House Bill 2504

Summer II 2012 Course Syllabus

PSYC-2301-20 - General Psychology

Faculty Information
SemesterSummer II 2012
InstructorClark, Jamie Lee
Phone(409) 984-6317
E-mailclarkjl@lamarpa.edu
Department
Math and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
E-mail:jordanpj@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:Mon - Thurs 12:15-2:15
Building:Student Center (SC)
Room:410
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Course Information
Course Number70077
Course Description An introductory survey of the major areas of psychology, such as learning, social, testing, personality, developmental and physiological. Emphasis is on psychology as the scientific study of behavior and includes both human and animal behavior.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Psychology,9th Edition Douglas A. Bernstein, Louis A. Penner, Alison Clarke-Stewart and Edward J. Roy 2011 Wadsworth Publishing and Study Guide for Psychology, 9th Edition Bernstein, Penner, Clarke-Stewart and Roy, 2011; Study Guide for Psychology, 9th Edition (Alone): ISBN 978-111-130-1569; Hardback text alone: ISBN 978-111-130-1552 (see attached course outline for date that specific chapters should be read in order to better understand the lecture and participate in classroom discussions concerning the material)
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. I strongly recommend regular attendance, both mental and physical. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get notes on what you missed in your absence from another student. Some material covered in class may not be in the textbook and may be covered by exams. Class attendance will influence your final course grade. Your presence in class will involve your attention to lectures, presentations by other students, participation in open class discussion, and reading of the text as well as other materials.







You will receive 7.5 points per class for attendance and participation to total 150 points.







The following procedure will be used to give students with good attendance extra points.







For 0 absences, 4 points will be added to the final course tally.



For no more than 1 absence, 3 points will be added.



For no more than 2 absences, 2 points will be added.



For no more than 3 absences, 1 point will be added.



For 4 absences, 0 points will be added.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade The final course grade will be based on total points accumulated (not percentage) from exams (500), papers (100), class participation and attendance (150), and paper presentation (100).







An objective multiple-choice format will be used on all exams. There will be 6 exams during the semester. (The lowest score test will be dropped) Each exam will be worth 100 points.







MAKE –UP ASSIGNMENTS / EXAMS:



Any class assignment that is turned in late cannot receive full credit. Written and/or oral assignments will have 10 points deducted per day for being turned in late. If you are absent on the day of an exam, either you or someone else must contact me no later than 5:00 pm either by phone or by e-mail. If not contacted, a grade of 0 will be recorded. Make-up exams may only be taken during August 6-9, 2012. A grade of 0 will be recorded if not taken during these dates.

Final Exam Date August 15, 2012 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments Tentative Schedule of Classes



Subject to change with notice)



W 7/11 Syllabus



Chapter 1 Introducing Psychology

Chapter 2 Research in Psychology



R 7/12 Exam 1 (Syllabus)



M 7/16 Chapter 3 Biological Aspects of Psychology



T 7/17 Chapter 4 Sensation



Chapter 5 Perception



W 7/18 Chapter 9 Consciousness



R 7/19 Exam 1 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9)



M 7/23 Chapter 6 Learning



T 7/24 Chapter 7 Memory



W 7/25 Chapter 10 Cognitive Abilities



Chapter 11 Motivation and Emotion



R 7/26 Exam 3 (Chapters 6, 7, 10, 11)



Topics Presented to Instructor



M 7/30 Chapter 12 Human Development



T 7/31 Chapter 14 Personality



W 8/1 Chapter 17 Social Cognition



Chapter 18 Social Influence



R 8/2 Exam 4 (Chapters 12, 14, 17, 18)



M 8/6 Chapter 13 Health, Stress, Coping



T 8/7 Chapter 15 Psychological Disorders



W 8/8 Chapter 16 Treatment of Psychological Disorders



R 8/9 Exam 5 (Chapters 13, 15, 16)



M 8/13 Presentations and Papers Due



T 8/14 Presentations and Papers Due



W 8/15 Exam 6 - Final (Comprehensive)

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Tentative Schedule of Classes



Subject to change with notice)



W 7/11 Syllabus



Chapter 1 Introducing Psychology

Chapter 2 Research in Psychology



R 7/12 Exam 1 (Syllabus)



M 7/16 Chapter 3 Biological Aspects of Psychology



T 7/17 Chapter 4 Sensation



Chapter 5 Perception



W 7/18 Chapter 9 Consciousness



R 7/19 Exam 1 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9)



