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PSY 105OA SYLLABUS

105 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

ONLINE

3 CREDITS

                                           

 

Instructor

Patrick J Walsh, PhD, NCC, LC

Phone

570-961-7870

Office

Academic Building Room 240

E-mail

walshp@lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

By Appointment

   
 

Text

Griggs, R. A. (2011) Psychology: A concise introduction, 4ed. 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.

Objective

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.

Requirements:

1000 TOTALPOINTS

Answers to questions for chapters

Daily active participation in classroom discussion for 7 chapters 700 points

10 Page research paper 300 points

 

Evaluation:

1000 Points Total- answers to chapter questions plus active participation  in classroom discussion:  POINTS PER ESSAY ASSIGNMENT. STUDENTS WILL LOSE SIGNIFICANT POINTS FOR LACK OF PARTICIPATION IN CLASSROOM DISCUSSION. ANSWERS TO CHAPTER QUESTIONS MUST BE A MINIMUM OF WORDS IN LENGTH. STUDENTS WILL LOSE SIGNIFICANT POINTS FOR ANSWERS THAT ARE LESS THAN 400 WORDS

 

10 PAGE RESARCH PAPER- 300 PONTS

 

10 Page Research Paper Requirements:

Length: 10 page minimum

 

Topic: Any topic in textbook

 

Format: APA

 

References and citations: No less than 5                                                                         

 

 

 

 

Online Course Attendace 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.

 

 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 Discussions in 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

 

 

Attendance Policy:

N/A

 

 

 

 

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

1 QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED FOR CREDIT ARE FOUND IN THE FIRST THREAD OF THE CHAPTER QUESTIONS FORUM 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 AND 200 POINTS PER 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:

 

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:

o    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%

o    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

 

Course Schedule

Instructions:

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WEEK

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

1

INTRODUCTION

Objective #1 To cover the major areas of Psychology

 

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

2

NEUROSCIENCE

Objective #3  Investigate how the nervous system, endocrine system, evolution, heredity,  learning, and memory affect behavior

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

   

 

 

3

LEARNING

Objective#2 To review the viewpoints and assumptions of the major perspectives of psychology

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

   

 

 

4

MEMORY

Objective#2 To review the viewpoints and assumptions of the major perspectives of psychology

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

   

 

 

5

DEVELOPMENT

Oblective #4 To review human development, emotion, motivation, perception and intelligence affect behavior.

 

 

 

Objective#2 To review the viewpoints and assumptions of the major perspectives of psychology

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

   

 

 

6

ABNORMAL

Objective#2 To review the viewpoints and assumptions of the major perspectives of psychology

 

Objective # 5 To investigate the various types of abnormal behaviors, including their etiologies and treatment modalities.

 

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

   

 

 

7

SOCIAL

Objective#2 To review the vir perspectives of psychology

 

 

 

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

       
       
       
       

 

Examinations

N/A