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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW6124
Tracking Number - 2664

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-15
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): We are requesting that the title be changed from Theoretical perspectives on mental dysfunctioning to Psychopathology. It is a more current and approprate title in the field. This is requested for upcoming reaccreditation purposes.
Comments: to GC 4/2/12; to USF Syst 4/5/12; to GC 4/16/12; to SCNS 4/16/12; SCNS appd eff 6/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-11-07
  2. Department: Social Work
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 0-1261-000
  5. Contact Person: Lisa Rapp-Paglicci
  6. Phone: 8139741809
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SOW
  9. Number: 6124
  10. Full Title: Theoretical perspectives on mental dysfunctioning
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum):
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course provides content on a broad spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, both acute and chronic. Content related to taxonomy, etiology, and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders will be presented.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? It is required for the MSW degree
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) None
  29. Objectives: Students will learn about diagnosis within the framework of gender, race/ethnicity, disabilities, and economic oppression. Students will also develop an awareness of the ethical implications of diagnosis of mental disorders.
  30. Learning Outcomes: After the completion of this course the student will:

    1. Use differential and multiaxial diagnoses.

    Measurement: tests

    2. Evaluate, select, and implement appropriate multidimensional assessment, diagnostic, intervention, and practice evaluation tools.

    Measurement: tests

    3. Consult with medical professionals as needed, to confirm diagnosis and/or to monitor medication in the treatment process.

    Measurement: tests

    4. Use bio-psycho-social-spiritual theories and multiaxial diagnostic classification systems in formulation of comprehensive assessments.

    Measurement: film festival

  31. Major Topics: Multiaxial diagnosis

    Multidimensional assessment

    Comprehensive assessments

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: No other purchases required
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Three exams (each exam = 25 points): 75

    Film presentation and paper 15

    Classroom attendance and participation 10

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

    A. Exams

    3 exams given throughout the semester as indicated on the class calendar

    B. Film festival presentation and paper

    1. Identify the film/movie from the list provided that you chose to present and the reasons you felt it was worth a presentation – see list below.

    2. Provide a presenting problem that you’ve identified in the film and present a six-axial DSM-IV (TR) diagnosis and the symptoms for the character you will be discussing.

    3. Show your pre-selected 5-7 minute segment of the video.

    4. Discuss the accuracy of the symptoms as presented in the film according to the DSM IV-TR. How was the mental illness handled by the writer and director of the film?

    5. Do you think the movie accurately portrayed this mental illness and the social milieu?

    6. Please prepare a two-page synopsis of your presentation

    Possible movie selections:

    The Fisher King – Schizophrenia

    Benny and Joon – Schizophrenia

    A Beautiful Mind – Schizophrenia

    The Soloist – Schizophrenia

    Memento – Amnesia

    The Notebook - Dementia

    Leaving Las Vegas – Alcohol Dependence

    Sophie’s Choice – Bipolar Disorder

    Mad Love – Bipolar Disorder

    Girl Interrupted – Borderline, Dependent, and Antisocial Personality Disorders

    Monster – Antisocial

    American History X – Antisocial

    American Psycho - Antisocial

    Kids – Antisocial and Substance Abuse

    Trainspotting – Substance Abuse/Dependence

    Basketball Diaries – Substance Abuse/Dependence

    Rachel Getting Married – Substance Abuse/Dependence

    Requiem for a Dream – Substance Abuse/Dependence

    Walk the Line – Substance Abuse and Depression

    The Aviator – OCD

    As Good as it Gets –OCD

    Born on the Fourth of July –PTSD

    Fight Club – Dissociative Disorder (also Malingering)

    The Three Faces of Eve – Dissociative Disorder

    The Machinist– Dissociative Disorder

    Sybil – Dissociative Disorder

    Hide and Seek – Dissociative Disorder

    What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – Developmental Disorder

    I am Sam – Developmental Disorder

    Radio – Developmental Disorder

    Rainman – Autism

    Shine – Autism

    Martian Child – Attachment Disorder

    Antwone Fisher

    C. Classroom participation in discussions and exercises

    Three exams (each exam = 25 points): 75

    Film presentation and paper 15

    Classroom attendance and participation 10

    100 points

    Grading for classroom attendance and participation will consist of the following elements:

    • attendance

    • arriving on time

    • participating in class discussions/exercises

  36. Attendance Policy: Students are expected to be on time and prepared to participate when class begins as well as be present throughout the entire class meeting. Classroom exercises, discussions, role-plays, guest speakers and other in-class experiential exercises are essential for a student’s professional learning and continued development of self-awareness. This form of learning cannot be “made up” once missed. Accordingly, attendance is required at all class meetings. Excused absences are limited to the following instances: documented illness, deaths in the immediate family, and other documented crises, military duty, jury duty, religious holidays (consistent with University policy, 10-045), court-imposed legal obligations other than jury duty, and special requirements of other courses (must be documented by the faculty member of record). A student is considered absent if he/she arrives more than 30 minutes late to class, leaves 30 or more minutes early or does not come to class. Students are allowed to miss 1 class (if classes meet once per week) or 2 classes (if classes meet twice a week) without penalty. After that, 5% off of the total grade will be deducted for each missed class, at the faculty member’s discretion. Students are responsible for any missed material due to absences or lateness. Students must participate in online work/discussions as these are considered class attendance for those weeks when we do not meet face-to-face.

    If a student misses more that 20% of classes or 3 classes, he/she will automatically receive an “F” for the course.

    Students who experience an unforeseen circumstance such as a serious medical problem, which interferes with their attendance or course assignments, should notify the instructor immediately. Students and instructors should familiarize themselves with the USF Incomplete policy.


    Students are expected to notify their instructors at the beginning of each academic term if they intend to be absent for a class or announced examination. Students absent for religious reasons, as noticed to the instructor at the beginning of each academic term, will be given reasonable opportunities to make up any work missed. For further information, please refer to


    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY:

    Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is also unacceptable. The University of South Florida has very specific policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty or disruption of academic process.

    If you have any questions, please refer to the University’s Undergraduate Academic Dishonesty policy at


  38. Program This Course Supports: MSW
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Counseling and Rehab.

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