PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


F2RR 2012 MT


Heath, Kristen R.


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Psychology; Purdue University
M.S. Counseling; Butler University

Office Location

665 Falcon Street, Suite 214, Mountain Home AFB

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

22 October- 16 December, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours


Myers, D. (2013).  PSYCHOLOGY (10th).  New York:  Worth Publishers.
ISBN10 142926178

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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 research in the areas of consciousness, learning, motivation, cognition, personality and social behavior. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
As an instructor in Psychology I strive to help my students learn about this great, mind-blowing science.  Through thrilling lectures, astonishing readings and educational assignments I hope to provide the students in this class with a new view of a science that has been around for over a hundred years!  I hope to help the students see Psychology all around them and learn how to apply the theories they learn to their lives.

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:

Student progress will be evaluated by attendance and participation, two examinations, two assignments, four quizzes, and two papers. One paper will be your Core Assessment required by Park University. Standards for that can be found on the syllabus, along with a rubric for grading. The points awarded to each assessment are as follows:


Attendance  80 points
 Assignments (2 @ 50 points each)
 100 points
 Quizzes (4 @ 30 points each)
 120 points
 Midterm Exam
 150 points
 Paper 1
 100 points
 Paper 2 (Core Assessment)
 250 points
 Final Exam
 200 points


The Grading Scale for this class is as follows:


A          900-1,000 points

B          800-899 points

C          700-799 points

D         600-699 points

F          Below 699 points


Assignments are due NO LATER THAN 12:00am CST each week.  For due dates for each individual assignment, quiz, paper, or exam see the Class Schedule/Assignment Syllabus. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due NO LATER THAN 12:00am on the due date listed. For due dates for each individual assignment, quiz, paper, or exam see the Class Schedule/Assignment Syllabus.

Late submission of work is not acceptable.  If you think you will need help, extension, etc. for an assignment you must contact me before the day it is due.  The same holds true for attendance.  If you are going to miss a class the ONLY way to excuse the absence is for you to inform me of the absence prior to class start.  I will then warrant whether or not your reason is valid for an excused absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

My Course Policies:

1.       Each week’s work must be completed by the DATE it is due according to the syllabus. Items due will be due at 12am/Midnight on the DATE stated on syllabus. No credit will be received for work turned in after the day it was due, unless you have contacted me before the due date and explained any special circumstances. I will then decide if the circumstances warrant late work. 

2.      I expect that all interactions and communication in this class will be civil and professional. I will not tolerate derogatory language, profanity, personal attacks and other offensive communications. If you feel as though someone is being offensive, please let me know and I will deal with it properly.

3.      All work done in this class should be original work, and done for this course only. Submission of papers done for other classes will not be tolerated. When writing papers PLEASE give credit where it is due and cite your sources. Plagiarism is grounds for a failing grade and possible consequence from Park University. Please see Park’s guidelines for plagiarism at: or check out how NOT to plagiarize at:

4.      Grading will be tracked in the Gradebook tab on the tool bar at the top of your Online Classroom. Please check their frequently for grades and comments. If you have a question about a grade, please feel free to contact me. I am here for you at all times and in any situation!

5.      That being said, please communicate with me! If something comes up and you need assistance, please know that I have an open ear (or email inbox). If you are military and have special duty circumstances, I am no stranger to that. If you are a parent and have a sick kid, I too have dealt with that. I’m sure there are things I haven’t heard before, but give me a try. My email is Use it!

6.      It is required that you check your Park Email! You will be informed of new items available to you on your online classroom toolbar, deadlines for assignments, and any other classroom information that may come up along the way. If you are having trouble with your Park Email or do not know how to access it, please call IT at 1-800-653-3963. Make sure to have your Student Identification number handy! J

7.      When emailing me, please use the course number and your student id number. This makes things so much simpler! THANK YOU!

8.      Lastly, please remember that technology is not completely fool-proof. Computers can crash, internet connections can be lost and thumb drives can break easily. Make sure to have a back-up plan. Find a friend with internet, keep a couple of back-ups and remember to save stuff as you go.

9.      Have a good, fun class! Feel free to discuss as much as you want on the threads! And always check the Webliography tab for new, fun things to do/watch for class!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Outline & Assignment Syllabus- Psychology 101, Park University at MHAFB

10/22               Class 1:          Class Introduction, Expectations, Assignments and Syllabus

                                                  Prologue—History of Psychology, from Myers Text

10/24              Class 2:           Assign first assignment on Famous Psychologists

                                                  Discuss Research Methods

                                                  Chapter 1—Thinking Critically about Psychology

10/29              Class 3:           Quiz 1 over Prologue and Chapter 1 in Myers Text

Assignment 1 DUE in Dropbox in Online Classroom

                                                  Chapter 2—Biology of the Mind

                                                  Chapter 3—Consciousness

10/31               Class 4:           Happy Halloween!

                                                  Chapter 4—Nature vs. Nurture                                            

11/5                 Class 5:           Assign 1st Paper over Learning

                                                  Chapter 5—Human Development

                                                  Chapter 7—Learning

11/7                 Class 6:           Quiz 2 over Chapters 3, 4, 5, & 7 from Myers Text

                                                  Chapter 6—Sensation and Perception

11/12                Class 7:          Paper 1 Due

                                                  Review for Midterm Examination

11/14                Class 8:          Midterm Examination on Prologue and Chapters 1-7 from Myers Text

11/19                Class 9:          Assign 2nd Paper (Core Assessment Paper, Rubric on Syllabus)

                                                  Chapter 8—Memory

                                                  Chapter 9—Thinking and Language

11/21                Class 10:        Assign 2nd Assignment on Psychological Disorders

                                                  Chapter 15—Psychological Disorders

                                                  Chapter 16—Therapy

11/26               Class 11:         Quiz 3 over Chapters 9, 10, 15, & 16 from Myers Text

                                                  Chapter 13—Personality

11/28               Class 12:         Assignment 2 Due!

                                                  Chapter 14—Social Psychology

12/3                 Class 13:         Chapter 11—Motivation and Work

                                                  Chapter 12—Emotions, Stress and Health

12/5                 Class 14:         Core Assessment Paper Due

                                                  Present Final Papers in Class

                                                  Cover any uncovered chapters from Midterm-Final

12/10               Class 15:         Quiz 4 over Chapters 11 and 12

 Review for Final Examination

12/12               Class 16:         Final Examination

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: .


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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