MWF 9:00 - 9:50 AM
1. learn about what psychology is, and how it is applicable to the world around us.
2. understand how we learn, think and remember.
3. gain a basic knowledge of human developmental processes
4. learn about human characteristics such as intelligence and personality
5. investigate problems in human functioning (psychopathology) and how such problems are treated.
Above and beyond this, we will approach the field of psychology critically as "a way of approaching and analyzing the world (Wade & Tavris, 1990, p. xvii)." This means that we will explore how to think critically about psychological phenomena and be skeptical about what we read.
As such, class discussions and projects will be designed to encourage your own exploration of psychology. Through the study of this field, you are likely to find that much of what we know in psychology directly relates to, and has the capacity to enrich, our experience of everyday life.
EVALUATION AND ASSIGNMENT OF GRADES
Examinations: There are three major exam. Each of the exams will cover three chapters except the first which covers four. They are multiple choice and contain 50 questions. Each of these exams are worth 20% of your grade.
Final Exam: The final is comprehensive and contains 50 multiple choice questions.
Theme Assignments: Fifteen percent of your grade (15%) will be determined based on your completion of three Theme papers. These papers will be no less than 600 words each. The Papers will consist of your application of concepts discussed in the chat room or covered in your text to current events or personal experiences. For example, you might decide to do one of your Papers on the impact of the Internet on how students learn, or the impact of teenage violence on psychological health later in life, or the impact of memory deficits on academic achievement, or the use of principles of learning to help at-risk youth acquire positive social skills. These ARE NOT research or term papers- they should be first person. Please understand that I will not tolerate cheating - if you copy and paste otherwise plagiarize - I will fail you for the course. The topic for your theme paper must be from the chapters being studied for the same exam number. Theme 1 – test 1 = chapter 1, 2, 4 or 5. You must respond to the theme posting of each of your classmates as well as a part of your grade.
Required Research Participation: Given the importance of
research and research ethics in the field of psychology, students are
required to participate in one of two research related exercises:
Grading: Each regular exam will represent 18% of your final grade. Fifteen percent of your grade will come from your submission of the Theme Assignments and your responses to your classmates’ postings. The remaining 10% of your grade will come from your participation in online discussions (my postings – labeled as discussion topics)!
10 @ 15 points each = 150 points
3 @ 200 points each = 600
3 @ 50 points each =150
Then use the following scale (there is no rounding or extra credit):
All assignments will be turned in on the course webpage in WebCT/BlackBoard
Late work is penalized at 10% per day.
Miss 4 classes and I may fail you for this course. Miss 6 classes and you will get a failing grade. I will not fill out a drop slip for you.
Academic Dishonesty: Please do not cheat or plagiarize. The MSU policy on cheating and plagiarism is in the MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar (Code of Student Conduct, Item 11) and I encourage you to review it. Additional information regarding the Academic Dishonesty policy is available from the Dean of Students office, in Clark Student Center. Cheating or engaging in plagiarism will result in a grade of zero (0) and/or a letter grade of “F” for the course!!!!!!! If you find yourself even thinking about cheating on an exam or copying someone else’s work, please talk to me instead of doing it!!!
Dropping the course.: This course is laid out so that a good portion of the grading will be completed prior to the drop date. I will have a section in the “my grades” that will indicate your progress to date to help you in your decision-making process. Points total slowly at first so you may be alarmed that you have a low grade. By the end of the semester it will all work out.
Americans with Disabilities Act: Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and Public Law 101-336 (Americans with Disabilities Act) in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities. A copy of the ADA Compliance Document is available online at http://students.mwsu.edu/disability/faq.asp. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any disabling condition that will require