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STANDARDIZED SYLLABUS INTODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY SUMMER I 2014

Standardized Syllabus

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

ONLINE

3 CREDITS

                                          

Instructor

Patrick J Walsh PhD, LC, NCC

Phone

(570)961-7870

Office

Academic Building Room 240

E-mail

walshp@lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

By Appontment

 

 

 

Text: Griggs, R. A. (2013) Psychology: A concise introduction, 4th ed. Worth Publishers: New York

 

Description:

A survey course of the major perspectives, theories and fields of Psychology with an emphasis on application to real life of students.

 

 

 

Objectives:

Cover the major areas of Psychology

To review the viewpoints and assumptions of the major perspectives of psychology

To investigate how the nervous system, endocrine system, evolution, and heredity affect behavior

To review human development, emotion, motivation and memory and how they influence behavior

To investigate the various types of abnormal behavior and their treatment modalities.

 

To review human development, emotion, motivation and memory and how they influence behavior

To investigate the various types of abnormal behavior and their treatment modalities.

 

 

Requirements:

Answers to questions for chapters

Daily active participation in classroom discussion for 7 chapters

10 Page research paper

 

 

 

Evaluation

1000 Points- answers to chapter questions plus active participation in classroom discussion: 100 point for each answers to chapter essay questions and classroom participation for a total 0f 700 points.   STUDENTS WILL LOSE SIGNIFICANT POINTS FOR LACK OF PARTICIPATION IN CLASSROOM DISCUSSION. 300 Points for the 10 page research paper(See requirements below). ANSWERS TO CHAPTER QUESTIONS MUST BE BETWEEN 400 AND 600 WORDS IN LENGTH. STUDENTS WILL LOSE SIGNIFICANT POINTS FOR ANSWERS THAT ARE LESS THAN 600 WORDS. Studens will also lose significant points for not meeting the required number of classroom discussion posts per week ( 8 POSTS PER WEEK). 5 points will be deduced from easy questions grade for each time a student is ahort of 8 posts per week in classroom discussion

Research Paper Requirements

Length- No less than 10 pages

Topic-any subject that can be found in the text

Style- APA

number of citations- no less than 5

Due date- June 22 at 11PM

 

 

Online Course Attendance Policy

[Faculty, please check the Faculty Lounge for Intersession and Summer or Hybrid 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 courses 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.

 

# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion 

 

Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)

 

0

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT posts in all, minimum.
  • You should respond to the initial 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.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course. 

 

Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

You MUST post no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussionsin Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

X points per week for a total of X points

(Faculty: insert your preferred points system.)

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 posts)

0  See Course Rules

 

 

 

Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 posts)

0  See Course Rules

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 posts)

 

 

 

 

Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 posts)

0  See Course Rules

 

 

 

Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

0  See Course Rules

 

 

 

Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

0   See Course Rules

 

 

 

Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

0  See Course Rules

 

 

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

0 See Course Rules

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION:

0

 

 

 

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 stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. 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

 

1 QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED FOR CREDIT ARE FOUND IN THE CHAPTER ESSAY QUESTIONS THREAD OF THE CHAPTER QUESTIONS FORUM FOR EACH CHAPTER COVERED THROUGHOUT THE COURSE

2) ONLY FALCON EMAIL IS  ACCEPTABLE

3 )ANSWERS TO CHAPTER QUESTIONS MUST BE POSTED ON THE APPROPRIATE FORUM BY THE DUE DATES LISTED UNDER COURSE WORK. ANSWERS TO CHAPTER QUESTIONS PLUS DAILY CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION ARE WORTH BETWEEEN 100 POINTSPER CHAPTER ASSIGNMENT(SEE ASSIGNMENTS SECTION).

5) BE SURE TO READ THE ONLINE STUDENT MANUAL 

6 ) LOG ON TO YOUR COURSE DAILY. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO LOG QN AND PARTICIPATE IN CLASSROOM DISCUSSION AT LEAST FOUR(3) TIMES PER DAY. STUDENTS WILL LOSE 20 POINTS FROM THEIR ANSWERS TO CHAPTER QUESTIONS GRADE FOR EACH TIME THEY FAIL TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT.

7) CHECK YOUR EMAIL

8) KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PROFESSOR AND CLASSMATES

9) PAY ATTENTION TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE

10) CONTACT YOUR PROFESSOR IF YOU NEED HELP WITH COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

11) CONTACT THE PORTAL MANAGER IF YOU ARE HAVING TECHNOLOGICAL PROBLEMS. BRIAN REIDMILLER AT: 570-504-1584

12) YOUR ANSWERS TO ALL QUESTIONS MUST BE POSTED DIRECTLY ON THE FORUMS FOR EACH CHAPTER. THESE FORUMS CAN BE FOUND UNDER DISCUSSION ON THE PORTAL.

