PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F1V 2008 GO


Washington, Spencer A.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. in Psychology, Angelo State University
M.S. in General Psychology, Angelo State University

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Semester Dates

August 18, 2008 through October 12, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

7:25 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Myers, David G.  Psychology.  8th ed.  New York: Worth Publishers, 2007.

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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:

I am a strong proponent of higher learning and, for that matter, learning in general.  I am fully aware that learning is most likely to occur when a variety of methods are implored.  For that reason, I will utilize group-thinking processes, student-centered learning, encourage and promote active discussion, and regularly assess your knowledge via quizzes and classroom writing assignments.  Frequent analysis, questioning, commentary, and exploration will be required, as each student is expected to participate in class discussions and activities.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and apply basic psychological vocabulary.
  2. Critically analyze psychological concepts, theories and ethical issues.
  3. Apply psychological concepts to one's life and circumstances.
  4. Identify representative theories in the areas of learning, motivation, cognition, personality, social influence, abnormal behavior and multicultural issues.
  5. Effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate about psychological issues present in the popular media and scholarly publications.
  6. Identify the basic assumptions, history, methods, and techniques of psychology.

Core Assessment:

PS 101 Introduction to Psychology

Position Paper- Controversial Topic

The purpose of this critical thinking assignment is to examine both sides of a controversial issue, select a position, apply it to a multicultural context, and to apply the Park University General Education literacies:  aesthetic, civic, critical, science, and values. Two of these literacies (critical and values) are perceived to cut across disciplines and departments, while the other three (aesthetic, civic, and scientific) literacies address major academic concerns.  Students with these literacies should be able to succeed in communicating, computing and problem-solving, clarifying values, using the arts, functioning within social institutions, and using the sciences and technology.



  • Selection of a controversial topic
  • Descriptions of both sides with a personal position.
  • Application to a multicultural context and the Park University literacies.
  • Utilizes a minimum of 2 sources (one for the pro perspective and one for the con perspective of the controversial issue.
  • Paper should be organized and presented according to the sections presented in the assignment instructions.
  • Text body should be no less than 3 pages.
  • References should be formatted in a standardized form, e.g., APA, MLA.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Quizzes                                         20%
Class Presentations                    15%
Participation/Discussion           10%
Exercises                                        5%
Position Paper                             20%
Final Exam                                    30%
Total                                            100%


A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = Below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will be accepted until the end of the next class period.  A late assignment, however, will be penalized one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Students are expected to attend all class sessions, be on time, and remain present for the duration of the class session.
  • Classes missed for personal illness, illness of a family member, or unexpected work conflicts will be excused.
  • Students must email the instructor no later than 5pm of the day following the absence.
  • Students who arrive to class more than 30 minutes late will be counted as absent for that class.
  • Check your emails regularly. 
  •  Students who violate the Policy on Academic Honesty will be subject to disciplinary action, including a failing grade in this course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weekly Syllabus for Psychology 101
Week 1:
Tuesday, August 19                        Introduction to course
                                                            Syllabus, Position Paper, Class Presentations
                                                            Begin discussion of Chapter 1
                                                            Assignment: Read Chapter 1; determine topic for Position Paper
Thursday, August 21                       Quiz, Chapter 1
                                                            1st Class Presentation (Chapter 2)
                                                            Additional discussion of Chapter 2
                                                            Assignment: Read Chapters 2 & 3
Week 2:
Tuesday, August 26                        Quiz, Chapter 2
                                                            2nd Class Presentation (Chapter 3)
                                                            Additional discussion of Chapter 3
                                                            Assignment: Read Chapter 3
Thursday, August 28                      Quiz, Chapter 3
                                                            3rd Class Presentation (Chapter 4)
                                                            Additional discussion of Chapter 4
                                                            Evaluate progress on Position Paper
                                                            Assignment: Read Chapter 4 
Week 3:
Tuesday,  September 2                      Quiz, Chapter 4
                                                              4th Class Presentation (Chapter 5)
                                                              Additional discussion of Chapter 5
                                                              Rough Draft of Position Paper due
                                                              Assignment: Read Chapter 5
Thursday, September 4                      Quiz, Chapter 5
                                                               5th Class Presentation (Chapter 6)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 6
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 6
Week 4:
Tuesday, September 9                        Quiz, Chapter 6
                                                               6th Class Presentation (Chapter 7)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 7
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 7
Thursday, September 11                    Quiz, Chapter 7
                                                               7th Class Presentation (Chapter 8)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 8
                                                               Evaluate progress on Position Paper
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 8
Week 5:
Tuesday, September 16                      Quiz, Chapter 8
                                                               8th Class Presentation (Chapter 9)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 9
                                                               In-class peer reviews of Position Paper
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 9
Thursday, September 18                     Quiz, Chapter 9
                                                                9th Class Presentation (Chapter 11)
                                                                Additional discussion of Chapter 11
                                                                Assignment: Read Chapter 11
Week 6:
Tuesday, September 23                       Quiz, Chapter 11
                                                                10th Class Presentation (Chapter 12)
                                                                Additional discussion of Chapter 12
                                                                Assignment: Read Chapter 12
Thursday, September 25                    Quiz, Chapter 12
                                                               11th Class Presentation (Chapter 13)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 13
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapters 13
Week 7:
Tuesday, September 30                      Position Paper Due
                                                               Quiz, Chapter 13
                                                               12th Class Presentation (Chapter 14)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 14
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 14; begin reviewing for Semester Exam
Thursday, October 2                          Quiz, Chapter 14
                                                               Final Class Presentation (Chapter 16)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 16
                                                               Assignment: Continue reviewing for exam
Week 8:
Tuesday, October 7                             In-class review for Semester Exam
Thursday, October 9                           Final Exam

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
There are more than 2 distinct descriptive statements and 1 distinct statement of evaluation for each side

There are 2 distinct descriptive statements and 1 distinct statement of evaluation for each side

There are fewer than 2 distinct descriptive statements and 1 distinct statement of evaluation for each side

No literacy application errors and no multicultural application error

No literacy application errors, e.g., student correctly applies the topic to the literacies of: critical thinking, science, civic, and values

Literacy application error(s)

Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Position paper contains all of the components and formatted in correct APA style

Position paper contains the following components: an introduction, topic position descriptions, personal position with explanation, multicultural application, application to four literacies, a conclusion, reference page

Position paper has a component error or writing errors that are distracting



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