Course Name:

Introduction to Psychology

Course Number:

PSYC 160

Campus:

Miami, Florida

 

Instructor’s Name

Robert E. Beneckson, M.S.

I.  Instructor’s Contact Information, Course Pre and Co-Requisites

Phone Number:

 

E-mail:

rb@vorlon1.com

Office location:

 

Office hours:

5-6 PM Friday

 

 

Course Equivalencies:

 

Course Prerequisites:

None

Course Co-requisites:

None

 

II. Mission and Outcomes

University Mission:

At West Coast University, we embrace a student-centric learning partnership that leads to professional success.  We deliver transformational education within a culture of integrity and personal accountability.  We design market-responsive programs through collaboration between faculty and industry professionals. We continuously pursue more effective and innovative ways through which students develop the competencies and confidence required in a complex and changing world.

Program Mission:

The General Education program has been designed to facilitate students’ acquisition and application of knowledge through intellectual stimulation, scientific methodology, information and computer literacy, and communication competencies.  Students master problem solving abilities necessary for success in the core curriculum and with application to personal and professional growth and well-being beyond the curriculum.

Program Learning Outcomes:

1.      Demonstrate competent written communication skills

2.      Employ effective oral communication skills

3.      Interpret quantitative data using mathematical principles to effectively identify core issues and solve problems

4.      Illustrate competence in the biological, physical, and natural sciences

5.      Locate disparate information through multiple sources demonstrating technological and informational literacy

6.      Analyze ideas and make decisions using critical thinking skills

7.      Describe and interpret diverse perspectives, value systems, history, cultural traditions, and artistic expression

8.      Articulate issues and arrive at a defensible conclusion, given a set of ethical dilemmas

 

III.  Course Information

Term:

SUMI 2017

Class Meeting Dates:

Friday 6/16/2017 – 8/11/2017

Class Meeting Times:

6:00pm – 11:00p

Class Meeting Location:

Room 304

Class Credit Hours:

3 semester credits/5 contact hours/week (Lecture)/ 45 hours per term

Out of Class Time Hours:

 

Class Credit Length:

9 weeks

Class Required Texts, Learning Resources:

Feldman, R.S. (2015) Understanding psychology(14thed).

        Boston: McGraw-Hill. 

 

Class Recommended Texts, Learning Resources:

 

 

 

 

 

Course Catalog Description:

Examines basic psychological concepts, such as the nervous system, memory, intelligence and development along with Freudian, humanistic, social, cognitive, and trait theories.  Presents an introduction to the issues, methods, and descriptions of psychology. Discusses individual and social problems of everyday life through the viewpoints and methods of modern scientific psychology.  Examines the psychological processes through which people deal with the challenges of everyday life.

Course Learning Outcomes:

·      Course outcomes are comprised of the knowledge, skills, values and/or behaviors that students should be able to demonstrate upon completion of the course.

·      Course outcomes map to the Program Learning Outcomes

·      Must be assessed in the course to determine if learning outcomes are met

·         Define psychology and discriminate between the science of psychology and pseudoscience

·         Compare and contrast the major perspectives in psychology (psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, biological and socio-cultural)

·         Explain how psychological theories are used to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior and mental processes

·         Identify kinds of research and its application of the different sub divisions in the field of psychology

 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

·      Updated per course reflecting the instructional strategies appropriate to the subject area.

·      Examples:. simulation laboratory, clinical experience, discussion, case studies, blended learning, on line assignments, quizzes or other electronic teaching devices, lecture, guest speakers, community projects, class presentations, videos/DVD,  kinesthetic learning activities

This course is presented in a lecture format with the use of video, class presentations, student journals, learning exercises, and group discussions. The emphasis is understanding the connections between psychological knowledge and life-experience.

 

 

 


IV.  Evaluation Methods, Grading

 

Formative Assessment of Student Learning:

·         Will not count more than 80% of final grade

·         Examples -- Evidenced-based Research, presentations, Case Studies, Specific class projects, Weekly quizzes, homework assignments, clinical or lab assignments/assessment, practice exams

Summative Assessment of Student Learning:

·         Will not count more than 30% of final grade

·         Examples – Final Exam, Term Paper or Term Project

Participation:

·         Student Participation will not account for more than 10% of the final grade.

Assignment/Assessments

Due Date

Points

Midterm Exam

7/14/17

20%

Final Exam

8/11/17

20%

Journals

Ongoing

8%

Signature Assignment

8/4/17

10%

Class Participation

Weekly

22%

Class Presentation

Ongoing

8%

Personality Analysis Paper

6/30/17

12%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V.  Policies and Procedures

West Coast University Grading Scale (reflective of final course grade.  See associated policy in Catalog)

Grade

Points

WCU Grading Scale

A

4

93-100

A-

3.7

90-92

B+

3.3

87-89

B

3.0

83-86

B-

2.7

80-82

C+

2.3

76-79

C

2.0

73-75

C-

1.7

70-72

D+

1.3

66-69

D

1.0

63-65

D-

0.7

60-62

F

0

59 or below

TC

N/A

Transfer Credit

W

N/A

Withdrawal

I

N/A

Incomplete

CR

N/A

Credit

Attendance Policy

West Coast University has a clear requirement for students to attend courses.  Students should review the Attendance Policy in the “Academic Policies and Procedures” section of the University Catalog.

Academic Integrity Policy

Students are expected to approach their academic endeavors with the highest academic integrity.  They must cite sources, and submit original work.  Academic honesty is central to the institution/student partnership towards student success.    Students are accountable for adhering to the Academic Integrity and Academic Dishonesty policies in the “Academic Policies and Procedures” section of the University Catalog.

Academic Dishonesty

Students should review the Academic Dishonesty Policy in the “Academic Policies and Procedures” section of the University Catalog.  

Reasonable Accommodations

West Coast University strives to provide reasonable accommodations to students who have a defined need and who follow the appropriate steps towards seeking the accommodation.  The Reasonable Accommodations Policy is found in the “Academic Policies and Procedures” section of the University Catalog. 

West Coast University Make-up Work Policy

·      In order to meet course objectives, students may be required to make up all assignments and work missed as a result of absences.  The faculty may assign additional make-up work to be completed for each absence.

·      Students are required to be present when an examination is given.  If unexpectedly absent for a documented emergency situation (i.e. death in the immediate family), it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for a make-up date by contacting the faculty member within 48 hours of the original assessment date.  The make-up work must be completed within five (5) school days of the originally assigned date.  Students who do not take the exam on the scheduled make-up date or who do not contact the instructor within 48 hours will receive a zero score for that assessment activity.  The highest score possible on a nursing or dental hygiene make-up examination is passing grade (e.g., if a student obtained a perfect score (100%) in the make-up examination, the grade will still be recorded as a passing grade). 

Classroom Policies

·     Students are expected to dress professionally during class time.

·     No children are allowed in classes or to be unattended on campus.

·     Use of cell phones, smart phones, or any other electronic devices in the classroom during class time is strictly prohibited.  Unauthorized use may lead to faculty member confiscation of the device for the remainder of the class. 

·     Behavior that persistently or grossly interferes with classroom activities is considered disruptive behavior and may be subject to disciplinary action.  A student responsible for disruptive behavior may be required to leave the class. 

Testing and Examination Policy

·      The university testing policy stipulates that no phones or other electronic devices, food or drink, papers or backpacks can be taken into the examination area.   In specific courses the faculty may have additional requirements. Talking during testing or sharing of information regarding the test questions is not allowed. 

·      Once the exam results are available, students may schedule reviews of their exams with their instructors. Once the exam results are available, the instructor may review the test with students. This review is intended to help students learn, and is not intended for further distribution to other students.   

Additional Program or Accreditation Requirements

None

 

 

 

Section B:  Course Outline

·         Class objectives reflect the teaching activities that, if engaged in, are intended to lead to specific, measurable student learning outcomes as identified in Section A.

·         Content outline provides the student with a course roadmap.  Which topics are intended to be covered each week?

·         Specific course activities outline the teaching strategies used

·         Student assignments identify the learning and assessment requirements that students are to fulfill throughout the duration of the course. 

