Psychology 101d

Syllabus

Fall 2001


 

Instructor Information

Dr. Sandra K. Webster

E-Mail:  websters@westminster.edu

Office:   Hoyt Science Center 133

Phone:  (724) 946-7359

 

Office Hours:

       Monday 10:30-11:30

       Tuesday 2:00-3:00

       Wednesday 10:30-11:30      

       Friday 10:30-11:30


 

Course Description

 

            Principles of human and animal behavior.  The study of  individual, group and institutional behavior in context.

 

Text

Peterson, C. (2001).  Introduction to Psychology.  OpenMind Publishing Group, www.ompg.com.

Note:  The text is an online publication.  Please use the instructions on the class web site (or the paper handed out on the first day of class) to access the text.  You may choose to read the text online, download it, order a paper version or order the CD-Rom version.  Please plan to study well in advance of the scheduled exams.  Computer down-time is not an excuse for failing to read the text. 

 

Course Calendar

                   

Date

Chapter

Topic

8/28

1

What is Psychology?

9/4

4

Brain & Nervous System

9/11

5

Sensation & Perception

9/18

 

6

Exam 1 (Chapters 1, 4 & 5)

Consciousness

9/25

7

Motivation & Emotion

9/27

 

Term Paper Topic Statement Due

10/2

8

Learning

10/11

 

9

Exam 2 (Chapters 6, 7 &8)

Cognition

10/18

 

10

Library Instruction

Development

10/25

11

Intelligence

10/30

 

Term Paper Bibliography Due

11/1

 

12

Exam 3 (Chapters 9, 10 &11)

Personality

11/8

13

Psychological Disorders

11/13

 

Draft Term Paper Due

11/15

14

Therapy

11/20

 

Exam 4 (Chapters 12, 13 & 14)

11/27

15

Social Cognition

11/29

 

Term Paper Due

12/4

16

Health Psychology

12/6

 

Exam 5 (Chapters 15 & 16)

Review for Final

12/12

 

Final Exam 8:00-10:30

 

Course Mastery

 

Students will demonstrate their mastery of the course content through small exams after each three chapters, a final exam, the term paper, and participation in the course bulletin board.

 

Exams:  Each exam (except the last one) will cover three chapters of the text and lecture content.  It will be composed of 25 multiple-choice questions and one essay question.  Students will have the first 30 minutes of class to complete the exam. 

 

Course Bulletin Board:  Students may post questions and answers regarding the content of the readings or the lecture to the class bulletin board.  Each student should have at least one question posted for each chapter before the lecture on that chapter is scheduled.  Students may earn extra credit toward the chapter exams by being the first to post a correct and thorough answer to another student’s question (up to a limit of 5 correct answers per chapter).

 

Term Paper:  Students will select one specific topic in psychology and prepare a 7-10 page term paper on that topic based upon library research.  The term paper project is divided into four stages.

          Topic Statement:  A one paragraph statement of the specific topic and why it is of relevance to the student and the course.  Students who select topics that are too narrow, too broad, or not adequately supported by Westminster’s library  holding will be given an opportunity to change topics and resubmit a topic statement.

          Bibliography:  A list of 10-20 scholarly sources that are relevant to the term paper topic.  Most of these should be psychology journal articles.  Some can be scholarly books.  Popular magazines, encyclopedias and textbooks are not appropriate.  The bibliography should be in APA format.

           

          Draft Term Paper:  A completed, carefully proofed draft of the paper that shows the student’s ideas as they are developing about the topic. 

         

          Term Paper:  Revised paper that includes a clear thesis statement, development of the topic and applications.  Sources must be cited in APA style with a complete reference list.

 

          Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is using another’s ideas without properly crediting that source.  Each source must be credited within the body of the paper and in the reference list whether direct quotes were used or not.  In recent years students have “lifted” complete sentences from internet sources without giving proper credit to that source.  The minimum penalty for plagiarism is an automatic zero grade on the paper with the offense reported to the Dean of the College. The college policies regarding academic dishonesty are described in the Student Handbook.

         

Final Exam:  The comprehensive final exam will include 100 multiple-choice questions and one essay.


 

Grading:  Grades will be determined using the following percentages.

 

30      Exams

10          Bulletin Board

5               Bibliography 

5       Draft Term paper 

25      Term Paper

25      Final Exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grades will be assigned using the following scale:

A        93-100

A-       90-92

B+      87-89

B        83-86

B-       80-82

C+      77-79

C        73-76

C-       70-72

D+      67-69

D        63-66

D-       60-62

F        Below 60

 


 

 

Attendance:  Attendance is required. Unavoidable absences should be discussed with the instructor as soon as possible. The college policies concerning making up tests will be followed.