PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


U1UU 2012 CN


Campbell, Mahaliah B.


Adjunct Faculty of Psychology


PhD(ABD) in Psychology, MS, in Psychology, MBA, Management
Certified Family/Divorce Mediator

Office Location

Park  University, Charleston (Joint Bases, Charleston SC)

Office Hours

3:00PM-4:30 PM, Thursday


Semester Dates

June 4- July 23, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

4:30 - 9:45 PM

Credit Hours



Myers, D. (2013). PSYCHOLOGY (10th). New York: Worth publishers. 
Hardcover edition - ISBN-13:978-1-4292-6178-4

Paper back edition - ISBN-13:978-1-4641-0855-6

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Course Description:
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology: (LEGE) 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:

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. 

My goal is to share the general principles of psychology in each of these areas and to have you apply the concepts to your own lives and experiences.  As you learn to do this you will find that psychology is an important area that allows us to understand our behaviors and those of others.

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:


Graded Component



Psyc Articles (Fact or Fiction 8 (10 pts each)



Quizzes 8 (20 pts each)



Case Studies - 8 (10 pts each)






Position Paper






Movie (The Experiment (32pts )



Critically analyze psychological concepts, theoriesconcepts to one's life and circumstances "Elizabeth Smart"(24pts )



Final Comprehensive Exam






Resources may be found in course links and in the Doc Sharing area.





540 - 601


480 - 539


420 - 479


360 - 419


359 - 0

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor will not accept  late assignments.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero"
 Also, 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:

 Classroom Rules of Conduct:

I expect that the interactions and communications in this class will be civil and professional. Derogatory language, profanity, and personal attacks are unacceptable.

To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using Times-Roman 12pt.

Submission of 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.

Please recognize that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink, Internet connections die, and hard drives crash. You are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your submissions and your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
Cell phones must be placed in the silent mode.

E-Mail Procedures

General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:

PS 101

Purpose of the e-mail

Full name

The only response(s) will be use of the Park's email account. Therefore, please use your Park e-mail account for communications.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Course outLine

Week 1: 6/07/12-   Course Introduction

·         Introductions

·         Chapter 1- & Chapter 2

·         Case study- “ The Amazing” ‘Randi i

·         Bring Article(s) relating to Psychologyto fully discuss

Week 2: 6/14/2012 - Chapter 3 & Chapter 4

·         Quiz-Chapter 1 & 2

·         Psyc Articles

·         Case Study (student selection)


Week 3: 6/21/2012-   Chapter 5 & Chapter 6

·         Class study –Sensation and Perception-Ben Underwood Development- Michael Apted

·         Class exercise on Smell & Taste

·         Article discussion/table topic discussion

·         Quiz-

Week 4: 6/28/2012-    • Mid- Term:  Movie analysis “The Experiment” –Student must complete in class assignment of a 1 ½ (700-900 word)page analysis; 12 inch font, double space , Time New Roman Font style (Lap top computer is welcome for this assignment

Week 5: 7/05/2012:  Chapter 7 – Chapter 8

·         Power Point Slides

·         Guest Speaker on Memory

·         Psyc- 2 Articles /table topic discussion

·         Return of Mid-term  exam papers

·         Quiz-Chapter 5 & Chapter 6

·         Submit Positional paper topic

 Week6:7/12/2012: Chapter 8, Chapter 9

Thinking, Language & Intelligence/ Life Spa Development

·         Power Point Slides

·         Video Presentation Problem-Solving  

·         Quiz- Chapter 5& Chapter 6

·         Psyc – Article to discuss

·         Elizabeth Smart- Video discussion

 Week7- 7/19/ 202- Chapter   9 Life Spa Development & Chapter 10, Life Span

·         Discuss Position Paper (Concerns and progress) sign time slots for presentation

·          Discuss using APA style

·         Quiz

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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.

  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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Additional Information:



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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