PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F2KK 2009 HA


Naughton, Nathaniel B.


Adjunct Faculty


CAGS- Cambridge College
MA- Salem State College
BA- University of Massachusetts

Office Location


Office Hours

T & R- Before & after class or by appointment

E-Mail  (use this one please)

Semester Dates

Fall 2, 2009 (10/20-12/10)

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:30 PM

Credit Hours



Myers, D. (2009). PSYCHOLOGY (9th). New York: Worth publishers. 
Hardcover edition
         ISBN-10: 1-4292-1597-6
         ISBN-13: 978-1-429-21597-8

Or ebook edition:

         ISBN-10: 1-4292-2521-1
         ISBN-13: 978-1-429-22521-2

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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, memory, and thinking.  The second half of the term will address motivation, emotion, intelligence, personality, psychological disorders and therapy, social psychology, and development. 

My goal is to share the general principles of psychology in each of these areas and to have you apply the concepts to your own lives and experiences.  As you learn to do this you will find that psychology is an important area that allows us to understand our behaviors and those of others. Psychology is a course that I feel evryone should take as it helps us in so many ways to understand the people around us and ourselves.

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:

Grades will be earned in the following ways:
4 Quizzes- 5% each As noted on the outline we will have a quiz at the start of 4 classes. The quizzes will be multiple choice and will cover the material due for a particular class.
Participation/Attendance- 10%
Core Assessment Paper- 20%
Midterm Exam- 25% Covering the first 8 chapters of the course. Will consist of multiple choice questions with one essay.
Final Exam- 25% Covering the last 8 chapters of the course. Will consist of multiple choice questions with one essay.













Under 59%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Students are expected to take the 2 class exams in class on the date listed below. Exceptional circumstances must exist and prior contact must be made with the instructor for any exceptions to this policy.

Papers are to be turned in to the ecompanion dropbox no later than the date listed on the course outline (12/5). 15 points will be deducted from any late papers.

Students who miss any of the quizzes should see the instructor for an alternate assignment.

There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the time frame expected.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 I expect that the interactions and communications in this class will be civil and professional. Derogatory language, profanity, and personal attacks are unacceptable.
Students are expected to be present for all classes (this means being on time and staying until the end).
Students are expected to refrain from using any electronic devices during class. Phones should be on silent or vibrate and should not be answered during class. If there is an emergency, step into the hall to take the call. Texting should not be done during class time, students may be asked to leave if this becomes a problem.

To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using Times-Roman 12pt or Arial 10pt as the font.

Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable. I expect that each paper you submit in this class is a unique paper created by you. Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.

Please recognize that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink, Internet connections die, and hard drives crash. You are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your submissions and your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Students should use e-mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. All e-mails sent to the instructor and other students must include: PS101, purpose of e-mail, and student's full name in the subject line of the e-mail. E-mails without this information will be returned without being read. Students are required to use Pirate Mail for online classes. All information concerning the class will be sent through Pirate Mail. If emailing the instructor please use

Students need to remember that this is an accelerated course (covering a semester of materials in 8 weeks). Students need to be diligent in keeping up with reading assignments so as to not fall behind.  

All assignments need to be submitted by posting assignments into the drop box. If it becomes necessary for an assignment to be sent via e-mail or FAX, arrangements need to be made before the assignment is due.


E-Mail Procedures

General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:

PS 101

Purpose of the e-mail

Full name

It is required that you use Pirate Mail for your online class. All information - problems with assignments, concerns, etc. - pertaining to the class will be sent to you through Pirate Mail.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Topic    Reading Due for Next Class
10/20   Introductions; History & Methods of Psychology Chapters 1 & 2
10/22   The Biological Bases of Behavior   Chapter 6
10/27 Sensation & Perception (Quiz #1) Chapter 3
10/29 States of Consciousness Chapter 16
11/3 Social Psychology (Quiz #2) Chapter 7
11/5 Learning Chapters 8 & 9
Memory; Thinking
Midterm Review
Study for Exam
11/12 No class today- study for the exam
11/17    Midterm Exam Chapter 13
11/19 Personality Chapter 14
11/24 Abnormal Psychology (Quiz #3) Chapter 15
11/26 Thanksgiving Holiday- No Class   
12/1 Treatment of Psychological Disorders Chapters 10-12
12/3    Motivation, Emotion & Intelligence (Quiz #4) Chapters 4 & 5
12/5    Papers must be submitted to the dropbox by 6pm to earn full credit
12/8 Developmental Psychology; Final Exam Review Study for Exam
12/10 Final Exam

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
Students who must miss class for reasons such as TDY are asked to notify the instructor as soon as possible, and certainly BEFORE being absent so that arrangements can be made. Unexcused absences are only recorded if I have been notified ahead of time.

Disability Guidelines:
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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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