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PS 404 History and Systems of Psychology
Cowley, Brian 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.

Course

PS 404 History and Systems of Psychology

Semester

FA 2006 HO

Faculty

Cowley, Brian J.

Title

Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. - Psychology - Utah State University
M.S. - Behavior Analysis and Therapy - Southern Illinois University-C
Ph.D. - Human Development and Child Psychology - University of Kansas

Office Location

Mabee 224, Parkville Campus

Office Hours

M W F 9:55 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; T & Th 11:35 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6501

Other Phone

None

E-Mail

brian.cowley@park.edu

None

None

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/bcowley

Semester Dates

August 21, 2006 to December 15, 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Prerequisites

PS 101 and permission of the instructor

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

O'Boyle, C. G. (2006).  History of psychology: A cultural perspective.  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum

Associates.

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Course Description:
Study of history of the philosophical and scientific bases of the evolution of modern psychology and a critical examination of the systems of structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, psycho-analytic, humanistic, and existential theories. PREREQUISITES: PS 101, and junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Doctor Cowley's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning with a focus on application.  Lectures, readings, multiple choice tests, group work, class discussion, vocabulary examinations, writing, and the use of reference systems are significant components of this learning process.  Each student will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize presented information.  Each student will be required to demonstrate these skills publicly in the classroom or through the written word.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and explain the history of the philosophical and scientific bases of the evolution of modern psychology.
  2. Apply analytical and critical thinking as well as and ethics and values to the   systems of structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalytic, humanistic, and existential theories.
  3. Apply the literacies of analytical and critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and ethics and values to issues of mutliculturalism and diversity to the study of history and systems of psychology in order to prepare students for lifelong learning and serving a global community.


Core Assessment:



  • Research Paper (Core Assessment): Each student will write a research paper that discusses the development of scientific thought starting with the writings of the ancient Greek philosophers.  The student will move forward while critically analyzing: Modern Science, Empiricism, Sensationalism, Positivism, Rationalism, Romanticism, Existentialism, Physiology, Experimental Psychology, Voluntarism, Structuralism, Evolution, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Neobehaviorism, Gestalt Psychology, Psychoanalysis, & Humanism (19 categories).  The student will then discuss how the traditional schools and systems of psychology have influenced contemporary psychology and in turn affect the application of treatment.  The student also needs to address the ethics and values that have developed with the philosophical thought of human behavior.  The student will look at the role that contemporary psychology plays in different cutltures.  This paper will need to be written in APA style and will need at least 14 references from professional journals.  Other references can be obtained from the internet or other means.  This paper will be worth up to 300 points.  See the Core Assessment Rubric at the end of this syllabus.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

  • Essay Examinations.  There will be 3 Essay Examinations administered during the semester.  Each student will be given 4 essay test questions.  Each student is allowed to use their textbook and other materials while completing the test.  Each answer will need to be typed and double-spaced.  Each answer should include an introduction, an analysis, and a conclusion.  When the instructor receives the test, he will randomly select two of the four questions for grading.  These two questions will be used to evaluate the student's performance and will be worth up to 50 points each.  Each quiz will be worth up to 100 points with up to 300 points possible for all three tests.  The break down for each essay answer will be as follows:

Focus (arguable claim, original idea, & clear controlling idea)

20 Points

Development (full discussion, smooth style, & personal experiences)

10 Points

Organization (smooth transitions, clear paragraphing, & logical sequence of topics)

10 Points

Mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling)

10 Points

  • Research Paper (Core Assessment): Each student will write a research paper that discusses the development of scientific thought starting with the writings of the ancient Greek philosophers.  The student will move forward while critically analyzing: Modern Science, Empiricism, Sensationalism, Positivism, Rationalism, Romanticism, Existentialism, Physiology, Experimental Psychology, Voluntarism, Structuralism, Evolution, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Neobehaviorism, Gestalt Psychology, Psychoanalysis, & Humanism (19 categories).  The student will then discuss how the traditional schools and systems of psychology have influenced contemporary psychology and in turn affect the application of treatment.  The student also needs to address the ethics and values that have developed with the philosophical thought of human behavior.  The student will look at the role that contemporary psychology plays in different cutltures.  This paper will need to be written in APA style and will need at least 14 references from professional journals.  Other references can be obtained from the internet or other means.  This paper will be worth up to 300 points.  See the Core Assessment Rubric at the end of this syllabus.
  • Classroom Presentation:   The student will give a classroom presentation about their third paper.  The classroom presentation will be worth up to 100 points.  Each student will present a 7 minute summary of each paper to the class.  This will require two forms of media (power point, handout, etc.).

