PS101 Introduction to Psychology

for F1V 2012

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F1V 2012 GO


Shiels, Susan


Adjunct Faculty


B.S., Psychology, Angelo State University
M.S., Counseling Psychology, Angelo State University

Office Hours

Before and after classes

Daytime Phone

(325) 657-9900

Other Phone

(325) 374-8500


Semester Dates

Aug 21, 2012, - Oct 9, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours



Myers, D. (2006). PSYCHOLOGY (9th Ed.). New York: Worth publishers. ISBN-13: 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:
Lectures, readings, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet and technology are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, synthesize course material and apply it to their own lives.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Core Learning Outcomes
  2. 1. Define and apply basic psychological vocabulary.
  3. 2. Critically analyze psychological concepts, theories and ethical issues.
  4. 3. Apply psychological concepts to one's life and circumstances.
  5. 4. Identify representative theories in the areas of learning, motivation, cognition, personality, social influence, abnormal behavior and multicultural issues.
  6. 5. Effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate about psychological issues present in the popular media and scholarly publications.
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:

Weekly  Discussion
Research paper
Final Exam










Below 60


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due on the date they are assigned as due. Late assignments are considered late at the close of the class in which they were due.  No assignments will be accepted after the due date unless approved by the instuctor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 1.  Interactions and communications in this class will be civil and professional. Derogatory language, profanity, and personal attacks are unacceptable.
2.  Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable. Each paper you submit in this class will be a unique paper created by you. Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.
3.  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, flash drive, etc. and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week 1

Class Discussion / Quiz


Tue 8-21-12

Introduction and overview of course, topics for position paper

Chapter 1 & 2

Thu 8-23-12

Chapter 1 & 2
Topic for position paper due

Chapters 3

Week 2

Class Discussion / Quiz


Tue 8-28-12

Quiz Chapters 1 & 2
Chapter 3

Chapter 4 & 5

Thu 8-30-12

Chapters 4 & 5
Topic for position paper due

Chapters 6 & 7

Week 3

Class Discussion / Quiz


Tue 9-04-12

Quiz Chapters 3, 4 & 5
Chapters 6 & 7

Chapter 8

Thu 9-06-12

Chapter 8
Quiz: Chapters 6, 7 & 8

Chapter 9

Week 4

Class Discussion / Quiz


Tue 9-11-12

Chapter 9
Quiz: Chapters 6, 7 & 8

Chapter 10

Thu 9-13-12

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Week 5

Class Discussion / Quiz


Tue 9-18-12

Quiz: Chapters 9 & 10
Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Thu 9-20-12

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Week 6

Class Discussion / Quiz


Tue 9-27-12

Quiz: Chapters 11 & 12
Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Thu 9-29-12

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Week 7

Class Discussion / Quiz


Tue 10-02-12

Quiz: Chapters 13 & 14
Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Thu 10-04-10

Chapter 16
Final discussion: Position paper

Week 8

Class Discussion / Quiz


Tue 10-09-12

Quiz: Chapters Chapters 15 & 16
Position Paper Due
Review for Final Exam

Thu 10-11-12

Comprehensive Final Exam


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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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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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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