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PS 301 Social Psychology
Strausser, Robert M.


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 301 Social Psychology

Semester

F1Y 2006 MN

Faculty

Strausser, Robert M.

Title

Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.A.   Psychology

Daytime Phone

873-8100 (W)

Other Phone

386-2605 (H)

E-Mail

rstrausser@park.edu

straur@bellsouth.net

Semester Dates

August  26, 2006 --- October 14, 2006

Class Days

Saturday--Millington, Tn. Campus

Class Time

8:30 -1:45 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (11TH Edition) by R.A. Baron and D. Byrne.  Published by Allyn & Bacon.

ISBN: 0-205-44412-1

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Course Description:
Study of the effects of social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define key theories and principles relevant to social psychology.
  2. Critically apply social psychological concepts to enhance one's understanding of their own behavior in a societal context.
  3. Identify and critique research methods in social psychology.
  4. Define and contrast key factors relevant in theories of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction.


Core Assessment:

Literature Review

The purpose of the literature review is for students to research a topic relevant to social psychology, formulate a research question, and conduct a literature review to address their target question. A literature review is not simply a report or an annotated bibliography; a literature review is a summary of the available information on a specific topic organized by common themes, trends or findings.

Requirements:

  • Utilizes a minimum of 6 empirical, peer-reviewed, research articles as the basis of the literature review.
  • Information must be organized, presented and referenced using APA style.
  • Literature review should be approximately 10-12 pages (plus title and reference pages).
  • Includes an explicit section examining multicultural implications, findings, relevance and/or significance.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
The final grade is determined by the number of points earned on exams, assignments, class participation, and the literature review discussed under core learning assessment. Four major tests will be given during the term, each test will be worth 100 points.  Tests will be combinations of multiple choice items, essay questions, and problems involving writing skills.  Homework assignments designed to expand and clarify the information covered in the chapters will be given during the semester.  A total of 50 points can be earned for homework assignments. The Literature Review will be worth 200 points.

Grading:

POSSIBLE POINTS:             MAJOR TESTS-------------------- 400 POINTS

                                           HOMEWORK---------------------   50 POINTS

                                           CLASS PARTICIPATION---------  50 POINTS

                                           LITERATURE REVIEW -----------200 POINTS

 

GRADING SCALE:                  650 TO 700 POINTS       =     A

                                             600 TO 649 POINTS      =     B

                                             550 TO 599 POINTS      =     C

                                             500 TO 549 POINTS      =     D

                                             LESS THAN 500 POINTS =     F 

                                         

 

 

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should conduct themselves in a mature, responsible, and respectful manner.  For example, no private conversations once class period begins, being on time, giving the speaker (be it classmate or instructor) your individual attention.  Please be sure to turn off electronic devices, such as, alarm on watch, pagers, cell phones, etc.

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 2005-2006 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 "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 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)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                            
Identifies and incorporates 7 or more empirical, peer-reviewed research articles that directly address the target research question.
 
Identifies and incorporates 6 empirical, peer-reviewed research articles that are appropriate and relevant for addressing the target research question.
 
Utilizes 5 or less research articles OR fails to utilize empirical, peer-reviewed research articles OR research articles are inappropriate for addressing the target research question.
 
No references or empirical basis for paper.
 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                            
Literature review provides a cohesive, accurate analysis of the target question by organizing current information into logical themes, trends and findings; literature review provides a clear portrait of the current research status on the target topic.
 
Literature review is organized according to common themes, trends and findings that address the target question.
 
Literature review is presented as a series of unrelated findings/summaries OR literature review does not address the target question OR information fails to show any cohesiveness to topic.
 
Fails to provide a review of literature; paper is editorial, opinion, or personal reference.
 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                            
Student accurately interprets and presents empirical findings while going beyond the presented information to highlight original gaps, errors, inadequacies or unanswered issues in the research base.
 
Student accurately interprets and presents empirical findings that correctly address the research question while summarizing reported gaps or inadequacies in the research base.  
 
Student inaccurately interprets or presents the empirical findings OR findings do not address the research question OR fails to note any gaps/inadeqacies in the research base.
 
No relationship between literature review and research question.
 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 4                                               
Student accurately and consistenly utilizes appropriate social psychological concepts that demonstrate a clear understanding of terminology.
 
Student accurately utilizes social psychological concepts to discuss the research literature.
 
Student utilizes social psychological terminology inaccurately OR fails to consistently use social psychological terminology.
 
Utilizes no social psychological terminology.
 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                            
Student proposes an insightful, original research question that utilizes current social psychological information to extend our understanding of humans as social creatures.
 
Student provides an appropriate researchable question that can be addressed within the scope of social psychology.
 
Student provides a philosophical or unanswerable question OR utilizes a research question that cannot be addressed from a social psychological perspective.
 
Fails to provide a research question.
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                            
Student shows a sophisticated knowledge of research methodology in their ability to critically evaluate the research question; addresses flaws or concerns with the research literature.
 
Student correctly applies their knowledge of research methodology to interpret and integrate empirical information in relation to their target question.
 
Student is inaccurate in their application of research methodology OR fails to apply their knowledge to accurately address the target question.
 
Student unable to understand or interpret research methodology OR fails to apply research knowledge to the review of literature.
 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                            
Student utilizes APA style throughout paper with fewer than 3 errors.
 
Student utilizes APA style for title page, citations, references and overall organization of information; student has 4-6 errors in technical use of APA style.
 
Student utilizes APA style but has 7 or more errors.
 
Student fails to use APA style.
 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                            
Body of literature review is 13 or more double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional)
 
Body of literature review is 10-12 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional)
 
Body of literature review is 7-9 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) OR missing title/reference page
 
Body of literature review is less than 6 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional)
 
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Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                            
Student provides insight beyond what is presented in the literature in examining the multicultural implications, findings and/or significance; highlights awareness of the research question in relation to contemporary issues.
 
Student accurately addresses the multicultural implications, findings and/or significance of their research question.
 
Student mentions multicultural implications but fails to elaborate on the implications, findings and/or significance OR student fails to show an accurate understanding of multicultural issues.
 
No mention of multicultural issues, implications or findings.
 

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