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PS 390 Selected Topics in Psychology:
Monchusie, Petunia


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Course

PS 390 Selected Topics in Psychology:

Semester

F2T 2010 DL

Faculty

Monchusie, Petunia

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. University of Kansas, Kansas
M.S. Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas, Kansas
M.S. Management, University of Saint Mary, Kansas

Office Location

Overland Park, Kansas

Office Hours

10.00AM - 10.00PM CDT

Daytime Phone

(913) 685-4614

E-Mail

petunia.monchusie@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.parkonline.org

Semester Dates

F2T 2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

Monday 12:01 AM till Sunday 11:59 PM

Prerequisites

Junior Level standing (CJ 315); PS 101 (PS 390)

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Inaba, D., Cohen, W., (2007). Uppers, Downers, All Arounders, (6th ed.).  CNS Publications, Inc., Oregon
Uppers, Downers, All Arounders Textbook, 6th Edition

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
PS 390 Selected Topics in Psychology: Intensive study of an area of psychology selected by the instructor on the basis of student need or current interest. Variable credit: 1-3 hours. Prerequisite: PS 101 or permission of the instructor.

Class Assessment:
 

Midterm

Due Sunday of week 4.

125 points

Final

2 parts--Part 1 is taken in course and Part 2 is taken with an approved proctor--during Week 8

125 points

Research Paper

Due Saturday of week 7

100 points

Discussion Topics (8)

15 points each--300 words--due Thursday of each week

120 points

Homework Assignments (6)

15 points--300 words--due Sundays of week assigned

90 points

At Issue group assignments (4)

15 points--300 words--due Saturdays of week assigned

60 points

Mastery Quizzes (7)

10 points each--due Sundays of each week

70 points

Participation Responses (20)

3 points each--due Sundays of each week

60 points

Journal (6)

5 points each--due Sunday of week 2-7

30 points

Grading:
 

Grading Policy

780 points possible in class

A--90-100%

703 points and higher

B--80-89%

624--702 points

C--70--79%

546--623 points

D--60--69%

468--545 points

F--below 59%

467 points and lower

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Late Work:  Each week's work must be completed by the deadline indicated for that particular assignment.

No credit will be received for work turned in after the deadline for when it was due, unless you have contacted me beforehand and explained any "special" circumstance.  

Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern.  

Please refer to the "Assignment Expectations" thread for specific details about point deductions.  

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

Points will be deducted for lateness as follows:

Homework, Responses, Journal

Due Sunday

Will not receive credit if received Sunday after 12 midnight Mountain Time

Discussion Topics

Due Thursday

Will not receive credit if received after Thursday 12 midnight Mountain Time

At Issue Group assignment

Due Saturday

Will not receive credit if received after Saturday 12 midnight Mountain Time

Research Paper

Due Saturday of Week 7

Saturday after midnight—24-hour “grace” time

Sunday after 12 midnight—minus 5 points

Monday after 12 midnight—minus 10 points

Tuesday after 12 midnight—no credit will be received

All deadlines are in Mountain Time

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Online Etiquette/Courtesy:  Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course.  What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  It is important not 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 blocks learning.  Here are online references that discuss online writing http://www1.kent.edu/dl/Technology/Etiquette.cfm and http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html .

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Week 1

Week 2

Psychoactive Drugs—History & Classification

Heredity, Environment and Psychoactive Drugs

Read Lectures

Read Lectures

Participate in Discussion Topic and responses

Participate in Discussion Topic and responses

Complete Homework assignment

Participate in Group Activity

Complete Mastery quiz

Complete Homework assignment

Complete Journal

Complete Mastery quiz

Post Research Paper Topic

Week 3

Week 4

Uppers

Downers: Opiates/Opioids

Read Lectures

Read Lectures

Participate in Discussion Topic and responses

MIDTERM EXAM

Participate in “At Issue” group activity and responses

Participate in Discussion Topic and responses

Complete Homework assignment

Complete Homework assignment

Complete Journal

Complete Journal

Complete Mastery quiz

Week 5

Week 6

Downers: Alcohol

All Arounders

Read Lectures

Read Lectures

Participate in Discussion Topic and responses

Participate in Discussion Topic and responses

Participate in “At Issue” group activity and responses

Participate in “At Issue” group activity and responses

Research Paper Progress Report due

Complete Homework assignment

Complete Journal

Complete Journal

Complete Mastery quiz

Complete Mastery quiz

Week 7

Week 8

Drug Use & Prevention: Cradle to Grave AND Treatment

Other Drugs, Other Addictions and Mental Health and Drugs

Read Lectures

Read Lectures

Participate in Discussion Topic and responses

FINAL EXAM part 1 (in course)

FINAL EXAM part 2 (WITH PROCTOR—to be scheduled during week 8 of course)

Complete Homework assignment

Participate in Discussion Topic and responses

RESEARCH PAPER DUE

Participate in “At Issue” group activity

Complete Journal

Complete Mastery quiz

Complete Mastery quiz

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Assignments are expected to use outside sources such as reliable websites, the textbook Doc Sharing and Webliography information to support your ideas, but this information needs to be integrated into the paper in appropriate ways to highlight and support your ideas, observations and conclusions. This information should not be the major part of your assignment or response.  Information from outside sources needs to be evaluated and discussed  critically.  Outside information is not to be used instead of your own thoughts and observations.  

The assignments must NOT contain large chunks of quotes. When outside sources are used, they need to be documented within the assignment and at the end. Direct quotes (used very sparingly) need to be in quotation marks. It is not acceptable to copy directly from the textbook or websites even if this information is documented at the end of your assignment. Assignments need to be in your own words indicating that you have read and understood the information. A report of the material is not acceptable—the information needs to be applied to the specific questions that are asked in the assignment.

Responses need to follow the above expectations as well. The information used from outside sources needs to be described and discussed as to why this information supports either the question or the assignment of another student. It is not enough to just provide a list with little description or discussion.

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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.
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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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Last Updated:9/28/2010 10:22:59 PM