PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


U1UU 2011 CN


Dr. MiKi Kitchen


Adjunct Faculty


PhD., Educational Psychology
M.S., Educational Psychology
B.S., Educational Psychology

Office Location

South Carolina

Office Hours

M - Th: 8-2

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

U1UU 2009

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Credit Hours



Myers, D.G. (2010). Psychology (9th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers

Print ISBN: 978-1-4292-1597-8

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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:


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:

You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback, to help you critically analyze the information and to communicate this knowledge in a professional manner. Each student might responsible for:

  • Completing weekly reading assignments
  • Completing weekly homework assignments 
  • Completing quizzes & exams
  • Participating in class discussions
  • Participating in class essays, discussions, and activities
  • Completing a position and concept paper



Privacy notice – no discussion of grades by phone or email; only in person


Assessment Points:

Participation   17.5 @ 16 280
Quizzes 28 @ 5 140
5 point Quizzes 5 @ 5 25
10 point Quizzes 2 @ 10 20
Why are you Here? 10
Core Essay 140
Mid-Term 35
Final Exam 50
Total Available 700

Grading Scale:


90% - 100%

630 – 700


80% - 89%

560 – 629


70% - 79%

490 – 559


60% - 69%

420 – 489


59% - and below

419 – and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

NO late work will be accepted

Classroom Rules of Conduct:



My job is to ensure that students who want to attend the lectures can without being distracted; therefore, I expect certain standards of behavior which differs from behaviors outside of class. These expectations include:

·       cell phones are to be turned off for the entire duration of the class,

·       socializing with others should be done outside of class;

·       food should be consumed elsewhere…etc.

·       you are also expected to stay for the entire duration of the class.

In class, these distractions are amplified and are distracting to all concerned. If you feel you cannot accomplish this standard of behavior you are welcome to miss class for that day, fully aware of the consequences. Please respect your classmates, me, and yourself by not coming to class if you feel you might distract or disturb others.


Course Interaction/Participation

Students are responsible for checking email, participating in class discussions – where applicable, and reading all course materials on a regular basis. Instructors will use email, discussion, and/or announcements to communicate important course information.

  • Email - Students should use email ( for private messages to the instructor.
    • When sending email please identify yourself fully by name and class; otherwise, it will not be opened or read.
    • Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
    • Email is the preferred form of communication for private, course-related communications.
  • Discussions/Input – your experiences provide a great deal of insight into learning; however, please do not share more than you are comfortable with.
    • To build a dynamic learning environment, discussions must be participated in! You are expected to actively participate in this course.
    • Please remember to reserve questions/comments to the topic.
    • Questions and comments will be welcomed and encouraged at appropriate times.
  • Attendance Attendance is important!
    • I will be taking roll; if you do not want to attend class, please drop the course. If you are frequently absent and have missing scores, the instructor will drop you from the class. If you miss a class, you will miss material.
    • Should a test or quiz be given when a student is absent, there will be no make-up test given. I do drop one zero –but only one!
    • For major exams – attendance is mandatory except for emergencies or special situations such as hospitalization – documentation needed. If you know in advance, please communicate this to your instructor and make-up exams can be arranged. It is your responsibility to arrange for these make-up exams – remember - no major exams will be dropped.
    • Please see the specific section regarding this policy below.
  • Time Commitment - It is expected that a minimum of 4-6 hours of out-of-class efforts will be accomplished.
    • Further, typically “A” students read at a pace that follows the schedule. The readings are dense, full of information, and are not conducive to readings hundreds of pages at a time.
    • Personally, I find 10-15 pages are about all I can handle before glazing over and passing out. Plan accordingly!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

PS101 Introduction to Psychology provides an introduction to the field of psychology. As such, the course covers issues ranging from historical considerations to life applications. As we move through each of these topics, a number of concepts will be introduced and discussions will center around the ability to think critically and become an effective consumer of information. The following table highlights the weekly topics:  
Week  Date Chapter Topic
1 Monday, June 06, 2011 Syllabus/Prologue Administration, Expectations, Introductions
  Wednesday, June 08, 2011 Prologue, 1, 3 Critical Thinking, APA, Consciousness
2 Monday, June 13, 2011 13, 6 Personality, Sensation, Perception
  Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7, 8, 9 Learning, Memory, Thought, Language
3 Monday, June 20, 2011 10, 11 Motivation, Intelligence
  Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10, 11 Motivation, Intelligence
4 Monday, June 27, 2011 4, 5 Nature/Nurture, Diversity, Development
  Wednesday, June 29, 2011 4, 5 Nature/Nurture, Diversity, Development
5 Monday, July 04, 2011 no class no class
  Wednesday, July 06, 2011 12 Emotion, Stress, Health
6 Monday, July 11, 2011 16 Social Psychology
  Wednesday, July 13, 2011 16 Social Psychology
7 Monday, July 18, 2011 14, 15 Disorders, Therapies
  Wednesday, July 20, 2011 14, 15 Disorders, Therapies
8 Monday, July 25, 2011 Review Review
  Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Final Exam Final Exam
**subject to change**

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:

Assessment Rubrics

Rubrics are available for all writing projects


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Uncertainty Principle

I reserve the right to make changes to both the syllabus and/or the schedule; however, changes will be discussed or circulated in class.


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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