1 Introduction to Psychology (Online) Instructor: Office at UTPB: Phone: For a transcript of the video click here. Course Description Course Prerequisites: None - PSYC 1301, meets the social sciences requirement in the general education core throughout Texas. Course Description: The present course emphasizes psychology as the scientific study of behavior and mental abilities. An introductory course like this is a survey course, where the various sub-fields within psychology are identified, and a sampling of material is examined within each sub-field. You will find that psychology is a much larger field than you ever realized. Psychologists work in areas of mental illness it is true, but they may also work in issues of children, aging, advertising, community development, business personnel, neuroscience and even the courtroom. Course Purpose: The course purpose it to expand the student's knowledge of psychology as it fits into the sciences, the individual's life and the community. Course Objectives: to help you to expand your abilities and knowledge in the following broad areas as they pertain to psychology: the process of inquiry critical reasoning major concepts and methodologies current developments within psychology applications of psychological principles to the real world comprehension and understanding of psychological theory and research design respect for the commonality and diversity of human experience
2 the integration of Web-based and print resources Course Content Structure The course is divided into 8 modules. The Module 1 is only the syllabus and Module 2 starts the actual coursework. Each Module covers: 1 to 4 textbook chapters online lectures, videos and articles online discussion topics online multiple-choice and essay tests You should read the textbook section first, and then review the online lecture for that chapter. There are videos assigned to each Module to help with an understanding of the material and you should watch them. The lectures will be summaries, elaborations of the textbook material, and links to related information on the Web. After you have completed reviewing the lecture, you should then log into "Discussion Tool" and post answers to the discussion question (specific to the module) posted by the instructor. You must also read other students' posts and respond to at least two other students' responses. Discussion posts must be made by the date on of the last day of a module to receive any credit. You should then complete the two part test for that module. Blackboard course platforms have a tracking feature. This feature quantifies how often students access different tools, pages, features, links, discussions, etc. in your course. I want you to know this because I will expect all students to be reading and participating fully in the course. If you are going to be gone for a week for an emergency or work, let me know and I will help you to know what I expect when you return. Otherwise I will expect that you are active on a weekly basis in this course. Group Project: Parapsychology is a field that examines phenomenon that are not, at this time, able to be explained by scientific research. "Para" means to lie side by side so, in other words, these topics lay outside the scientific area of psychology, biology or other sciences.
3 But think about this: Might they really exist and research has just not been creative enough to think of a way to scientifically examine them? You are to convince your class members that your parapsychology phenomenon DOES EXIST by collecting evidence to that effect. Use the scientific method we have been talking about. Use the internet, scan pictures from books or magazines anything you think will help. You are to have some fun with this as we are not doing hard science here. However, you will be expected to think of an appropriate hypothesis and then defend with evidence that supports that hypothesis in a clear and concise way. The class will be divided into pairs of students. A student must enter the Group Project button on the course menu to find the link to the pair he/she is assigned. Each pair will have the following Group Tools to use to help with collaboration: a chat tool, a file exchange tool, a private discussion board and an tool. Each group will be given a topic to research. This topic will be randomly assigned and there may be some overlap with two pairs having the same topic. However, it is the pair of students that will do the work in each case. The possible topics assigned to each group pair will come from the following list: The Bermuda Triangle ESP Extra Sensory Perception The Yeti (Big Foot, Abdominal Snowman) The Pauli Effect Therapeutic touch UFO's Loch Ness Monster Chupacabras Spontaneous Human Combustion Ley Lines Morphogenic Grids Project Requirements: Group pairs will create a PowerPoint presentation containing at least 8-12 slides of information on the topic chosen. Each slide should have bullets with short explanations. The overall presentation should include one or more audio files to further explain some areas, findings from research, observations, etc, and appropriate pictures. You can also include a link to video clips if appropriate to your subject or even make a video clip if that helps strengthen your research. Remember, you are trying to show that your topic DOES EXIST and is a viable phenomenon. Each presentation should include at least 6 references in Bibliography (links to online articles).
4 Each project must also include a title, objectives, hypothesis, main ideas and references. The last slide of the presentation will contain the members names and the part each played in the researching and writing of the group project. Submitting the project: After the group completes the project, one member will upload the presentation to the File Exchange in the Final Project link. All students will be able to download and view the presentations of each of the groups. Students are encouraged to use the Discussion Board in the Final Project link to discuss (comment) according to their interest, on projects submitted by other groups. These should be very interesting presentation and fun to read! Grading of the project: Each presentation will be graded on the following criteria: Subject matter on the slides and audio (comments) Defense of materials to support the hypothesis Relevant references Slide presentation design will be factored in but of less importance. Project Points: The project is worth 50 points. The project will be graded as stated above and all members will receive the same number of points unless a member(s) has/have been inactive in producing the project. Textbook Information Psychology, 6th edition, by Hockenbury & Hockenbury, (2013), published by Worth, ISBN This book can be gotten from the UTPB Bookstore or various online sources such as Amazon.com However, be careful when if you order from an online source that your book will come in a timely manner. It is not good to have the problem of having your book finally arrive 4 weeks after the class has started. Be sure you find out how long it will take to be sent.
