PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F2Z 2007 ML


Wilson, Anthony


Adjunct Professor


Associate of Applied Science, Community College of the Air Force
Bachelor of Science, Wayland Baptist University, Honolulu, Hawaii
Master Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, Ca.

Office Location

Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana

Office Hours

By appointment only

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Semester Dates

October 15- December 16, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours



Wade, Carole & Tavris Carol,  (2008). Psychology,  9th Ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

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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

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.



  • 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:

There will be two tests and two quizzes as noted below and students are required to complete homework as assigned.  Two debates/topic of discussions will be held on controversial issues discussing the Pro/Con sides of each issue.


The final course grade will be determined as follows:
Classroom attendence= 2.5 pts
Classroom participation= 5 pts
No interruptions with pagers and cell phones= 2.5 pts totalling 10 pts
(2) quizzzes (20 pts each) = 40 pts
One midterm = 20 pts
Final exam = 20 pts
Position paper = 23 pts
Grand total = 113 pts
92-113 = A
82-91 = B
71-81 = C
60-70 = D
Below 60 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Position paper is expected to be turned in on time.  With each day of lateness the point value of the paper will decrease 3 pts from earned grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend each class as scheduled.  Use of cell phones cannot be permitted in class.  Each student's active participation is heavily encouraged and graded.  Classroom discussion is expected but also being mindful of the need to sustain mutual courtesy and respected for opinions and feelings at all times.  If a student misses class due to TDY, deployment, or being "in the field" it's the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of the projected absence.  It is also the student's responsibility to obtain the material covered and discussed in class. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

16 Oct - Review syllabus and discuss intro to Psychology Homework (Hmwk): read Wade chapters 1-2)
18 Oct - Discuss chpts 1-2, What is Psychology and how Psychologist do research (Hmwk: read Wade chpts 3-4)
23 Oct - Discuss chpts 3-4, Genes, Evolution, and Environment & The Brain (Hmwk: read Wade chpts 5-6) Select-topic
25 Oct - Discuss chpts 5-6, Body Rythms and Mental States & Sensation and Perception. Review for Quiz in class
30 Oct - Administer Quiz/Conduct class debate (Hmwk: read Wade chpts 7-8)
1 Nov - Discuss chpts 7-8, Learning and Conditionnig & Behavior in social adn culture context (Hmwk: read Wade Chpt 9)
6 Nov - Guest speaker, Psychologist (Hmwk: read chpt 10)
8 Nov - Discuss chpts 9-10, Thinking and Intelliegence and Memory (Hmwk: read Wade chpts 11-12)
13 Nov - Discuss chpts 11-12, Emotion and Motivation (Hmwk: review chpts 1-11 for midterm review in class)
15 Nov - Midterm review discuss chpts 1-12 (Hmwk: Study for midterm)
20 Nov - Midterm examination (Hmwk: read Wade chpt 13)
22 Nov - Thanksgiving, No Classes!!
27 Nov - Discuss chpt 13, Theories of Personality (Hmwk: read chpts 14-15)
29 Nov - Discuss chpts 14-15, the Life Span & Health , Stress, and Coping (Hmwk: read Wade chpts 16-17)
4 Dec - Discuss chpts 16-17, Pyschological Disorders and Approaches to Treatment & Therapy (Hmwk: Review for Quiz)
6 Dec - Debate and Quiz #2 (Hmwk: Finish Position Paper and proof read for clarity and errors)
11 Dec - Final Exam review and turn in Position Paper
13 Dec - Final Examination

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
There are more than 2 distinct descriptive statements and 1 distinct statement of evaluation for each side

There are 2 distinct descriptive statements and 1 distinct statement of evaluation for each side

There are fewer than 2 distinct descriptive statements and 1 distinct statement of evaluation for each side

No literacy application errors and no multicultural application error

No literacy application errors, e.g., student correctly applies the topic to the literacies of: critical thinking, science, civic, and values

Literacy application error(s)

Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Position paper contains all of the components and formatted in correct APA style

Position paper contains the following components: an introduction, topic position descriptions, personal position with explanation, multicultural application, application to four literacies, a conclusion, reference page

Position paper has a component error or writing errors that are distracting



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