PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
F1J 2006 IN
Ammons, Jacobose V.
none; as may be arranged
August 21st, 200 to October 10th, 2006
5:30 - 9:50 PM
COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Coon, D. (2004). Psychology: A Modular Approach to Mind (10th Ed.) New York: Wadsworth. (ISBN 0-534-60593-1)
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The science of psychology is at the brink of new and exciting discoveries. Together you and I will embark upon these great adventures. My method of instruction is collaborative and engaging. I will expect that you will read all assigned texts before the class; critically think before, during and after the classes. This includes suggesting paradigms out of the proverbial box and out of your comfort zones. Individuals may be prevented from bringing in outside ideas or concepts if such persons have not first attended to the assigned readings. Education is always a joint effort between instructor and student.
I am a research Social Psychologist (I carry out research on inter-group relations and study inner city neighborhoods) and will be using both my academic and professional portfolios to ensure that you get the best possible knowledge of the world of psychology.My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet searches, videos, and professional writings. I will also engage each student learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.
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 RubricGrading:
WEIGHTING OF ASSIGNMENTS
Attendance and Class Participation. (All Classes)
8 * 25 = 200
Take Home Learning Activity
4 * 50 = 200
Mid Term (September 11th) Take Home
1 * 150 = 150
Finals (October 09th) Take Home
1 * 200 = 200
Topic (August 28th)
Outline (September 11th)
Project Paper and Presentation (October 09th)
Your final grade will be determined by the total number of points earned. I will use the following rubric:
· 950-1000 = 95% - 100% ...A
· 900-949 = 90% - 94.9% … -A
· 850 – 899 = 85% - 89.9% …B+
· 800 – 849 = 80% - 84.9% … B
· 750 – 799 = 75% - 79.9 ….C+
· 700 – 749 = 70% - 74.9% …. C
· 650 – 699 = 65% – 69.9% ….. D+
· 600 – 649 = 60% - 64.9% ……. D
· 599 and lower ….59.9 % and F. Note: Any total amount of points 839 and
lower is an F.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: All late assignments (i.e., exams and learning activity,) will be graded at 10% less, Sundays inclusive. No assignment will be accepted for a grade after day 10. Specific arrangements must be made with the instructor about make-up exams and learning activities. The final project paper MUST be turn in by 9:50pm on October 09th. It can be email (email@example.com) or fax 816-471-1658. If you select to fax it, it MUST be fax by 9pm on October 09th. If you select to email or fax it, please call the instructor (816-861-1245) and leave a voice mail AND keep a hard copy just in case Katrina or one of her siblings damage the electronics. Assignments can be turn in early. There are no extra credits in
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All student learners are to come to class prepared to deliberate on the readings and assignments of the week. Students using computers should do so only in relations to class work and not surf the web or do something else.
Week I August 21st, 2006
Chapters 1 and 2: Psychological Science and Neuroscience
A. What is Psychology? What is the Psychological Perspective?
B. What do Psychologists do?
C. The Scientific Method in Psychology.
D. How does Psychology differ from the Other Soft Sciences?
E. What is the Psychological Research Process?
F. Ethical Issues in Psychological Research.
G. What are the major parts of the Nervous System?
H. What are the Functions of the Major Parts of the Nervous System?
I. What is the relationship between the Nervous System and the Endocrine System?
Take Home Learning Activity # 1; due at the beginning of class next week.
Your Topic for the Class Project is due at the beginning of next class.
Week II August 28th, 2006
Chapters 3 and 4: Child and Life Span Development
Due Today: Topic for Class Project Paper (25 Points); Learning Activity # 1 (50 points).
A. Quiz #1
B. The Human Genome
C. Infant Referencing and Social Referencing.
D. Attachment and Parenting Styles.
E. Piaget and Vygotsky: Accommodation and Assimilation.
F. Erikson's Psychosocial Stages.
G. Major and Minor Childhood Problems.
H. Battered and Molested Children: Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Prognosis.
I. Puberty and Menopause: Issues of change.
J. Carol Ryff and the Criteria of Well-Being and Happiness.
K. Aging: Activity Theory, Intelligence, and some Myths.
L. Thanatology and Grief: Reactions to Dying.
Study for Quiz #2; it will be giving during the first part of next class.
Take Home Learning Activity # 2; due at the beginning of class next week.
Week III September 04th, 2005
Chapters 5: Sensation and Perception
Due Today: Learning Activity # 2 (50 Points); Quiz# 2 will be given today. (100 Points)
A. Sensory Localization and the Five External Senses.
B. Gestalt Principle of Similarity and Gibson's Visual Cliff Study.
C. Perceptual Expectancy and Habits.
D. Elizabeth Loftus Eye Witness Testimony Studies.
E. Information Processing: Bottom-Up and Top- Bottom
Take Home Mid Term; due at the beginning of class next week.
Week IV September 11th, 2006
Chapters 6 and 7: Consciousness and Learning
Due Today: Mid Term (150 Points)
A. Consciousness and Altered States of Consciousness
B. Sleep: Stages and Activity.
C. Sleep Disorders: Narcolepsy; Night Terrors; Night Mares.
D. Hypnosis and Meditation.
E. Addiction and Substance Abuse.
F. Second Hand Smoking and the Act of Quitting.
G. Conditioning: Classical and Higher Order.
H. The Informational View of Processing and Operant Conditioning.
I. Conditioned Emotional Responses and Phobias.
J. The Law of Effect, (Types of) Reinforcement and Punishment.
K. Shaping and Generalized Cue.
Study for Quiz #3; it will be giving during the first part of next class.
Take Home Learning Activity #3; due at the beginning of class next week.
Week V September 18th, 2006.
Chapters 8 and 9: Memory and Thinking
Due Today: Learning Activity #3 (50 Points); Exam # 3 will be given today. (100 Points)
A. The Concept and Curve of Forgetting
B. Short Term Memory and Long Term Memory
C. Types of Memory: Declarative; Semantic; Episodic; Procedural; Flashbulb.
D. Amnesia (retrograde) and Interference (retroactive).
E. Suppression and Repression.
F. The Brain and Memory.
G. Mnemonics and the Serial Position Effect.
H. The (three) Basic Units of Thought
I. Denotation and Connotation.
J. The (three) Characteristics of Language.
K. Heuristics and the Barriers to Problem Solving.
L. Intelligence Testing and Kinds of Intelligence (Gardner and Sternberg).
M. Emotional Intelligence (Salovey and Mayer).
N. Gifted Children and Creative Thinking (the stages).
Study for Quiz #4; it will be giving during the first part of next class.
Take Home Learning Activity # 4; due at the beginning of class next week.
Week VI September 25h, 2006.
Chapters 10: Motivation and Emotion
Due Today: Quiz # 4(100 points); Learning Activity # 4 (50 Points)
A. Theories of Emotion.
B. The Hypothalamus Re-visited.
C. Drive, Goal, and Motives: Primary and Secondary.
D. Metabolism and Dieting.
E. Anorexia and Bulimia.
F. nAch, Arousal, and Performance.
Study for Exam #5; it will be giving during the first part of next class.
Week VII October 02nd, 2006.
Chapters 11: Personality
Due Today: Quiz #5(100 points)
Be prepared to discuss your paper (5 to 10 minutes each).
Week VIII October 09th, 2006
Presentation, Reflections, and Evaluations
B. What is Psychology? What is the Psychological Perspective?
C. What do Psychologists do?
D. The Scientific Method in Psychology.
E. How does Psychology differ from the Other Soft Sciences?
F. What is the Psychological Research Process?
G. Ethical Issues in Psychological Research.
H. Reflections and Evaluations
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