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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Arnold, Connie L.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CoursePS 101 Introduction to Psychology
SemesterF2J2004
FacultyArnold, Connie L.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesBSSP: Bachelor of Science Social Psychology
MSW: Masters of Social Work, Clinical
Office LocationMetro Park
Office HoursMondays 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Daytime Phone816-508-3638
Other Phone816-331-4977
E-Mailconnie.arnold@park.edu
ca3638@cornerstonesofcare.org
Semester DatesFall II: October 25, 2004 to December 19, 2004
Class Days-M-----
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Forty Studies That Changed Psychology, by Roger R. Hock, 5th ed.(Pearson Education Inc., 2005) - required

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
PBS Video Series: The Secret Life of The Brain will be viewed in the classroom and supplied by the instructor.  Instructor will supply other handouts and resources relevant to the class.

Course Description:
A survey of the assumptions, history, methods, and techniques of psychology.  A presentation of representative theory and research in the areas of consciousness, learning, motivation, cognition, personality, and social behavior.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator educational philosophy is one that weights heavily on interactiveness.  The basis for this theory will include lecture, videos, active classroom discussion, student presentations, and papers to demonstrate deductive reasoning and critical thinking. Test content will be essay or short answer to display cognitive understanding of material presented.

Learning Outcomes:
- Participants will have a general understanding of basic psychological concepts.
- Participants will understand the events and studies that led to the history and growth of the science of psychology.
- Participants will appreciate the contradictions of psychology and use deductive reasoning to evaluate their theoretical beliefs.
- Participants will demonstrate the ability to research and write a five page paper using APA format.
- Participants will have a general knowledge of the methods of research in psychology.
- Participants will gain greater knowledge in learning skills.

Course Assessment:
A variety of assessment tools will be utilized in this course of study.  Students will be assessed on the following:
Reading the text and actively participate in classroom discussions of the material.
Viewing video tapes and participate in discussions.
Presentations and discussions of presentations in class.
Writing a college level five page paper in APA format.
One final examination.

Grading:
Attendance 10% of grade 10%----------------------   50 pts
Classroom participation 25%----------------------  125 pts
Short presentation 15%---------------------------   75 pts
Presentation and paper 25%-----------------------  125 pts
Final examination 25%----------------------------  125 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom assignments are to be submitted on due dates or before.  Points will be deducted from grade for each class period an assignment is late.  Course material will not be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend class and be prompt.  A portion of your grade is based on classroom participation.  If you are not here you cannot participate and if you are late you disrupt the class when you enter.  Either case may result in a reduction of points.
2. If you are absent you must make up the assigned work for that week and submit it by the beginning of the next class. You will write a one to two page essay on the chapter that you missed discussing.  Points will be deducted for each class date the work is not submitted.
4. You are responsible for getting your work submitted.
3. You are expected to attend each class with the materials needed for that class.
4. Sleeping will not be tolerated in the classroom.  If you are not awake you are not cognitively present to learn and will be counted as an unexcused absence. It is your responsibility to stay awake.
5. Cell phones will not be on during class time.  They may be used during breaks and when class is not in session.
6. Excessive talking between students distracts from other's learning process and the teaching process and will be redirected if needed.
7. Students will return from breaks on time or may be counted tardy.
8. Classroom discussions will be kept socially acceptable with proper language.  If a student disagrees with another student or the instructor they may voice their opinion in an appropriate manner.  Rude and demeaning remarks will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.

Week One (October 23, 2004) Introductions, Chapters One and Two
· Introduction of instructor and students
· Introduction of course text and author
· Introduction of syllabi and expectations
Chapter One:  Biology and Human Behavior
· Gazzaniga - left brain/right brain
· Rosenweig and Diamond - brain development
· Bouchard, Lykken, McGue, Segal, and Tellegen – The Minnesota twins study
· Gibson and Walk - the visual cliff
Chapter Two: Perception and Consciousness
· Turnbull – perception
· Aserinsky and Kleitman – sleeping and dreaming
· Hobson and McCarley – dreaming
· Spanos - hypnosis
Next week assignment:  Read Chapters Three and Four.

Week Two (November 1, 2004) Chapters Three and Four, Video
Chapter three: Learning and Conditioning
· Pavlov's dogs and classical conditioning
· Watson and Rayner - emotional responses
· B.F. Skinner - pigeon's and superstition
· Bandura & Ross – modeling aggression
Chapter four: Intelligence, Cognition and Memory
· Rosenthal & Jacobson – expectations
· Gardner – multiple intelligences
· Tolman – cognitive mapping
· Loftus – memory
Video, PBS Series: The Secret Life of the Brain
· “The Baby's Brain: Wider Than the Sky”
Next week assignment: Short presentations due, read chapter five.

Week Three (November 8, 2004) Presentations, Chapter Five, Video
Short Presentations (10 minutes)
Chapter five: Human Development
· Harlow – monkey love
· Piaget - object permanence and developmental stages
· Kohlberg - moral development
Video, PBS Series: The Secret Life of the Brain
· “The Child's Brain: Syllable From Sound”
Next week assignment:  Read Chapters six and seven.

Week Four (November 15, 2004) Chapters Six, Video
Chapter Six: Emotion and Motivation
· Masters and Johnson – sexuality
· Ekman and Friesen – reading emotions in the face
· Festinger and Carlsmith – cognitive dissonance
Discuss paper and second presentation.
Video, PBS Series: The Secret Life of the Brain
· “The Teenage Brain: A World of their Own”
Next week assignment: read chapter seven.

Week Five (November 22, 2004) Chapter Seven, Video
Chapter Seven: Personality
· Rotter – internal/external locus of control
· Bem – psychological androgyny
· Friedman and Rosenman – type A or type B personality and health
· Triandis, Bontempo, Villareal, Asai, and Lucca – groups and cultures
Video, PBS Series: The Secret Life of the Brain
· “The Adult Brain: To Think By Feeling”
Next week assignment: Presentations (15 min) and papers due. Read chapter eight.

Week Six (November 29, 2004) Presentations (15 min), Chapter Eight
Presentations
Chapter Eight: Psychopathology
· Rosenhan – labeling
· Freud – defense mechanisms
· Seligman and Maier – depression
Next week assignment: Read chapter nine.

Week Seven (December 6, 2004) Chapter Nine, Video
Chapter Nine: Psychotherapy
· Smith and Glass – therapy methods
· Wolpe – desensitization
· Rorschach – ink blots
· Murray – personalities
Video, PBS Series: The Secret Life of the Brain
· “The Aging Brain: Through Many Lives”
Review for Final Exam – Study Guide
Next week assignment: Read chapter ten.

Week Eight (December 13, 2004) Chapter 10, Final Exam
Chapter 10: Social Psychology
· LaPiere – attitude and behavior
· Asch – conformity
· Darley and Latane – the bystander effect
· Milgram – obedience at any cost
Final Exam: Short Answer and Essay

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Students will not be allowed to use cell phones during test times and all materials must be removed from the tops of desks. Students will not talk during tests and will not share answers.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
All students are expected to do their own work and citations will be used to acknowledge the source.  Plagiarizing another's paper will result in a failing grade for the assignment and may result in a failing grade for the course

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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