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CHFD411 - Child Psychopathology

Course Details

Course Code: CHFD411 Course ID: 4366 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on psychopathology in childhood from biological, cognitive, social and emotional perspectives and the assessment and diagnostic tools and treatment approaches used with major childhood disorders. Environmental factors contributing to the development of child psychopathology, including family dysfunction, interpersonal violence and trauma and assessment of risk for child abuse and neglect, drug use and suicide will be examined. This course replaces CHFD410. (Prerequisite: CHFD307)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

By the end of this course, the successful learner will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the diagnostic criteria for the major disorders of childhood and adolescence.
  2. Understand the factors which contribute to the etiology of the major disorders of childhood and adolescence.
  3. Differentiate between family, social, cultural and biological factors that impact the evolution of the major disorders of childhood and adolescence.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment options and techniques for the major disorders of childhood and adolescence.

Readings and Written Requirements– Throughout the course, you will have assignments that require reading and synthesis of and response to course content. Collaboration on coursework, unless so assigned by your instructor, is not allowed. All written assignments must be submitted in MSWord (.doc, not .wps or .wpd). They must be your original work (in your own words with no copying from the text or Internet sources, and proper credit for any paraphrases or quotes of published authors’ work, the latter of which should be used very sparingly). For major and minor paper assignments, source citations must be included both in the paper body and in a “References” sheet attached to the end of the paper). Failure to comply with these requirements will result in an assignment score of zero, or course failure for repeat offenses. For additional rules and guidance, see the “Policies” section at the end of this syllabus. All assignments should submitted error free and in accordance with the APUS writing standards found in the Student Handbook in the e-classroom. You should proofread each assignment carefully before submitting it. Points will be deducted for each spelling or grammar error.


Forums: You will participate in weekly forum discussion during the course. Instructions for these interactive discussions with classmates are posted under “Forum” on the left side of the main classroom screen, under each week’s assigned forum. Forums are a REQUIREMENT of this course and are not optional. Forums must be completed in the week that they are due. Early and late posts to the forums will not be eligible for grading.

RESEARCH ARTICLE SUMMARY– Specific directions can be found in the Assignment section of the classroom. In this assignment you will review a single scholarly research article. DO NOT copy anything directly from the article—for this, and all other assignments, paraphrase (summarize what you read in your own words) with only a few quotes (it’s best not to have any at all for the research summary paper!), and give proper credit.

Your sources for this assignment must be scholarly in nature. Visit the Library, Tutorial and Student Services area for more information on scholarly or peer reviewed sources. Generally, peer reviewed articles are not available on the open web but need to be researched through the Library databases. The article that you select must describe research. Be sure to review the grading rubric to better understand all of the elements that must be included in your summary.

CASE STUDY: Specific directions for this assignment can be found in the Assignment section of the classroom. In this assignment, you will review a specific case study and then reflect on the questions posed about the case study.

RESEARCH PAPER: One research paper, of 8 to 10 content pages, double-spaced, is due for this course. Your paper must also include a cover page, abstract and reference page. Please use APA format for this paper.

NOTE: The process for this assignment is two deadlines, which are noted in the course outline. Make sure that if you have questions or comments concerning the specifications for this assignment that you contact your instructor immediately. The assignment should include a title page, abstract, body of paper, and a reference page formatted in APA style. Any reference sources considered for the paper over five years old should be approved by the instructor. Please use scholarly sources and not “popular media” for this assignment.

The technical aspect of writing a research paper is equally as important as the content. If you are unsure of how to write a research paper, there are many good websites available on the internet on how to write a technically correct paper. Your paper MUST include indirect citations and may include some (not many) direct quotations.

TURNITIN is a plagiarism prevention program that is used by APUS. Your paper will be automatically submitted to Turnitin once you upload your assignment into the Assignment section of the classroom. There is nothing additional that you need to do. The Originality report will show you just how original your paper is. With the exception of direct quotes (which should be used sparingly if at all), your paper must be paraphrased in your own words (you still need to include in- text citations for indirect material). An originality report of 10-20 % is acceptable depending on the report results. (If all results are 1 or 2 % than the higher, 20% is acceptable). Points will be deducted for papers that are not original and score between 21-29%. Papers with a percentage of 30% or higher will be graded with a 0 with no opportunity for resubmission.

It is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the Plagiarism policy of the University. There are some excellent resources found in the Library that can help you understand Turnitin and how to best write an original paper.

Midterm and Final Exams: Students will complete a midterm and final exam, during Week 4 and Week 8, respectively, of the course. Instructions for these exams will be located in the Tests and Quizzes section of the classroom.

QUIZZES: Students will complete one quiz each week for a total of 6 quizzes based on the required textbook readings for the week. No quizzes will be scheduled during the Midterm and Final Exam weeks. Quizzes can be found in the Test and Quizzes section of the classroom. Please plan accordingly. Quizzes must be completed during the week that they are due . Missed quizzes will not be made available for make-up.

NameGrade %
Forums 18.00 %
Week 1 2.57 %
Week 2 2.57 %
Week 3 2.57 %
Week 5 2.57 %
Week 6 2.57 %
Week 7 2.57 %
Week 8 2.57 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Research Article Summary 1 10.00 %
Case Study 10.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Reseach Paper 20.00 %
Exams 30.00 %
Final Exam Wicks 15.00 %
MIDTERM - Wicks 15.00 %
Quizzes 12.00 %
Quiz 6 Wicks 2.00 %
Quiz 5 Wicks 2.00 %
Quiz 4 Wicks 2.00 %
Quiz 3 Wicks 2.00 %
Quiz 2 Wicks 2.00 %
Quiz 1 Wicks 2.00 %

NOTE: Links to the readings from the text for each week can be found within the classroom

Book Title:Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology, 8th Ed-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis
Author:Rita Wicks-Nelson, Allen C. Israel
Unit Cost:$161.65
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.