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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Nast, William (Kit)


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.

Course

PS 101 Introduction to Psychology

Semester

S1T 2006 DLA

Faculty

Nast, William (Kit)

Office Location

Pensacola, Florida

Daytime Phone

Send me your number and I'll be happy to call you!

E-Mail

William.Nast@pirate.park.edu

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Required text: Myers, D. (2003). PSYCHOLOGY (7th edition in modules). New York:  Worth publishers.

Required Supplement:  Hilton, J. & Perdue, C. (2003). MINDMATTERS 2. New York: Longman Publishers.

The textbook companion website is accessible at:  www.worthpublishers.com/myers7e/

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

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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

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.


 


Requirements:



  • 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.

All instructors must utilize this basic assignment as one of the assessments within your course. But, you are encouraged to personalize the assignment and adapt it to meet your teaching style and the needs of your particular student population. For example, you may want to consider the following adaptations:



  • Require the entire paper to be formatted in APA style.

  • Creation of short web pages to highlight key findings of a particular topic or research question.

  • Inclass presentations of the paper.

  • Small group discussions

  • Select one topic, divide the class into Pro/ Con sides and hold a debate.

Link to Class Rubric
Class Assessment:
Course-Specific Policies

In accordance to University policy, I will try to respond to your questions/ emails within 48 hours.  I will check messages every workday in the morning and prefer email as the principal contact method.  

Note: as a rule I will not check my email on Sundays.  I treat Sunday as a day of rest from work.  Please plan accordingly.

Course-specific requirements

I expect that the interactions and communications in this class will be civil and professional.  Derogatory language, profanity, and personal attacks are unacceptable.

To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using Times-Roman 12pt or Arial 10pt as the font.

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.

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday.  The first week begins the first day of the term and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term.  Assignments scheduled for completeion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned.  It is important to understand that this is not a course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's assignments.  Assignments posted after the weekly deadline will not receive credit.

Rules for On-Line Participation

The classroom is for public messages.  Students should use e-mail for private messages to the instructor and other students.  All e-mails sent to the instructor and other students must include: PS101, purpose of e-mail, and student's full name in the subject line of the e-mail.  E-mails without this information will be returned without being read.  Students are required to use Pirate Mail for online classes.  All information concerning the class will be sent through Pirate Mail.
Students are expected to complete at least 5 hours per week logged onto the classroom in online activites.  Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving e-mails, exploring the text website, and conducting researc will be in addition to this.  Students need to remember that this is an acclerated course (covering a semester of materials in 8 weeks) and during the 8 weeks, it is anticipated that you will spend an additional 10+ hours per week completing course assignments.
All students will participate in discussions through responses.  Conventions of on-line-etiquette include courtesy to all users.  This is expected in this class.
Students should have a current anti-virus software and should update their software weekly as a protection to themselves as well as others who are participating in this class.  This is everyone's responsibility.  It is required that you use the Pirate Mail e-mail adresses that are available to all Park University students.
All assignments need to be submitted by posting assignments in the classroom threads or into the dropbox.  If it becomes necessary for an assignment to be sent via e-mail or FAX, arrangments need to be made before the assignment is due.
Please read the Syllabus!
E-Mail Procedures

General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:

         PS 101

        Purpose of the e-mail

        Full name

It is required that you use Pirate Mail for your online class.  All information - problems with assignments, concerns, etc. - pertaining to the class will be sent to you through Pirate Mail.

Late Work

Each week's work must be completed by the end of the week (Sunday at midnight Mountain Time).  No credit will be received  for work turned in after the week it was due, unless you have contacted be before the due date and explained any special circumstances.  I will then decide whether the "special" circumstances are sufficient for late work.  Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern.  There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the timeframe expected.

Attendance

Attendance in this online course is determined by your keeping up to date with classroom assignments and responses.  Your attendance is also tracked by the amount of time spent online.  You are required to participate in weekly threaded discussions.  Failure to show your weekly work will count as an absence for the week.  Students can experience technical difficulties, but this is not a ligitimate excuse to miss class.  It is your responsibility to notify me by phone and/or find other means to submit your work.

Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.

An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

For more details on Park University on page 100 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog or page 14 of the Park University Graduate Catalog.

Online Etiquette/Courtesy

Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class.  What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  It is important no to take disagreement personally.  Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective.  Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally.  An importan part of online learning is discussion.  Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened.  Because we have differences, we will have conflict.  The important thing si to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness which does not promote learning.  Here are online references that discuss online writing http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html .

You are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Grading:
GRADED COMPONENT                POINTS
Fact or Fiction 8 (10 pts each)  80  
Quizzes 8 (20 pts each)         160    
Internet Paper                   17    
Position Paper                  120    
Discussion 8 (4 pts each wk)     32  
Report Back 8 (4 pts each wk)    32    
Groupwork 8 (3 pts each wk)      24    
Final Comprehensive Exam        105    

Total                           570  

Grade      Points
 A      450 - 500
 B      400 - 449
 C      350 - 399
 D      300 - 349
 F      299 - 0

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by the end of the week (Sunday at midnight Mountain Time).  No credit will be received  for work turned in after the week it was due, unless you have contacted be before the due date and explained any special circumstances.  I will then decide whether the "special" circumstances are sufficient for late work.  Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern.  There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the timeframe expected.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 .

Additional Information:



Rubric

Competency

Exceeds Expectation (3)

Meets Expectation (2)

Does Not Meet Expectation (1)

No Evidence (0)

Critical Thinking

Synthesis
Outcomes
1, 5

The student uses more than 1 source for each of the topic positions.

The student uses 1 source for each of the topic positions (minimum of 2 sources)

The student uses fewer than 1 source for each of the topic positions.

No sources were used for the topic and positions

Analysis
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The student's description of the two positions includes more than 2 distinct statements of support for each side.

The student's description of the two positions includes 2 distinct statements of support for each side.

The student's description of the two positions includes less than 2 distinct statements of support for each side.

The student's description of the two positions fails to include statements of support for each side.

Evaluation
Outcomes
1, 2, 5

The student's position demonstrates more than 2 distinct statements concerning evaluation of the paper topic.

The student's position demonstrates 2 distinct statements concerning evaluation of the paper topic.

The student's position demonstrates only 1 distinct statement concerning evaluation of the paper topic.

The student's position fails to evaluate any of the topic positions.

Content

Terminology
Outcomes
1, 2, 4

No terminology errors

1 to 2 factual errors

3 to 4 factual errors

5 or more factual errors

Concepts
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

No concept errors within the positions or the literacies.

1 to 2 concept errors as applied to the topic and the literacies.

3 to 4 concept errors as applied to the topic and the literacies.

5 or more concept errors

Application
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

No literacy application errors

One literacy application error

Two literacy application errors

More than 2 literacy application errors or application is omitted.

Technical Skills

Whole Artifact
Outcomes
5

Position paper contains the following components: an introduction, topic position descriptions, personal position with explanation, application to four literacies, a conclusion, reference page, and formatted in MLA or APA style

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

Position paper is missing one of the following components: an introduction, topic position descriptions, personal position with explanation, application to four literacies, a conclusion, reference page

Position paper is missing more than one of the following components: an introduction, topic position descriptions, personal position with explanation, application to four literacies, a conclusion, reference page

Component
Outcomes
5

The Paper contains one error in the following domains: Page numbers, references, internal documentation, section headings

The Paper contains 2-3 errors total in the following domains: Page numbers, references, internal documentation, section headings

The Paper contains 4-6 errors total in the following domains: Page numbers, references, internal documentation, section headings

The Paper contains more than 6 errors total in the following domains: Page numbers, references, internal documentation, section headings

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