PS101 Introduction to Psychology

for F1A 2007

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F1A 2007 BE


Jenkines, Rita C.


Adjunct Professor


J.D., Law, Saint Mary's University School of Law
M.A., Counseling Psychology,  Louisiana Tech University
B.S., Education, Texas State University

Office Location

Austin Campus

Office Hours

Available by appointment

Daytime Phone

(512) 779-9633


Semester Dates

Monday, August 20, 2007 through Sunday, October 14, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 10:40 PM



Credit Hours



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

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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:

Students are expected to:
A. Attend and participate in all classes as scheduled.
B. Complete the term Core Assesment Position Paper.
C. Complete Midterm and Final exams as scheduled.


200 points for Core Assessment Position Paper
200 points for attendance and participation
300 points for Midterm Examination
300 points for Final Examination
1000 points in total
Note: Grades are not necessarily "rounded-up" - 896 is not an "A".
900.0 and above is an "A"
800.0 through 899.9 is a "B"
700.0 through 799.9 is a "C"
600.0 through 699.9 is a "D"
below 600.0 is an "F"

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No credit will be granted for work turned in after the due date unless, you have contacted the instructor before the due date to discuss the circumstances and permission is granted. The acceptance of late work would be an extreme exception and it would most likely involve a drop of a letter grade.  It is important to complete the work in the alloted time frame.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Be on time. 
2. Students should come to class sessions prepared to discuss the assigned material.
3. Students should disconnect or set to silent any cellular phones or beeping devices during class sessions.
4. Professional behavior is expected at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:








Aug. 21
Introduction &

Read Ch. 1-2


Aug. 23
Overview of
Ch. 1-2

Read Ch. 3


Aug. 28
Overview of
Ch. 3

Read Ch. 4


Aug. 30
Overview of
Ch. 4
Review Position Paper
Req.s; Paper Due Sept 27

Read Ch. 5-6


Overview of
Ch. 5-6

Read Ch. 7


Sept. 6
Overview of
Ch. 7

Read Ch. 8


Sept. 11
Overview of
Ch. 8
Study for
 Mid Term Exam


Sept. 13

Mid Term Exam

Covers Prologue &
Ch. 1-8

Read Ch. 9-10


Overview of
Ch. 9-10

Read Ch. 11-12


Sept. 20
Overview of
Ch. 11-12

Read Ch. 13-14


Sept. 25
Overview of
Ch. 13-14

Read Ch. 15


Sept. 27
Overview of
Ch. 15
Core Assessment
Position Paper Due

Read Ch. 16-17


Oct. 2
Overview of
Ch. 16-17
Read Ch. 18
Prepare for Presentation
of Paper


Oct. 4
Overview of
Ch. 18

Presentations of Papers

Prepare for Presentation
of Paper


Oct. 9
Review for
Final Exam

Presentations of Papers

Study for Final Exam


Oct. 11

Final Exam

Covers Ch. 9-18

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 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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