PS101 Introduction to Psychology

for F1SS 2009

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F1SS 2009 RA


Schwartz, Kenneth L.


Adjunct Faculty


  B.S. Psychology
  M.A. Counseling Psychology
  Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Texas

Office Location

Randolph AFB, TX

Office Hours

anytime via e-mail or phone

Daytime Phone

Office: 565-3139/Cell:296-1736


Semester Dates

17 Aug - 11 Oct 2009

Class Days


Class Time

4:55 - 10:20

Credit Hours



Psychology, 9th edition, David G. Myers, Worth Publishers, 2009

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Course Description:
A survey of the assumptions, history, methods, and techniques of psychology.  A presentation of representative theory and research in the areas of consciousness, learning, motivation, cognition, personality, and social behavior.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's education philosophy is based on the use of reading, lecutres, discussion and interaction, role playing and group exercises, review of current research, papers, presentations, quizzes, and examinations to facilitate understanding of human behavior, individual and cultural diversity, major psychological concepts, and development of critical thinking.

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:

1. Mid-term Exam - Chapters 1-9 - 15 Sep 09

2. Final Exam-Chapters 10-16 - 8 Oct 09 

3. Position Paper-Controversial Topic: this critical thinking assignment is to examine a controversial topic, approved by the instructor, and describing both sides of the issue with supporting resources. The paper will be written in APA format.  A draft version will be submitted to Park Online Writing Lab by 10 Sep.  The final paper will be due 22 Sep. 
4.  Each student will do an oral presentation of their paper at a scheduled time during class.
5.  There will be six homework assignments consisting of finding an article related to one of the topics for the class period.  The student will prepare a summary, present in class, and submit summary via course e-companion dropbox. 

6. Attendance and participation: Prompt attendance and active participation in all class activities.  Excused and unexcused absences, and tardiness will result in a deduction of class participation points.


1. Mid-term Examination - 100 points (20%)

2. Final Examination - 100 points (20%)

3. Position Paper - 100 points (20%)

4. Presentation - 50 points (10%) 
5. Homework - Six @ 10 points each for 60 points (12%)
6. Attendance and participation- 80 points (16%)
7. Turn in for Park Online Writing Lab Review (2%)
Total points= 500 points (100%)

A: 450-500 points 

B: 400-449 points 

C: 350-399 points

D: 300-349 points 

F: 299 and below  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework must be placed in the dropbox the day of the class period it is due.  5 points will be deducted for every day it is late.  The controversial topic paper must be put in the dropbox the day of the class period it it due.  10 points will be deducted for every day it is late.  The presentation must be given on the day it is assigned to be presented.  Not presenting on the day it is assigned will be a 20% deduction in score.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and attendance will be taken for each class. Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, personal/medical emergencies are excusable but the student will need to coordinate with the instructor as soon as possible to make up assignments/tests.  The class participation points for the missed class period including excused absences will be lost.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - 18 Aug - Ch 1 & 2

Week 2 - 25 Aug - Ch 3, 4, & 5; Homework #1

Week 3 - 1 Sep - Ch 6 & 7; Homework #2 

Week 4 - 8 Sep- Ch 8 & 9; Homework #3; Contorversial Topics draft paper due to Park Online Writing Lab

Week 5 - 15 Sep - Ch 10 & 11; Homework #4; Mid-Term

Week 6 - 22 Sep - Ch 12 & 13; Homework #5; Controversial Topics paper due

Week 7 - 29 Sep - Ch 14 & 15; Homework #6

Week 8 - 8 Oct- Ch 16; Final


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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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

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: .


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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