PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F1B 2008 BL


Cook-McDaniel, Kimberly


Adjunct Faculty


MS Professional Counseling
BBA Computer Information Systems
Certified ASIST Trainer

Office Location

Fort Bliss Campus

Office Hours


Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

4 August - 24 September 2008

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Myers, D. (2006). PSYCHOLOGY (8th). New York: Worth publishers. ISBN: 0-7167-6428-8

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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:

My philosophy incorporates scholarship and practice in the fields of technology, sociology and psychology. The basic tenets of my philosophy assumes that classroom facilitation, scholarship and professional activities  are interrelated and impact the learning experience for adult learners. I believe teaching is continuously evolving rather than static and that teaching and learning are dynamic and progress with each term. I believe in connecting students’ learning with something they know or value, embracing adult learning theory and ensuring the class is learner-centered. With this being said my classes involve a variety of strategies like dialogic/socratic discussion, activities like group and individual projects, and assessments designed to prepare students in their academic and professional careers. To convey technological, sociological and psychological concepts effectively relevancy, variety, enthusiasm, rapport and involvement between myself and my students are crucial elements in ensuring the classroom is a safe and successful environment.

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:

While this is an introductory course it is content heavy and requires reading and discussion. Attendance will be taken weekly and your active participation during class will be assessed with a possible total point value of 80 points for the term.

The semester-long project in this class, called Thought Provoking Questions (TPQs), is one that takes place 7 times during the term.

TPQs: Beginning in Week 2 of the course you will be asked to type and turn in a weekly Thought Provoking Question (TPQ) before class. One TPQ is due each of the 7 designated weeks. In a typical week, you may choose whether you would like to turn in a TPQ about the Myers readings due for Monday or Wednesday’s class (if there is only one day of new reading in a week, you will write your TPQ about that material). For every TPQ you turn in you will receive 5 pts.

What exactly is a TPQ? A TPQ is an original question that promotes thought and discussion. As Myers describes in the introduction to your text, psychological research typically starts with a question about why people think, feel, and act in certain ways. Myers provides some of his own TPQs in your text (e.g., What triggers our good and bad moods? What do babies actually perceive and think?). The TPQs you turn in need to be related to the textbook material you are reading for the week’s class. They can broaden the readings or apply some of the concepts found in the readings to concepts covered in an earlier chapter of the textbook. They can also relate the textbook readings to the Scientific American articles or to topics of debate in popular culture. You may find that TPQs highlight a need for future psychological research. As you write the TPQ, it is important to give a bit of contextual information (e.g., What part of the text prompted you to ask the TPQ?). Imagine that someone else in the class is going to read and discuss your questions (this will actually take place in Part 2 of the project, described below.)  

That said, there are no “right” or “wrong” TPQs. You will receive full credit for each TPQ you turn in as long as you follow four basic steps: (1) label each TPQ with your name, the date you turn it in, the week the TPQ is for, and the Myers textbook chapter (including specific page numbers) that it addresses, (2) be certain the TPQ is original, typed, and addresses the textbook readings that are due on the day you turn it in, (3) include one summary statement (to bring the reader on board) and at least two questions in each TPQ, and (4) turn in the TPQ before class begins on either Monday or Wednesday of each week.

Here is a sample TPQ:

Name:  Kim McDaniel
Wednesday, April 27th
Week:   4
Ch 7, pp. 241-270
TPQ:     In chapter 7, pages 252-256, Myers discusses sleep and sleeping disorders. According to Myers, sleep patterns may be genetically influenced. Are sleep disorders also influenced by genetics? If sleep disorders are predisposed, can they be avoided through medication or diet? What are the 4 types of sleep disorders discussed? If a child experiences night terrors (one type of sleep disorder), is that child more at risk to develop other sleep disorders?

There will be 4 quizzes throughout the term. These may consist of short answer, fill-in-the-blank, matching or a crossword puzzle. Each quiz is worth 25 pt.

Final Exam:
The final exam will be a project, called Mind Games, which will be done in small groups and be presented during final exam week. For this project, you will be divided into groups. Your group will be assigned 2-3 chapters of the book (and relevant lectures) and will be asked to create a game that tests your classmates’ knowledge of those chapters. The game must be able to be played without your participation by small groups of students (be sure to include simple but detailed instructions). Your game may be a modified version of an existing game (e.g., Survivor, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Monopoly, Jeopardy, Life, Concentration, Memory) or a completely new game that you devise.

In order to receive full credit, you must: (1) create and bring inthe game, including instructions and materials for groups to play your game more than once, (2) turn in a 2-3 page description of your game and the way in which you personally contributed to the creation of the game, and (3) attend and participate in Mind Games activities during final exam week.

[Note: If you are unable to attend Mind Games because of extenuating circumstances, you will be required to write a ten-page paper on a psychological topic of your choice. The professor must approve your paper topic before you write it, and the paper must be turned in no later than the conclusion of class. APA, and proper grammar and spelling must be incorporated.

Extra Credit:
The extra credit project will be announced at the end of week 6.



Participation       80 (8 wks x 10 pt)
Position Paper   100
Project: TPQ      35 (7 wks x 5pt)
Quizzes             100 (4 at 25pt each)
Final Exam         100
Extra Credit           5 

Total                420 pts.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor must be notified and approve the request to submit the late work for medical or family emergencies prior to the project submission deadline. There are no late penalties for instructor approved late requests.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The course examines various minority groups, their experiences and the larger society's response to them. It also incorporates small group and individual assignments, discussions and assessments. The following classroom rules of conduct will be observed:

  • Cell phones, pagers, Blackberrys, PDAs, etc. will be turned off or set to "vibrate" while class is in session. If you must take a call please excuse yourself from the class and take your call outside. Do not answer or hold telephonic discussions in the class while class is in session.
  • Respond to the discussion response rather than the person. The classroom is a place for scholarly debate and discussion. Personal attacks will not be tolerated and may result in a report to Park University and / or disciplinary action.
  • Breaks will be provided periodically throughout each class session. Please try to refrain from continuous exit / entry into the class. This can be disruptive to the class.
  • If you arrive late to class there is no need to identify yourself. Take your seat and participate in the class activities. If you have missed significant portions of the class see me during office hours for a synopsis of the class' discussion and assignments.
  • Come to the first class prepared to discuss Chapter 1
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Purpose of the e-mail

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Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week 1

Introduction to Psychology
Position Paper – Controversial Topic
Final Project (Mind Games - Group Assignment)TPQ & Quizzes
Reading: Prologue
Reading: Thinking Critically with Psychological Science
Reading: Appendix A Careers in Psychology

Week 2

Reading: Neuroscience and Behavior
Reading: Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity
Thought Provoking Question (TPQ)

(Week 1)

(Week 2)

Week 3

Reading: Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity
Reading: Developing Through the Life Span
Thought Provoking Question (TPQ)
Quiz 1

TPQ Due (Week 3)

TPQ Due (Week 3)Catch Up & Review

Week 4

Reading: Sensation
Reading: Perception
Reading: States of Consciousness
Thought Provoking Question (TPQ)
Quiz 2

(Week 4)

TPQ Due (Week 4)

Week 5

Reading: Learning
Reading: Memory
Reading: Intelligence
Thought Provoking Question (TPQ)
Groups formed for Final Project

(Week 5)

TPQ Due (Week 5)Catch Up & Review

Week 6

Reading: Motivation and Work
Reading: Emotion
Reading: Stress and Health
Thought Provoking Question (TPQ)
Controversial Paper
Quiz 3

(Week 6)

TPQ Due (Week 6)Catch Up & Review

Week 7

Reading: Personality
Reading: Psychological Disorders
Reading: Therapy
Thought Provoking Question (TPQ)
Quiz 4

(Week 7)

TPQ Due (Week 7)Catch Up & Review

Week 8

Final Project “Mind Games”
(Groups will be notified)



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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2008-2009 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: .

Additional Information:

Please do not wait until the last minute to contact me when a situation presents itself that will interfere with class participation or timely assignment submission. I am flexible and open communication is a must.

Please be sure to check your e-mail and the eCompanion course area for announcements related to the course and / or Park Univeristy.

Responses to e-mails or phone calls will occur within 24 - 48 hrs. Please ensure all e-mail correspondance contains your name and course number in the "Subject" line. Please be sure to leave your name, number, time and date of call and your message when calling me.


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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