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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Bevars, Barry J.


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 ML
SemesterF2Z2005
FacultyBevars, Barry J.
TitleSenior Instructor, Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMasters of Science - Counseling and Human Relations
Bachelor of Science - Psychology
Office LocationMalmstrom AFB Education Center
Office Hours4-5 Tuesday and Thursday
Daytime Phone761-6406
Other Phone761-7540
E-MailBarry.Bevars@park.edu
bknbear@bresnan.net
Semester DatesOctober 17 - December 18
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Carole Wade, Carol Tavris, PSYCHOLOGY, 8th edition, 2005

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Internet, Park University library, Base library, Great Falls community library, Family Support Center (MAFB), Clinic (MAFB), Golden Triangle Mental Health Services (Great Falls Montana)


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 instructor educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods of learning with focus on application. Methods include lectures, readings, class discussion, writing and the use of reference systems. Each student will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize presented information.

Learning Outcomes:

- Understand the meaning of Psychology
- Distinguish psychology from pseudoscience and psychobable
- Interpret the early history and development of Psychology
- Appreciate research methods important to psychologists
- Discuss the limitations of experimental research
- Distinguish betwenn various forms of sleep
- Discuss how seasons affect minds
- Describe the relationship betwen attitudes and behavior
- Explain the "g" factor intelligence
- Discuss the reconstructive nature of memory
- Describe the process and limitations of short term memory
- Define and discuss the two-factor theory of emotion
- Identify the Big Five Personality traits
- Evaluate Piaget's theory of Cognitive Development
- Contrast between gender typing and gender identity
- Identify the three perspectives of mental disorders
- Interpret the major symptoms of schizophrenia
- Evaluate the major methods of coping with stress
- Justify treating psychological disorders with drugs

Course Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their performance in the following manner:
- Mid-term examination
- A Psychological research paper (4-6 pages)
- Personality Assesment
- Presentation of Psychological research paper (8-10 min)
- Final examination

Grading:
- Mid-term examination - 40 points
- Research paper - 10 ponts
- Personality asessment - 10 points
- Oral presentation of research paper - 10 points
- Final examination - 40 points
- The following points earned will be used to assign course letter grades:
- A-95-110, B-79-94, C-63-78, D-47-62, F-BELOW 47

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Psychological research paper is due Dec the 1st. Anything received after Dec the 1st a point a day will be deducted (includes weekend) until the paper is received by the instructor. (Turning research paper in early is encouraged) The psychological research paper will consist of 4-6 pages, double spaced;(this does not include title page and reference page). Three references are required. Personality assessment assignment is due 29 November. If not received on the 29th 0 points will be obtained for this assignment. Specific instructions on what will be required for this assignment wil be provided in class the 22nd of November, not before. If you have an excused absent for missing the class on the 22nd you can make up the points by accomplishing a 2nd research paper (this one does not have to be presented). Same requirements as the 1st research paper.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will be required to attend class prepared with the reading assignments and homework completed prior to class. Students will be expected to respect their classmates openess in discussions and willingness to explore themeselves in this journey of understnding psychology.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
CLASS   DATE                   TOPIC
01      10-18  NO CLASS. Instructor out of town. Date of Make-up class to be determined. Select topic for research paper.
02      10-20  NO CLASS. Instructor out of town. Date of make-up class to be determined. Read and be ready to discuss Chapter 1.
03      10-25  Overview of course expectations/Chapter 1
04      10-27  Chapter 2/Discussion  
05      11-01  Chapter 5/Discussion
06      11-03  Chapters 8 and 9/Discussion
07      11-08  Chapter 10/Discussion
08      11-10  Chapter 11/Discussion  Mi-term exam review
09      11-15  Midterm exam over Chapters 1,2,5,8,9,10,11
10      11-17  Chapter 12/Discussion
11      11-22  Chapter 13/Discussion Personality assign
12      11-24  NO CLASS HAPPY HOLIDAY
13      11-29  Chapter 14/Discussion Personality assign due
14      12-01  Chapter 15/Discussion Research paper due
15      12-06  Chapter 16/Discussion Final exam review
16      12-08  Student(s) Presentation of research topic
17      12-13  Student(s) Presentation of research topic
18      12-15  Final exam over Chapters 12,13,14,15,16
     

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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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