M 7/23 Chapter 6 Learning



T 7/24 Chapter 7 Memory



W 7/25 Chapter 10 Cognitive Abilities



Chapter 11 Motivation and Emotion



R 7/26 Exam 3 (Chapters 6, 7, 10, 11)



Topics Presented to Instructor



M 7/30 Chapter 12 Human Development



T 7/31 Chapter 14 Personality



W 8/1 Chapter 17 Social Cognition



Chapter 18 Social Influence



R 8/2 Exam 4 (Chapters 12, 14, 17, 18)



M 8/6 Chapter 13 Health, Stress, Coping



T 8/7 Chapter 15 Psychological Disorders



W 8/8 Chapter 16 Treatment of Psychological Disorders



R 8/9 Exam 5 (Chapters 13, 15, 16)



M 8/13 Presentations and Papers Due



T 8/14 Presentations and Papers Due



W 8/15 Exam 6 - Final (Comprehensive)
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Associate of Arts



1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.



A. Demonstrates thesis clarity



B. Organizes information



C. Uses support



D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression







2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.



A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)



B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context



C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others







3. Uses critical thinking skills



A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)



B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation



C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences



D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion







4. Demonstrates technology literacy



A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device



B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology



C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device







5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program



A. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA



B. Number of AA majors who graduate



C. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to other universities







6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles



A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task



B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task



C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
Course Student Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes: The student will…



1. develop an understanding that man has, throughout history, sought an explanation to human behavior.



2. understand the impact of both biological and environmental factors on behavior.



3. understand how cognitive abilities are developed.



4. learn about some of the influences on human development and use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories of development and behavior.



5. learn about various psychological disorders and therapeutic practices used in helping individuals with specific disorders.



6. understand that the individual makes many choices, and to some degree helps to shape his or her own future.



7. increase his or her own knowledge of the various fields of work related to psychology.



8. improve reading skills and comprehension of scientific writings.



9. improve the ability to present information to classmates orally.



10. demonstrate the ability to express ideas and opinions in writing concerning psychological topics.



11. improve critical thinking skills through class discussion and written assignments.



12. develop the ability to access scholarly materials via the Internet.

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information WRITING ASSIGNMENT AND PRESENTATION:



Option 1. Read five articles related to the class and prepare a typed summary of each article, written in your own words and should be approximately two pages in length. These articles must be related to psychology. Articles may be found in periodicals or from the Internet and should be at least 2 pages in length. Articles or information from the text or from encyclopedias will not be allowed for this assignment. A format for this assignment is attached to the syllabus. A copy of the article should be attached to your typed summary. Hand-written work will not be accepted. Included in the paper will be an opinion of the article. The opinion should be well developed. Merely saying that I enjoyed reading the article and it was good will not be sufficient. This paper will be typed and double spaced. The grade for this article will count just like an exam in the final tally. (100 points)







Option 2. Read one book related to any topic discussed in this class. The book may be fiction or non-fiction. The book should be shown to the instructor for approval. A five page double spaced typed paper will be completed including a summary of the book and the reader’s opinion of the material. This opinion should be well developed. Merely saying, “The book was good,” or “I really enjoyed reading this book,” will not be sufficient. The grade for this assignment will count just like an exam in the final course tally. (100 points)







Option 3. Watch two movies that are related to any topic discussed in this class. The movies chosen for this assignment should be clearly about some particular psychological condition. “Rain Man,” “A Beautiful Mind,” or Cast Away” are just a few examples. Prior to watching these movies, the student should get approval for the particular movie from the instructor. After watching the movies, the student will write a two or three page critique for each movie. This critique should include the student’s opinion of the movie including whether or not the movie depicts the reality of the psychological condition. Do not turn in Internet movie reviews. This paper should be written in your own words. This paper will be typed and double spaced. The grade for this assignment will count just like an exam in the final course tally. (100 points)







NOTE: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU KEEP A COPY OF YOUR PAPER OR SAVE IT ON FLASH DRIVE OR DISC. I HAVE, SO FAR, NEVER LOST A STUDENT’S PAPER, BUT THIS RECOMMENDATION IS FOR YOUR PROTECTION.



PAPERS MAY NOT BE TURNED IN EARLY. IF YOU COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT EARLY, PLEASE HOLD IT UNTIL THE DUE DATE LISTED ON THE COURSE SCHEDULE.

Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to My.LamarPA.edu and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your my.lamarpa.edu account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission

Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity

Principles

Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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