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PS 301 Social Psychology
Shirley, Cheryl 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.

Course

PS 301 Social Psychology

Semester

F1T 2006 DLD

Faculty

Cheryl L. Shirley

Title

Senior Online Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Candidate - Clinical Psychology (Sep 2006)
M.S. - Clinical Psychology
M.Ed. - Counseling and Personnel Services

Office Location

St. Robert, Missouri (CST)

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (and by appointment)

Daytime Phone

(573) 336-2928

E-Mail

cheryl.shirley@pirate.park.edu

Web Page

http://clshirley.pageout.net

Semester Dates

08/21/2006 to 10/15/2006

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Brehm, S. S.,  Kassin, S. & Fein, S. (2005). Social psychology (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. (ISBN: 0-618-40337-X)

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
The following websites provide useful links and some full-text articles that are directly related to the study of social psychology:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

http://www.apa.org
http://www.socialpsychology.org
http://www.psychologicalscience.org/

Course Description:
Study of the effects of social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My teaching philosophy is quite simple--I will provide you with all the "keys" that you need to unlock the doors of knowledge in the area of social psychology. I hold you responsible to use the keys and unlock the doors that will lead you toward a greater understanding of yourself, your world, and the people and events that surround you.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define key theories and principles relevant to social psychology.
  2. Critically apply social psychological concepts to enhance one's understanding of their own behavior in a societal context.
  3. Identify and critique research methods in social psychology.
  4. Define and contrast key factors relevant in theories of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction.


Core Assessment:

Literature Review


The purpose of the literature review is for students to research a topic relevant to social psychology, formulate a research question, and conduct a literature review to address their target question. A literature review is not simply a report or an annotated bibliography; a literature review is a summary of the available information on a specific topic organized by common themes, trends or findings.


Requirements:



  • Utilizes a minimum of 6 empirical, peer-reviewed, research articles as the basis of the literature review.
  • Information must be organized, presented and referenced using APA style.
  • Literature review should be approximately 10-12 pages (plus title and reference pages).
  • Includes an explicit section examining multicultural implications, findings, relevance and/or significance.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
You will be able to track your grade throughout the term. Grades will be determined by your performance on a final examination, the quality of your literature review and movie application analysis, weekly homework assignments, weekly quizzes, and active participation (and original contributions) in our online class explorations, discussions, and debates.

Grading:

Available course points are distributed as follows:

Final Examination: 100 points (Taken during Week 8)

Literature Review: 80 points (Due Week 6)

Weekly Homework Assignments: 10 points weekly (80 points total)

Weekly Quizzes: 10 points each (70 points total)

Movie Application Analysis: 50 points (Due Week 7)

Active participation in weekly online explorations, discussions, and debates: 120 points Total Points

Total Course Points Available: 500

Final course grades will be determined as follows:

A = 90% - 100% (448 points and higher)

B = 80% - 89% (398 to 447 points)

C = 70% - 79% (348 to 397 points)

D = 60% - 69% (298 to 347 points)

F = 59% and lower (297 points or less)

The standards for each assignment will be communicated to you in advance. I will give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback. Use my feedback to improve the quality of your contributions to our classroom activities, while also improving your overall performance throughout this term.

Each student is responsible for:

Attending class every week

Completing weekly reading assignments

Submitting weekly homework assignments

Posting and replying to weekly explorations 

Completing all assigned quizzes

Participating in weekly online class explorations, discussions, and debates

Conducting a literature review and submitting an APA-style paper Week 6

Completing an application movie analysis and submitting Week 7

Submitting a Proctor Request no later than Week 6

Completing a proctored comprehensive final examination during Week 8

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I will not award you any credit for submitting late work unless you provide me with official documentation that confirms a personal emergency, an unavoidable conflict, or an extenuating circumstance that was beyond your personal control, thereby preventing you from submitting your required coursework by the established date and time.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect everyone to share the responsibility for our learning process. To accomplish this task, we will honor everyone's right to express their own informed opinions. We will engage in several explorations, discussions, and debates throughout this term, and we will not always embrace the same position on many controversial issues. So, in the final analysis, we will agree to simply disagree, and do so with mutual respect.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

PS301 Social Psychology provides an overview of the key theories and perspectives that explain the power of the situation in shaping our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. As such, the course covers issues ranging from prejudice and interpersonal attraction to gender and social influence.

