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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Miller, Tamara D.


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

S1J 2007 PV

Faculty

Miller, Tamara D.

Title

Adjunct Faculty, Social Sciences

Degrees/Certificates

A.A. Longview
B.A. University of Missouri Kansas City
M.A. Central Missouri State University

Office Location

Copley 300

Office Hours

before class, by appointment

Daytime Phone

913 573 3191

E-Mail

tamara.miller@park.edu

tammil818@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

January 15, 2007 - March 5, 2007

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

none

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Psychology
8th ed.
David Myers
 

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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

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator encourages critical thinking, reading and writing skills. I beleive that learning is fundamentally about exploring the boundaries or your values, beliefs and ideas. I will address a variety of learning styles through the use of visual media, discussions and group activities, presentations and hands on application of concepts.

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.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Your grade will be based on exams, your core assessment project and informed classroom participation. I will help you identify resources and topics for your paper, although the final decision and responsiblity rests with you. By informed classroom participation I mean that you will have read the material assigned for each night and be prepared to discuss it in an informed manner. I value critical thinking skills and as such, debate is something that we will utilize. You will not have to prepare per se, just have read the material with a critical eye.

Grading:

Three 100 point exams, none weighted any differently than the others.
One 100 point core assessment project
 
400 - 360 = A
359 - 320 = B
319 - 280 = C
279 - 240 = D
239 below = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Unless you have made arrangements with me IN ADVANCE I will not accept late assignments. I understand that we are all adults and that things arise, please understand that if you don't let me know in advance, I cannot accomodate you.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

First and foremost I expect that we respect one another. This means several things to me. We will not raise our voice unless the building is on fire. Our cells and pagers will be on vibrate, and if we feel compelled to take a call, we step quietly into the hall to do so. In general, we will take a break at 7:00pm and you can plan accordingly. Any idea is up for discussion, but we do not engage in personal attacks. We are each free to believe or disbelieve anything and I will absolutely support your rights to disagree with me. I want this to be a safe environment for the discussion of ideas. This class may lend itself to personal disclosure. I expect that what is said in our classroom stays in our classroom.

 

Class Activities

Assignments

Tests

January 15

Introductions, Ice breakers, history of psychology, the study of psychology, nueroscience

 

 

January 22

Nature v. Nurture, theories of development, our senses, perceptions

Read Chapters 1-6

 

January 29

Dreams, hypnosis, and other altered states of reality,
How do we learn?

 

Exam One Chapters 1-6

February 5

Learning theories, memory and forgetting

Read Chapters 7-12 by tonight

 

February 12

Language acquisition, Intelligence, what does it mean? Motivation and the Psychology of Sex

 

 

February 19

Emotions, stress and your health

 

Exam Two Chapters 7 - 12

February 26

Personality development, disorders and therapies

Core Assessment Project Due
Read Chapters 13 - 18 by tonight

 

March 5

Social psychology

 

Final Exam Chapters 13 - 18


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
If you have a question or need help, contact me. If I discover that you have violated our code of ethics, I will give you a zero on that exam or assignment and report you to the appropriate officials and ask that you remove yourself from my class.  

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
If you are in doubt, cite. If you have questions, contact me or your wrting lab. It is far better to err on the side of caution than to be accused of plagiarism. I don't know if you've followed any cases, but that assertion can follow you for years to come and undermine any legitmate work in your career.

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
Any two unexcused absences will result in your withdrawal. Coming late and leaving early constitute absences. It is crucial in a short class to attend. Your attendance is obviously your choice, however the consequences should be weighed carefully.
If you fail to contact me within twenty-four hours of an absence, I will not excuse you. I do not guarantee that I will excuse you then, just that if you don't, I won't.

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)
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.
 
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.
 
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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