PS 404 History & Systems of Psychology
S2T 2012 DL
Ph.D Biblical Counseling; PsychologyMACP Counseling Psychology, MM Music: Performance, MA Education, CounselingBA Music: Performance
12:00 pm-8:00 pm EST
Spring 2 2012
PS 101, and junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor
Textbook: Directed Reading
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Educational Philosophy: My teaching philosophy reflects an interest in both collaborative methodologies and student-centered learning, with teaching that encourages learning by both students and teachers. I favor a classroom which encourages dialogue and fosters students’ personal discovery in addition to meeting curriculum and departmental requirements. I enjoy establishing a classroom in the form of a community, allowing students to learn in smaller groups that talk, think, experience, and write together, while at the same time formulating personal ideas and philosophies. I tend to use the portfolio grading method in writing courses and encourage students to write often as they learn, process, and grow in the knowledge of their field(s) of study. A variety of teaching methods are employed according to the learning objectives and the available environmental setting. Students will be required to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate topics about the history of psychology.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Research Paper (Core Assessment): Each student will write develop an arguable claim that pertains to the history of psychology. They will then write a research paper that focuses on their arguable claim while they discusses the development of scientific thought starting with the writings of the ancient Greek philosophers. The student will move forward while critically analyzing two of the following schools or systems of psychology: Modern Science, Empiricism, Sensationalism, Positivism, Rationalism, Romanticism, Existentialism, Physiology, Experimental Psychology, Voluntarism, Structuralism, Evolution, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Neobehaviorism, Gestalt Psychology, Psychoanalysis, & Humanism (19 categories). The student will then discuss how the traditional schools and systems of psychology that they have selected have influenced contemporary psychology and in turn influenced their arguable claim. The student also needs to address the ethics and values that have developed with the philosophical thought of human behavior. As the student tracks two schools or systems of psychology to contemporary psychology they also discuss the cultural impact that influences them. This paper will need to be written in APA style and will need at least 14 references from professional journals. Other references can be obtained from the internet or other means. This paper will be worth up to 300 points. See the Core Assessment Rubric at the end of this syllabus.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Summarize Media Report
Provide Media Report Location
Identify Any Relationships Between the Media Report and the Main Points found in the Assigned Chapter
1st Analytical Reply to a Classmate
2nd Analytical Reply to a Classmate
Summarize Research Report
Provide Research Report Location
Identify Relationships Between the Research Report and the Main Points found in the Assigned Chapter
1st Analytical Reply to a Classmate
2nd Analytical Reply to a Classmate
Each group will identify a theoretical idea about human behavior from the ancients in Chapter 2 of the text, which they will adopt throughout the semester and no group can use another’s theoretical idea.
Each group will then review the assigned chapter of each week of the text, to identify evidence of the presence of their selected theoretical idea, find a similar theoretical idea, or find an opposed theoretical ideas.
Each group will discuss the similarities and differences found between the original theoretical idea and the current identified theoretical ideas.
Each group will identify which historical figures developed the theoretical idea and if there is more than one, how they differed.
This assignment is due by Thursday at midnight and each group will post their findings in two places.
They will post their findings in their own individual discussion thread. Each student will be graded for this portion of the assignment by the amount and quality of discussion in the discussion thread.
The second posting will be in the Theoretical Threads discussion thread and it will be a summary of the weeks work in the group discussion. This will also be due by Thursday at midnight. Each assigned group must choose a recorder to post its findings under Theoretical Threads.
Theoretical Threads Requirements Rubric
Assigned Chapter Analysis of Theoretical Threads and Summary (Group Discussion)
Amount of Participation and Quality of Discussion (Group)
Student Reply to Another Group’s Chapter Analysis of Theoretical Threads
10 Points Available
Total = 30 Points Available
Week 2 Entry
Week 8 Posting
1400 - 1260
1259 - 1120
80 - 89.9%
1119 - 980
70 - 79.9%
980 - 840
60 - 69.9%
840 - 0
00 - 59.9%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Any assignment turned in after the date it is due will be given up to half credit for that assignment. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, service learning, lecture, and outside of class experiences. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Also, assigned readings will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
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 CD, a hard drive, or flash drive and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
The student is expected to have a copy of all written assignments on computer disk, flash drive, or in a hard copy form. You will also be expected to retain all graded and returned assignments and examinations.
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 http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html .
Week 1 – History, Science, and Psychology; Ancient Greek Science and Psychology
Week 2 – Rome and the Medieval Period; The Scientific Revolution
Week 3 – The Newtonian Psychologist; Physiology and Psychology
Week 4 – Theories of Evolution; Psychology in Germany
Week 5 – Psychology in America: The Early Years
Week 6 – Functionalism, Behaviorism, and Mental Testing; Neobehaviorism, Radical Behaviorism, and Problems of Behaviorism
Week 7 – The Cognitive Revolution; Abnormal Psychology
Week 8 – Social and Developmental Psychology; The Past and Future of Scientific Psychology
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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
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Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
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PROCTORED FINAL EXAM
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.
Bibliography: My name is Frederick Umar. This is my first time teaching at Park University. My prior collegiate teaching experience includes: San Diego Christian College, University of Phoenix, Benjamin University, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
I love to write music and spend time with my family. I am married with 1 child.
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