PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F1AA 2007 LC


Ajas, Hiroshi


Senior Instructor


Master in Social Work, MSW; licensed LMSW in Texas
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in Business Management, MA

Office Location

Lackland AFB, TX

Office Hours

Anytime via e-mail or work number

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

20 Aug-14 Oct 2007

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours


Myers, David (2006). Psychology (8th edition). New York: Worth Publishers, New York, NY.

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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:
The instructor's educational philosophy is to integrate class lectures, power point slides, examinations, group exercises and review of current research to expand understanding of human behavior, individual/cultural diversity, major psychological concepts and introduction of critical thinking to encourage active learning. The instructor will engage each student in a myraid of role playing exercises and group activities to apply learning concepts, promote critical thinking, and to integrate principles in a CORE Assessment Position Paper.

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:

1. 14 Sep 2007- Midterm Examination-Chapters 1-9.
2. 12 Oct 2007- Final Examination-Chapters 10-18. Both examinations will include multiple choice, true and false, matching and short answer response questions.
3. CORE Assessment Position Paper: This critical thinking assignment is to examine a controversial topic/issue, approved by the instructor, and describing both sides of the issue with supporting resources. The paper will be 3 pages, doubled spaced, following APA guidelines. Each student will do an oral presentation of his/her paper at a scheduled time during class.
4. Group Project: The instructor will identify a controversial issue and divide the class into Pro/Con groups. The Pro/Con groups will research the issue and prepare a written report of their findings and present their findings to the class.
5. Attendance and Class Participation: A percentage of each student's overall grade will be based on attendance and active participation in all group exercises. Excused and unexcused absences, and inactive participation in group exercises, will result in the deduction of points per class.


1. Midterm Examination- 100 points (33%)
2. Final Examination- 100 points (33%)
3. CORE Assessment Position Paper- 50 points (17%)
4. Group Project- 25 points (8.5%)
5. Attendance and Participation- 25 points (8.5%)
6. Total Points- 300 points (100%)
300-270 points= A
269-240 points= B
239-210 points= C
209-180 points= D
179 and below= F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept late assignments unless it is for documented, excused reasons. Unexcused reasons for late submission of course work will receive a grade of "zero." There are NO make up for late submission of assignments or tests for unexcused absences. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor as soon as possible to make up missed assignments/tests.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and attendance will be taken for each class. Class missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, personal/medical emergencies are excusable but the student will need to coordinate with the instructor as soon as possible to make up missed assignments/tests. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1. 24 Aug- Introduction of the course, review of learning outcomes, discussion of group project, position paper and group activities. Lectures, slide presentations and group discussions for Chapters 1, 2 and 3.
2. 31 Aug- Lectures, slide presentations and group exercises for Chapters 4, 5 and 6.
3. 7 Sep- Lectures, slide presentations and group exercises for Chapters 7 , 8 and 9; review for Midterm Examination.
4. 14 Sep- Midterm Examination; lectures, slide presentations and group exercises for Chapters 10, 11, and 12.
5. 21 Sep- Lectures, slide presentations and group exercises for Chapters 13 and 14.
6. 28 Sep- Lectures, slide presentations and group exercises for Chapters 15 and 16.
7. 5 Oct- Lectures, slide presentations and group exercises for Chapters 17 and 18; review for Final Examination.
8. 12 Oct- Final Examinations, oral presentations of Group Project.

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 less 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 MLA or 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 is a component or writing errors are distracting


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