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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Ruiz, Thomas 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 101 Introduction to Psychology

Semester

F1B 2006 BL

Faculty

Ruiz, Thomas J.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MBA Business/Marketing
MA Counseling Psychology
BS Psychology/Biology

Daytime Phone

9155250829

Other Phone

9158529228

E-Mail

truiz@park.edu

tomprotem@aol.com

Semester Dates

July 31 - Sep 22

Class Days

Mon - Wed

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 p.m.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Psychology by David G. Myers 7th ed.


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's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings.  The facilitator will engage each learner to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and controversies.

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:
There will be two 30-question multiple choice examinations, Aug 23 and Sep 18, A written Review of Literature on a controversial subject in the field of psychology will be due on Aug 30.  Weekly quizzes pertaining to the assigned readings will be administered.  Three graded activity projects will round out the grade.

Grading:
Examinations - 2, each worth 25% of grade
Written report - 1, worth 30% of grade
Weekly quizzes - 12, cumulatively worth 10% of grade
Activity projects - 3, cumulatively worth 10% of grade

A  90% to 100%
B  80% to <90%
C  70% to <80%
D  60% to <70%
F  <60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late papers will be docked by 10% for each day they are late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Come to each class prepared to discuss the readings for that class/week.  I do not ask rhetorical questions and expect students to participate in classroom discussions.

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.

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. 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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Last Updated:7/6/2006 6:38:22 PM