PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
SP 2009 HOB
Asst Professor of Psychology/Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology University of Kansas
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A particular goal of this class is to emphasize the development of critical thinking skills and to prepare you to be a cautious and analytical consumer of information. Psychology addresses many important and controversial issues; many in the field disagree both on which questions are appropriate and what kinds of answers are sought. As you progress through the course, you should become an active questioner as you begin to understand arguments on both sides of issues, identify basic assumptions underlying conclusions, and recognize what constitutes sound reasoning and evidence.
I also hope that you will come to appreciate the individual dimension of psychology and derive personal benefits from the class. By applying psychological insights to issues in your own life, you can increase your understanding and acceptance of yourself and others. Ideally, you will gain something from this class that will enrich your personal relationships, lead to personal growth, and add to your success both as a person and in your chosen occupation.
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.
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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.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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Additional Information:The syllabus for the semester is flexible and subject to change. This is a tentative class schedule; circumstances may warrant adjustments in material covered and dates of exams. Any and all changes will be announced in class and supercede this document. Regular attendance will assure that you are informed of all relevant changes (including test times).
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