Syllabus

Lackawanna College

PSY 105 OA: Introduction to Psychology

Intersession 2019

3 Credits

 

Instructor  

Ms. Marsha Pigga

Phone

570-677-7589

Office

Office 102 Angeli Hall                  

E-mail

piggam@lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

By appointment in Online Chat

 

 

 

Text: Myers, David G., Psychology in Everyday Life, 11th Edition. 4rd Ed Worth Publishers: New York

 

Description: PSY 105 (Formerly SS 132) - 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

  1. To demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. To compare and contrast the major perspectives of psychology (e.g.,behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural).
  3. To develop an enhanced ability to use critical thinking skills to examine issues related to human behavior and mental processes.
  4. To examine the sociocultural differences that influence individual differences in behavior.

 

Requirements

Journal Reflections with Rubric (30 points total/10 points each)

 

You are to respond to the weekly Journal Reflection Questions demonstrating a clear understanding of the weekly topic of question. There will be a topic of question for each week related to your weekly course topics. You are to record your responses or reflections to the weekly topic of question. In other words, it should be a record of your inner life and self-reflections on your experiences and relationships to the weekly topic of question. You are to include your perceptions and feelings expressed in a way that demonstrates your self-understanding and personal growth.

 

Your journal reflection should be a minimum of 500 words in length, typed and double-spaced, MLA/APA format and grammar, punctuation and spelling and uploaded under Assignments on the designated weekly Journal Reflection on your course page. You will also need to complete and upload the evaluation rubrics for each journal reflection. The Journal Reflection assignment with rubric can be found under the Course Resources tab on the course portal page. Be certain to complete each column of the rubric. Be specific as to where you think you met the requirement.

Weekly Journal Reflection Topics and Questions

Week 1- Watch Intro to Psychology - Crash Course Psychology #1 at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo4pMVb0R6M

 

Why is it important to be knowledgeable about the history of psychology? What can we learn about current issues in psychology by looking at the past? How can historical views of psychology be useful to understanding today’s problems? Take a current event from the media and use historical perspectives to give explanations for the event and responses to it.

Week 2- There are four major research perspectives in psychology: the biological perspective, the cognitive perspective, the behavioral perspective, and the sociocultural perspective. Explain how researchers working from each of psychology's major perspectives might investigate an emotion such as love? Which, if any, approaches to psychology might be considered more or less obsolete today?

Week 3- Positive psychology is a social and intellectual movement within the discipline of psychology that focuses on human strengths and how people can flourish and be successful. Visit the positive psychology news website at http://positivepsychologynews.com/ . Summarize and critique a news article from the website. Discuss the psychological benefits positive psychology can have for oneself.

Journal Reflection Rubric

10 Points

What Should I Do?

Did I do this?

Points Available

Where?

What Page & Paragraph?

Points Earned

Clear demonstration of understanding of the topic of question.

 

 

3

 

 

Self-reflection on your experiences and relationships to the topic of question.

 

 

3

 

 

Perceptions and feelings expressed in a way that demonstrates your self-understanding and personal growth.

 

3

 

 

Writing and grammar style. Organization and clarity of reflection.

 

1

 

 

Heinz Case Study with Rubric (10 points)

Kohlberg used moral dilemmas to determine which stage of moral reasoning a person uses. The dilemmas are short stories in which a person has to make a moral decision. A dilemma that Kohlberg used in his original research was the druggist's dilemma below. Read the dilemma and answer the proposed questions. Your responses to the proposed dilemma should be 500 words in length. You will need to upload your responses under Week 1 DQ 4. Also, comment on another classmate’s response comparing and contrasting your responses. Replies to your classmate’s response must be a minimum of 150 words.

Heinz steals the drug

In Europe, a woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to make. He paid $200 for the radium and charged $2,000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money, but he could only get together about $ 1,000 which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said: "No, I discovered the drug and I'm going to make money from it." So, Heinz got desperate and broke into the man's store to steal the drug-for his wife. (Kohlberg, 1963, p. 19)

Should Heinz break into the laboratory to steal the drug for his wife? Why or why not?                                                                                  

Give examples of possible arguments that belong Kohlberg's six stages. What would Heinz do based on each of the six stages?

    Stage one (obedience):

    Stage two (self-interest):

    Stage three (conformity):

    Stage four (law-and-order):

    Stage five (human rights):

    Stage six (universal human ethics): 

Heinz Case Study Rubric

10 Points

What Should I Do?

Did I do this?

Points Available

Where?

What Page & Paragraph?

Points Earned

Discuss whether Heinz should break into the laboratory to steal the drug for his wife.

