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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Skinner, William


PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
Skinner, William W. III

SYLLABUS Course NUMBER: PS 101
Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
Instructor: Bill Skinner
Contact: (701) 723-3722 (W)/ 727-5178 (H)
Email: wskin@srt.com
Term Dates: (Spring I)
Monday, January 10, 2005 – Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Prerequisites-None.
Credit 3 Hours
Meeting Times: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (Mon/Wed)
Meeting Place: Training and Education Bldg, Room 212

Park University Mission and Vision Statements:

“The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.”

“Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.”

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A survey of 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.

II. COURSE ASSESSMENT:

Students are required to read assigned chapters prior to class, and be prepared to discuss the information presented. Students will take five quizzes during the term to demonstrate an understanding of the information presented, and will also have a final exam. Finally, student will conduct research and present a written report on a topic related to the course that is agreed upon by the student and the instructor.

III. LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will attain the following major learning objectives:

1. Explain and understand how to think critically with Psychological Science.
2. Develop a basic understanding of social research methods.
3. Explain and understand how our biology affects behavior.
4. Explain and understand how our environment affects behavior.
5. Observe and analyze Psychology applied to daily life.

IV. COURSE TEXTBOOK:

WADE, Carole and TARVIS, Carol. Psychology, Seventh Edition, Prentice Hall, 2003.

Park University Policy On Academic Honesty:

“Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park University.”

Park University Policy on Plagiarism:

“Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”
Any student in this course, found guilty of plagiarism, will be dropped from the course and assigned a letter grade of “F”.

V. ATTENDANCE POLICY:

“Instructors are required to keep attendance and report absences. The Instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.”

VI. CLASS POLICIES:

Students are expected to arrive on time at scheduled classes, and be prepared to participate in discussion and activities. Instructor will determine if a missed class will be excused or not. Student will be responsible for information missed from that session. Three unexcused absences are considered excessive. This may result in involuntary withdrawal from the course and a letter grade of “F” being assigned.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS
No extensions for required work will be given. You will be required to make up a quiz or exam prior to the next class if one is missed. Ten percentage points will be dropped from final test grade. Finally, any student guilty of plagiarism or cheating will be withdrawn from the course and assigned the letter grade of “F”.

VII. 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 and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.

VII. CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:

10 January - Chapter 1 and Research Topics
12 January - No Class due to weather
17 January - Martin Luther King Jr Day (no class)
19 January - Chapter 2
24 January - Chapters 3 and 4
26 January - Chapters 5 and 6
31 January - Quiz 1 (Chapts 1-6) Chapter 7
02 February - Chapter 7 & 8
07 February - Chapter 8
09 February - Chapter 10
14 February - Quiz 2 (Chapts 7, 8 & 10)and Chapter 11
16 February - Chapter 12 and 14
21 February - President's Day (no class)
23 February - Quiz 3 (Chapts 11, 12 & 14), Chapters 15 and 16 and Research paper due
28 February - movie and Exam review
02 March - Final Examination


VIII. GRADING POLICIES

Grading Criteria:
Quizzes = 50%
Participation = 15%
Research Paper = 15%
Final Exam = 20%

A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 77-84
D = 69-76
F = 68 and below

IX. IMPORTANT DATES:
10 January - Beginning of Term
13 February - Last Day of Withdrawal
06 March - Last Day of Term



PS 101
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
RESEARCH PAPER

Please inform instructor on area of interest for research paper prior to END OF CLASS ON 19 JANUARY 2005. Written paper due 21 February 2005.

- Will be a minimum of 10 pages
- Double spaced with 12pt Times New Roman font

MAX POINTS EARNED BY EACH SECTION
- Cover page (2 pts)
- Abstract (75-100 words – very brief overview of topic) (5 pts)
- Pages 3 - 7 (History associated to the topic and relevance/impact to our society/culture) (45 - pts)
- Pages 8 - 9 (your personal thoughts, reactions or challenges in completing this assignment) (30 pts)
- Page 10 (references – must have at least seven, if web site no more than 3 of the seven and must attach first page of web site as reference) (5 pts)
- Spelling and grammar (13 pts)