5 As you navigate through this course, you will find numerous websites to visit and online lectures that will supplement the readings in the book. Calendar Spring 2014 Module Test Due Dates Module 1 - Syllabus and Getting Started Module 2 - Understanding Research and Behavior and Statistics Module 3 - The Nature of Sensory Processes and Consciousness/Sleep Module 4 - Developmental Psychology and Social Influences Module 5 - Being An Individual - Personality Module 6 - Processes of Learning and Memory Module 7 - Thinking, Intelligence and Industrial Organization Monday Jan 13 - Monday Jan 20 1st Discussion and Values in Action blog entry due - NO TESTS Tuesday Jan 21 - Monday Feb 3 2 Just Do Its, Tests, Discussions should be finished by Feb 3 Tuesday Feb 4 - Monday Feb 17 Just Do It, Tests, Discussions should be finished by Feb 17 Tuesday Feb 18 - Monday Mar 3 Just Do It, Tests, Discussions should be finished by Mar 3 Tuesday Mar 3 - Monday Mar 17 Just Do It, Tests, Discussions should be finished by Mar 17 Tuesday Mar 18 - Monday Mar 31 Just Do It, Tests, Discussions should be finished by Mar 31 Tuesday April 1 - Wednesday April 16 Just Do It, Tests, Discussions should be finished by April 16
6 Module 8 - Understanding Psychological Abnormality and It's Related Social and Therapeutic Issues Group Project Module 9 - OPTIONAL - Chapter 8 OR Chapter 13 Multiple Choice only - instructor if you wish to take the test. Thursday April 17 - Friday May 2 Just Do It, Tests, Discussions should be finished by May 2 Monday April 14. Will be viewed by all the next week. This can be done anytime during the semester. You must get a 42 or better for the 30 extra credit points. If you do not, you can take it one more time, but you will have to tell me to reset it. All work for the semester must be finished and turned in by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday May 6 as that is the end of the grading period. No work will be accepted after this time even though it mechanically can be turned into the Blackboard course after that time. For important dates for this semester go to this link: UTPB Academic Calendar For Course Calendar, click on the Calendar button on the course menu to see all important due dates. Communication Policy Office Hours: Office hours during the semester will be totally online through unless we have specifically set up an appointment for my office. You may send me an and we will set up an in-person appointment. Since this is an online course, know that you can e- mail me at any time. I check my s several times a day and will respond as quickly as possible. All UTPB students are provided with accounts through the university server. Every student must use the university for student-instructor interaction. You must set up your UTPB webmail account. Follow the directions on the Information Resources page. You can have your UTPB account linked to your personal account by contacting Information Resources.
7 I can be reached at I check my daily during the week days and usually each Saturday and Sunday. There are important " manners" that are to be used in an academic online course. It is true that we often write to friends via e- mail and use all sorts of abbreviations, lack of punctuation and other short-cuts to casually chat similar to text messaging. The communications via for this class should: Use correct punctuation and capitalization. No "texting" language. s must always be signed. Contain the name of the class for easy identification in the "Subject" line. Identify the exact assignment number if there is a question concerning an assignment. It will be necessary for me to delete, before reading, all s that are not signed. This is to protect my computer against fraudulent s that carry viruses. I have gotten quite good at recognizing this type of , but there are always new tricks being devised so my general policy is to delete all unsigned mail. is a vital communication medium in online learning. It is important that you have a working address to receive communications from your advisor, instructors, and classmates. Just Do Its! These are your 8 homework assignments. They are embedded in the online lectures and while there is not one for each chapter, there is at least one for each Module. You need to click on the button in the online lecture and each assignment will be explained. You me your work and at times there are instructions to put your responses on the discussion board. These are mostly experiential and you will enjoy reading about the experiences of other students in the class. Classroom Chatter: This will be an area that you can go in and chat with each other about anything and is found in Discussion One. The conversations do not have to be concerning any of the course work. You can talk about current events or tell everyone something great that just happened to you - like you just bought a car!. This will be a casual conversation area just for students, but it will be expected that everyone will be treated with politeness at all times. Discussions Policy
