PS 301 Social Psychology (online)
F2T 2011 DLB
Dr. Patricia A. Marsh
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. – Social/Personality PsychologyM.S. – Psychology; Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health PsychologyB.S. – Psychology
Park Campus, MA 319D (inside the library in the Underground)
TR 9 – 11 a.m., W 2 – 4 p.m., or by appointment
October 17 – December 10, 2011
Kassin, F., & Markus, H. R. (not sure of the year, because I only have the latest edition). Social psychology (7th ed.). United States: Houghton Mufflin.
ISBN-13: 978-0-618875665; ISBN-10: 0-618875662
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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APS: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.cfm (one of the two national organizations in Psychology)
Social Psychology Network: http://www.socialpsychology.org/
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
The purpose of the literature review is for students to research a topic relevant to social psychology, formulate a research question, and conduct a literature review to address their target question. A literature review is not simply a report or an annotated bibliography; a literature review is a summary of the available information on a specific topic organized by common themes, trends or findings.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
You will know in advance the standards for each assignment as described under each “Week” tab within eCollege. My goal is to provide you with prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you critically analyze theories, concepts, and research designs along with communicating this knowledge in a professional manner. Each student is responsible for:
You will be able to track your grade throughout the term via the Gradebook within eCollege. Grades will be determined by your performance on a final cumulative/comprehensive exam, literature review and movie application analysis papers, weekly homework assignments and quizzes, and participation in online exploration class discussions. Points will be assigned as follows:
Final exam (Week 8)
Literature review (and corresponding article critiques)
Weekly homework assignments
Move application analysis
Participation in online exploration discussions
Final course grades will be determined as follows:
448 points and higher
398 – 447 points
348 – 397 points
298 – 347 points
297 points and lower
Extra credit points can be earned through the following methods:
· Completing the Pre and Post Assessment Surveys (5 points for each survey).
· Students with 7 – 8 weeks of VERY active participation will earn an additional 20 points toward their total course points. Those with 5 – 6 weeks of VERY active participation will earn 10 points. Those with fewer than 5 weeks of active participation will not earn any extra points related to class participation.
“Very active participation” is define by: turning in assignments on time (weekly homework, quizzes, and associated literature review assignments by midnight CST on Sundays) and completing all aspects of the weekly explore activities (individual component posted by midnight CST each Thursday and responding meaningfully to at least two other students’ postings by midnight CST on Sundays).
Meaningful posts and responses go beyond a single expressed thought, sentence, or incomplete idea. Distributed postings/responses are another marker of higher quality (e.g., commenting throughout the week not only on a single day such as at the end of the week). Meaningful/quality posts encourage others to participate, offer applications or additional examples, solicit additional information and insights from others in the course, and can involve answering questions but also posing new questions relevant to the topic/content being discussed. Hence, there are multiple creative ways this objective can be achieved. These types of posts should also enhance the learning experience within the course.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
The following quote is from the “Overview” link under Course Home. At the end of the quote I have added my late submission policies.
“It is easy to get behind in this course. This is particularly troublesome because learning the course is designed to be sequential and cumulative. Your active participation throughout each week will be critical to your learning and critical to the health of the learning community. In other words, if you aren't online weekly, you will suffer and your colleagues will suffer. It is critical that you engage online with the class consistently across the semester.
The on-line environment requires us to complete the work for each week within the Monday to Sunday window. We will adhere to that rule. However, we have one cumulative project in this course, so it will be important for you to do the reading and the suggestions for preparation to succeed in the core assessment on a regular basis across the semester.
This course is based on reading, implementing strategies, and applying what you have learned. You cannot succeed without reading the material, reading it carefully, and taking notes on what you have read. Simply monitoring the discussion threads and reading the class facilitator notes will not be enough -- citations from the readings and comments on the class discussion are required, you cannot reach successful depth of understanding without reading. Please let me know if you are having trouble understanding the material. You will probably not be alone and you will provide me a clear opportunity to help all the students engage with the ideas.”
Weekly quizzes and homework cannot be made-up after the deadline, unless approved by the professor (e.g., extreme illness, emergency/surprise military drill, etc.). Under these circumstances, students must contact the professor as soon as possible, 1-2 weeks later is not sufficient. Planned absences from the online environment should be conveyed to the professor BEFORE they occur.
Because the explore assignments require interaction with peers in the class, these are very difficult if not impossible to make-up. Contact the professor immediately if you will miss an entire week or the second half (Thursday-Sunday) of a week in which these activities take place.
