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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Johnson, Andrew Thomas


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

UMA 2007 HO

Faculty

Johnson, Andrew Thomas

Office Location

MA 220

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

816.584.6722

E-Mail

ajohnson@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/ajohnson

Semester Dates

May 14 - May 25

Class Days

-MTWRF--

Class Time

8:00 - 11:45 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 Myers, D. (2006). PSYCHOLOGY (8th Ed.). New York:  Worth publishers. ISBN: 0-7167-6428-8

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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:

My educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on student engagement.  Lectures, demonstrations, participation activities, readings, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet and technology are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, synthesize course material and apply it to their own lives.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate understanding of Park's General Education literacies: critical thinking, civic, science, and values.
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:

A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on exams, and writing assignments.

 

Exams: There will be a total of 2 exams (Midterm and Final). The exams will consist of 50 True/ False and multiple-choice questions. In order to prepare for these, I have created practice tests that are available in the eCompanion class.  The true/ false questions can be accessed under Fact/ Fiction for each May Day.  Multiple-choice questions for the various chapters can be accessed under the Quiz found under each May Day content item. The Midterm and Final exam questions will be drawn from both the Fact/ Fiction and Quiz tests.

 

The dates for the exams are listed in the reading assignment section. This is a tentative schedule and any change from this schedule will be announced in class. The exams will be worth a total of 50 points each. Make-ups for the exams will be given only to those who have scheduled a test time before that exam. Note: the questions and format of make-up exams may be different than regular exams.

 

Paper: In order to demonstrate that you can apply the course material to the Park University literacies (Critical Thinking, Civic, Scientific, and Values) you will submit a position paper on a controversial topic, for example, “Does divorce negatively affect children?” Topics will be drawn from the Taking Sides books on reserve in the Library.   

 

Do not select the topics of: “Does media violence promote violent behavior in young people?” or “Does the divorce of parents harm their children?” I’ve read these topics so many times, I need a break from these. 

 

This paper is due Tuesday May 22nd and is worth 50 points. This paper should be submitted on the eCompanion site.  Position Paper

 

Papers should be typed with 1 inch margins and in 12pt Times New Roman, or 10 pt Arial font.

 

Application Journal: This component of the course is designed to have you apply the course material to your life.  The activities for this will include inclass questions, responses to demonstrations, applications of principles to your experience, etc.  You will be asked to make at least one entry into your application journal each class period and you have to be present to receive credit for it. 

 

 

Graded Component

Points

 %  

Resources

Application Journal

50

25

 

Core Assessment (Position Paper)

50

25

Position Paper Rubric

Midterm Exam

50

25

 

Final Exam

50

25

 

Total

200

100

 

 
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable.  I expect that each paper you submit in this class is a unique paper created by you.  Violation of this will result in a zero for the assignment.

The course textbook has a website to support the textbook.  It may be found at www.worthpublishers.com/myers8e/  (This website has reviews, quizzes, and simulations that reinforce the material in the text.)

 

Additional information which can be accessed through the following link PS 101 Handouts.

 

Grading:

The course grade is determined by the total number of points from papers, participation, and exams. Grades will be based on percentage cutoffs, i.e., 90 % and higher = A, 80-89 % = B, 70-79 % = C, 60-69 % = D, and less than 60 % = F.
 
Grade 

Points

A

180 - 200

B

160 - 179

C

140 - 159

D

120 - 139

F

119 - 0

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Due to the accelerated schedule, no late assignments will be accepted.

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Academic Honesty: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

Attendance Policy: Attendance is not mandatory, but crucial to your performance in this class. There will be information presented in class lectures that will not be found in your text and you will be responsible for this on the exams. Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The Instructor reserves the right to amend this Schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students. Note: Chapter PowerPoint presentations can be downloaded at: PS 101 Handouts.
 

Day

Topic

Chap

Assignments/ Exams

Mon May 14

 

Intro / History & Methods

Intro, 1

Fact/ Fiction & Quiz

Tues May 15

 

Neuroscience / Perception

2, 6

Fact/ Fiction & Quiz

Wed May 16

 

Perception / States of Consciousness

6, 7

Fact/ Fiction & Quiz

Thurs May 17

 

Learning / Memory

8, 9

Fact/ Fiction & Quiz

Friday May 18

 

Thinking / Intelligence

10, 11

Fact/ Fiction & Quiz

Mon May 21

 

Developing Person

4

Midterm

Fact/ Fiction & Quiz

Tues May 22

 

Motivation/ Personality

12, 15

Fact/ Fiction & Quiz Position paper

Wed May 23

 

Disorders/ Therapy

16, 17

Fact/ Fiction & Quiz

Thurs May 24

 

Social Psychology

18

Fact/ Fiction & Quiz

Friday May 25

 

Wrap up and final exam

Appl. Journal Due

Final

Final Exam - Friday May 25th 8:00 - 10:30am WLC chaps 4, 12, 15, 16, 17, 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

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 .

Additional Information:

The course textbook has a website to support the textbook.  It may be found at www.worthpublishers.com/myers8e/  (This website has reviews, quizzes, and simulations that reinforce the material in the text.)

Additional information which can be accessed through the following link PS 101 Handouts.





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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