 

3

 

 

Provide examples of possible arguments that belong to Kohlberg’s six stages.

 

3

 

 

Discuss what would Heinz do based on each of the six stages.

 

3

 

 

Writing and grammar style. Organization and clarity of reflection.

 

1

 

 

 

Stanford Prison Experiment Role Play Assignment with Rubric (20 points)

                 

Social psychology is the scientific study of how people influence one another’s behavior and thinking. Attribution is the process by which we explain our own behavior and the behavior of others—how we answer the question, “What are the causes of personal behavior and the behavior of others?”

“What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University.

“The study of prison life began with an average group of healthy, intelligent, middle-class males. These boys were arbitrarily divided into two groups by a flip of the coin. Half were randomly assigned to be guards, the other to be prisoners. It is important to remember that at the beginning of our experiment there were no differences between boys assigned to be a prisoner and boys assigned to be a guard.”  http://www.prisonexp.org/.

Watch the video Stanford Prison Experiment at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=760lwYmpXbc.

Answer the discussion questions below putting yourself in the roles of the guard, the prisoner and the experimenter. Answer the discussion questions below. Your reflection should be 500 words in length, typed and double-spaced, MLA/APA format and grammar, punctuation and spelling. Upload your completed assignment with rubric on the course portal page. The Milgram Experiment Case Study assignment with rubric can be found under the Course Resource tab on our course portal page. Be certain to complete each column of the rubric. Be specific as to where you think you met the requirements.

  • Guard: If you were a guard, what type of guard would you have become? How sure are you? If you were a "good guard" what would prevent you from objecting or countermanding the orders from tough or bad guards. After the study, how do you think you as the guard would feel when you saw the prisoner in the same civilian clothes again and saw their prison reconverted to a basement laboratory hallway?
  • Prisoner: Describe what kind of prisoner you think you would be if assigned that role. If you were a prisoner, would you have been able to endure the prison experience? What would you have done differently? What would you have done differently than those subjects did? If you were imprisoned in a "real" prison for five years or more, could you take it? After the study, how do you think the prisoners felt when they saw the guards in the same civilian clothes again and saw their prison reconverted to a basement laboratory hallway?
  • Experimenter: If you were the experimenter in charge, would you have done this study? Would you have terminated it earlier? Would you have conducted a follow-up study? Explain your answer.
  • Why do you think people conform to roles they are assigned? Explain.
  • Explain how the actor-observer difference in attributions, the fundamental attribution error, and self-perception theory relate to the Stanford Prison Experiment.

Stanford Prison Experiment Role Play Assignment Rubric

20 Points

What Should I Do?

Did I do this?

Points Available

Where?

What Page & Paragraph?

Points Earned

Answer the discussion questions below putting yourself in the roles of the guard, the prisoner and the experimenter.

 

          5

 

 

Discuss role conformity expressed in a way that demonstrates your understanding.

 

          5

 

 

 

Explain how the actor-observer difference in attributions, the fundamental attribution error, and self-perception theory relate to the Stanford Prison Experiment.

 

          5

 

 

Writing and grammar style. Organization and clarity of reflection.

 

          5

 

 

Film, TV or Book Character Analysis with Rubric (20 points)

Using a contemporary film, tv show or book, describe the personality of one or more characters. You will write an analysis of one particular character based on the film. Films that are particularly helpful with this assignment/activity include The Breakfast ClubCrashFather of the BrideRemember the Titans, and Lord of the Flies. Your analysis must be 500 words in length, typed and double-spaced, MLA/APA format and grammar, punctuation and spelling.  Upload your assignment with completed rubric under Assignments on the course portal page.

 

Film, TV, or Book Character Analysis

For this assignment, you will analyze the personality of one specific character as that same character would be described by psychologists who favored each of the four approaches: psychoanalytic, humanistic, social-cognitive, and trait. Choose an interesting TV, movie, or book character (a favorite character, or one with a particularly vivid personality).  For a TV, movie, or book character, write an introductory paragraph that briefly describes the circumstances and plot of the episode, movie, or book. Next, indicate how a psychologist favoring each of the four approaches would describe/explain the character’s behavior on each of the items listed. Provide examples to illustrate each of your answers. Write your analyses using complete, grammatical sentences and appropriate paragraphing.

