PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
FA 2011 HOA
Johnson, Andrew T.
Professor of Psychology
Mon & Wed (9 - 10a, 11a – 1:00p); Fri (9 – 10a) or by appointment
Aug 15 - Dec 11
10:00 - 10:50 AM
Textbook: Myers, D. (2009). PSYCHOLOGY (9th Ed.). New York: Worth publishers. Required
Cloth Text - ISBN: 1-4292-1597-6 or ISBN-13: 978-1-429-21597-8 estimated U.S. Price: $114.95
ebook version ISBN-10: 1-4292-2521-1 or ISBN-13: 978-1-429-22521-2
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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
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 performance on exams, and writing assignments.
Students will be required to complete SAGrader questions over the chapters. Students will access the questions from the SAGrader website (http://www.sagrader.com) and may submit answers to the questions until they receive the score that they desire up to the question deadlines. There are four blocks of questions worth a total of 80 points. Upon completion of all SAGrader questions, an additional 5 points will be awarded.
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.
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 two papers. Papers should be double-spaced typed with 1-inch margins and in 12pt Times New Roman.
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 to the eCompanion Dropbox on Friday August 19th and is worth 5 points.
The second 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 November 3rd to the eCompanion Dropbox and is worth 75 points.
Position Paper (CA)
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/myers9e/ (This website has reviews, quizzes, and simulations that reinforce the material in the text.) Additional information will be posted in the eCompanion course site.
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, & 59% less = F.
Points (total = 325)
293 - 325
260 – 292
228 - 259
195 - 227
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.)
1. Aug 15
Intro / Thinking Critically
Paper 1 (due Friday 8-19)
2. Aug 22
Biology of Mind
3. Aug 29
Monday September 5th - No class - Labor Day
4. Sept 5
SAGrader Q’s due Sept 8th
Exam 1 on Friday Sept 9 over Prologue + chaps 1, 2, 3, 6
5. Sept 12
6. Sept 19
7. Sept 26
Memory/ Thinking & Language
8. Oct 3
SAGrader Q’s due Oct 6th
Exam 2 on Friday October 7th over chaps 7, 8, 9, 10
October 8 – 16 Fall Break
10. Oct 17
11. Oct 24
Developing Person/ Motivation
12. Oct 31
Paper 3 Position Paper (due Fri 11-4)
13. Nov 7
Friday November 11th - No Class - Veteran's Day
14. Nov 14
SAGrader Q’s due Nov 13th
Nov 14th - Exam 3- Monday over chaps 5,11, 12,13
15. Nov 21
Friday November 25th - No class –Thanksgiving Day
16. Nov 28
SAGrader Q’s due 12-4
Final Exam - Monday December 5th, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm MA 221 (WLC)
Chaps 14, 15, 16
Textbook Companion website: http://bcs.worthpublishers.com/myers9e/
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late papers will receive half credit. No course assignments will be accepted after the last regular class meeting.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: I expect all students to arrive on time and remain in the classroom except for emergencies. No food or drink is permitted in the classroom (water in a closed container is fine). Turn your cell phones off or to vibrate and use of camera phones is prohibited.
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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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