PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
UMA 2007 HO
Johnson, Andrew Thomas
May 14 - May 25
8:00 - 11:45 AM
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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.
Link to Class RubricClass 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.
Core Assessment (Position Paper)
Position Paper Rubric
Additional information which can be accessed through the following link PS 101 Handouts.
180 - 200
160 - 179
140 - 159
120 - 139
119 - 0
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Due to the accelerated schedule, no late assignments will be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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.
Intro / History & Methods
Fact/ Fiction & Quiz
Neuroscience / Perception
Perception / States of Consciousness
Learning / Memory
Thinking / Intelligence
Fact/ Fiction & Quiz Position paper
Wrap up and final exam
Appl. Journal Due
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.
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 .
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