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Lackawanna College

PSY 105 BA: Introduction to Psychology

Fall 2014

(3 Credits)

                                                                      

 Instructor: Ms. Marsha Pigga 

Office Location: 102 Angeli Hall                                              Office Hours:   8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    

E-mail: piggam@lackawanna.edu                                            Cell: 570-677-7589

Class Meeting Time: TR 5:30 p.m. -8:30p.m.                          Room:  Angeli Hall Room 215

 

Text: Griggs, R. A. (2011) Psychology: A Concise Introduction. 3rd Ed Worth Publishers: New York

All students are required to have a text for this course. If you do not have a text, do not take the course. You cannot pass this course without a textbook.

 

Description

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

Objectives

The objectives of this course are for students to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

  2. Compare and contrast the major perspectives in psychology (i.e behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural).

  3. Develop an enhanced ability to use critical thinking skills to examine issues related to human behavior and mental processes.

  4. Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues.

  5. Examine the sociocultural differences that influence individual differences in behavior.

 

Requirements/Evaluation

There will be 2 unit tests (100 points each) and 2 individually guided projects (100 points each). Class participation (50 points). Total possible points: 450

 

Exams: There will be 2 exams during the semester. Questions may be taken from any of the following: textbook reading, lecture material, class discussions, and visual materials.

 

Independent Project A written report on any topic in psychology of interest to you will be required. You will be required to submit a one-paragraph written description of your chosen topic. You will also be asked to make an oral presentation on your topic. Reference and cite at least 3 related references from your coursework (lecture notes, textbook, PowerPoints, videos, etc.) or other reference sources (i.e. psychological journals, psychological magazines, internet, media, etc.). All reference information (date, volume, issue number, page numbers, or URL if applicable).The paper must be 2 pages, double spaced, have one inch margins, and typed in 12 point type APA or MLA format and grammar, punctuation and spelling.

  1. Discussion of the topic.

  2. Summary of each reference.

  3. Critiques of topic.

  4. Discussion of how you might apply information to your personal life/ major/career.

  5. Reference & complete citation of reference material.

 

Research Project

You will develop and work on a group research project and presentation with 2-3 of your classmates. You will decide as a group, what the focus of your project will be. You will develop goals and tasks for each member of the group to complete. At the end of the semester, you will present your group project to the class. Each member of the group will need to be directly involved in the presentation in some way. Your group must submit a proposal for your group project (1-2 pages single spaced). Your proposal should include your group name, group members’ names, topic of you group project, a brief summary of how you intend to conduct your research project and a list of the tasks/responsibilities for each group member. YOU MUST RECEIVE APPROVAL FROM ME PRIOR TO BEGINNING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT.

Your research project must incorporate one of the following techniques:

  • Correlation study
  • Case study
  • Naturalistic observation

Correlation study -- Design an instrument (e.g., a questionnaire) to measure a specific hypothesis and collect data on at least 25 people. You may utilize the class or other classes to complete the survey.

Case study – Identify a child with whom you do not have a close relationship. Interview the child's parent(s) and other adults that are closely associated with the child (e.g., grandparents, teachers). If feasible, observes the child in as many settings as possible (e.g., home, school, playground). Select a theory of child development (e.g., Erickson) and apply it to the child you observed.

Naturalistic observation -- Observe a specific behavior (e.g., nonverbal communication) at the mall, family gathering, a social event, restaurant, etc.

All research papers should include the following:

Introduction

The introduction should contain a brief summary of related research that has already been done, and explain how your study will add to the existing body of knowledge. The hypothesis of your study should be stated in this section.