Presentation Organization

50 Points

1st Type of Media

25 Points

2nd Type of Media

25 Points

Total

100 Points

 

·         Article Discussion.  The class will be divided up into groups of 4-5 students.  Each group will locate an article related to the topic for the week and present what they found to the rest of the class.  Each group will identify the reference and provide a summary of the reference identifing information that adds to the knowledge presented in the course textbook.  Each references summary must include the reference in APA style.  The summary must explain why the article was written, what arguments were made, and what was found.  Each group will be required to use the information from their summary and apply it to the case study during class discussion.  There will be 14 article presentations and discussions for the semester.  These will be worth 25 points each with total of 350 being available.  The group will be graded on the quality of the presentation and summary. 

References in APA Style

10 Points

Summary

10 Points

Classroom Discussion

5 Points

Total

25 Points

 

  • Resume.  Each student will create a professional one-page resume for a prominent dead psychologist.  This resume will be worth up to 50 points.  The student will then take their dead psychologist resume and use it as a prototype for their own one-page resume.  Their own resume will be worth up to 50 points.

Grading:

Assignment

Points

 

Percentage

Grade

1st Essay Exam

100 Points

 

90-100%

A

2nd Essay Exam

100 Points

 

80-89%

B

3rd Essay Exam

100 Points

 

70-79%

C

Research Paper (CA)

300 Points

 

60-69%

D

Classroom Presentation

100 Points

 

0-59%

F

Article Discussions

350 Points

 

 

 

Dead Psychologists Resume

50 Points

 

 

 

Student's Resume

50 Points

 

 

 

Total

1150 Points

 

 

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any assignment turned in after the date it is due will be given up to half credit for that assignment.  No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Attend class and be prompt.  Roll will be checked during each class period.  It is your responsibility to make up anything missed in class and that your scheduled assignments are submitted on time.
  • Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.  This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, lecture, and outside of class experiences.  You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work.  Also, assigned readings will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
  • Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
  • The student is expected to have a copy of all written assignments on computer disk or in a hard copy form.  You will also be expected to retain all graded and returned assignments and examinations.
  • The student is expected to have a copy of all written assignments on computer disk or in a hard copy form.  You will also be expected to retain all graded and returned assignments and examinations.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date

Topic

Reading Assignment

Assignments

08-22-06

 

Chapter 1

 

08-24-06

Origins of Psychological Thought

 

Discussion Paper 1

08-29-06

 

 

 

08-31-06

From Greek Philosophy to the Middle Ages

Chapter 2

Discussion Paper 2

09-05-06

 

 

 

09-07-06

From an Age of Spirits to Humanism

Chapter 3

Discussion Paper 3

09-12-06

 

 

 

09-14-06

The Birth of Science

Chapter 4

Discussion Paper 4

09-19-06

 

 

First Exam Distributed

09-21-06

 

 

Discussion Paper 5

09-26-06

Philosophical Answers to Psychological Questions

Chapter 5

First Exam Collected

09-28-06

 

 

Discussion Paper 6

10-03-06

 

 

Dead Psychologist Resume

10-05-06

Physiological to Experimental Psychology

Chapter 6

Discussion Paper 7

10-10-06

 

 

Research Paper 1

10-12-06

A Divided Discipline: What is the Function of Mind?

Chapter 7

Discussion Paper 8

10-16-06 Through 10-22-06

Fall Break

Fall Break

Fall Break

10-24-06

 

 

Second Exam Distributed

10-26-06

A Science of Behavior

Chapter 8

Discussion Paper 9

10-31-06

 

 

Second Exam Collected

11-02-06

Paradigms Proliferate: Is there and Unconscious Mind?

Chapter 9

Discussion Paper 10

11-07-06

 

 

Research Paper 2

11-09-06

 

 

 

11-14-06

Age of Theory: Why are there so Many Different Psychological Theories?

Chapter 10

Discussion Paper 11

11-16-06

 

 

Discussion Paper 12

11-21-06

When Motivation is the Question.

Chapter 11

Students Resume

11-23-06

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

11-28-06

 

 

Discussion Paper 13

11-30-06

The Mind Returns: What Questions are Psychologists Exploring Now?

Chapter 12

Third Exam Distributed

 

12-05-06

 

 

Discussion Paper 14

12-07-06

 

 

Third Exam Collected; Research Paper Presentations:

 

TBA

TBA

TBA

 

TBA

Research Paper Presentations:

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.

