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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Blottin, Raymond K.


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

PS 101 Introduction to Psychology

Semester

U1K 2010 LA

Faculty

Blottin, Raymond K.

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Healthcare Management Park University
M.A. Human Resources Development Webster University
Masters of Education/Counseling Sul Ross State University

Office Location

Park University Site Laughlin AFB

Office Hours

6:00 - 8:50 PM

Daytime Phone

(830) 298-6350  Work

Other Phone

(830) 734-7340  Cell

E-Mail

Raymond.Blottin@Park.edu

rblottin@wcc.net

Semester Dates

7 June 2010 - 1 August 2010

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

6:00 - 8:50 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 Tavris, C., & Wade., C. (2008). Psychology. (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River: New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.

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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

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.

 

Requirements:

  • 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:
 Attendance 

 Participation 
 Mid-Term Exam 
 Final Exam 
 Core Assessment  
 
                 

Grading:
 Attendance 2.5 points x 16 = 40 points

 Participation 2.5 points x 16 = 40 points
 Mid-Term Exam = 100 points
 Final Exam = 100 points
 Core Assessment = 120 points

 Total points = 400 x 90% = 360 = A     400 x 80% = 320 = B      400 x 70% = 280 = C 
                       400 x 60% =  240 = D    400 x 50% = 200 = F  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 All assignments should be turned in on time.  If you become neurotic, I will handle one crisis at a time. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 Please come to class on time.


 Put your Cell phones on vibrate.

 Learn and have fun together.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 Week One

 8 Jun 10- Review syllabus / Introduction / Chapter 1
10 Jun 10-Chapter 2
 Week Two
15 Jun 10- Chapter 3
17 Jun 10 -Chapter 4 
 Week Three
22 Jun 10- Chapter 5
24 Jun 10- Chapter 6
 Week Four
29 Jun 10- Chapter 7
 1 July 10- Mid-Term Exam (Chapters 1-7)
 Week Five
 6 July 10- Chapter 8
 8 July 10- Chapter 9
 Week Six
13 July 10- Chapter 10
15 July 10- Chapter 11
 Week Seven
 20 July 10- Chapter 12
 22 July 10- Chapter 13
 Week Eight
27 July 10- Chapter 16
29 July 10- Comprehensive 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:
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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
1,2,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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



 
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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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