Method Each of the following should be a sub headed:

  • Study participants -- who are you studying: # of people, gender, age, and other relevant demographic information should be included.
  • Instrument -- If you are using a questionnaire, it should be described in this section. What type of questions are you asking (e.g., true-false, multiple-choice). Provide a few sample questions. If you are doing a case study, describe the method you used to collect your information (e.g., interviews, observations). If you are doing an observation, what specific behaviors are you looking for and how are you measuring them?
  • Procedure -- Describe exactly how you collected the information. Be specific. If you conducted interviews: Did you ask everyone the same questions? What types of questions did you ask? If you did an observation: where were you located? Did the study participants know they were being observed? If you did a questionnaire: Was it administered individually or to an entire group? Was it read to the participants or did they have to read it themselves? These are just some examples. You will need to include additional information as well.

Results

What did your research reveal? Just report the facts and findings. Do not interpret or evaluate anything. You will do this in the next section. This section should be brief and to the point.

Discussion

Include the interpretation and evaluation of your study. What do your results mean? You should discuss your findings in reference to your hypothesis. Did anything surprise you or did everything come out just as you expected? Are there any follow-up studies that you think should be done? If you did an observational or correlational study: Did your study support your hypothesis? Theorize why it did or did not. If you did a case study: Did your findings fit into the theory of development that you picked? Explain why you think they did or did not.

The paper should be 4-5 pages in length. It must be typed and double-spaced with standard margins. You should have a cover sheet with your name, the course, date, my name, and the title of the paper. You must photocopy the article and attach it to the paper. You must also have a reference section (i.e., bibliography), properly citing the article and any other sources you use (e.g., your textbook). It is expected that you use additional sources, beyond your textbook.

Each assignment is worth 100 points and will be evaluated according to the criteria below.

  • Writing quality and style (Approximately 20% of the grade) -- You must precisely follow the assignment requirements. Your ideas should be expressed clearly and specifically, and the paper must be free of grammatical errors and typos.
  • Content accuracy and depth (Approximately 80% of the grade) -- What you write should be accurate, based on the current psychological literature. Be sure to give credit to others through citations and references.

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 tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:

# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week

6

2 times a week 4

4

1 time a week 2

2

Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030

3

 

Important Note: The word “attendance” refers to the act of “being present.” The

phrase “being present” regards both physical and mental presence. Please know that I reserve the right to mark you absent if I feel that you are not mentally present. Please understand that I take this policy seriously. Additionally, you will be marked “half absent” if you come to class more than five

minutes late, and fall asleep (even for a moment).

 

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

  • Class attendance and active participation is required.
  • Lateness for class will result in an absence.
  • Please turn off all cell phones before class begins. Texting is also not permitted in class.
  • Students are expected to complete assigned materials prior to class and to participate in class discussion.       Your contribution in class discussion is an important part of the learning process.
  • Grades are non-negotiable.
  • Students are expected to exhibit honesty in all academic endeavors.
  • Students are expected to refrain from doing work for other classes, sleeping, or engaging in any activity that is distracting to the instructor and other students.

 

Grading

Your grade for the course will be based on an average of the scores that you earn on each assignment. Below, the first table shows the allocation of your course grade. The second table shows the value of each grade as determined by Lackawanna College.   

Exam Unit 1 Chapters 1,2,4,5

100 points

Exam Unit 2 Chapters 7-10

100 points

Independent Project

100 points

Class Attendance/Participation

50 points

Research Project

100 points

Total

450 points

                                               

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

 

Exam Policy

Make-up exams are only permitted in exceptional circumstances (illness, family emergency). In such cases, you may be asked to provide appropriate verification. In all instances, you must contact me within three class periods to discuss the possibility of a make-up. Failure to do so will result in a loss of all credit for the exam.

 

Late work

Work, which is handed in late, will be penalized 10 % of the total points possible per day unless exceptional circumstances are involved.

 

Incompletes

An Incomplete final grade will be granted only under extremely unusual circumstances. All requests for incompletes must be submitted in writing before the final exam.

 

Students may receive extra credit for participation in collegiate events as designated by the instructor.

 

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. 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.

 

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 the 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:

Below is a tentative course planner for the experiences of this course. Please note that the schedule is subject to change based on our progress, your interests, and unforeseen circumstances.

