blanks or Multiple choice question with 4 options (Any 5 out of 8 each having 1 mark)

B) 15 marks Calculate Mean, Median, Mode, Range and SD of given raw scores and the Z score of one specified score out of the given raw scores. (Mean 3 marks; Median 2; Mode 1; Range 1, SD 6 marks; and Z score 2 marks); The number of scores can be between 9 and 12. Scores should be 2-digit. Use of calculators is allowed. Each step in the calculations should be written, as marks will be assigned for each step, and not just for the final answer.

If the class test in Semester 2 is not on Statistics, but is on Units 1, 2, or 3, the pattern will be same as that for S.Y.B.A. given above.

Friday, 2 December, 2016

Credit Based Semester and Grading System
T.Y.B.A. Psychology Syllabi to be implemented from 2015-2016
Abnormal Psychology: Part I and Part II (Paper V in old scheme)  

Course Title
Abnormal Psychology: Part I
100 (75 + 25)
Abnormal Psychology: Part II
100 (75 + 25)

1)      To impart knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts in Abnormal Psychology and the theories about Abnormality
2)      To impart knowledge and understanding of the different Psychological Disorders – their symptoms, diagnosis, causes and treatment
3)      To create awareness about Mental Health problems in society
4)      To create a foundation for higher education and a professional career in Clinical Psychology

Semester 5. Abnormal Psychology: Part I (Credits = 4) 4 lectures per week


Unit 1: Understanding Abnormal behavior, Diagnosis, Treatment and Assessment

a)      What is Abnormal Behaviour? The social impact of psychological disorders; defining abnormality; biological, psychological, sociocultural causes of abnormal behaviour, the biopsychosocial perspective; prominent themes in abnormal psychology throughout history – spiritual, humanitarian and scientific approaches; what’s new in the DSM-5 – definition of a mental disorder
b)      Psychological disorder : experiences of client and clinician; the diagnostic process, DSM-5,additional information, culture-bound syndromes
c          c)    Characteristics of psychological assessment; clinical interview and Mental Status Examination; 
                 behavioural, multicultural, neuropsychological assessment; neuroimaging

Unit 2: Theoretical Perspectives
a)      Theoretical perspectives in Abnormal Psychology; Biological perspective, Trait theory, Psychodynamic, Behavioral perspectives
b)      Cognitive, Humanistic, Sociocultural perspectives; Biopsychosocial perspectives on theories and treatments: an integrative approach

Unit 3: Anxiety, Obsessive-compulsive, and Trauma- and Stressor-related Disorders
a)      Anxiety disorders
b)      Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
c)      Trauma- and Stressor-related Disorders; the biopsychosocial perspective

Unit 4: Dissociative and Somatic Symptom Disorders 

a)      Dissociative disorders – major forms, theories and treatment
b)      Somatic symptom and related disorders - somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety  and conversion disorders, conditions related to Somatic Symptom Disorders, theories and treatment
c)      Psychological factors affecting medical condition; Dissociative and Somatic Symptom Disorders: the biopsychosocial perspective

Semester 6. Abnormal Psychology: Part II (Credits = 4) 4 lectures per week

Unit 1: Schizophrenia Spectrum and other Psychotic Disorders 

a)      Schizophrenia, brief psychotic disorder, Schizophreniform Schizoaffective, delusional disorders
b)      Theories and treatment of schizophrenia; Biological, Psychological, Sociocultural perspectives; Schizophrenia: the biopsychosocial perspective

Unit 2: Depressive and Bipolar Disorders

a)      Depressive disorders; disorders involving alterations in mood
b)      Theories and treatment of depressive and bipolar disorders; psychological and sociocultural perspectives
c)      Suicide; depressive and bipolar disorders: the biopsychosocial perspective

Unit 3: Paraphilic Disorders, Sexual Dysfunctions, and Gender Dysphoria

a)      What patterns of sexual behavior represent psychological disorders? Paraphilic Disorders; Theories and treatment
b)      Sexual Dysfunctions; Theories and treatment
c)      Gender Dysphoria; Theories and treatment; The biopsychosocial perspective

Unit 4. Personality Disorders

a)      The nature of personality disorders
b)      Cluster A and Cluster B personality disorders
c)      Cluster C personality disorders; the biopsychosocial perspective

Note – As an Orientation to this course, the following sub-topics should be taught in brief; (questions will not be set on these sub-topics in the class test or semester-end examination) -
  1. Research methods in Abnormal Psychology
  2. Steps in the diagnostic process
  3. Planning the treatment; Course and outcome of treatment

Book for study
Whitbourne, S. K., & Halgin, R. P. (2014). Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders. (7th ed.). McGraw-Hill (Indian reprint 2015)

Books for Reference

  1. Barlow, D.H., & Durand, V.M. (2005). Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach. (4th ed.). New Delhi: Wadsworth Cengage Learning
  2. Beidel, D. C., Bulik, C. M., & Stanley, M.A. (2010). Abnormal Psychology. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall
  3. Bennet, P. (2003). Abnormal and Clinical Psychology: An Introductory Textbook. Open University Press
  4. Butcher, J. N., Hooley, J. M., & Mineka, S., (2014). Abnormal Psychology. (16th ed.). Pearson education
  5. Dhanda, Amita. (2000). Legal Order and Mental Disorder. New Delhi, Sage publications pvt ltd
  6. Hecker, J.E., & Thorpe, G.L. (2005). Introduction to clinical Psychology: Science, practice, and ethics. New Delhi, Pearson education, Indian reprint 2007
  7. Kring, A.M., Johnson, S. L., Davison, G.C., & Neale, J.M. (2013). Abnormal Psychology. (12th ed.). International student version, John Wiley & Sons, Singapore
  8. Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2014). Abnormal Psychology. (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
  9. Oltmanns, T. F., & Emery, R. E. (2010). Abnormal Psychology. 6th ed., New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall
  10.  Ray, W.J. (2013). Abnormal Psychology: neuroscience perspectives on human behaviour and experience. Sage Publications, USA