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Differences and similarities between 14-19 schools or systems of psychology were outlined in comparison to the literature.
(40 points)
 
Differences and similarities between 8-13 schools or systems of psychology were outlined in comparison to the literature.
(28 Points)
 
Differences and similarities between 2-7 schools or systems of psychology were outlined in comparison to the literature.
(20 Points)
 
No differences and similarities of schools or systems of psychology were outlined.
(12 Points)
 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
14 or more references from the literature.  
• The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper.
• 14-19 schools or systems of psychology were included in the paper.
(35 Points)
 
9-13 references from the literature.  
• The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper.
• 8-13 schools or systems of psychology were included in the paper.
(24.5 Points)
 
3-7 references from the literature.  
• The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper.
• 3-7 schools or systems of psychology were included in the paper.
(17.5 Points)
 
1-2 references from the literature.
• 1-2 schools or systems of psychology were included in the paper.
(10.5 Points)
 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
14-19 schools or systems of psychology were compared.
(40 points)
 
8-13 schools or systems of psychology were compared.
(28 Points)
 
3-7 schools or systems of psychology were compared.
(20 Points)
 
1-2 schools or systems of psychology were compared.

(12 Points)
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The student identifies how the schools and systems of psychology influence contemporary psychology, the values and ethics, and the application of treatment.
(35 Points)
 
The student identifies how the schools and systems of psychology influence contemporary psychology and the application of treatment.
(24.5 Points)
 
The student identifies how the schools and systems of psychology influence contemporary psychology.
(17.5 Points)
 
The student did not identify how the schools and systems of psychology influence contemporary psychology, the values and ethics, and the application of treatment.
(10.5 Points)
 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Each paper consistently uses  psychological terms appropriately.  Less than 5 errors while using developmental terms.
(35 Points)
 
Each paper consistently uses  psychological terms appropriately.  5-7 errors while using developmental terms.
(24.5 Points)
 
Each paper consistently uses  psychological terms appropriately.  8-12 errors while using developmental terms.
(17.5 Points)
 
13 or more errors while using psychological terms.
(10.5 Points)
 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The research paper meets expectations while including a student developed graphic or table.
(35 Points)
 
The research paper contains the following sections:
• APA citations
• Introduction
• Analysis
• Conclusion
• APA formatted references page.
• References Page – all the references in the body of the text match up with those in the references list and all references in the references list match up with those in the body of the text.
The research paper will also include the following:
• Focus (arguable claim, original idea, & clear controlling idea)
• Development (full discussion, smooth style, & personal experiences)
• Organization (smooth transitions, clear paragraphing, & logical sequence of topics)
• Mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling)
(24.5 Points)
 
The research paper contains the following sections:
• Cover page
• Abstract – summary of Project
• Introduction
• Analysis
• Conclusion
• APA formatted references page.
• References Page – all the references in the body of the text match up with those in the references list and all references in the references list match up with those in the body of the text.
(17.5 Points)
 
The research paper does not contain all of the sections included in the does not meet expectations category.
(10.5 Points)
 
Original Sources                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The student cites 9 or more original sources in support of their arguable claim.  Original sources are the actual writings of the philosophers and scientists who developed each school and system of psychology (i.e., Skinner, Plato, Descartes, etc.)
(40 Points)
 
The student cites 7-8 original sources in support of their arguable claim.  Original sources are the actual writings of the philosophers and scientists who developed each school and system of psychology (i.e., Skinner, Plato, Descartes, etc.)
(28 Points)
 
The student cites 5-6 original sources in support of their arguable claim.  Original sources are the actual writings of the philosophers and scientists who developed each school and system of psychology (i.e., Skinner, Plato, Descartes, etc.) (20 Points) The student cites 1-4 original sources in support of their arguable claim.  Original sources are the actual writings of the philosophers and scientists who developed each school and system of psychology (i.e., Skinner, Plato, Descartes, etc.)
(12 Points)
 
Ethics and Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student identifies 6 or more areas of ethics that need to be addressed when looking at contemporary psychology.
• Student identifies 3 or more cultural differences found in contemporary psychology.
(40 Points)
 
Student identifies 4-5 areas of ethics that need to be addressed when looking at contemporary psychology.
• Student identifies 2 cultural differences found in contemporary psychology.
(28 Points)
 
Student identifies 2-3 areas of ethics that need to be addressed when looking at contemporary psychology.
• Student identifies 1 cultural differences found in contemporary psychology.
(20 Points)
 
Student identifies 1 area of ethics that need to be addressed when looking at contemporary psychology.
• Student did not identify cultural differences found in contemporary psychology.
(12 Points)
 

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