As we move through each of these topics, your task is to critically apply the relevant concepts to your own life. The following table highlights the weekly topics:

Week 1 - Introduction to Social Psychology

Week 2 - The Social Self and Perceiving Persons

Week 3 - Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination

Week 4 - Attitudes and Conformity

Week 5 - Group Processes

Week 6 - Attraction and Close Relationships

Week 7 - Helping Others and Aggression

Week 8 - Applying Social Psychology

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 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 .

Additional Information:

Proctored Final Examination - A final course examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country. or at an alternative, preapproved  location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 




  • Other Information on proctored exams:

    • The student is responsible for submitting a proctor request by Week 6 of the term that is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
    • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the online instructor. 
    • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
    • WARNING: Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic grade of "F"!



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Identifies and incorporates 7 or more empirical, peer-reviewed research articles that directly address the target research question.



 
Identifies and incorporates 6 empirical, peer-reviewed research articles that are appropriate and relevant for addressing the target research question.



 
Utilizes 5 or fewer research articles OR fails to utilize empirical, peer-reviewed research articles OR research articles are inappropriate for addressing the target research question.



 
No references or empirical basis for paper.



 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Literature review provides a cohesive, accurate analysis of the target question by organizing current information into logical themes, trends and findings; literature review provides a clear portrait of the current research status on the target topic.



 
Literature review is organized according to common themes, trends and findings that address the target question.



 
Literature review is presented as a series of unrelated findings/summaries OR literature review does not address the target question OR information fails to show any cohesiveness to topic.



 
Fails to provide a review of literature; paper is editorial, opinion, or personal reference.



 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student accurately interprets and presents empirical findings while going beyond the presented information to highlight original gaps, errors, inadequacies or unanswered issues in the research base.



 
Student accurately interprets and presents empirical findings that correctly address the research question while summarizing reported gaps or inadequacies in the research base.  



 
Student inaccurately interprets or presents the empirical findings OR findings do not address the research question OR fails to note any gaps/inadeqacies in the research base.



 
No relationship between literature review and research question.



 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Student accurately and consistenly utilizes appropriate social psychological concepts that demonstrate a clear understanding of terminology.



 
Student accurately utilizes social psychological concepts to discuss the research literature.



 
Student utilizes social psychological terminology inaccurately OR fails to consistently use social psychological terminology.



 
Utilizes no social psychological terminology.



 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student proposes an insightful, original research question that utilizes current social psychological information to extend our understanding of humans as social creatures.



 
Student provides an appropriate researchable question that can be addressed within the scope of social psychology.



 
Student provides a philosophical or unanswerable question OR utilizes a research question that cannot be addressed from a social psychological perspective.



 
Fails to provide a research question.



 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student shows a sophisticated knowledge of research methodology in their ability to critically evaluate the research question; addresses flaws or concerns with the research literature.



 
Student correctly applies their knowledge of research methodology to interpret and integrate empirical information in relation to their target question.



 
Student is inaccurate in their application of research methodology OR fails to apply their knowledge to accurately address the target question.



 
Student unable to understand or interpret research methodology OR fails to apply research knowledge to the review of literature.



 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student utilizes APA style throughout paper with fewer than 3 errors.



 
Student utilizes APA style for title page, citations, references and overall organization of information; student has 4-6 errors in technical use of APA style.



 
Student utilizes APA style but has 7 or more errors.



 
Student fails to use APA style.



 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Body of literature review is 13 or more double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional)



 
Body of literature review is 10-12 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional)



 
Body of literature review is 7-9 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) OR missing title/reference page



 
Body of literature review is less than 6 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional)



 
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Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student provides insight beyond what is presented in the literature in examining the multicultural implications, findings and/or significance; highlights awareness of the research question in relation to contemporary issues.



 
Student accurately addresses the multicultural implications, findings and/or significance of their research question.



 
Student mentions multicultural implications but fails to elaborate on the implications, findings and/or significance OR student fails to show an accurate understanding of multicultural issues.



 
No mention of multicultural issues, implications or findings.



 

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