PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
FA 2011 HOB
Dr. Patricia A. Marsh
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. – Social/Personality Psychology – Kansas State UniversityM.S. – Psychology; Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health Psychology – Kansas State UniversityB.S. – Psychology – DePaul University
MA 319D (in the library near the reference section; currently the “3” is missing from my door)
TR 9 – 11 a.m., W 2 – 4 p.m., or by appointment
August 15 – December 9
2:25 - 4:55 PM
Textbook: Weiten, W. (2011). Psychology: Themes & variations (8th ed. briefer version). United States: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9780495813347
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Park University’s eCompanion will be used with this course; hence, students MUST access it on a weekly basis.
Plagiarism.org (Learning More about Plagiarism; http://www.plagiarism.org/)
APA: http://www.apa.org/about/index.aspx (one of the two national organizations in Psychology)
APS: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.cfm (one of the two national organizations in Psychology)
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Educational Philosophy: As a professional in the field of Psychology, I am dedicated to the mission of enhancing students’ learning. I set high expectations for myself and my students in our performance, professional behavior inside and outside of the classroom, and in the ethical and respectful manner in which we interact with each other. Learning can be fun and enjoyable process, AND it can thrive within established guidelines and preliminary boundaries. Although structure, organization, and details are intricate to my teaching philosophy, so are life stories, hands-on activities, “props” (e.g., the Bobo doll), some flexibility (when there is a need or meets an educational objective), and assignments/tests that require students to demonstrate their comprehension of material covered in the course.
§ How to read a college level textbook; use of eCompanion; and knowledge of university policies.
§ Self-regulation of one’s learning (e.g., taking notes based on your methods of learning, identifying strengths and areas of improvement in your learning endeavors, and receiving and incorporating constructive feedback into your learning process).
§ Ability to read/access and follow a course syllabus.
§ Basic writing skills (e.g., complete sentences, coherent flow and organization of ideas, smooth/understandable transitions across paragraphs, and proper spelling/grammar).
Students desiring to earn an "A" letter grade in this course will devote on average 6 - 9 hours per week; includes attending class. Depending on the number of Assumed Knowledge & Skills students have when entering into this course, they may need to devote fewer or significantly more hours to achieve an "A" grade.
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:
350 points (52%) Exams [Note: Exams 1, 2, and the final are worth 100 points each; Exam 3 is only worth 50 points]
25 points (4%) Various Assessments
150 points (22%) Core Assessment [Controversial Paper Assignment]
Late Submission of Course Materials: Make-up Policy
In class activities cannot be made up unless arrangements prior to (or the day of the absence) have been approved by the professor.
Quizzes are due on at the start of class on the day they are listed (see expanded syllabus in eCompanion).
Papers are due by the start of class time (i.e., 2:25 p.m.) on the day they are due. Late papers may be submitted, but are subject to the following restrictions: (1) a 4-point deduction for each 24-hour period it is late which includes weekends and (2) no paper can be turned in after Monday at 11:59 p.m. following the due date. For example, if the paper was due on 11/1/11 at 2:25 p.m. then late papers would only be accepted until 11/7/11 by 11:59 p.m. and would have lost 24 points if turned in by 2:25 p.m. that day or 28 points if submitted between 2:26 – 11:59 p.m.
Exams can be made up under two scenarios: (1) arrangements are made within 7-days of the absence or on the day of the final exam.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Phone/Pagers: These items are to be placed in the silent, vibrate, or off mode during class. Use of these devices in class (e.g., text messaging) is both rude and disrespectful. Because students in past semesters have disregarded this policy, a new policy was enacted (spring 2010):
All cell phones will be collected at the beginning of the lecture period each day. Phones will be returned after the lecture period. If you violate the policy you will be subject to a 25 point reduction/penalty for each incident.
Drop Policy: In compliance with Park University’s policy. Students will be dropped from the course after two consecutive unexcused absences, when the class only meets once a week.
Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes and this reflects expectations once you graduate (e.g., expectations of employers and graduate programs). To encourage the active engage and participation of students, extra credit points will be allotted to students at the end of the course based on their level of attendance throughout the semester. Regardless of the type of absence (i.e., excused vs. unexcused), students with 0 – 2 absences will earn an addition 20 points toward their total course points. Those with 3 – 5 absences will earn 10 points. Those with 6 or more absences will not earn any additional points.
Be Respectful (both inside and outside of the actual classroom): As a student in this class, you should know upfront that you will encounter new ideas, topics, images and discussions, which may challenge your worldview. Some students may find this information personally offensive, uncomfortable, distasteful, or upsetting. Because the field of psychology addresses positive, neutral and negative aspects of human and animal behavior, we will discuss a broad range of topics that may not be pleasant for everyone. Please be respectful to your classmates and your instructor(s). Debates on relevant issues are encouraged, however no one should engage in personal attacks inside or outside of the classroom.
Student Behavior: At the instructor’s discretion, student behavior deemed disruptive to the educational environment will result in disciplinary action consistent with the university’s academic policy. Consequences of disruptive behavior include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom and administrative withdrawal of the student from the course.
Students will receive a public warning to cease the activity. On the second occurrence the student will be instructed to leave the class room. If the student fails to leave the class room, Public Safety Officers (police) will be contacted and the student escorted from the class room.
Office Hours: Specific times for office hours are listed on the front page. Individual appointments are available upon request, and walk-ins are encouraged. Please take advantage of appointments. These times are set aside so that questions or concerns can be addressed, assistance and resources discussed, or for meetings about your professional development (e.g., academic and career).
Inclement weather/emergency closings: If we miss a class because of a snow/ice day, the exam schedule will remain as planned in the syllabus. The only exception is if a snow day occurs on an exam day. In that case, the exam will take place on the next day we return to class.
Week 2 8/23 Ch. 2: The Research Enterprise in Psychology
Week 3 8/30 Ch. 5: Variations in Consciousness [Submit top 2-3 ideas for the CA paper]
Week 4 9/6 Ch. 5 & Ch. 7: Human Memory
Week 6 9/20 Review (optional)
Exam 1: Chapters 1-2, 5, 7-8
Ch. 6: Learning
Week 7 9/27 Ch. 6: Learning & Ch. 15: Social Behavior
Week 9 10/11 Fall Recess – no classes
Week 10 10/18 Ch. 3 & Ch. 4 (“Show & Tell”)
Week 11 10/25 Review (optional)
Exam 2: Chapters 6, 15, 3, 9 [chapter 4 NOT included]
Ch. 11: Personality: Theory, Research & Assessment
Week 12 11/1 Ch. 11: Personality: Theory, Research & Assessment
Ch. 13: Psychological Disorders
Week 13 11/8 Ch. 13 & Ch. 14: Treatment of Psychological Disorders
Week 14 11/15 Ch. 14 [Due: Final version of the CA paper]
Week 15 11/22 Review (optional)
Exam 3: Chapters 11, 13 & 14
Ch. 12: Stress, Coping & Health
Week 16 11/29 Ch. 12
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 93Policy on Cheating/Plagiarism: Cheating on examinations and/or plagiarism of written material will be handled in a manner consistent with the university's academic honesty and plagiarism policies. Students who are caught cheating, plagiarizing, or knowingly providing false information may be reprimanded with a (a) failure grade on assignments or exams, (b) failure of the course, or (c) potentially other disciplinary actions. These consequences can occur for unintentional, intentional, or other reasons for such acts.
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 .
Additional Information:Additional or more detailed information will be presented in class and within eCompanion; therefore, it is critical that you regularly attend class and frequently access eCompanion for this course.
Last Updated:8/12/2011 11:06:52 AM