Skip To Content

Search

Syllabus

LACKAWANNA COLLEGE

PSY 105 PA: Introduction to Psychology

  Fall 2014

MWF 8am -9am

3 Credits

                                           

Instructor

Ms. Angela Mantz

Phone

Cell 570-903-9039

Office

Email or Before/After Class

E-mail

Angela.mantz@falcons.lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

MWF 9:00a.m. – 10:00a.m. 3 credits

 

Angeli Hall Room 207

 

Text

Griggs, R. A. (2014) 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.

Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. . While psychology is most often associated with clinical issues (i.e. abnormal, personality), this makes up only a small portion of the field. Other specialties within the field include, to name a few, physiological, social, organizational, and developmental psychology. We cannot understand ourselves or the individuals around us without looking at how we develop, how we behave in a social context, or the physiological components of our behavior. Thus, this course will serve as an overview of the major fields within psychology with an emphasis on developing an understanding of psychology as the science of human thought and behavior. We will also learn to critically evaluate "common sense" knowledge about how people function.

 

Objectives

  1.      Cover the major areas of Psychology
  2.      To review the viewpoints and assumptions of the major perspectives of psychology
  3.      To investigate how the nervous system, endocrine system, evolution, and heredity affect behavior
  4.      To review human development, emotion, motivation and memory and how they influence behavior
  5.      To investigate the various types of abnormal behavior and their treatment modalities.

 

Requirements

There will be 2 unit tests (100 points each) and 3 individually guided projects (1 worth 100 points and 2 worth 50 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.

 

Requirements/Evaluation

Research Paper You will research a topic in psychology that you are interested in. Paper topic will need to be approved by me. You will write your name on an index card with the topic you choose and a brief description of why you choose this topic, I then will let you know if it is approved. (This part is worth 10 points) Research paper needs to be at least 3 pages written in 12 font Times New Roman, APA or MLA.

 

Group Project You will develop and work on a group project and presentation with 4-5 of your classmates. You will be assigned a chapter from your text and you as a group will choose on how to teach this chapter to the class. Please be creative!!! As a group you will need to provide the class with a lesson that includes a hand out and an activity for the class to engage in. The lesson needs to be 20 minutes long no shorter, you will need to hand in a typed up summary of what each group member contributed to the project in detail.

Article You need to find an article that pertains to psychology. You can find this in a newspaper, online article or on the news. You will need to hand in the article also you will have to give a brief summarization to the class.  

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

 

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.
  •  3 times late for class will result in an absence.
  • Please have cell phones on vibrate and on your desk at all times. Texting is also not permitted during 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 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 1-4

100 points

Exam Unit 2 Chapters 5-9

100 points

Research Paper

100 points

Class Attendance/Participation

50 points

Group Project

50 points

Article

Total

50 points

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

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

Exam Policy

Make-up exams are only permitted in exceptional circumstances. You will have to contact me within three class periods to discuss the make-up. Failure to do so will result in a loss of all credit for the exam.

 

Late Work

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%

 

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

Instructions:

All contents of the following table are required. Enter the information into the appropriate columns on the table using the Tab key to move around. To insert rows, click on the table and then on the Table menu, point to Insert and click on the Row action you want to take. To delete rows, click on the table and then on the Table menu, point to Delete and click on Rows. Delete these instructions once your coursework is entered. 

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

9/3/14 – 9/5/14

Course Introduction

Syllabus, Group project introduction

1,2,3

Textbook reading/ PowerPoints

 

9/8/14 – 9/12/14

Chapter 1 Introduction and Science of Psychology

Objectives 1 & 2

Textbook reading/ PowerPoints

 

9/15/14 – 9/19/14

Chapter2 Neuroscience

Objectives 2 & 3

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

 

9/22/14-10/3/14

Chapter 3 Sensation and perception

2,3,4

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

 

10/6/14-10/10/14

Chapter 4 Learning

 

1-5

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

 

10/13/14-10/17/14

Review chapters 1-4 and Mid-Term

1,2,4

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

 

10/20/14-10/24/14

Chapter 5 Memory

 

1,2,4

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

 

10/27/14-10/31/14

Chapter 7 Developmental Psychology

1,2,3,4

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

11/3/14-11/7/14

Chapter 8 Personality Theories and Assessment

1,2,4,5

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

11/10/14-11/14/14

Chapter 9 Social Psychology

1,2

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

 

 

 

 

11/17/14-11/21/14

Chapter 10 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

11/24/14-11/28/14

Review Chapter Final 5,7,8,9,10

1-5

Articles that are not finished will go now.

Week of 12/1

Final Exam

1-5

Final Exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examinations

THE ABOVE OUTLINE AND PROCEDURES MAY BE MODIFIED AT ANYTIME BY THE PROFESSOR.