 

Psychoanalytic approachDescribe:

1) Either strength or weakness of character’s id, ego, AND superego; OR a conflict between these mental systems

2) How character uses at least one defense mechanism (repression, regression, displacement, sublimation, reaction formation, projection, or rationalization)

3) Whether the character exhibits signs of fixation at or unsuccessful resolution of one of the psychosexual stages (oral, anal, phallic, genital)

4) How one of the neo-Freudians (Jung, Adler, or Horney) would describe character

 

Humanistic approach Describe:

1) The position of character on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

2) To what extent character is striving to fulfill potential

3) To what extent and in what situations character receives positive regard from others, or why the character does not receive positive regard

4) To what extent the character’s self-concept is consistent with what you perceive as the character’s ideal self

 

Social-cognitive approach Describe:

1) An instance in which the character has observed and evaluated the behavior of others, the apparent consequences of that behavior, and whether the character chose to imitate the behavior

2) To what extent the character demonstrates an internal or external locus of control

3) An attribution made by the character for someone else’s behavior, and whether that attribution was internal or external

4) A situation in which either the character or someone with whom the character was interacting displayed self-serving bias

 

Trait perspective Describe:

1) Where character “fits” on each of Eysenck’s dimensions of extraversion-introversion, neuroticism-emotional stability, and psychoticism-impulse control

2) Where character “fits” on EACH of the Big Five dimensions other than extraversion and neuroticism (openness, conscientiousness, and agreeableness)

3) What you would consider to be the character’s most noticeable positive and negative traits

4) To what extent the character’s traits are consistent across situations

 

Film, TV, or Book Character Analysis Rubric

20 Points

What Should I Do?

Did I do this?

Points Available

Where?

What Page & Paragraph?

Points Earned

Describes the circumstances and plot of the, movie or book. Describe the personality of one of the characters.

 

5

 

 

Analyze and explain the behavior of the same character using all four approaches of psychoanalytic, humanistic, social-cognitive, and trait. Answer all reflection questions posed in each approach.

 

5

 

 

Provide examples to illustrate each of your answers.

 

5

 

 

Writing and grammar style. Organization and clarity of reflection.

 

5

 

 

 

Evaluation

Evaluation rubrics for each assignment will be completed for each student by the professor.

Students will also be required to complete the designated evaluation rubrics for each assignment. Rubrics are used as a guide, where you are required to check off each item and identify where each objective has been met within your work, before submitting your assignments. Detailed rubrics for each assignment can be found under Course Resources on the course page. Submission of an assignment without its interactive rubric will result in an automatic 2-point loss.

 

All assignments must be submitted through file exchange on the Portal without exception. All assignments must be saved as either .doc or .rtf. All assignments must follow MLA/APA format.

Online Course 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 courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 

Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add, will automatically be dropped from the course.

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
  • You must make 1 initial post (of at least 400 words) to each discussion question.
  • You must make 2 replies (of at least 150 words each) to each discussion question – for a total of 4 replies per week.
  • Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.

 

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.

Good Discussions in Course Resources 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!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?

 

Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.

 

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

Total of 10 points each

 

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Make 1 initial post (of at least 400 words) to each discussion question directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation. 

3

 

 

 

Make 2 replies (of at least 150 words each) to each discussion question – for a total of 4 replies per week.

3

 

 

 

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

3

 

 

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

1

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION:

10

   

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

  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date
  •  Attendance in the online classroom and active participation is required.
  • Students are expected to complete assigned materials as designated and to participate in online discussions. Your contribution in online discussions is an important part of the learning process. 
  • Grades are non-negotiable.
  • Students are expected to exhibit honesty in all academic endeavors.
  • Assignments are due on the portal by 11:55 PM on their due date. 

The following will not be accepted:  

  • Late assignments
  • Emailed assignments 
  • Hard copy assignments
  • Extra credit assignments
  • Technical excuses (We have on-call IT at support@lackawanna.edu) 

 

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.

Journal Reflections

30%

20 points

Heinz Case Study with Rubrics

10%

20 points

Film or Book Character Analysis

20%

20 points

Stanford Prison Experiment Role Play

20%

20 points

Online Discussions

20%

20 points

Total

100%

100 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

 

  • No late work will be accepted.

 

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 Disability Services 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.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, 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 VII of 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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based harassment. 

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 

Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929, kirong@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

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

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week 1

Psychology’s Roots

The Scientific Approach to Behavior

Developing Through the Lifespan

1, 2, 3,4,5

DQ1

DQ2

DQ3

DQ4

Journal Reflection

Heinz Case Study

Week 2

 

Learning

Thinking, Language, and Intelligence

Social Psychology

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

DQ1

DQ2

DQ3

Journal Reflection

Stanford Prison Experiment Role Play

Week 3

Motivation and Emotion

Personality

Psychological Disorders

 

1, 2, 3,4, 5

DQ1

DQ2

DQ3

DQ4

Journal Reflection

Film, TV, or Book Character Analysis

THE ABOVE OUTLINE AND PROCEDURES MAY BE MODIFIED IN THE EVENT OF EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES.