PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
F1QQ 2008 HI
Davis, Paul B.
PhD Clinical Psychology - Walden University - In ProgressMS General Psychology - Capella University - 2004BS Social Psychology - Park University - 2002
By Appointment only
18 August to 12 October
7:30 - 10:15 PM
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This course surveys the diverse range of areas in the discipline of psychology. We will begin with a brief history of the discipline and examine the keystone of psychology - scientific/ critical thinking and the scientific method. The first half of the term we will explore psychological principles in neuroscience, nature versus nurture, development, sensation, perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, and intelligence. The second half of the term will address development, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders and therapy, social psychology, and behavior genetics.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
This class will be graded based on six components:
100 Points will be available for class attendance and participation. This 100 points will be evenly divided between the 15 class meetings that comprise Fall I (6 points each + 10 points that I will gift to make the math easier on myself). In order to earn points you will need not only to be present and on time, but also on task. On task activities include participating in class discussions and taking notes. If you are caught using a cell phone or playing on a computer you will lose your participation points for the day.
100 Points are available for the Core Assessment.
100 Points will be available for the final exam. The final exam will consist of True / False, Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank questions. There will also be two or three essay questions on the exam.
45 Points will be available for Homework assignments. Homework assignments will consist of questions assigned based on the chapters that have been studied for the week.
45 Points will be available for in-class quizzes.
10 points will be available for the outline of the core assessment.
Total possible points for the class -- 400.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Work may be submitted up to one week late with a penalty of 10%. Work may be submitted between one week late and up until Monday of the last week week of class with a 50% penalty. No work will be accepted after the end of class on the final Monday of the Term.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using Times-Roman 12pt or Courier New 12pt as the font. They will include a title page.
Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable. I expect that each paper you submit in this class is a unique paper created by you. Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.
Please recognize that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink, Internet connections die, and hard drives crash. You are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your submissions and your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:
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All information - problems with assignments, concerns, etc. - pertaining to the class will be sent to you through Pirate Mail.
18 and 20 August -- Week 1
Welcome, class syllabus, expectations
Ch 1 (Thinking Critically With Psychology).
Ch 2 (Neuroscience &Behavior).
25 and 27 August -- Week 2
Quiz from week 1 on Monday
Ch 3 (Nature, Nurture, and Behavior).
Ch 4 (Developing Through the Lifespan).
Ch 5 (Sensation).
Ch 6 (Perception).
01 and 03 September -- Week 3
Labor Day Holiday
Homework from Week 2 Due on Wednesday
Activity: Are people made or are they born? The stories of Captain Picard and Commander Data.
08 and 10 September -- Week 4
Quiz from Week 3 on Monday
Ch 7 (States of Consciousness)
Ch 8 (Learning)
Ch 9 (Memory)
Outline for Core Assessment is Due with references
15 and 17 September -- Week 5
Homework from week 4 Due on Monday
Ch 10 (Thinking and Language)
Ch 11 (Intelligence)
Ch 12 (Motivation and Work)
22 and 24 September -- Week 6
Quiz from week 5 on Monday
Ch 13 (Emotion)
Ch14 (Stress and Health)
Ch 15 (Personality)
Core Assessment Due
29 September and 01 October -- Week 7
Homework from week 6 Due Monday
Ch 16 (Psychological Disorders)
Ch 17 (Therapy)
Ch 18 (Social Psychology)
06 and 08 October -- Week 8
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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 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.
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