PS101 Introduction to Psychology

for F2T 2007

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F2T 2007 DLF


Rhoden, Ronda J.


Adjunct Faculty/Facilitator


Master Behavioral Science Cameron University
Master of Art in Counseling, Webster University

Office Location

El Paso, Texas

Office Hours

8 am - 7 pm Mountain Time

Daytime Phone

915 759-8849


Semester Dates

22 October 2007 - 12 December 2007

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Required text: Myers, D. (2003). PSYCHOLOGY (8th edition). New York:  Worth publishers.

The textbook companion website is accessible at:
Author: David Myers
ISBN: 0-7167-2831-1

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

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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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of application. The student is expected to be able to apply the information learned through lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet web sites, and writings to his/her own personal life. Learning is guided and facilitated by the teacher; the student is the more active participant in the learning situation. This enables the student to then become a life-long learner even when no teacher/facilitator is actually present. Self-application also opens the student to self-examination which creates a more fully-functioning citizen not only of the country, but of the world at large.

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, MLA.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Graded Component

Points  %  
Fact or Fiction 8 (5 pts each) 40 8
Quizzes 8 (10 pts each) 80 16
Papers 2

Internet Paper 52 10 
Position Paper 100

Discussion 8 (12 pts each wk)

96 19
Groupwork 4 (8 pts wk 2- wk 5) 32 6
Final Comprehensive Exam 100 20


500 100




Grade  Points Percent
A 450 - 500 90 - 100
B 400 - 449 80 - 89
C 350 - 399  70 - 79
D 300 - 349  60 - 69
F 299 - 0 59 - 0 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Work

Each week's work must be completed by the end of the week (Sunday at midnight Mountain Time). No credit will be received for work turned in after the week it was due, unless you have contacted be before the due date and explained any special circumstances. I will then decide whether the "special" circumstances are sufficient for late work. Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern. 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:

Course-Specific Policies

In accordance to University policy, I will try to respond to your questions/ emails within 48 hours. I will check messages most workdays in the morning and prefer email as the principal contact method.

Note: As a rule I will not check my email on many Saturdays and most Sundays. I attempt to treat these as days of rest from work. Please plan accordingly.

Course-specific requirements

I expect that the interactions and communications in this class will be civil and professional. Derogatory language, profanity, and personal attacks are unacceptable.

To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using Arial 11pt as the font and to have a coversheet. Use APA style reference and citation formats as shown in Student Resources.

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. For quizzes, please write down the first several words of the question and your answers on scratch paper so that you can refill the answers rapidly should your computer lock up. This will also help me hand-grade the quiz if necessary.

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the term and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. It is important to understand that this is not a course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's assignments. Assignments posted after the weekly deadline will not receive credit.

Rules for On-Line Participation

  1. The classroom is for public messages. 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.
  2. Students are expected to complete at least 5 hours per week logged onto the classroom in online activities. Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving e-mails, exploring the text website, and conducting research will be in addition to this. Students need to remember that this is an accelerated course (covering a semester of materials in 8 weeks) and during the 8 weeks, it is anticipated that you will spend an additional 10+ hours per week completing course assignments.
  3. All students will participate in discussions through responses. Conventions of on-line-etiquette include courtesy to all users. This is expected in this class.
  4. Students should have a current anti-virus software and should update their software weekly as a protection to themselves as well as others who are participating in this class. This is everyone's responsibility. It is required that you use the Pirate Mail e-mail addresses that are available to all Park University students.
  5. All assignments need to be submitted by posting assignments in the classroom threads or 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.
  6. Please read the Syllabus!

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.


Attendance in this online course is determined by your keeping up to date with classroom assignments and responses. Your attendance is also tracked by the amount of time spent online. You are required to participate in weekly threaded discussions. Failure to show your weekly work will count as an absence for the week. Students can experience technical difficulties, but this is not a legitimate excuse to miss class. It is your responsibility to notify me by phone and/or find other means to submit your work.

Online Etiquette/Courtesy

Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism. It is important no to take disagreement personally. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness which does not promote learning. Here are online references that discuss online writing and netiquette .

You are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1


Fact or Fiction Quiz

Lecture A, Lecture B, Lecture C

Discussion Responses

Weekly Quiz

Week 2


Fact or Fiction Quiz

Lecture A, Lecture B

Discussion Responses

Group Work Response

Weekly Quiz

Week 3


Fact or Fiction Quiz

Lecture A, Lecture B

Discussion Responses

Group Work Response

Weekly Quiz

Internet Paper

Week 4


Fact or Fiction Quiz

Lecture A, Lecture B

Discussion Responses

Group Work Response

Weekly Quiz

Week 5


Fact or Fiction Quiz

Lecture A, Lecture B, Lecture C

Discussion Responses

Group Work Response

Weekly Quiz

Week 6


Fact or Fiction Quiz

Lecture A, Lecture B

Discussion Responses

Weekly Quiz

Position Paper

Week 7


Fact or Fiction Quiz

Lecture A, Lecture B

Discussion Responses

Weekly Quiz

Week 8


Fact or Fiction Quiz

Lecture A, Lecture B

Discussion Responses

Weekly Quiz

Final Comprehensive 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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: .

Sample Internet Paper

Sample Position Paper and Instructions

Table of Contents Taking Sides

APA Citation Style

Formatting, References, and Sample Paper







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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