8 There will be 7 discussions that are for credit. I may put in other discussions that are for information, but not credit. You are expected to participate in these discussions. The topics will be from the readings and your homework and often ask for your critical opinion based on what you have read. These are meant to help you, the student, think about some of the issues that are found in Introduction to Psychology. You, the student, are encouraged to reply to any posting by their fellow peers and/or instructor. Please remember to respect all postings made by your peers even if you do not agree. The first discussion is ready for you to do now as a way of introducing yourself to the class. Select the Discussion Board button on the left and click on the forum titled "Introduce Yourself." This discussion during the Module one will let everyone get to know a little about you so that we feel more of a class. It is funny how sometimes, some of you actually already know each other, but did not know the other person was taking the class. The Discussion 2 is one that allows you to always ask a question about anything you are reading, both in the book or the online lectures. I will check this often so that I can respond, but you all can also respond to each other's questions. The remaining 7 for-credit discussions will focus on interesting and possibly controversial issues in psychology. All 7 assignments are graded and will be worth 10 points each. For each discussion question, first, you must respond to the question directly and second, you must read the other students posts and reply to at least two other students' responses. You must ensure that the responses to the questions are meaningful, reflective and support your course readings. Avoid postings that are limited to 'I agree' or 'great idea', etc. If you agree (or disagree) with a posting then say why you agree by supporting your statement with concepts from the readings or by bringing in a related example or experience. You are expected to read all messages. You are responsible for reading all of the messages that are posted in the online discussion. Not reading messages is the equivalent of sleeping in class. Use a person's name in the body of your message when you reply to their message. It helps to keep all of us oriented. It helps us maintain a clearer sense of who is speaking and who is being spoken to. As we begin to associate names with tone and ideas, we come to know each other better. Change the subject line when you introduce a new topic. The value of this tip will become apparent as the number of messages grows. Remember: Anything you post is public. The following will help you know the etiquette that should be used in the Discussion Board:
9 Do not post anything too personal; Do not use language that is inappropriate for a classroom setting or prejudicial in regard to gender, race, or ethnicity; Do not all caps in the postings (it is considered shouting) Be courteous and respectful to other people on the list Do not overuse acronyms like you would use in text messaging. Some of the list participants may not be familiar with acronyms. If the posting is going to be long, use line breaks and paragraphs Fill in the Subject Line Write your full name at the end of the posting Be careful with sarcasm and subtle humor; one person's joke is another person's insult. NOTE: If you do not adhere to the guidelines for any posting, you will lose the points that would have been granted, and the instructor reserves the right to remove your posting and to deny you any further posting privileges. Grades and Tests Your grade will be figured in the following manner: Assessments Test #1 Module 2: Chapters 1-2 plus Appendix A (Statistics) and online lectures and videos Test #2 Module 3: Chapters 3, 4 and online lectures and videos Test #3 Module 4: Chapters 9, 12 and online lectures and videos Test #4 Module 5: Chapter 11 and online lectures and videos Test #5 Module 6: Chapters 5, 6 and online lectures and videos Test #6 Module 7: Chapters 7, Appendix 2 (IO Psychology) and online lectures and Points 100 points 100 points 100 points 100 points 100 points 100 points
10 videos Test #7 Module 8: Chapters 14, 15 and online lectures and videos Home Work Just Do Its: (8 total 10 points each) Discussions (8 total 10 points each) Group Project Values in Action (VIA) 100 points 80 points 80 points 50 points 30 points Total 940 points All tests are divided into two parts. The first part is 60 multiple-choice questions to be done in one hour and 15 minutes. When you have done this test, the essays will open up and you will do 4 essay questions out of usually about 10. You may use your books on this, but the actual answers must be in your own words.. You may do the essays on a separate day if you like. All the course activities will be graded approximately one week after the set due date. You can check your grades by going to My Grades. If there is any discrepancy in the grade, you must contact me immediately. I will provide individual feedback in the performance of the course activity/test. I encourage you to ask questions about your grade on an activity if you feel that you do not understand how it was assessed. Grading Scale (for a total of 940 points): 90% and above A 80% to 89% B 70% to 79% C 60% to 69% D 59% or less F Make-Up/Late Submission Policy:
11 All course activities must be submitted before or on set due dates. If the student is unable to abide by the due dates, it is her/his responsibility to contact the instructor immediately. There may be a 10 point deduction for late submission a test. Incomplete Grades/Withdrawals/Grade Appeals All students are required to complete the course within the semester they are signed up. Incomplete grades for the course are rarely given and will only be granted if the student has complete at least half/75% of the course with a grade of 'C' or better and provides a valid, documented excuse for not being able to complete the course on time and has contacted prior to the scheduled last class to request an extension. The student will sign a contract that includes the incomplete course activities and the new due dates. It is the responsibility of the student who wishes to withdraw from the class to contact the registrar's office and drop the class by the drop date as found under Important University Calendar Dates for this Semester in this syllabus. For grade appeal process go to Student Grievances Academic Honesty Scholastic Dishonesty is defined in UT-Permian Basin's Dean of Students. Examples of scholastic dishonesty are: Each student is expected to do his/her own work unless otherwise instructed as in a group setting. I will not tolerate plagiarism or any form of cheating. This includes using any internet source without citing it. Papers will be checked using Turnitin. I abide by the University Handbook of Rules concerning this issue. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for
