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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Enloe, Joseph Mark


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

F2AA 2008 LC

Faculty

Enloe, Joseph Mark

Title

Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S.O.E in Occupational Education
M.S. in School Psychology
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Office Location

Classroom

Office Hours

15 minutes prior to class or by appointment

Daytime Phone

210-289-7343

Other Phone

210-224-2506

E-Mail

JEnloe@park.edu

Jenloe3@satx.rr.com

Semester Dates

October 20 - December 14, 2008

Class Days

------S

Class Time

7:45 - 1:10 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

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

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The textbook companion website is accessible at:  www.worthpublishers.com/myers8e/

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Course Description:
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology: (MGE) A survey of the assumptions, history, methods, and techniques of psychology. A presentation of representative theory and reseach in the areas of consciousness, learning, motivation, cognition, personality and social behavior. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

   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, perception, states of consciousness, learning, and memory. The second half of the term will address thinking, intelligence, development, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders and therapy, and social psychology. 
   The instructor's educational philosophy incorporates the following understanding: *"learning something new, or attempting to understand something familiar in greater depth, is not a linear process. In trying to make sense of things we use both our prior experience and the first-hand knowledge gained from new explorations.” In addition, it is one of interactiveness based on readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, special projects, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in critical thinking situations to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.  

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.

 

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:
1Midterm Exam; November 16th  (4th week) Assigned chapters and class lecture.

    Final Exam: December 13th (8th week) - Assigned chapters and class lecture.

Both exams may be all of one of the following or a combination of each: multiple choice, matching, and essay questions.   
 
2. There will be a total of 4 quizzes worth 5 points apiece. The questions on the quizzes will be drawn from the review questions at the end of each chapter. There will be 5 questions on each quizz, each worth one point. Quizzes will be closed book.

Grading:

Possible maximum score/points:
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements.

100-92

 A (4.0 honor points)

Quizes (5 points each)

20%

91-82

 B (3.0 honor points)

Required Core Assessment

30%

81-72

 C (2.0 honor points)

Midterm Examination

25%

71-62

 D (1.0 honor point)

Final Examination

25%

Below 62

 F (no honor points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Make-up and/or late submission of exams and assignments must be coordinated with the instructor. Make-ups are given only for excused absences only.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Regular attendance with on time arrival. Courtesy to listen to and respect others points of view. Demonstrate a desire to take an active part in the learning process by coming to class prepared to discuss material, ask questions, and share insights with the class. Students are expected to complete all assignments by the due dates and appear for scheduled examinations. It is the student's responsibility to inquire when something is unclear in the texts or lectures. Do Not expect the instructor to present all the assigned reading in class.  Reading is the student's responsibility: The instructor's responsibility is to clarify, emphasize, give examples, put the topics into context, lead class discussions, and bring in additional related material to support and supplement the assigned reading. Tests may include questions over material from the assigned reading that was not covered in class. A student who does not read and study the assigned readings will not be able to get a good grade in this class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

October 25                 Introductions & Chapter 1, 2, 3
  
November 1               Quiz #1, Chapters 4 & 5
 
November 8               Chapters 6 & 7
 
November 15             Quiz #2 Chapters 8 & 9,
 
November 22             Mid-Term Exam, Chapters 10 & 11
 
November 29             Quiz #3, Chapters 12, 13  & 14

December 6               Quiz #4, Chapters 15, 16 & 17 

December 13             Chapter 18, FINAL EXAM (Chapter 18 will not be on the final)   Core Assessment Due! (at the beginning of class)            

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:
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: 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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