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PS 390 Selected Topics in Psychology
Tillman, Charles


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 390 Selected Topics in Psychology

Semester

U1FF 2006 FA

Faculty

Tillman, Charles

Title

Assistant Professor/Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

M.A.

Office Location

Education Center Rm113, Fairchild A.F.B.

Office Hours

M/W 4:00 to 5:00 P.M.

Daytime Phone

(509) 467-2468

Other Phone

(509) 244-2020

E-Mail

charles.tillman@park.edu

ctillman@icehouse.net

Class Days

-MTWR--

Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Prerequisites

PS101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
McGuire, J. (2004) Understanding Psychology and Crime.  Open University Press: New York. ISBN 0-335-21119-4


Course Description:
This course is an in-depth examination of the relationship between psychological factors and criminal behavior.  It is an interdisciplary approach that also includes socio-cultural and biological constituents with psychological variables to understand the development of criminal conduct.

Educational Philosophy:
No academic discipline is inherently difficult.  Difficulty is generally the result of inappropriate teaching methods.  Teaching should be student centered with timely constructive feedback.  The instruction must be at a level of difficulty that requires the student to exert reasonable effort and obtain occasional guidance for successful completion.

Class Assessment:
Student exercises will be used to develop a measure of the awareness and understanding of various psychological and sociological principles and theories.  Examinations will test knowledge levels of basic concepts and their application.  A required student paper and verbal presentation will address the student's ability to express knowledge and values orally and in writing.

Grading:
Each quiz is worth 10% of course points.  Mid-Term and Final Exam are each 20% and the Course Paper and presentation are also worth 20% each of the course points.  The course grade will be determined by a cumulative curve.  A rubric will be used for the essay portions of the tests and for the student papers that will include a grade for mechanics, content and format.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted only with prior approval for military and personal emergencies.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class decorum will be guided by the reasonable person rule.  No academic topic is exempt from discussion and any personal bias may be entertained so long as it is germane and presented with respect for all others.  Disruption of the learning process however, will not be allowed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
WEEK        ASSIGNMENT
Jun 5-8   Course Introduction/Deviance & Culture Ch 1 & 2
Jun 12-15 Psy of Deviance/Physiology of Behavior Ch 3
Jun 19-22 Quiz#1/Personality & Crime/Status Crimes Ch 5
Jun 26-29 Profiling & MidTerm Exam
Jul 3-6   Property Crimes/Violent Crimes Ch 4
Jul 10-13 Criminal Addictins/Sex Crimes P. 92-100
Jul 17-20 Quiz#2/Corp&White Collar Crimes Ch 6 & 7
Jul 24-27 Student Presentations & Final Exam

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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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 .

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Last Updated:4/23/2006 11:40:19 AM