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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Keeler, Clifford Bart


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

F2LL 2007 LR

Faculty

Bart Keeler, MSW, ACSW

Title

Adjunct Faculty - Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Social Work
ACSW

E-Mail

p286943@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 15 -- December 9, 2007

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Exploring Psychology; Myers; Seventh Edition; 2008; Worth Publishers

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Online Personality Test

Online Representational Learning Test

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

http://www.personalitytest.com
http://www.learningsite.com

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 will utilize interactive teaching techniques, including real life examples, discussion, role play, and cases of psychotheraby to explain psychology theories.

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. Describe the various areas and uses of the science of psychology.
  2. Understand how the genomics and proteomics revolution have aided and changed the focus of behavioral science.
  3. Analyze their own learning and testing strategies and exercise additional options in order to make their learning more efficient and effective. The student should be able to test in a realaxed state.
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:

Mid Term Examination                      35%

Final Examination                             35%

Proof of Personality Test                    5%

Proof of Learning Style Test               5%

Core Assessment Paper                    20%

Total                                                 100%

Grading:

90  --  100%          A
80  --   89%           B
70  --   79%           C
60  --   69%           D
Below 60%            F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of work will be evaluated on a case by case basis and extenuating circumstances, including the final examination.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students will be required to attend class prepared with the reading assignments and homework completed prior to class.

Students will be expected to respect their classmates' openness in dicussions and willingess to explore themselves in the journey of the counseling process.

Professional confidentiality standards are expected of all students.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Number

Date of Class Reading Assignment Topics of Discussion 

 1

10/15/07

Introduction

2

10/17/07

Chapter 1 Thinking Critically with Psychology

3

10/22/07

Chapter 2 Neuroscience & Behavior

4

10/24/07

Chapter 2 Current Neuroscience

5

10/29/07

Chapter 3 The Nature and Nurture of Behavior

6

10/31/07

Chapter 5 Sensation & Perception

7

11/5/07

Chapter 5

Representational Systems

8

11/7/07

Chapter 6 Self Hypnosis

9

11/12/07

Holiday Verteran's Day

10

11/14/07

Chapter 6 States of Consciousness

11

11/19/07

TEST

Mid-term Examination

12

11/21/07

Chapter 11 Emotions, Stress and Health

13

11/26/07

Chapter 12 Personality

14

11/28/07

Chapter 13 Psychological Disorders

15

12/3/07

Chapter 14 Therapy

16

12/5/07

TEST 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:
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

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
1,2,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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

 
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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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