12 two courses without the prior permission of the instructor) or the attempt to commit such acts. "Plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to the appropriation of, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means material that is attributable in whole or in part to another source, including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, other expression and media, and presenting that material as one's own academic work being offered for credit. NOTE: Students found plagiarizing or cheating will receive a zero on the course activity which could cause failure in the class and/or suspension or dismissal from the college. All students enrolled in this course are assumed to have made a personal commitment to adhere to an honor code. Honor Code PSYC 1301 to read and adhere to the honor code. Please don't get the wrong impression. I'm really not paranoid, and I certainly don't believe for a minute that students are dishonest. Far from it. I believe in the integrity and honesty of my students--but there are a rare few who may be vulnerable now and then to what they perceive to be a "quicker and easier" way of doing things in Web courses. I don't care if you share Web resources, talk about topics, study together, or otherwise share information with your classmates. I just want everyone's graded work to be a reflection of an independent and honest effort. Disability Accommodations Students who have provided all documentation and are eligible for services will be advised of their rights regarding academic accommodations and responsibilities. The University is not obligated to pay for diagnosis or evaluations nor is it obligated to pay for personal services or auxiliary aids. Students needing assistance because of a disability must contact Programs Assisting Student Study (PASS) Office, , Leticia Madrid, Hardware and Software Requirements
13 Technical Support: Use the Technical Support button on the course menu or this link to find steps for Computer Set Up. Every student who is taking an online course has to perform the steps to ensure your computer is set up right, your computer has a compatible browser and installed plug-ins and helper applications. 24/7 Help Desk: To get technical assistance when working in this course please call (toll free). You can get this number by using the Technical Support button on the course menu. COMPUTER EMERGENCIES Computer Crash Not having a working computer or a crashed computer during the semester will NOT be considered as an acceptable reason for not completing course activities at a scheduled time. NOTE: Identify a second computer before the semester begins, that you can use when/if your personal computer crashes. Server problems When the Blackboard server needs downtime for maintenance, the Blackboard administrator will post an announcement in your course informing the time and the date. If the server experiences unforeseen problems your course instructor will send an . Complete Loss of Contact If you lose contact with me completely (i.e. you cannot contact me via Blackboard or ), you need to call me at my office and explain the reason you cannot contact me and leave me a way to contact you. Lost/Corrupt/Disappeared files You must keep/save a copy of every project/assignment on an external disk or personal computer. In the event of any kind of failure (e.g., Blackboard server crash or virus infection, students own computer crashes, loss of files in cyberspace, etc) or any contradictions/problems, I may/will request you to resubmit the files. In other words, if you submit a document to me, and I either do not receive it (lost in cyberspace) or it is corrupted when I open it, it is incumbent upon you to resend it to me, corrected, with little or no "downtime" in regard to the timeline for submission.
14 Student Service Support ADA Accommodation/Support : Programs Assisting Student Study (PASS): Admissions & Registration & Transcripts: Blackboard Technical Support : (432) (toll-free) Bookstore: Counseling/Advising : Financial Aid and Scholarship: (432) UTPB Library: Student Services: Online Tutoring: (432) The J. Conrad Dunagan Library Online E-Advisor Smarthinking: Create an account once, then access online tutoring anytime 24/7. End-of-Course Evaluation & Instructor Evaluation: Every student must complete an end-of-course evaluation/survey provided by UTPB. During the last few weeks of class, you will receive an announcement through notifying you that the Course/Instructor Survey is available. There are three options to access the survey. 1. You may follow the link in the to complete the survey using the same credentials to access your courses here.
15 2. When entering Blackboard you will see a list of surveys for you to complete. 3. A button on the right hand menu bar will lead you to the survey from inside your course. The survey is anonymous and you responses are confidential. Your feedback is critical to us and to your instructor as we strive to improve our offerings, and our support of you, the students. Disclaimer & Rights: Information contained in this syllabus was to the best knowledge of the instructor considered correct and complete when distributed for use in the beginning of the semester. However, the instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of UTPB to make changes in the course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation. The students will be informed about the changes, if any.
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