PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F1KK 2010 HA


Naughton, Nathaniel B.


Adjunct Faculty


CAGS- Cambridge College
MA- Salem State College
BA- UMass Dartmouth

Office Hours

Before & After class and by appointment if needed

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:30 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

My suggestion is that you buy the actual text, but that is up to you.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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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, social and developmental psychology.  The second half of the term will address learning, memory, motivation, emotion, thinking, intelligence, personality, psychological disorders and therapy.
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. It is, I believe, the most important course anyone can take as it tells us so much about the people around us (as well as ourselves).

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:

 Students will complete the following assessments:
4 Quizzes, 5% each: We will have 4 open note quizzes at the start of 4 classes.  The material on the quiz will be the reading due for the class. Some quiz questions may come from the online quizzes.
Controversial Issues Paper, 20%: More details on this will be provided in class and elsewhere on the syllabus. Students will also give a 5 minute presentation on their topic and their opinion during the second to last class meeting. Meeting all deadlines and completing the presentation are factors of the grade.
Midterm Exam, 25% (9/9):  Will consist of objective and a short answer question. Students will have a choice of which short answer question they wish to answer. Review materials will be provided in advance and may be submitted for extra credit on the day of the exam.
Final Exam, 25% (10/7):  Will consist of objective and a short answer question. Students will have a choice of which short answer question they wish to answer. Review materials will be provided in advance and may be submitted for extra credit on the day of the exam.
Participation/Attendance, 10%:  This grade is based on being present for full classes and being active and on task during the session. This grade will be reduced by unexcused absences, texting or other behaviors not appropriate for a college classroom.













under 59%

Grades will be updated in the ecompanion site for the course so that students are able to constantly be aware of where they stand academically in the course. Anyone having difficulty in the course is urged to see the instructor sooner rather than later-- help is best when sought early.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Students are expected to take the midterm and final exams in class on the dates listed. Exceptional circumstances must exist and prior contact must be made with the instructor for any exceptions.

Students are expected to have all work/reading assignments completed before class. Since this is an accelerated course it is vitally important that you keep up with all readings and paper deadlines- failing to do so may have unfortunate negative effects on your grade.

Papers are to be submitted to the dropbox no later than 6pm on 10/2. Late papers will be penalized 10% per day.

Students who miss any of the quizzes should see the instructor within one week for an alternate assignment.

There is no extra credit in this class, with the exception of review materials for the 2 exams, so it is important to complete the work during the time frame expected.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The fundamental objective of this course is to learn. That means we must all work together and learn from each other. In order to accomplish this, we must treat each other with respect. Everyone will have the opportunity and freedom to express their ideas. Ultimately your education is your responsibility- you will get out of this course what you put in to it.

Some general rules to consider:
1. Please be neat with your food and drink and be sure to place all trash in the appropriate places. We are guests of the education center and should leave the room clean at the end of each session.
2. Cell phone use/texting is not allowed during class. All phones should be on vibrate and should not be answered in the classroom. Students who are texting during class will have their participation grade deducted and may be asked to leave the class if it becomes a habitual problem.
3. Classes start on time. Please be here by 5:30 and be ready to learn. Please plan to stay for the entire time. If we start late we may have to stay late. Do not abuse the break time for the same reason.
4. Please check your park email regularly. It is the sole medium for me to pass course messages to you. All emails to me must be to my park address-- do not send me email within the ecompanion website-- and include (PS101-Your Name) in the subject line. Emails that do not do this may be not read or deleted.
5. Your absence will be considered excused only if I receive notification from you BEFORE class.
6. TDY and other military obligations do not excuse you from course work. Please see me as far in advance as possible to ensure that you can keep up with the work.
7. Papers must be submitted to the ecompanion dropbox. Paper copies and attachments to emails are not acceptable. Papers delivered in this way will not be graded.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Topics    Assignment
8/17   Introductions; History of Psychology   Read Prologue & Chapter 1
8/19   Methods of Study in Psychology    Read Chapter 2
8/24 Biological Bases of Behavior    Read Chapter 6
8/26 Sensation & Perception; Quiz #1 Read Chapter 3

States of Consciousness; Paper Topics Due

Read Chapter 16
9/2 Social Psychology; Quiz #2 Read Chapters 4 & 5
9/7 Developmental Psychology; Review for Midterm Exam Study for Midterm
9/9 Midterm Exam Read Chapters 7 & 8
9/14 Learning & Memory; Paper Bibliography Due Read Chapters 9 & 10 as outlined in class
9/16 Thinking & Intelligence; Quiz #3 Read Chapter 13
9/21 Personality Read Chapter 14
9/23 Abnormal Behavior; Quiz #4 Read Chapter 15
9/28 Therapy Read Chapters 11 & 12 as outlined in class
9/30 Motivation, Emotion & Stress
10/2   Papers Due by 6pm
10/5 Presentations; Review for Final    Study for Final
10/7 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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:



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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