PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
S1QQ 2009 HI
Davis, Paul B.
PhD Clinical Psychology - Walden University - In ProgressMS General Psychology - Capella University - 2004BS Social Psychology - Park University - 2002
By Appointment only
18 August to 12 October
7:30 - 10:15 PM
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This course surveys the diverse range of areas in the discipline of psychology. We will begin with a brief history of the discipline and examine the keystone of psychology - scientific/ critical thinking and the scientific method. The first half of the term we will explore psychological principles in neuroscience, nature versus nurture, development, sensation, perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, and intelligence. The second half of the term will address development, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders and therapy, social psychology, and behavior genetics.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
This class will be graded based on six components:
100 Points will be available for class attendance and participation. This 100 points will be evenly divided between the 15 class meetings that comprise Fall I (6 points each + 10 points that I will gift to make the math easier on myself). In order to earn points you will need not only to be present and on time, but also on task. On task activities include participating in class discussions and taking notes. If you are caught using a cell phone or playing on a computer you will lose your participation points for the day.
100 Points are available for the Core Assessment.
100 Points will be available for the final exam. The final exam will consist of True / False, Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank questions. There will also be two or three essay questions on the exam.
45 Points will be available for Homework assignments. Homework assignments will consist of questions assigned based on the chapters that have been studied for the week.
45 Points will be available for in-class quizzes.
10 points will be available for the outline of the core assessment.
Total possible points for the class -- 400.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Work may be submitted up to one week late with a penalty of 10%. Work may be submitted between one week late and up until Monday of the last week week of class with a 50% penalty. No work will be accepted after the end of class on the final Monday of the Term.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using Times-Roman 12pt or Courier New 12pt as the font. They will include a title page.
Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable. I expect that each paper you submit in this class is a unique paper created by you. Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.
Please recognize that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink, Internet connections die, and hard drives crash. You are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your submissions and your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:
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All information - problems with assignments, concerns, etc. - pertaining to the class will be sent to you through Pirate Mail.
Week 1 – 12 and 14 January
Welcome to class / Introductions / Syllabus / etc.
Chapter 1 – Thinking Critically With Psychological Science
Chapter 5 – Sensation
Chapter 6 - Perception
Week 2 – 19 and 21 January
Monday – No class for the Martin Luther King Holiday
Wednesday – Quiz #1 (covering Chapters 1/ 5/ 6)
Chapter 2 – Neuroscience and Behavior
Week 3 – 26 and 28 January
Chapter 3 – Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity
In class activity
Friday – Homework #1 Due by 11:59 pm.
Week 4 – 2 and 4 February
Monday – Quiz #2
Chapter 7 – States of Consciousness
Chapter 8 – Learning
Chapter 9 – Memory
Week 5 – 9 and 11 February
Chapter 10 – Thinking and Language
Chapter 11 – Intelligence
Chapter 12 – Motivation and Work
Friday – Homework #2 Due by 11:59 pm
Week 6 – 16 and 18 February
Monday – Presidents Day Holiday
Wednesday – Quiz #3
Chapter 13 – Emotion
Chapter 14 – Stress and Health
Week 7 – 23 and 25 February
Chapter 15 – Personality
Chapter 16 – Psychological Disorders
Chapter 17 – Therapy
Friday – Homework #3 Due by 11:59 pm
Week 8 – 2 and 4 March
Monday – Class Review
Wednesday – 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: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.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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. 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 .
Important dates for the Core Assessment:
28 Jan (Wed of Week 3) – You must have your topic approved by the instructor.
04 Feb (Wed of Week 4) – Outline must be submitted to the instructor.
20 Feb (Fri after Week 6) – Core Assessment is due.
Due to missing class on MLK and Presidents Day there are two additional assignments that must be completed. Of the four listed below you must choose one from the first group and one from the second group.
Group 1 (Short Papers)
Write a 1 page biography of a famous Psychologist. Have your choice approved by the instructor before week 3. In the paper you will need to address what life was like for the person growing up (up to an including college education). You will need to include a section on what this person did that made him or her famous. Finally, address if this person was directly influenced in their work by their childhood / adolescence.
Write a 1 page summary of a psychological disorder. This should include a description of the disorder. You will need to address the origins of the disorder (if is it genetic or behaviorally based). Who gets this disease (more men or women, a particular age group)? Is there a cure? What are the available treatments?
Group 2 (Chapter Summaries):
Chapter Review of Chapter 4 or Chapter 18
You will need to write a review of one of these chapters. As part of the review you will need to tell about one part that you really liked. Tell about something that really bored you in reading this chapter. Discuss the work of one psychologist mentioned in the chapter. Finally, tell me something that you learned from the chapter.
These assignments are due to by Friday at 11:59 pm of week 7.
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