PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F1M 2009 CH


Galley, Donna J.


Senior Instructor of Psychology, Sociology, and Communications/Adjunct Faculty


M.A. - Psychology and  Graduate Minor -  Social Work -  SUNY/Buffalo
B.A. Psychology with Honors, Cum Laude -  SUNY/Buffalo
A.A. Liberal Arts/Social Sciences -  Erie Community College

Office Hours

Gladly By Appointment or Via Virtual Office Hours (Email or Phone)

Daytime Phone

(252) 444-1711

Other Phone

(252) 466-2655

E-Mail (Please use this email address)

Web Page


Semester Dates

August 17 - October 11, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM



Credit Hours


Introduction to Psychology (2008) by Rod Plotnik & Haig Kouyoumdjian, 8th Ed.  Belmont, CA: Thompson/Wadsworth Higher Education.

This award-winning text is a favorite among students and faculty!  The authors provide cutting edge information about "what makes us tick," in straightforward language, with colorful photos and eye-catching graphics.  The emphasis is on knowledge that is useful for everyday life.  Finally -  a textbook you will find a pleasure to read!


Students are expected to read the assigned pages before class.

If you are not a good reader, do not like to read, or do not have time to read, do not take this course.

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Additional Resources:


Please bring the following to each class meeting:  Your textbook, a spiral notebook (for notetaking), a sturdy pocket folder for handouts and quizzes, a pen or pencil, and a yellow highlighter.

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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:


My name is Donna J. Galley, M.A., and I will be your instructor.

Your instructor's educational philosophy is one of shared interaction based on lectures, readings, classroom demonstrations (for which class participation is necessary), quizzes, DVDs/videos, and writings.  I am eager to get to know each student personally.  My goal is to engage each learner in the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.  Class members are encouraged to share their experiences and impressions as they relate to the course content.

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:

8 Quizzes -  Students will take a quiz approximately every week on previously covered material (usually, 2 topics).  This will assure that the information is fresh in your mind and you are able to do your best.  Quizzes take place at the beginning of class  and consist mainly of multiple choice questions with some short answer essays and fill in the blank questions, too.  Each quiz will contain 25 questions and one extra credit question.  No books or notes may be used.

Class Participation   -  Students are expected to demonstrate their preparation for class through class participation.  Please read the assigned pages before class and be prepared to discuss them and take part in class demonstrations and activities.  All students should bring a spiral notebook, a sturdy pocket folder, and a pen or pencil.  Be read to take notes.  Of course, you must be present to earn class participation.  Class participation is worth 25 points.

Interview Project -  Each student will interview     3 individuals (one young adult, one middle adult, and one late adult) about the topic the forms the basis of your core assessment assignment.  Please let me know what topic you have chosen before you begin so I can okay it.    Interview questions are up to you and should number 10 per interview.  When you have finished conducting your interviews, write a summary that shows what you learned from each person and include a copy of the questions used.  Interviews must be typed or WP with double-spacing, proofreading, a cover page, and a references page.  Please double space and use 12 point print size.  Start early!   Your interview project is worth 50 points.

Core Assessment Assignment  -  Explicit instructions for completing your core assessment paper are included in this syllabus.  This assignment was designed by the main campus Psychology department and is required of ALL students who take PS 101 from Park University .  We will go over the instructions together and I am available as your resource to guide you through the process.  When you have chosen your topic, please check with me before you begin so I can okay it.    It is very important that each learner understands what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.  Consequences for students caught plagiarizing (lifting words and ideas from other sources, without giving proper credit, and claiming they are your own) are very serious.  If you aren't sure what constitutes plagairism -  please ask me.  Start early!   Your Core Assessment paper is worth 50 points.

EXTRA CREDIT:  Students may earn a maximum of 10 points of extra credit by donating pet food and pet care products to the Havelock Kritter Rescue Squad and Havelock Animal Rescue.  Donation Requests:  A pallet of canned dog or cat food, a large bag or dog or cat food, a large bag or box of clumping cat litter for multiple cats.  You can turn in your donation anytime up to the last moments before the course ends.     



