PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


S2FF 2009 FAH


Tillman, Charles


Adjunct Instructor


B.A. Sociology
M.A. Social Psychology

Office Location

Fairchild AFB Education Center Rm 113

Office Hours

M/W 4-5 P.M.

Daytime Phone

(509) 244-2020

Other Phone

(509) 467-2468


Semester Dates

16 Mar - 10 May 2009

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Credit Hours


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

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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:
No academic discipline is inherently difficult.  Difficulty is generally the result of inappropriate teaching methods.  Teaching should be student centered and require active learning with timely constructive feedback.  The instruction must be at a level of difficulty that requires both guidance and significant student effort for successful completion.

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.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Students will be required to successfully complete a core assessment paper and two other short papers in APA format.  They must also complete two quizzes, a mid-term and final exam with a successful cumulative point total.  Classroom and on-line participation is also required.


         Quiz #1                                         100
         Quiz #2                                         100
         Webreport #1                                50
         Webreport #2                                50
         Mid-Term Exam                          200
         Final Exam                                   200
         Class Participation                      100
         Core Assessment Paper             200
A modified cumulative curve will be used to determine the course letter grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted for valid personal or work relate reasons only and prior approval must be obtained if circumstances reasonably allow.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class decorum will be guided by the reasonable person rule.  No academic topic is exempt from discussion, so long as it is appropriate to the class topic, and any bias may be entertained but it must be expressed and presented with respect for all.  Disruptions of the learning environment however, will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATE                    TOPIC                                  STUDENT ASSIGNMENT
Mar 16*           Course Introduction                              Chapter 1
Mar 17*           Psychological Theories                         Chapter 1
Mar 18*           Psych Research methods                      Handout #1
Mar 19*           Application of Research Methods        Group Discussion
Mar 23*           Psych Testing                                         Student Exercise
Mar 24             Cognition                                                Text p. 395-408
Mar 25             Neurophysiology                                    Chapter 2
Mar 26                  "      "                                                 Web Report #1
Mar 30             Sensation                                                 Chapter 5
Mar 31*           Perception                                                Chapter 6
Apr    1             Quiz#1                                         
Apr    2*           Sleep                                                        Chapter 7
Apr    6             Learning Theories                                   Chapter 8
Apr    7             Memory                                                   Chapter 9
Apr    8             Language/Communications                     Chapter 10
Apr    9*           Course Review
Apr   13            Emotions                                                   Chapter 13
Apr   14*          Mid-Term Exam
Apr   15*          Return of Mid-Term
Apr   16            Motivation                                                Chapter 12
Apr   20*          Human Development                                Chapter 3 & 4
Apr   21                 "             "                                             Web Report #2
Apr   22            Personality                                                 Chapter 15
Apr   23                  "                                                                   "
Apr   27            Quiz #2
Apr   28            Abnormal Psychology                                 Chapter 16
Apr   29                       "                                                     Core Assessment Paper Due
Apr   30*          Stress & Coping                                          Chapter 14
May   4*           Psychotherapy                                            Chapter 17
May   5*           Social Psychology                                       Chapter 18
May   6*           Course Review 
May   7*           Final Exam
This is a "blended course".  Dates marked with an * are face to face, other dates are on-line.

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

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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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