PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


U1GG 2010 MI


Fraas, Megan M.


BA in Psychology
MA in Counseling

Office Location


Office Hours



Semester Dates

June 7th, 2010  -  August 1st, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 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

Johnson, A. (2009). Introduction to Psychology Case Studies + SAGrader. Dubuque, IA:Kendall-Hunt Publishers ISBN: 9780757569364

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

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.

Everyone is expected to contribute and participate in group discussions.  Participation allows everyone the opportunity to learn from each other. Students will be graded on their comprehension and practical application of the material taught. 

There is a LOT of reading for this class.  Please keep up with the reading and come to class prepared to participate.  Also note that students are responsible for the basic content of readings even though some material may not be directly covered in formal class presentations.

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:

Resources may be found in course links and in the Doc Sharing area.


70 points will be available for class attendance and participation. ( 10 point for each class) If you miss a class, you can still receive majority of the points (8 points) by completing a make-up assignment. This assignment must be e-mailed to the professor by the end of the work week (Friday by midnight). Unless you have already made prior arrangements with the professor, no work will be accepted after the FRIDAY BY MIDNIGHT due date. To find the make-up assignment look under the Late Submission heading.

160 points total  for quizzes. (10 points each.)  There is a quiz over each chapter.  You will access the chapter quizzes through E-Companion. You will need to go to the Course List and click on Intro to Psyc.  From there you will find a quiz for each chapter under each week.  Quizzes are due each week by Sunday at 5:00 pm

0 points will be available for the outline of the core assessment.

140 points are available for the Core Assessment paper. Requirments for the paper are listed abo

200 points will be available for the final exam.  The final exam will consist of True / False, Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank questions and Essay questions

50 points will be available for teaching a chapter.  Students are responsible for picking a chapter from out Text and presenting the material to class with the aid of Power Point.  The presentation must include a visual aid and a video.  The visual aids and video must relate to the information you present to the class

650  points possible













59- below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

-Each week's work must be completed and turned in on it's due date. 

-Work must be submitted to E-companion, to the appropriate Drop Box. I will not accept work that is e-mailed to me. 

-No credit will be received for work turned in after the week it was due, unless you have contacted me 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.

If you know that you will be missing class, you MUST e-mail me before the start of the class to inform me you will not be able to attend.  If you end up missing class unexpectedly, you need to e-mail me as soon as you can to let me know.  You will be marked as absent and you will not receive participation point until you turn in the make up assignment as long as it is turned in by the due date.

If you miss class, you must do the make up assignment to receive your weekly class participation/discussion points.  The make-up assignment for participation points consists of:  A ten question, multiple choice quiz (with the answers clearly indicated) over the chapters you miss.

If you know you will be gone beforehand (eample: TDY) to receive full points, you need to turn in assignments in before you miss class,. If you are gone for TDY, you must show me a copy of your orders in order to receive full points.

If you miss class unexpectedly, you have until Friday at MIDNIGHT to turn in the make-up assignment to receive majority of the points. If you have to miss class unexpectedly, you MUST e-mail me to let me know asap and e-mail me the assignment by Friday at MIDNIGHT for majority of your points, unless other arrangements have been made.

If you miss class and an assignment is due that day, you must e-mail it to me before you miss class.  Assignments turned in after the due date will be late and you will receive a ZERO, unless you made prior arrangements

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.

To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using Times-Roman 12pt 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.  Papers must be submitted by using the Drop Basket in E-companion at

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.

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:

  Refer to Term Overview under Course Home
**The professor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus at any point in time as they see fit.

 Week 1

Review Syllabus,  Prologue, Chapters 1 and 2

 Quiz 1

 Pick Chapter for presentations

 Week 2

 Chapters 3 & 4

 Quiz 2

 Begin thinking about topic for paper

 Week 3

 Chapters 5, 6 & 7

 Quiz 3

Week 4

 Chapters 8, 9 & 10

 Quiz 4

 Outline Due

Week 5

 Chapters 11 & 12

 Quiz 5

 Week 6

 Chapters 13 & 14

 Quiz 6

 Week 7

 Chapters 15, 16 & Review

 Quiz 7

 Position Paper Due

 Week 8

 Final Exam

 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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

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: .

Additional Information:

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 .


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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