8 Quizzes = 25 points each = 200 points total
Class Participation = 25 points total
Interview Project = 50 points
Core Assessment Assignment =  50 point
TOTAL:  325 points

Core Assessment
A = 100-90 points
B = 80-89 points
C = 70-79 points
D = 65-69 points
Below Passing = Below 65 points

A = 25-23 points
B+ = 22 points
B = 21-20 points
C = 19-18 points
D = 17 points
Below Passing = Below 17 points

To calculate your final grade, divide the number of points you earned by the total number of points available (325 points) and move the decimal place.

Here is the final grading scale:

100-90 = A
 89-80 = B
 79-70 = C
 69-65 = D
Below 65 = Below Passing

Late Submission of Course Materials:


Procrastination...zzzzzzzzzzzzz...I'll do it tomorrow! 

Be present on quiz nights.  Students with a legitimate excuse will be allowed to make up a quiz in the Park University office.  Make up quizzes may be in essay form.  A student has one week to complete the make up quiz.  Please don't let it become a habit.  If you suffer from test anxiety , discuss it with me.

Late interview projects and core assessment assignments will lose 5 points per class, unless the student has a legitimate excuse.

I am happy to receive any project or paper early!  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

In order to ensure an atmosphere conducive to learning for all, cell phones will be turned off while in class.  Emergency exceptions to this policy must be cleared with the instructor prior to a class period.  You may be asked to hand the instructor your cell phone or portable electronic device, or asked to leave if your cell phone goes off during class.  Do not text message during class.  

Eating and drinking in the classroom are permitted provided you clean up after yourself and are considerate of others.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Here is Our Course Schedule:

August 18th:   Orientation
August 20th:   Module 1:  Discovering Psychology
August 25th:   Module 2:  Psychology & Science
August 27th: QUIZ 1
Modules 3-4:  Biopsychology
Sept. 1st: Module 15:  Motivation
Sept. 3rd: QUIZ 2
Module 7:  Sleep & Dreams
Sept. 8th: Module 8:  Hypnosis & Drugs
Sept. 10th: QUIZ 3
Module 17:  Infancy & Childhood
Sept. 15th: Module 18:  Adolescence & Adulthood
Sept. 17th: QUIZ 4
Module 19:  Personality I (Freudian Theory, Projective Tests)
Modules 19 & 20:  Personality II (Humanistic, Trait, etc.)
Sept. 22nd: QUIZ 5
Module 21:  Health, Stress, & Coping
Sept. 24th: Module 25:  Social Psychology
Interview Project Due
Sept. 29th: QUIZ 6
Module 22:  Assessment & Anxiety Disorders
October 1st: Module 23:  Schizophrenia & Mood Disorders
Core Assessment Paper Due
October 6th: QUIZ 7
Module 24:  Therapies
October 8th QUIZ 8 -  Celebrate Our Learning!  


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

Cheating on quizzes, or helping others cheat, will not be tolerated.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism Policy -  Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero for the paper or the project and most likely an "F" in the course.  Plagiarism can get you kicked out of school.  If you are not sure what constitutes plagiarism, I recommend you check out web sites such as or

Having someone else write your Core Assessment Writing Assignment or your Interview Paper also constitutes plagiarism.

Do your own work.  Give credit to other writers where credit is due.  

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

In order to succeed in this class, it is highly recommended that you attend all class sessions and complete all assignments on time.  In the past, students who did not attend the majority of classes earned very low grades and frequently flunked.  It's up to you!

Park University does not consider Personal Leave or Vacation a legitimate absence.  If you expect to miss many classes, it may be better to take this course at another time.

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: .

If you have a hidden medical condition for which you might need help in the classroom, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.  If you have a learning, physical, or emotional disability, for which course accommodations or adaptations may be needed, please speak with me.  Students who request accommodations or adaptations will be asked to furnish Park University with a note from your healthcare provider, addressed to campus director Ivy Prior.

Additional Information:

Are you overextended?  

Students who try to do too much tend to become stressed out and do poorly in college classes.  

Now is the time to take a good look at the schedule you created.  

Include time for YOU and for the people and personal activities that are important to you.  

YOU matter!  


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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