PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
F1B 2012 BL
Martinez, Beatriz E.
M.A. CounselingM.A. Management & Leadership
Fort Bliss, Texas
by appointment only
August 20, 2012 to October 14, 2012
5:00 - 10:00 PM
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The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, psychological issues and contradictions. The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, examination, internet, videos, websites and writing.
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:
Psychology article: Students will research psychology related articles and will bring them to class on the dates indicated in the course syllabus. Students should be prepared to discuss the articles and their relevance to the assigned reading material and class discussions.
Wikipedia, Answers.com, Encarta, Encyclopedia and similar sources are not an appropriate source for any academic paper and should not be used as a source for any activity in this course. All papers will be submitted in the appropriate Dropbox in the E-Companion system by the assigned due date. All papers will be submitted in the English language, in MS Word format and must be saved in a .doc or .rtf file. Papers will be submitted as a single attachment. Essays will be graded on the basis of proper format, grammar, spelling, and thoroughness.
All work MUST be submitted through the Park E-Companion system and placed in the assigned Drop Box.
Student evaluation will be based on individual performance: a mid-term exam, a final exam, a core assessment, and psychology articles. The total possible points are 1000 and are based on the following scale.
Mid-Term Exam 200 pts /20%
Final Exam 300 pts /30%
Psychology Articles (4x25 pts each) 100 pts/10%
Total Points 1000 pts / 100%
899 – 800 B
799 – 700 C
699 – 600 D
599 – below F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submission of course material will depend on the student emergency. I will work with all students. It is the responsibility for the student to schedule an appointment to discuss with the instructor the reason for late submission of course material.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
It is expected that all students will engage one another in a professional and courteous manner. The classroom is an environment whereby opinions and positions can be openly expressed, regardless of their popularity. To that end any personal criticism or ridicule is not appropriate. Debate, on the other hand, is encouraged. The exchange of different ideas will result in the academic and intellectual growth of everyone.
Students are expected to attend all class meetings and be on time, being habitually late is not acceptable. Students who report to class 30 minutes or more late or leave 30 minutes or more prior to the end of class will be counted as Unexcused unless prior notification has been made with the instructor. Attendance is recorded at each class meeting; if students are going to be absent, notification to the instructor is required prior to class; otherwise the absence will be recorded as unexcused. After two unexcused absences, one letter grade will be deducted, after three unexcused absences, two letter grades will be deducted and after four unexcused absences students will be given a final grade of “F”.
Cell phones must be on vibrate or silent mode. If you must take a call, please do so outside of the classroom. Laptops will not be on during class unless the student is utilizing an e-book.
Military students can make alternative arrangements with the instructor because of deployments or other unforeseen military duties that often arise.
Week 1 (Friday Aug 24 2012)
Week 2 (Aug 31 2012)
Week 7 (Oct 5, 2012)
Week 8 (Oct 12, 2012)
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
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 .
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