PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


U1B 2013 BL


Barnes, Ronnie G.


Senior Adjunct Instructor of Psychology and Sociology


BS, Education, Atlantic Christian College
M Ed, Counseling, Campbell University
License, Guidance Counselor, K-12

Office Location

Fort Bliss, TX Campus

Office Hours

As needed

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

June 3, 2013 thru July 28, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Myers, David G. (2013). Psychology: (10th ed. briefer version). United States: ISBN:  -13 978-1-4292-6178-4 ISBN: -10: 1-4292-6178-1  By Worth Publishers.

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Additional Resources:

This is the website of the American Psychological Association. It is a general reference for all aspects of psychology from regularly changing articles to career information to conferences and publications.
Classics in the History of Psychology
This site contains classic documents of psychology by topic, e.g. Behaviorism, Gestalt Theory...
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
The website of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal is a good place for introducing critical thinking about issues that are of great interest to students: psychics, mystics, astrology, fire walking, mentalism and such will all appear with debunking ideas included.
James Randi Educational Foundation
The third site is the James Randi Educational Foundation site where there is good information as well as a lively discussion board.
"Psychweb is a psychology portal designed to provide links to the most pertinent psychology Web sites on the net. Information for both public and professional consumption is available."
Skeptics Society
Another similar site is that of the Skeptics Society.
The Association for Psychological Science
The Association for Psychological Science is another general national organization for psychologists.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

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:
I believe it is my duty as an educator to take each individual and move them as far towards self-actualization as possible.  I create a learning environment that promotes independent study beyond what we cover in class.  It is my intent that the students will carry on this thirst for knowledge after they have obtained their degrees.  This way I feel that I am contributing not only to the education of students, but to the betterment of the community.  Students are free to express their opinions in my class without rebuke. 

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. Understand the importance of the Scientific Method in the field of Psychology.
  2. Connect the relevance of psychology to everyday life and activities.
  3. Assist students to gain insight and awareness to identify unwanted or self-destructive thoughts and behaviors.
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:

Participation                                         5 points (%)    

Position Paper  (Core Assessment)    25 points (%)
Self in the Mirror                                10 points (%)
Oral Report                                        10 points (%)
Midterm Exam                                    25 points (%)
Final Exam                                          25 points (%)
Extra Credit Guest Speaker Report       3 points (%)
TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE           100 (%)


90-100         A
80-89           B
70-79           C
60-69           D
59 Below     F   

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work is not accepted without prior instructor approval.  Late work will be penalized 5 points per day for up to one week.  It will not be accepted after that time expires.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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 the 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 
Introduction, review class syllabus and course expectations: Requirements of core assessment paper, Chapter 1: Thinking Critically with Psychological Science, p. 15-45, Chapter 2: The Biology of Mind p. 47-83.
Week 2
Class lecture slides, Review and discuss APA format, answer questions, Chapter 3: Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind p. 85- 131, Chapter 4: Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity, p. 133-171.  Begin Oral Reports.
Week 3 
Class lecture slides, Review and discuss theories, Chapters 5: Developing through the Life Span p. 173-227, Chapter 6: Sensation and Perception p. 229-289 
Week 4 
Class lecture slides, class discussion on the following: Chapters 7: Learning p. 291-325 – Mid-Term Review, Chapter 8: Memory p. 327 - 367 Mid-Term Examination.  Self in the Mirror Assignment.
Week 5 
Class lecture slides: Class discussion on Chapter 9: Thinking and Language p. 369-403, Chapter10: Intelligence p. 405- 441
Week 6
Class lecture slides: Class discussion on Chapter 11: Motivation and Work p. 443-495 (Written Essay Due), Chapter 12: Emotions, Stress, and Health p. 497- 551. 
Week 7 
Class lecture slides: Class discussion on Chapter 13: Personality p. 553-591 - Chapter 14: Psychological Disorders p. 593-635.  Oral Reports completed. 
Week 8 
Chapter 15: Therapy p. 637 -672, Chapter 16: Social Psychology p. 673-721 - Final Examination. (Core Assessment Due)

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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: .


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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