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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Washington, Spencer A.


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

S2V 2007 GO

Faculty

Washington, Spencer A.

Title

Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. in Psychology, Angelo State University
M.S. in General Psychology, Angelo State University

Daytime Phone

325.465.2426

E-Mail

spencer.washington@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

03.19.07 through 05.13.07

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:30 - 8:05 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Myers, David G.  Psychology.  8th ed.  New York: Worth Publishers, 2007.

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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:

I am a strong proponent of higher learning and, for that matter, learning in general.  I am fully aware that learning is most likely to occur when a variety of methods are implored.  For that reason, I will utilize group-thinking processes, student-centered learning, encourage and promote active discussion, and regularly assess your knowledge via quizzes and classroom writing assignments.  Frequent analysis, questioning, commentary, and exploration will be required, as each student is expected to participate in class discussions and activities.

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:

Quizzes                                         20%
Class Presentations                        15%
Participation/Discussion                 10%
Exercises                                        5%
Position Paper                               20%
Final Exam                                    30%
Total                                            100%
 

Grading:

A = 90-100
B=80-89
C=70-79
D=60-69
F=Below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will be accepted until the end of the next class period.  A late assignment, however, will be penalized one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Students are expected to attend all class sessions, be on time, and remain present for the duration of the class session.
  • Classes missed for personal illness, illness of a family member, or unexpected work conflicts will be excused.
  • Students must email the instructor no later than 5pm of the day following the absence.
  • Students who arrive to class more than 30 minutes late will be counted as absent for that class.
  • Check your emails regularly. 
  •  Students who violate the Policy on Academic Honesty will be subject to disciplinary action, including a failing grade in this course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weekly Syllabus for Psychology 101
Week 1:
Monday, March 19                              Introduction to course
                                                            Syllabus, Position Paper, Class Presentations
                                                            Begin discussion of Chapter 1
                                                            Assignment: Read Chapter 1; determine topic for Position Paper
 
Wednesday, March 21                        Quiz, Chapter 1
                                                            1st Class Presentation (Chapter 2)
                                                            Additional discussion of Chapter 2
                                                            Assignment: Read Chapters 2 & 3
 
Week 2:
Monday, March 26                              Quiz, Chapter 2
                                                            2nd Class Presentation (Chapter 3)
                                                            Additional discussion of Chapter 3
                                                            Assignment: Read Chapter 3
 
Wednesday, March 28                        Quiz, Chapter 3
                                                            3rd Class Presentation (Chapter 4)
                                                            Additional discussion of Chapter 4
                                                            Evaluate progress on Position Paper
                                                            Assignment: Read Chapter 4 
 
Week 3:
Monday, April 2                                    Quiz, Chapter 4
                                                              4th Class Presentation (Chapter 5)
                                                              Additional discussion of Chapter 5
                                                              Rough Draft of Position Paper due
                                                              Assignment: Read Chapter 5
 
Wednesday, April 4                                Quiz, Chapter 5
                                                               5th Class Presentation (Chapter 6)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 6
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 6
Week 4:
Monday, April 9                                      Quiz, Chapter 6
                                                               6th Class Presentation (Chapter 7)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 7
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 7
 
Wednesday, April 11                              Quiz, Chapter 7
                                                               7th Class Presentation (Chapter 8)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 8
                                                               Evaluate progress on Position Paper
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 8
 
Week 5:
Monday, April 16                                   Quiz, Chapter 8
                                                               8th Class Presentation (Chapter 9)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 9
                                                               In-class peer reviews of Position Paper
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 9
 
Wednesday, April 18                              Quiz, Chapter 9
                                                               9th Class Presentation (Chapter 11)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 11
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 11
 
Week 6:
Monday, April 23                                    Quiz, Chapter 11
                                                                10th Class Presentation (Chapter 12)
                                                                Additional discussion of Chapter 12
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 12
 
Wednesday, April 25                              Quiz, Chapter 12
                                                               11th Class Presentation (Chapter 13)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 13
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapters 13
 
Week 7:
Monday, April 30                                    Position Paper Due
                                                               Quiz, Chapter 13
                                                               12th Class Presentation (Chapter 14)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 14
                                                               Assignment: Read Chapter 14; begin reviewing for Semester Exam
 
Wednesday, May 2                                 Quiz, Chapter 14
                                                               Final Class Presentation (Chapter 16)
                                                               Additional discussion of Chapter 16
                                                               Assignment: Continue reviewing for exam
 
Week 8:
Monday, May 7                                      In-class review for Semester Exam
 
Wednesday, May 9                                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 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 2006-2007 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 "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

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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