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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Buckingham, William Paul


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Park University


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: PS 101


COURSE DESCRIPTOR: PS


COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Psychology


SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Summer 1 2005


NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: W. Paul Buckingham, LMSW-ACP, BCD


TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Senior Instructor Social/Psychology


FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Goodfellow AFB, TX


FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday


FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 325-654-4082

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: wm.Buckingham@pirate.park.edu


OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: buckingham02@cox.net


DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: June 06 – July 31, 2005


CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Monday - Wednesday


CLASS SESSION TIME: 4:45 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.


PREREQUISITE(S): none
CREDIT HOURS: 3


MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

VISION STATEMENT
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of the assumptions, history, methods, and techniques of psychology. A presentation of representative theory and research in the area of consciousness, learning, motivation, cognition, personality and social behavior.
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FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations and projects. The instructor will challenge students to utilize their cognitive abilities to challenge “popular” thinking while developing an ability to think rationally and independently.


COURSE OBJECTIVES:
On completion of this course, student shall be expected to describe, explain, apply and demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

1. How the nervous and endocrine system functions to integrate and control behavior
2. The individual’s psychological development
3. How humans and their species acquire information about their external world
4. How that information is remembered and used for reasoning and problem solving
5. How basic emotions energize and direct behavior
6. How individuals differ in both mental abilities and personality and how these differences are measured
7. The kinds of stress and emotional problems and therapies developed to deal with them
8. How we think, feel and act in social situations
9. How the social situation influence our thoughts, feelings and actions



COURSE TEXTBOOK(S):
Meyers, David G., Psychology, 14th Seventh Edition, Harcourt Worth Publishers, 2004



ACADEMIC HONESTY:
“Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”
PLAGIARISM:
Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”


ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.



LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:
The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.



COURSE ASSESSMENT:
Examinations, quizzes and class participation


CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss the material in class. Discussion of assigned material will be one of the basis for the class participation grade.


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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.
COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

Week 1 Chapter Pages
06 Jun Modules 1-4 1- 96
08 Jun Modules 5-8 97-155

Week 2
13 Jun Modules 9-12 156-209

15 Jun Modules 13-16 210-259

Week 3
20 Jun Modules 17-21 260-332

22 Jun Modules 22-26 333-365

Week 4
27 Jun Modules 27-28 366-402
(Review for Mid-Term Exam)
29 Jun Mid – Term Exam

Week 5
04 Jul Modules 29-33 403-459

06 Jul Modules 34-37 460-505

Week 6
11 Jul Modules 38-42 506-603

13 Jul Modules 43-47 604-645

Week 7
18 Jul Modules 48-51 646-696

20 Jul Modules 52-54 697-724

Week 8
25 Jul Module 55 725-752
Review for Final Exam
27 Jul Final Exam



GRADING PLAN:
Midterm Exam 35%
Final Exam 35%
Quizzes/Assignments 20%
Class Participation 10%