PS101 Introduction to Psychology

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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology


S2B 2013 BLW


Cotchery, David L.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Psychology / (Park University.1990)
MA Counseling / (Webster University, 1992)
Qualified Mental Health Professional L.M.C.(Q.M.H.P.),1992

Office Location

Before and After class/Telephone/E-Mail

Office Hours

Before and After class/Telephone/E-mail

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

2:00 - 4:30 PM



Credit Hours



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

Additional Resources:

Textbook's Companion website:
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The professor will provide various resources for APA style (6th edition). However, if your intended major (e.g., Communications, Sociology, Psychology, etc.) requires you to learn APA style, then you should purchase the APA manual (6th edition).
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-0561-5 (soft cover)

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Course Description:
PS101 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.

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:

Mid-Term Exam
Final Exam
Core Assessment
Individual Presentation
Psychology Articles
Test questions may be a combination of multiple choice, true/false, completion and essay. Tests/quizzes cannot be made up, but can be taken in advance if it is known that one will be administered. It is a matter of fairness because once the examination is administered there is potential for compromise. Therefore, make up examinations are discouraged and will be available only for emergency reasons, appropriately documented.
Psychology article: Students will research psychology related articles and will bring them to class on the dates indicated in the course syllabus. Students should be prepared to discuss the articles and their relevance to the assigned reading material and class discussions.
Core Assessment: The paper should be a minimum of 5 pages in length (not including the title page and the reference page) and must be written in proper APA format, 6th Ed. This paper should be submitted with a title page and reference page citing a minimum of five (5) sources, including the text. The in-text citations must indicate the source of the material. If a source is not cited it could be grounds for plagiarism so caution must be exercised when using sources. The topic for each paper must be related to some aspect of psychology. The discussion should include background information about the topic and some observations or analysis about the topic. The APA sample paper will be provided must be used to assist in formatting the core assessment essay. Times New Roman (TNR) font, 12 pt will be used for your essay.
Individual Presentation: Individual presentation is based on the aspect of the psychological core assessment paper, and the observation assessment topic to the class. Professional power point presentation.
Wikipedia,, Encarta, Encyclopedia and similar sources are not an appropriate source for any academic paper and should not be used as a source for any activity in this course. All papers will be submitted in the appropriate Drop box in the E-Companion system by the assigned due date. All papers will be submitted in the English Language, in MS Word format and must be saved in a .doc or .rtf file. Papers will be submitted as a single attachment. Essays will be graded on the basis of proper format,grammar,spelling, and thoroughness.
All work MUST be submitted through the Park E-Companion system and placed in the assigned Drop Box.


 Student evaluation will be based on individual performance: a mid-term exam, a final exam, a core assessment, and psychology articles. The total possible points are 1000 and are based on the following scale.       

Mid-Term Exam                                       200 pts /20%

Final Exam                                               300 pts /30%

Core Assessment                                     200 pts /20%

 Individual Presentation                             200 pts/ 20%

Psychology Articles (4x25 pts each)         100 pts/10%

Total Points                                            1000 pts / 100%

1000-900       A

899 – 800      B

799 – 700      C

699 – 600      D

599 – below   F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course material will depend on the student emergency. I will work with all students. It is the responsibility for the student to schedule an appointment to discuss with the instructor the reason for late submission of course material.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

It is expected that all students will engage one another in a professional and courteous manner. The classroom is an environment whereby opinions and positions can be openly expressed, regardless of their popularity. To that end any personal criticism or ridicule is not apprpriate. Debate, on the other hand, is encouraged. The exchange of different ideas will result in the academic and intellectual growth of everyone.
Students are expected to attend all class meetings and be on time, being habitually late is not acceptable. Students who report to class 30 minutes or more prior to the end of class will be counted as Unexcused unless prior notification  has been made with the instructor. Attendance is recorded at each class meeting;  if students are going to be absent, notification to the instructor is required prior to class; otherwise the absence will be recorded as unexcused. After two unexcused absences, one letter grade will be deducted , after three unexcused absences, two letter grades will be deducted and after four unexcused absences students will be given a final grade of "F".
Cell phones must be on vibrate or silent mode. If you must take a call, please do so outside of the classroom.
Laptops will not be on during class unless the student is utilizing an e-book only. Students are not allowed to seek internet material that has nothing to do with the course.
Military students can make alternative arrangements with the instructor because of deployments or other unforseen military duties that often arise.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (Tuesday March 19 & Thursday March 21, 2013)
Introductions, review of class syllabus and course expectations: Chapter 1: Thinking Critically with Psychological Science, p. 15-45, Chapter 2: The Biology of Mind p. 47-83.
Week 2 (Tuesday March 26 & Thursday March 28, 2013)
Chapter 3: Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind p. 85- 131 ,Chapter 4: Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity, p. 133-171
 Week 3 (Tuesday April 2  & Thursday April 4, 2013)
 Chapters 5: Developing Through the Life Span p. 173-227, Chapter 6: Sensation and Perception p. 229-289 (Psychology Article)
Week 4 (Tuesday April 9  & Thursday April 11, 2013)
Chapters 7: Learning p. 291-325 – Mid-Term Review, Chapter 8: Memory p. 327 - 367 Mid-Term Examination
Week 5 (Tuesday April 16  & Thursday April 18, 2013 )
Chapter 9: Thinking and Language p. 369-403, Chapter10: Intelligence p. 405- 441, (Psychology Article)
Week 6 (Tuesday April 23 & Thursday April 25, 2013)
Chapter 11: Motivation and Work p. 443-495, Chapter 12: Emotions, Stress, and Health p. 497- 551 (Core Assessment Due)
Week 7 (Tuesday April 30 & Thursday May 2, 2013)
 Chapter 13: Personality p. 553-591 - Chapter 14: Pyschological Disorders p. 593-635,
Week 8 (Tuesday May 7  & Thursday May 9, 2013)
Chapter 15: Therapy p. 637 -672, Chapter 16: Social Psychology p. 673-721 - 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 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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