PSYC 100: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I

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SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS
PSYCHOLOGY 101
WINTER 2011
CREDIT COURSE
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY II
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INSTRUCTOR:
Brooke Alsbury
OFFICE HOURS:
By Appointment
TELEPHONE/
668-3245
E-MAIL :
[email protected]
COURSE OFFERINGS
DAYS & TIMES:
January 10 - April 13, 2011
Monday & Wednesday
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Room: tba
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Introductory Psychology is a survey course of the major content areas of Psychology: basic
research methodology, current research in the various subject areas, and the basic knowledge and
major theories of the field. Psychology 100 provided an overview of the following areas of
psychology: research methods; biological and perceptual processes; learning, and cognition.
Psychology 101 continues the survey of the field with explorations of development, intelligence,
motivation, emotion, personality, stress and health, psychopathology, therapy, and social
psychology.
COURSE OBJECTIVES
PSYC 101 covers a very wide array of materials. It is not expected that you will remember
everything in a year from now. The aim is for you to develop a new way of thinking. In a
world where information equates power, much of what is being sent your way is tainted with a
slant that benefits somebody else. Your job is to develop a critical approach to information.
PSYC 100 explored many possible sources of bias and error. This term, we will to go further and
apply new knowledge to the way you participate in class, as well as research and write on a topic
related to the course content.
COURSE TRANSFER
UBC
With PSYC 101, Psyc 100 (6)
UAS
With PSYC 101, Psyc 101 (3)
UVic
Psyc 100B (1.5)
UNBC Psyc 102 (3)
UAF
SFU
UR
Psyc elec (3)
Psyc (3)
Psyc 100 (3)
For further information about transferability, please contact the School of Liberal Arts.
COURSE PREREQUISITES
Admission to University transfer level programming. Psychology 100 is recommended.
COURSE FORMAT
The class format will consist of lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, and supplementary
materials.
Updated December 1, 2010
HOUSE KEEPING
Please come to class prepared and on time. Your participation in the class is necessary to make it
dynamic and interesting. Questions, reflections, comments, debate, and critical thinking are
encouraged. Please respect your classmates and presenters by turning off your cell phones and
PDA’s. Please feel free to take notes on a laptop, but avoid instant messaging, emails, online
chats and web browsing.
MIDTERM (25%)
One midterm exam will be administered. It will be worth 25% of your final grade.
STUDENT FACILITATION (15%)
Working with a partner, each student will co-facilitate a 20-minute class discussion on an
assigned topic. The objective of this assignment is to encourage the development of
co/facilitation and critical thinking skills. It is designed to help student gain a more thorough
understanding of particular areas of psychology. Students will be expected to use dynamic
discussion techniques, creative engagement and thought provoking exercises.
TERM PAPER (30%)
The objectives of the term paper are as follow:
- to become familiar with the process of academic research
- to become familiar with the library databases
- to become comfortable with the APA writing style
- to develop your writing skills
For some of you, this may be a first experience with academic writing. As a professional in the
field of Psychology (or any of the helping professions and Social Sciences) you will be required
to communicate clearly, concisely and objectively. Expectations for this paper are as follows:
- your paper must be between 1500 and 2000 words
- you must use APA writing style
- you must present a well-written paper:
o no spelling mistakes
o no structural mistakes
o no grammar mistakes
o no major APA mistakes
Please take advantage of the Writing Lab - They will help you with your paper, and may
improve your grade.
FINAL EXAMINATION (30%)
An examination will be administered at the end of the course.
cumulative. The exam will be worth 30% of your final grade.
The final exam will be
Final examinations are held at the end of the semester in the designated examination period.
Once a final examination date and time have been published, it cannot be changed. Students are
expected to write their exams as scheduled unless there are serious extenuating circumstances
such as serious illness, accident, or other legitimate circumstances beyond their control. An
extension must be approved by the Coordinator, Chair, or Dean. To change an exam,
arrangements must be made with the Chair or Coordinator.
ABSENTEES FROM EXAMS
Updated December 1, 2010
Students may miss tests or exams, without penalty, under extraordinary circumstances (e.g.,
illness, death in the family) and with supporting documents. Missed exams cannot be retaken,
unless documents justifying absence are provided. A non-justified absence from an exam will
result in a grade of “0”.
EVALUATION
Your final grade will be computed as follows:
Midterm
Class Seminar
Term Paper
Final Exam
25%
15%
30%
30%
TOTAL
100%
COURSE COMPLETION REQUIREMENT
ALL EVALUATIVE REQUIREMENTS for Psychology 101, written or otherwise, are
MANDATORY and must be completed and submitted to the instructor prior to the Final
Examination. A failure to complete any of the evaluative requirements for Psychology 101 will
automatically result in a grade assessment of “FAIL” for the course. In other words, if you fail to
complete any of the required work, you will fail this course.
WRITING CENTRE
All students are encouraged to make the Writing Centre a regular part of the writing process for
coursework. Located in Room C2211 (in the College Library), the Writing Centre offers writing
coaching sessions to students of all writing abilities. For further information or to book an
appointment, visit the Centre's website:dl1.yukoncollege.yk.ca/writingcentre
At the instructor’s discretion, students may be required to attend Writing Centre coaching
sessions during the composition process of their paper(s) as a condition of assignment
completion. The number of sessions required per assignment will be specified on the assignment
sheet, and the Writing Centre will issue written confirmation of attendance, which should be
attached to the written work being submitted for evaluation.
TEXTBOOKS
Required Text: Myers, D.G. (2010). Psychology (9th ed.). New York: Worth.
Recommended book: American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual
(5th or 6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES OR CHRONIC CONDITIONS
Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability or chronic
condition. It is the student’s responsibility to seek these accommodations. If a student has a
disability or chronic condition and may need accommodation to fully participate in this class,
he/she should contact the Learning Assistance Centre (LAC) at (867) 668-8785 or
[email protected]
Updated December 1, 2010
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