PSYCH 3B03, Special Populations, Term 2, Winter 2013
Instructor: Professor Geoffrey Hall, Ph.D., Email: [email protected]
Office: Room 307, Psychology Building
Hours: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Mondays & by appointment
Phone: (905) 525-9140, extension 23023
TAs: Jenna Traynor ([email protected]
Kathy Ghajar ([email protected]
Overview: The course is intended to provide an overview of theory and research in areas of atypical physical, behavioural,
and emotional development in children, including topics related to developmental disability, perceptual or cognitive
handicap, and behavioural and socio -emotional disorders. The course will include lecture materials drawn from the
required text, videos, and various laboratory studies presented in class. A cop y of the required text is on reserve in the
Mills Library. This class will meet on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm and Tuesday afternoons
from 1:30 to 2:20 pm in room MDCL 1102. Please note that the instructor cannot return long distance telephone calls.
Accordingly, please use email or visit during available office hours.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 3GG3 or 3N03 (and 6 additional units from other courses – see Calendar)
Required Text: Wicks-Nelson, R. & Israel, A.C. (20 13). Abnormal child and adolescent psychology. ( 8 ed.) New Jersey:
Digital rental: ISBN: 0205036066, 9780205036066, 0205036430, 9780205036431
Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on two in -class examinations and a cumulative final examinatio n. The format of the
exams will be multiple choice and short answer /fill in the blank.
At the discretion of the course instructor, r equests for post-exam changes to scores on particular test items may result in a full
remarking of the exam. The in-class examinations will be administered during regular class times as noted on the reverse page.
The final examination will be CUMULATIVE, and the date will be set and announced by the registrar.
Exam 1 = 25%
Exam 2 = 25%
Final Exam = 50%
100-90 = A+ 79-77 = B+ 69-67 = C+ 59-57 = D+ 49-0 = F
89-85 = A 76-73 = B 66-63 = C 56-53 = D
84-80 = A- 72-70 = B- 62-60 = C- 52-50 = D-
Policy Regarding Changes to Cours e: The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during
the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type o f
modification becomes necessary, reaso nable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the
opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites