MWF 8:00 - 8:50
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
Quizzes: The quizzes will help us to stay on track in the course and provide you with a study guide for the exams. Quiz scores will be totaled at the end of the semester and constitute 12% of your grade. The quizzes are multiple-choice.
Examinations: There are three major exams. Each of the exams will cover 3 chapters. Each of these exams is worth 18% of your grade. They are multiple-choice and each will consist of 60 questions. The final exam is comprehensive and will contain 50 multiple-choice questions.
Theme Papers:Fifteen percent of your grade (15%) will be determined based on your completion of three Theme Papers. These papers will be no less than 500 words each and will need to be submitted electronically via WebCT. The total number of points you can earn from these papers is 150, or 50 points per paper. The papers will consist of your application of concepts discussed in class, covered in your text, 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.
Group Presentation. Nine percent of your grade (9%) will be determined on a group presentation. I will divide you up into groups and assign a presentation topic. Presentations will begin after Spring Break. Your presentation will last at least 10 minutes and you will need to answer questions from the class. Posters, PowerPoint-type presentations and handouts may be used. You will need to have at least one visual aid and 1 handout.
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:
No credit will be awarded for participation, but students must complete one of the two above options. Failure to do so will result in a letter grade reduction for the course.
Grading: Each regular exam will represent 21% of your final grade and the final 10%. The quizzes constitute 12% of your grade and fifteen percent of your grade will come from your submission of the Theme Assignments.
6 @ 20 points each = 120 points
3 @ 180 points each = 540
3 @ 50 points each =150
1 @ 90 points
Then use the following scale (there is no rounding or extra credit):
Quizzes cannot be made up for any reason. A missed quiz counts as a zero.
Late submission of theme papers. Any postings posted on WebCT after the due date will be assessed a 10% penalty per day for up to three days. If an assignment is turned in more than three business days after the due date it will not receive any points. You may submit theme papers prior to the due date. The discussion board is for your use.
I take attendance every day. Excused absences come from the Dean of Students. After 6 absences, you need to consider dropping the course. If I drop you from the course, your grade will either be a WF or F.
Academic Dishonesty: Please do not cheat or plagiarize. The MSU policy on cheating and plagiarism is on page 71 of 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!!!