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PSY 105 Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)

ONLINE CLASS

Instructor

Marcy Lynn Duffy, M.S., LPC, CAADC, CCDPD

Phone

570-961-7800

Office

Online through Chat at a mutually

convenient scheduled time

E-mail

marcy.duffy@falcons.lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

By Appointment

Text:

  Griggs, R.A., (2009). Psychology a concise introduction. (2nd Ed.). New York: Worth Publishers

Description:

Introduction to Psychology- This is a survey of the major areas of psychology, including human growth and development, social behavior, cognition, learning, personality theory, personal adjustment, abnormal behavior and psychological measurement (3 Credits).

Objectives:

The goals of this course are for students to:

1.    Become familiar with the major theoretical perspectives in psychology and the methods of research used by psychologists.

2.    Describe how the nervous system is organized and explain some of the major functions of the brain, the spinal cord, and the endocrine system.

3.    Describe how our perceptual abilities are used to make sense of the world.

4.    Discuss how learning takes place through classical conditioning, operant conditions, and modeling.

5.    Explain the facets of sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory

6.    Discuss the development of intelligence tests and the nature vs. nurture debate as it applies to intelligence.

7.    Describe the major development issues taking place throughout the life span.

8.    Compare and contrast the major theories of personality development.

9.    Discuss ways in which other people influence our behavior.

10.  Define and discuss psychological disorders, including possible causes and treatments.

Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online classes as well.

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

„  You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHTposts in all.

„  You should respond to the DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.

„  Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.

„  Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.

„  Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.

Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

Instructor Policies

As future professionals, you should practice behaviors that represent you as responsible and thoughtful. To that end, this class abides by the following rules:

§    There is no extra credit.  

§    Assignments must be submitted via file exchange on the Portal. Files must be saved as .doc or .rtf only.

 

Discussion and Interaction Requirements

In order to benefit best from discussions, there must be consistent interaction. Therefore, you are required to answer all discussion questions, posting at least twice on four separate days for a total of eight posts per week.

 

Discussions count toward a large percentage of your grade. Please see the table below under the heading Requirements & Instructional Methods for the exact number of discussion points.

The content of these posts must be substantive in order to earn points. Please see your Handouts and Links to find helpful hints for formulating your discussion posts. Also, for a successful online participation, be sure to:

         Log in daily and read the your home page update

         Participate no less than 2x on four separate days

         Contribute to class by answering DQs, joining in discussions about your classmates’ comments, or asking questions

         Maintain respectful communication

         Be prepared, and submit assignments in a timely manner

 

Grading

The assignments in this course are tracked by points. Use the Points Value column to check your grade based on how many points you have earned. You might also estimate how many more points you need in order to earn the final grade that you want.

 

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

Late assignments will earn a penalty. Technical difficulties are NOT a justification for lateness.

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”

 

Academic Integrity

 Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

The following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.

(Please see student handbook for more information)

 

Disability Statement

·         Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Ms. Deborah Hartzell in the academic development office to discuss your options.

 

Equal Opportunity Statement:

·         Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquires should be directed to Dr. Gail  Scaramuzzo,  Affirmative Action Officer  961-7848

 

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

Course Schedule

Week

Topic

Assessment

1

Introductions

Become familiar with the major theoretical perspectives in psychology and the methods of research used by psychologists.

Review syllabus, complete About me Assignment, discussion categories, and reviewing standard Handouts and Links

2

Describe how the nervous system is organized and explain some of the major functions of the brain, the spinal cord, and the endocrine system.

Describe how our perceptual abilities are used to make sense of the world

Creating meaningful interaction, posting 4-8 weeks of DQs

Complete Worksheets; video assignment

3

Discuss how learning takes place through classical conditioning, operant conditions, and modeling.

Creating meaningful interaction, posting 4-8 weeks of DQs

Complete Worksheets; video assignment

4

Explain the facets of sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory

Discuss the development of intelligence tests and the nature vs. nurture debate as it applies to intelligence

Complete Worksheets; Complete Sample Intelligence Test

5

Describe the major development issues taking place throughout the life span.

Participation and interaction in discussions

6

Compare and contrast the major theories of personality development.

Participation and interaction in discussions

7

Discuss ways in which other people influence our behavior.

Participation and interaction in discussions

8

Define and discuss psychological disorders, including possible causes and treatments.

Review Handouts; Participation and interaction in discussions; video assignment; complete your opinion assignment

 

* This course outline is subject to amendment as class needs and progress dictates.   

Requirements & Instructional Methods

Instructional methods include lecture, discussion and interaction, case studies and group work, video analysis, and shared reflection. At times, we will work on and share projects during class time. Assignments include:

Project

Available Points

Discussion; Syllabus; About Me Assignment

10

Worksheets Due; Video Assignment

20

Video Assignment

20

Complete Sample Intelligence Test

10

Participation and Discussions

20

Complete Your Personal Opinion Assignment

20

Evaluation