PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F1LL 2012 LR


Ramsey, M. Kaye


Doctor of Psychology, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies concentration certificate Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, M.A. Master of Music in Oboe Performance, M.M.

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9:00 - 2:00 PM

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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

ebook edition - ISBN-13:978-1-4641-1542-4

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Course Description:
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology: 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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. The overall objectives are for you, the student, to become familiar with a variety of the “real world” application of psychology, to think critically and analytically about the theories within 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:




Midtern Exam




Positive Psychology Review


Paper and Presentation



Position Paper





Reactions, Discussion to in class videos/ Talks


Final Comprehensive Exam





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





90-100 %


80-89 %







Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a score of

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.The classroom will uphold
and encourage academic freedom at all times. Students are expected to respect the views and
opinions of everyone in the classroom. The classroom is to be free of interruptions to ensure a
productive learning environment. The following rules of conduct will be observed.
Ø Cell phones, pagers will be set to silent mode. Telephone conversations will not be tolerated in
classroom during instruction.
Ø Debate is encouraged with special consideration to respect and academic freedom.
Ø There will be a total of two breaks, please keep other interruptions to a minimum.
Ø Students are expected to arrive on time and to refrain from leaving early (class will meet for the
entire time assigned). Leaving early will affect your attendance.
No food and drink allowed in classrooms.
Submission of papers written for other classes are not acceptable. I expect that each paper you
submit in this class is a unique paper created by you. Violation of this policy will result in a failing
grade for the assignment. Submission of papers written for other classes is considered an
academic offense.
NB: To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using
Times-Roman 12pt, this includes utilizing APA style.
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.

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
Course Topic

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Refer to Term Overview under 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 ( 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

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: .

Additional Information:

Online Etiquette/Courtesy

Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. 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 online 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 online writing and netiquette .


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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