13 )ANSWERS TO CHAPTER QUESTIONS MUST BE BETWEEN 400 AND 600 WORDS IN LENGTH. ANSWERS CAN BE LONGER THAN 600 WORDS BUT NOT LESS THAN 400 WORDS. (WHEN I SAY 400 WORDS I MEAN 400 WORDS, NOT 399 WORDS) STUDENTS WILL LOSE SIGNIFICANT POINTS FOR ANSWERS THAT DO NOT MEET THIS REQUIREMENT.

14) ONCE AGAIN FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CONTACT BRIAN RIEDMILLER IN THE IT DEPARTMENT AT 570-504-1584.

15) DUE DATES CAN BE FOUND IN THE ASSIGNMENTS FORUM

 

 

Other rules:   

Here are some Etiquette Rules for this online course that everyone needs to read and abide by:

 

  1. Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated (this applies to online conversations).
  2. No “Flaming”: Flaming is a form of verbal abuse when you intentionally attack or disrespect somebody for whatever reason. Maybe you didn’t agree with something they said, but there’s a nice way to share a different point of view without name calling or attacking someone.
  3. Respect Others’ Copyrights: These things have copyrights and licenses. Copying the works of someone else without permission or saying it is your own will not only ruin your online reputation, but could cost you a lawsuit.
  4. DON’T TYPE IN ALL CAPS: It makes someone think that you are shouting at them.
  5. Don’t Spam: This is an on-line course so let’s keep it educational.
  6. Be Honest: Faking website statistics, pretending to be someone else, or trying to cheat people online will not only hurt your reputation, but will cause you a lot of trouble.
  7. Use Proper Grammar and Spelling: Spelling isn’t always easy and typos and basic spelling mistakes will occur, but it can be distracting from your work and can be annoying.
  8.                   Keep it PG-13: It can come back to haunt you if you write something that is not appropriate and you can be penalized for swearing.
  9.                   Research Your Facts and Cite Sources: Before posting something, forwarding e-mails, make sure it is factual and cite sources where needed.
  10.               Remember Your Place: A web-based classroom is still a classroom, and comments that would be inappropriate in a classroom are likely to be inappropriate in a web-

 

 

 

Grading

[Add your course assignments and grade designations along with Lackawanna College’s grading scale here. Also, add your rubrics here.]

 

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

[Add your own due date and late penalty policy here. Included is a suggestion.]

  • 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, in a classroom of any type, 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.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 

(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 Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

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. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or colaa@lackawanna.edu OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or lamagnad@lackawanna.edu.

 

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

Instructions:

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Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

1

INTRODUCTION & NEUROSCIENCE

1, 2, 3

Reading assignments, answering essay questions, taking part in classroom discussion with professor and classmates,viewing and commenting on relevant videos

2

LEARNING & MEMORY

1, 2, 3

Reading assignments, answering essay questions, taking part in classroom discussion with professor and classmates,viewing and commenting on relevant videos

3

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

1, 2, 4

Reading assignments, answering essay questions, taking part in classroom discussion with professor and classmates,viewing and commenting on relevant videos

4

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

1, 2, 5

Reading assignments, answering essay questions, taking part in classroom discussion with professor and classmates,viewing and commenting on relevant videos

5

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

1, 2, 4

Reading assignments, answering essay questions, taking part in classroom discussion with professor and classmates,viewing and commenting on relevant videos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examinations

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Rubrics are required for all online assignments that are not tests or quizzes. Please modify the following required rubric format to meet your assessment objectives. The required rubric format is interactive. This enhances the benefit of rubrics by enabling students to monitor their own progress, another method with strong correlations to success. Students should be encouraged to include the completed rubric with their assignment. Not only will this help ensure that they have purposefully addressed the requirements, but it will also make grading easier to accomplish and support. A recommendation is assessing a five point penalty for failing to include a completed rubric with their assignment. Delete these instructions once your rubrics are included.

 

Rubric Title: Rubric for essay questions and research paper

Total Points Value: 1000pts

Requirement

Did I do This?

Where? (i.e. slide number, page number, paragraph, etc.)

Points Available

Points Earned

7 essay questions

 

 

 

One 10 page research paper

Students did you complete the required assignments for the week?

 Students indicate specifically where and how you think you met each requirement. Also indicate where you found the information for your answers to your essay questionsand the information for your research paper. Please be as precise as possible. Include an entry for each essay question you answer and your research paper.

50 points per question. 14 questions from 7 chapters mfor a total of 700 points.

 

 

 

300 points

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