Week/

Date

Class Objectives/Course Learning Outcomes

 

Content Outline

Specific Course Activity

Student Assignments

1:

6/16

Define Psychology; Discriminate between psychology as a science and a pseudoscience; Compare and contrast the major perspectives in psychology.

1- Introduction

 

2- Psychological Research

 

13- Personality

 

Personality Test   http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/j/5/j5j/IPIP/ipipneo300.htm

 

 

Orientation and class organization

Read:

Chapters 1, 2, 13, & 4

2:

6/23

Explain how psychological theories are used to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior. Identify kinds of research and its application of the different sub-divisions in the field of psychology.

13- Personality

 

3-  Neuroscience and Behavior

 

 

 

Journals and Class Presentations Due

 

Read:

Chapters 3, 5 & 6

3:

6/30

Explain how psychological theories are used to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior.  Identify kinds of research and its application of the different sub-divisions in the field of psychology.

 

 

4- Sensation and Perception

 

 

5- Consciousness

 

 

 

Journals and Class Presentations Due

 

Personality Analysis Paper Due

 

 

Read:

Chapters 7 & 8

4:

7/7

 

 

 

 

Explain how psychological theories are used to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior.  Identify kinds of research and its application of the different sub-divisions in the field of psychology.

 

 

______________________________________

 

6- Learning     

 

7- Memory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review for Mid-Term Exam

 

Journals and Class Presentations Due

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare for Midterm Exam

 

5:

7/14

Explain how psychological theories are used to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior.  Identify kinds of research and its application of the different sub-divisions in the field of psychology.

 

Mid-Term Exam

 

17- Social Psychology

 

Midterm Exam:

Chapters 1, 2,  3, 4, 5, 6,7,8, 13

 

Journals and Class Presentations Due

 

 

Read:

Chapters 17, 9, 10, 11&

6:

7/21

Explain how psychological theories are used to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior.  Identify kinds of research and its application of the different sub-divisions in the field of psychology.

17- Social Psychology

 

8- Cognition & Language

 

9- Intelligence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journals and Class Presentations Due

 

 

Read:

Chapters 12, 13 & 14

7:

7/28

Explain how psychological theories are used to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior.  Identify kinds of research and its application of the different sub-divisions in the field of psychology.

 

10- Motivation and Emotion

 

 

12- Development

 

 

 

 

Journals and Class Presentations Due

 

 

Read:

Chapters 15 & 16

8:

8/4

Explain how psychological theories are used to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior.  Identify kinds of research and its application of the different sub-divisions in the field of psychology.

 

15- Psychological Disorders

 

16- Treatment of Psychological Disorders

 

Review for Final Exam

 

Journals and Class Presentations Due

Critique

Assignment Due

 

Prepare for Final Exam

9:

8/11

Explain how psychological theories are used to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior.  Identify kinds of research and its application of the different sub-divisions in the field of psychology.

Final Exam

 

Final Exam:

Chapters  8, 9, 10,12, 14, 15, 16, 17

 

Summative Exercises (Class will meet for the full 5 hours)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policies for the PSYC 160 Class

 

Attendance

·         When a student arrives in class after the 7:00 starting time, they must sign-in the class roster indicating the time that they arrived to class.  Remember that any tardy is counted as 1/3 of a full absence (100 minutes).  Returning late from a break requires that you sign in as returning late before taking your seat and likewise results in a 1/3 absence.  There is no grace period to the start times of class.

 

·         It is the student’s responsibility to insure that they have signed the class roster for each class. If a student should later indicate that they were in class, but did not sign the roster, the attendance will not be changed and it will be counted as an absence.

·         When a student leaves before the end of class, they must sign out on the class roster.  Should a student leave class without signing out, they will be given attendance credit for the first 60 minutes of the class, only.

·         Any student that repeatedly arrives late to class or leaves early will be referred to the Academic Dean.

·         There will be no exceptions to the 30% limit on absence to pass the class.

Leaving the class except during break time

·         Students will be given regular breaks and are expected to remain in the class at all other times.No student is to leave for any reason other than an emergency, except during break times.

Crosstalk during class

·         Students are expected to attend to class activities during lectures and discussions.  Individual discussion distracts those students as well as surrounding students.  Those who do not respect this policy will be assigned seats in the class for the remainder of the term.

Electronic devices

·         Cell phones must be turned off and put away in the class room. The only exception to this policy is the rare event of a legitimate emergency, where the student may leave their phone turned on “silent” to quietly leave the class to take the emergency call.  In this rare case, the student must notify the instructor.  Any other use of a phone in class is prohibited.  In the event that a student uses a cell phone in class without permission, the phone will be impounded until the class ends & an incident report may be filed with the WCU Conduct Committee.

·         Computers, Bluetooth or other electronic devices are not allowed for use in class.  If a student wishes to use their computer to take notes, they must sit in one of the first three rows of seats and email the instructor a copy of their notes immediately after class.  Failure to do so will void the right to use the computer in class.

Quiz make-ups

·         When a student misses a quiz due to absence, they will be assigned a take-home, essay quiz.  You have two weeks following an absence to turn in the Make-Up Quiz. Any quiz not made up within the two weeks will receive a “0” score. This quiz is not graded for points, but is assigned a pass/fail, depending on the quality of the work.  In calculating the quiz average for the course grade, a “pass” will not be factored into the average, but a “fail” will be counted as 50 points.  Failure to complete the make-up will result in “0” points.  All make up quizzes must be typed, double spaced and have a cover page with the student’s name and class information.  Any paper submitted otherwise will be returned to the student ungraded. The student has two weeks after the absence to submit the make-up quiz. Any make up quiz not submitted by the second week after the absence will result in a grade of zero “0” for that quiz.

Midterm & Final Exams

·         There are no make-ups for the midterm or final exam unless the student can produce documented evidence of a major illness or family emergency.  No midterm or final exams will be given before the scheduled day and time. Any make-up will have 10 points deducted from the student’s score to account for the additional study time.

Grades

·         No grades will be given through email or over the phone.

·         15% of your grade comes from “class participation”.  In addition to your actual involvement and interaction in class discussion and activities and since you cannot participate when absent from class, your attendance will factor into this 10% of your grade (out of 100%) as follows:

       Up to 10%                        -             5% points deducted

     10% to 20%                       -           10% points deducted

     20% to 30%              -        20% points deducted

 

·         Asking questions and participating in class discussions will factor into your class participation grade in a positive fashion.  Crosstalk, leaving the class during lecture, arriving late, using your cell phone or disrupting the class in any other way will factor into your class participation grade in a negative fashion. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guidelines for the Journal Assignment 

The study of psychology is based on the observation of human behavior, mental processes, and growth and development.  Because this is a study of human beings, rather than an abstract science like some aspects of mathematics or quantum physics, it should be possible for the student to apply the knowledge gained from psychology to real events in their lives: to themselves and other people they come in contact with. These journals provide the student the opportunity to apply the material studied to themselves in a practical and useful way which is intended to help the student gain insight in a manner that is helpful to them in an applied, meaningful way.

Each  student will write a minimum of five journals applying the material from the text to aspects of their life as they see fit.  The journal will be typed, double spaced in a 12 pt. font. The paper should be two pages in length.  Further explanations of this assignment will be provided in class.

Guidelines for the Personality Analysis Paper Assignment:

After you take the 5 Factor Personality test during the first week of class you will write a paper analyzing your results.  You will utilize critical thinking to discuss the traits the test assigns to you, adding supporting evidence from your actual behavior to support you analysis.  This will be discussed in detail in class.

Guidelines for the Class Presentation:

 

Each student will chose a topic from any chapter of the text that attracts their interest and a desire to learn more about that topic; information that goes beyond the textbook discussion of the subject.  Based on this interest, the student will prepare a presentation of at least ten minutes and share what new information they have learned with the class.  The presentation may be in a format of the student's choosing.  In the past, the students have used power point presentations, videos, group participation exercises, and old-fashioned note card guided lectures.  Be creative and try to have fun learning something new and teaching it to others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions for the Signature Assignment:

 

Please see syllabus in Blackboard