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

09/04/14

Course Introduction/Review of Syllabus, Research project introduction

 

1-6

Syllabus review

Video and critical thought exercise

 

09/11/14

 

 

 

 

9/18/14

Chapter 1

Introduction and Science of Psychology

Research project work

Chapter 1

Introduction and Science of Psychology

Research project work

 

1, 2

 

 

 

 

1,2

Textbook reading/ PowerPoint/ lecture

Group project activity

 

 

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Class activity

9/25/14

Chapter 2

Neuroscience

Research project work

 

2,3

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Video

Class activity

10/2/14

Chapter 4

Learning

Research project work

 

1,2,4

Textbook reading/ PowerPoint/ lecture/

Video

Class activity

10/9/14

Chapter 5

Memory

Research project work

Independent Project Paper Due

(10/2/14)

1,2,4

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture/

Video

Class activity

 

10/16/14

Review Mid-term – group facilitation of chapter reviews

Research project work

10/9/14

 

1,2,3,4,

Mid-term Exam

Mid-term

Group review activity

Group project work

 

10/23/14

Mid-term exam (10/16/14)

Chapter 7

Developmental Psychology

 

 

1,2,3,4,

 

 

1,2,3,4

Mid-term exam

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Video

Class activity

10/30/14

Chapter 8

Personality Theories

Group project work

 

1,2,4,5

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Class activity

11/6/14

Chapter 9

Social Psychology

1,2,6

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Video

Class activity

11/13/14

Chapter 10

Abnormal Psychology

1,2,5

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Video

Class activity

11/20/14

Research Projects and Presentations

 

1-6

Class presentations and reflection discussions

11/27/14

Final Review

group facilitation of chapter reviews

 

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture Group review activity

 

11/27/14 – Thanksgiving Break

 

Group project presentations

Week of 12/1/14

Final Exam

1-6

Final Exam

 

The above schedule does not include homework assignments or other ungraded activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lackawanna College

PSY 105 BA: Introduction to Psychology

Fall 2014

(3 Credits)

                                                                          

 

Instructor: Ms. Marsha Pigga 

Office Location: 102 Angeli Hall                                              Office Hours:   8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    

E-mail: piggam@lackawanna.edu                                            Cell: 570-677-7589

Class Meeting Time: TR 5:30 p.m. -8:30p.m.              Room:  Angeli Hall Room 215

 

Text: Griggs, R. A. (2011) Psychology: A Concise Introduction. 3rd Ed Worth Publishers: New York

All students are required to have a text for this course. If you do not have a text, do not take the course. You cannot pass this course without a textbook.

 

Description

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

Objectives

The objectives of this course are for students to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

  2. Compare and contrast the major perspectives in psychology (i.e behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural).

  3. Develop an enhanced ability to use critical thinking skills to examine issues related to human behavior and mental processes.

  4. Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues.

  5. Examine the sociocultural differences that influence individual differences in behavior.

 

Requirements/Evaluation

There will be 2 unit tests (100 points each) and 2 individually guided projects (100 points each). Class participation (50 points). Total possible points: 450

 

Exams: There will be 2 exams during the semester. Questions may be taken from any of the following: textbook reading, lecture material, class discussions, and visual materials.

 

Independent Project A written report on any topic in psychology of interest to you will be required. You will be required to submit a one-paragraph written description of your chosen topic. You will also be asked to make an oral presentation on your topic. Reference and cite at least 3 related references from your coursework (lecture notes, textbook, PowerPoints, videos, etc.) or other reference sources (i.e. psychological journals, psychological magazines, internet, media, etc.). All reference information (date, volume, issue number, page numbers, or URL if applicable).The paper must be 2 pages, double spaced, have one inch margins, and typed in 12 point type APA or MLA format and grammar, punctuation and spelling.

  1. Discussion of the topic.

  2. Summary of each reference.

  3. Critiques of topic.

  4. Discussion of how you might apply information to your personal life/ major/career.

  5. Reference & complete citation of reference material.

 

Research Project

You will develop and work on a group research project and presentation with 2-3 of your classmates. You will decide as a group, what the focus of your project will be. You will develop goals and tasks for each member of the group to complete. At the end of the semester, you will present your group project to the class. Each member of the group will need to be directly involved in the presentation in some way. Your group must submit a proposal for your group project (1-2 pages single spaced). Your proposal should include your group name, group members’ names, topic of you group project, a brief summary of how you intend to conduct your research project and a list of the tasks/responsibilities for each group member. YOU MUST RECEIVE APPROVAL FROM ME PRIOR TO BEGINNING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT.

Your research project must incorporate one of the following techniques:

  • Correlation study
  • Case study
  • Naturalistic observation

Correlation study -- Design an instrument (e.g., a questionnaire) to measure a specific hypothesis and collect data on at least 25 people. You may utilize the class or other classes to complete the survey.

Case study – Identify a child with whom you do not have a close relationship. Interview the child's parent(s) and other adults that are closely associated with the child (e.g., grandparents, teachers). If feasible, observes the child in as many settings as possible (e.g., home, school, playground). Select a theory of child development (e.g., Erickson) and apply it to the child you observed.

Naturalistic observation -- Observe a specific behavior (e.g., nonverbal communication) at the mall, family gathering, a social event, restaurant, etc.

All research papers should include the following:

Introduction

The introduction should contain a brief summary of related research that has already been done, and explain how your study will add to the existing body of knowledge. The hypothesis of your study should be stated in this section.

Method Each of the following should be a sub headed:

  • Study participants -- who are you studying: # of people, gender, age, and other relevant demographic information should be included.
  • Instrument -- If you are using a questionnaire, it should be described in this section. What type of questions are you asking (e.g., true-false, multiple-choice). Provide a few sample questions. If you are doing a case study, describe the method you used to collect your information (e.g., interviews, observations). If you are doing an observation, what specific behaviors are you looking for and how are you measuring them?
  • Procedure -- Describe exactly how you collected the information. Be specific. If you conducted interviews: Did you ask everyone the same questions? What types of questions did you ask? If you did an observation: where were you located? Did the study participants know they were being observed? If you did a questionnaire: Was it administered individually or to an entire group? Was it read to the participants or did they have to read it themselves? These are just some examples. You will need to include additional information as well.

Results

What did your research reveal? Just report the facts and findings. Do not interpret or evaluate anything. You will do this in the next section. This section should be brief and to the point.

Discussion

Include the interpretation and evaluation of your study. What do your results mean? You should discuss your findings in reference to your hypothesis. Did anything surprise you or did everything come out just as you expected? Are there any follow-up studies that you think should be done? If you did an observational or correlational study: Did your study support your hypothesis? Theorize why it did or did not. If you did a case study: Did your findings fit into the theory of development that you picked? Explain why you think they did or did not.

The paper should be 4-5 pages in length. It must be typed and double-spaced with standard margins. You should have a cover sheet with your name, the course, date, my name, and the title of the paper. You must photocopy the article and attach it to the paper. You must also have a reference section (i.e., bibliography), properly citing the article and any other sources you use (e.g., your textbook). It is expected that you use additional sources, beyond your textbook.

Each assignment is worth 100 points and will be evaluated according to the criteria below.

  • Writing quality and style (Approximately 20% of the grade) -- You must precisely follow the assignment requirements. Your ideas should be expressed clearly and specifically, and the paper must be free of grammatical errors and typos.
  • Content accuracy and depth (Approximately 80% of the grade) -- What you write should be accurate, based on the current psychological literature. Be sure to give credit to others through citations and references.

