PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
SP 2008 HO
Professor of Psychology
M (11a-2p), R(9a-12p)
Jan 14-May 9
10:00 - 10:50 AM
Textbook: Myers, D. (2006). PSYCHOLOGY (8th Ed.). New York: Worth publishers.
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Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on student engagement. Lectures, demonstrations, participation activities, readings, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet and technology are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, synthesize course material and apply it to their own lives.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
MoStep Requirements 184.108.40.206 standards for PS101
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.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Course Assessment: A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on exams, and writing assignments.
Exams: There will be a total of 4 exams (including the final). The exams will consist of 40 multiple-choice questions. Exam 4 (final exam) will cover only the material after exam 3. The dates for the exams are listed in the reading assignment section. This is a tentative schedule and any change from this schedule will be announced in class. The exams will be worth a total of 40 points each. Make-ups for the exams will be given only to those who have scheduled a test time before that exam. Note: the questions and format of make-up exams may be different than regular exams.
Papers: As an additional means of having you develop an understanding of the course material and how it relates to your life, you are required to write three papers.
The first paper is a one-page (double-spaced) reaction paper to the Myths quiz found in eCompanion class. Your paper should include your quiz score and discussion about the items that you missed or items that surprised you.” The first paper is due in class Friday January 18th and is worth 5 points.
The second paper is a description of three concepts from the textbook. More specifically, you will select three concepts and provide: 1) a brief description and definition of the concept; 2) a brief description of a research study that involves that concept; and 3) a personal application to the concepts. Be specific. This is due Friday February 22nd to the eCompanion Dropbox is worth 20 points.
The third paper is a position paper on a psychological topic, for example, “Does divorce negatively affect children?” Topics will be drawn from the Taking Sides books on reserve in the Library. This paper is due Friday April 11th to the eCompanion Dropbox and is worth 50 points.
Papers should be typed with 1 inch margins and in 12pt Times New Roman, or 10 pt Arial font.
Exam 4 – Final
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 drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
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 zero for the assignment.
The course textbook has a website to support the textbook. It may be found at www.worthpublishers.com/myers8e/ (This website has reviews, quizzes, and simulations that reinforce the material in the text.)
Additional information which can be accessed through the following link PS 101 Handouts.
Grading: The course grade is determined by the total number of points from the assignments and exams. Grades will be based on percentage cutoffs, i.e., 90 % = A, 80 % = B, 70 % = C, 60 % = D, and 59% less = F.
Points (total = 300)
270 - 300
240 – 269
210 - 239
180 - 209
Course Topics/ Dates / Assignments:
The Instructor reserves the right to amend this Schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.Note: Chapter PowerPoint presentations can be downloaded at: PS 101 Handouts.
1. Jan 14
Intro / History & Methods
Paper 1 (due Friday 1-18)
2. Jan 21
Monday January 21 - No Class – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
3. Jan 28
Neuroscience / Perception
4. Feb 4
States of Consciousness
Exam 1 (Friday 2-8) Over Prologue + chaps 1, 2, 6, 7
5. Feb 11
Monday February 18 - No Class – President’s Day
6. Feb 18
Paper 2 (due Fri 2-22)
7. Feb 25
Memory/ Thinking & Language
8. Mar 3
Exam 2 (3 - 7) Over chaps 8, 9, 10, 11
March 8 - 16 Spring Break
10. Mar 17
Friday March 21 - No Class – Good Friday
11. Mar 24
Developing Person/ Motivation
13. Apr 7
Paper 3 Position Paper (due Fri 4-11)
14. Apr 14
Monday 4-14 Exam 3 Over chaps 4,12,13,15
15. Apr 21
16. Apr 28
Final Exam - Wednesday May 7th, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm MA 221 (WLC)
Chaps 16, 17, 18
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Plagiarism: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.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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Last Updated:1/11/2008 3:40:49 PM