The final versions of the papers such as the literature review and the movie analysis (due during the Weeks 6 and 7 respectively) will lose 10 points for every 24-hour block they are turned in late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Time zone: All due times reflect Central Standard Time (CST), USA.
Drop Policy: In compliance with Park University’s policy. Students will be dropped from the course after two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences.
Email policy: Please use the Email tool/tab within eCollege. Unless I am sick or out of town, I will usually respond to emails within a 24-hour period during the weekdays (Mondays-Fridays) when classes are in session.
· I do not make this guarantee on the weekends (UNLESS you are enrolled in one of my online classes), when I’m ill, over holidays, or when I’m at conferences.
· Please do not be surprised or upset if you do not receive an immediate (i.e., less than 24-hour) response to your emails.
· When sending an email to me (or any of your professors), you need to include your first and last name, course name, and the class time or format (for online). Most professors/instructors teach multiple classes and, in some cases, multiple sections of the same course. Hence, this information facilitates a quick reponse.
· MUST use your @park.edu email to ensure I receive your communication; otherwise, I am not responsible for emails lost to the Park’s email spam filter.
Be Respectful (both inside and outside of the online 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 online classroom environment.
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, email discussions of the behavior and solutions, removal from the online classroom, and/or administrative withdrawal of the student from the course.
Students will receive a public or private warning (e.g., course announcement reminding the class about appropriate online behaviors) to cease the activity. Depending on the severity and frequency, on the second occurrence the student will be instructed to modify their on/off-line statements. If such behavior persists or if a student feels that sufficient actions have not been taken, then additional actions will be taken that are in line with Park’s policies. See http://captain.park.edu/cd/poiq/Pages/student_concerns.htm
Office Hours: Specific times for office hours are listed on the front page of the course syllabus. These reflect times I will be in my physical office on the Parkville campus; meets the requirements for teaching f2f and online. I can be reached by my office phone and email during those times. I frequently make appointments with students outside of office hours (for both f2f and online students) to better facilitate their schedules. You can also reach me by posting questions within the virtual office (see the “Office” link under Course Home).
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).
Technical Problems: Expect technology (e.g., computers, software, email systems, internet connections, eCollege, Park’s website, etc.) to be unavailable during both predictable (e.g., scheduled maintenances) and non-predictable (e.g., servers malfunction) times. Make sure you keep a backup copy of ALL of your work, the emails we exchange, and make sure you have a secondary method of getting online (a local library, a friend or relative’s house, etc).
Create back-up plans for when technology becomes unavailable at the time you need it to work!
You are expected to be proactive. If you run into a computer-related problem which you cannot solve through your own resources or through the “Help and Resources” link under Course Home, then you may seek assistance through me.
The following overview provides some guidelines to assist you in planning your coursework and scheduling the major learning activities in the course:
Chapters 1 and 2
Chapters 3 and 4
Chapters 6 and 7
Chapters 10 and 11
Chapter 12 or Chapter 13 or Chapter 14
As you can see, there are two major projects in addition to the regular weekly assignments and the final exam. The first project is a literature review over a specific topic in social psychology, and the second project is an application of social psychological concepts to a movie. For more specific information on the paper requirements, see the "Projects" link found under the Course Home.
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
(Additional) Policy 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 .
Devoting Time: Students desiring to earn an "A" letter grade in this course will devote on average 6 - 9 hours per week; including online discussions, email correspondences with students and the professor, and preparing material to be posted within eCollege. This is the same amount of time I recommend to students who physically attend my f2f (face-to-face) classes.
Please plan your daily/weekly activities accordingly.
Junior level(assumed because the course is at the 300-level)
I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Park University with a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from Kansas State University. This (fall 2011) is my first semester at Park and using eCollege/eCompanion. I have been teaching since the spring of 1999, and have used various course management tools such as Blackboard, WebCT, and Kansas State Online. So if you are new to eCollege, please feel free to ask questions (see discussion thread below). I have provided a brief work history below. If you would like more information on my professional background, please let me know and I will email you my curriculum vitae (i.e., a type of academic resume).
BRIEF WORK HISTORY
Fall 2011 Associate Professor of Psychology, Park University, Parkville, MO
2006-2011 Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
2006-2007 Third Party/External Evaluator (quarter-time consultant), ELOA Grant, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO
2005-2006 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO
2005-2006 Third Party/External Evaluator (quarter-time consultant), BLEND Project, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
2002-2005 Coordinator/Assistant Director, Office of Assessment, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
1999 – 2005 Part-time Instructor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
2000-2002 Part-time Instructor, Highland Community College (Branch location), Wamego, KS
Last Updated:10/4/2011 1:42:07 PM