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 tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:

# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week

6

2 times a week 4

4

1 time a week 2

2

Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030

3

 

Important Note: The word “attendance” refers to the act of “being present.” The

phrase “being present” regards both physical and mental presence. Please know that I reserve the right to mark you absent if I feel that you are not mentally present. Please understand that I take this policy seriously. Additionally, you will be marked “half absent” if you come to class more than five

minutes late, and fall asleep (even for a moment).

 

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

  • Class attendance and active participation is required.
  • Lateness for class will result in an absence.
  • Please turn off all cell phones before class begins. Texting is also not permitted in class.
  • Students are expected to complete assigned materials prior to class and to participate in class discussion.       Your contribution in class discussion is an important part of the learning process.
  • Grades are non-negotiable.
  • Students are expected to exhibit honesty in all academic endeavors.
  • Students are expected to refrain from doing work for other classes, sleeping, or engaging in any activity that is distracting to the instructor and other students.

 

Grading

Your grade for the course will be based on an average of the scores that you earn on each assignment. Below, the first table shows the allocation of your course grade. The second table shows the value of each grade as determined by Lackawanna College.   

Exam Unit 1 Chapters 1,2,4,5

100 points

Exam Unit 2 Chapters 7-10

100 points

Independent Project

100 points

Class Attendance/Participation

50 points

Research Project

100 points

Total

450 points

                                               

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

 

Exam Policy

Make-up exams are only permitted in exceptional circumstances (illness, family emergency). In such cases, you may be asked to provide appropriate verification. In all instances, you must contact me within three class periods to discuss the possibility of a make-up. Failure to do so will result in a loss of all credit for the exam.

 

Late work

Work, which is handed in late, will be penalized 10 % of the total points possible per day unless exceptional circumstances are involved.

 

Incompletes

An Incomplete final grade will be granted only under extremely unusual circumstances. All requests for incompletes must be submitted in writing before the final exam.

 

Students may receive extra credit for participation in collegiate events as designated by the instructor.

 

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. 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.

 

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 the 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:

Below is a tentative course planner for the experiences of this course. Please note that the schedule is subject to change based on our progress, your interests, and unforeseen circumstances.

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

09/04/14

Course Introduction/Review of Syllabus, Research project introduction

 

1-6

Syllabus review

Video and critical thought exercise

 

09/11/14

 

 

 

 

9/18/14

Chapter 1

Introduction and Science of Psychology

Research project work

Chapter 1

Introduction and Science of Psychology

Research project work

 

1, 2

 

 

 

 

1,2

Textbook reading/ PowerPoint/ lecture

Group project activity

 

 

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Class activity

9/25/14

Chapter 2

Neuroscience

Research project work

 

2,3

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Video

Class activity

10/2/14

Chapter 4

Learning

Research project work

 

1,2,4

Textbook reading/ PowerPoint/ lecture/

Video

Class activity

10/9/14

Chapter 5

Memory

Research project work

Independent Project Paper Due

(10/2/14)

1,2,4

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture/

Video

Class activity

 

10/16/14

Review Mid-term – group facilitation of chapter reviews

Research project work

10/9/14

 

1,2,3,4,

Mid-term Exam

Mid-term

Group review activity

Group project work

 

10/23/14

Mid-term exam (10/16/14)

Chapter 7

Developmental Psychology

 

 

1,2,3,4,

 

 

1,2,3,4

Mid-term exam

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Video

Class activity

10/30/14

Chapter 8

Personality Theories

Group project work

 

1,2,4,5

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Class activity

11/6/14

Chapter 9

Social Psychology

1,2,6

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Video

Class activity

11/13/14

Chapter 10

Abnormal Psychology

1,2,5

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture

Video

Class activity

11/20/14

Research Projects and Presentations

 

1-6

Class presentations and reflection discussions

11/27/14

Final Review

group facilitation of chapter reviews

 

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture Group review activity

 

11/27/14 – Thanksgiving Break

 

Group project presentations

Week of 12/1/14

Final Exam

1-6

Final Exam

 

The above schedule does not include homework assignments or other ungraded activities.