PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
F2B 2011 BLA
Sr. Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. PsychologyM.S. Education/Curriculum DevelopmentM.A. Psychology
30 minutes prior to class and after class. Email for additional times
October 17 - December 11 2011
2:00 - 4:30 PM
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This course surveys the diverse range of areas in the discipline of psychology. We will begin with a brief history of the discipline and examine the keystone of psychology - scientific/ critical thinking and the scientific method. The first half of the term we will explore psychological principles in neuroscience, perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, and intelligence. The second half of the term will address development, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders and therapy, social psychology, and behavior genetics.
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:
59 - 0
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by the end of the week (Sunday at midnight Mountain Time). No credit will be received for work turned in late, unless you have contacted be before the due date and explained any special circumstances. I will then decide whether the "special" circumstances are sufficient for late work. There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the time frame expected.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
"Recycling 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 failing grade for the assignment.
Plan for the worst and hope for the best. Do not wait until right before a paper is due to start it. You open youself up to a long list o problems, none of which will be an excuse for not getting a paper or presentation in on time. I encourage you to have papers due at least three days prior to submission to allow for computer or logistical problems. Always backup all work you are doing daily on your computer.
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and close of business Thursday. The reason that Thursday is the last academic day our our learning week is that I have another psychology class in the same classroom at the same instructional hours as PS 101 and will be available to receive materials that are due that week. The first week begins the first day of the term and ends midnight the last Thursday. You can always submit papers or written assignment early. I will not give any credit for work turned in after the end of the instructional week that they are due in. Exceptions to these guidelines will be discussed in class.
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It is required that you use Pirate Mail for your online class. All information - problems with assignments, concerns, etc. - pertaining to the class will be sent to you through Pirate Mail.
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 93In academic cheating of any type, the person that suffers and is denied is the learner. This is your education, not Park Universitie's. Don't cheat yourself.
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 96I cannot teach to an empty seat. Our class or learning unit functions best when we are all present and contributing to the learning process. As described in the grading section, I will do my part in motivating you to attend by deducting 5 points out of 100 for each unexcused absense. After the third absense, which equates to 15 hours missed out of 40 total instructional hours you will be at risk.
Military personnel and persons working full-time in professions that must respond to unplanned, will be given a lot of "slack" when they are absent due to mission-critical work. These individuals will be responsible for 100% of the classwork, including exams, papers and presentations. I will handle these situations on an individual basis with councel from Park University administration.
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 .Please see me prior to class or contact me via email if you need any accomodations in the classroom for any reason. There has never been a special need that could not be worked around so that students can full benefit from learning.
Common problems that students are reluctant to discuss are hearing or eyesight limitations; let me know and we'll get you up front or get you a job-performance-aid.
Communications, including online communications
All communications need to be thought out and delivered with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important. 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 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 writing http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html .
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