Principles of and Introduction to Psychological Science
[PSY 200 and PSY 201]
SYNOPSIS OF COURSE SYLLABUS
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REQUIRED ONLINE PORTAL AND TEXTS
Myers, David G. and DeWall, C. Nathan (2015). Psychology in Modules (12th Edition). New York: Worth Publishers,
Note: You are required to purchase the Psychology Portal only which entitles you to the
Online E-book and all Online Resources (**Required)
For Psychology 200-Monday-Purchase online at:
For Psychology 200-Wednesday-Purchase online at:
Myers, David G. and DeWall, C. Nathan (2017). Psychology (12th Edition). New York: Worth Publishers,
( Access Card to the Psychology Launchpad Portal )
Note: You may purchase the Psychology Portal only which entitles you to the
Online E-book and all Online Resources (**Recommended)
For Psychology 201-Purchase online at:
Other Required Supplement
PSY 200 & 201
Northey, Margot & Brian Timney (2012). Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing. Oxford.
** (Required for students developing a research paper or journal for final project.)
Introduction to Psychology surveys the field and the scientific methods of psychology and studies the dynamic factors influencing human behavior. The course will provide an overview of the basic foundation of psychology, psychological principles and the various psychological fields. It is a broad course pursuing every important area within the field.
The first phase of this two semester course (for PSY 201) will focus on history, physiological bases of behavior, sensory and perceptual
processes,development across the life span, motivation, emotion, human sexuality, careers in psychology, methodology and statistics. The second phase of the course will focus on learning and memory, language, thinking, intelligence, personality theories, altered states of consciousness, abnormal psychology and methods of therapy, social psychology and careers in psychology. PSY 200 Students will cover all areas.
To provide the student with a basic understanding of psychological concepts and principles and the major sub fields in psychology.
To gain an understanding of psychology as a science, and to appreciate the complexity, interdisciplinary focus and
comprehensiveness of psychology.
To become familiar with some of the great contributors to psychology and the theories they developed.
To gain an understanding of the physiological, biological and neurological underpinnings of behavior ( including, sensation,
perception, development, motivation and emotion) and the linkages to cognition (learning, memory, emotion, motivation,
intelligence, personality) and psycho-pathology, personality formation and social behavior.
To gain an understanding and knowledge of the role of psychology in everyday life and its practica usefulness in one’s
personal and professional life and how to apply or use psychological concepts.
To understand the professional and career potential of a major and advanced study in psychology.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: OVERVIEW OF REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS
EXAMINATIONS (Traditional or Portfolio)
There will be a total of 3 examinations in the form of a traditional exam or portfolio (your choice). Traditional examinations
will include multiple-choice or true-false and short essay questions. Exams also may be in the form of a take-home version or complete essay. There are typically 2 versions of an exam for you to choose from - a multiple-choice or true-false, with short answer essays.
You may substitute an exam with a creative portfolio or exhibit that demonstrates your learning in the areas assigned for examination. You must get prior permission from your professor to substitute a portfolio for an exam. This replacement assignment must cover the chapters to be covered during the examination period and adhere to the guidelines set forth for portfolio development.
FINAL DIGITAL RESEARCH PAPER OR PROJECT OPTIONS
Types of Digital Research Papers/Products Permitted for Submission
I. RELATED PAPER
A related paper is a written discussion that is an extension of a selected chapter in your text. The written discussion is related to
the text discussion, but is not a regurgitation of the text material. The related paper will discuss questions, ideas or concepts
that you would like to know more about, but are not discussed in any detail in the text. You will introduce yourself and the class
to new information on the subject and this information will be an extension of what you learned in class or from reading the text.
Related papers also may include extended biographies of some of the great psychologists not discussed in detail in your text.
You may also write a biography of one of the psychologists mentioned in the textbook or in class. Include the historical factors that influenced the person's work and the major contributions made by the scientists to the field of psychology. Include some
discussion about your assessment of these contributions relative to their impact on the field of psychology. Finally, include a
discussion of your opinion about the contributions or theories of the psychologist. I will not accept a summary discussion of a chapter from the textbook or any general psychology textbook.
II. SUMMARY OF RELATED READINGS
This can be a summary from a chapter or chapters of a book pertaining to a related psychological topic, or it can be a review of a
related journal article or articles, or materials from a popular psychology magazine. You should briefly summarize your
reading(s) and present an assessment of what you read. Also indicate your views on what you read.
III. ANALYTICAL PAPER
This paper is designed to help you think productively and analytically about a topic. This can be a reactionary, theoretical or evaluative paper. This paper should reflect your thinking and analyses on the subject and evidence that you have read or consulted other sources.
IV. PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPERIMENT
You can create your own psychology experiment - empirical or qualitative. You can use any of the methodologies outlined In your chapter on research methods: survey, laboratory research, case study, field observation etc. You paper should be a detailed written description of the purpose of your study, your hypothesis, your methodology , your findings and analysis. Remember that your experiment should be clear enough for any member of the class to replicate and get similar results. Further, you must
search the research literature for similar studies and report on these in your review of the literature section of your paper.
OTHER TYPES OF PROJECTS YOU CAN DEVELOP FOR A FINAL SEMESTER PRODUCT
V. PORTFOLIO (PAPER OR DIGITAL)
You can be creative in illustrating what and how you are learning in this class. Instead of doing a formal research paper you can
choose to develop a portfolio collection of examples of your learning, illustrating what you have learned and how what you illustrate is connected to what you have learned. This portfolio can include articles, editorials, photographs, video clips, interviews, exhibits, etc.
You may substitute a portfolio instead of taking an examination. The portfolio must include items covering the chapters to be
included on the exam. You must also obtain special permission from your instructor.
If you are developing a portfolio as your final project (Product #4), you will be required to include items covering at least 4 chapters covered during the semester. Each area included in your portfolio must have a brief written narrative and you will be required to present your portfolios to the class. Again, if you are interested in portfolio development, please download the written guidelines from the course website.
Digital portfolios must adhere to the same guidelines as for paper portfolios, including the citation of references and the critical reflections on what was learned. Digital portfolios may be in the form of PowerPoint or other multimedia presentations.
Group projects are acceptable based on permission from the instructor. The group should not exceed more than 5 people.
VI. REFLECTIVE JOURNAL
You can choose to keep a reflective journal throughout the semester with critical reflections and reactions to each chapter covered this semester, including lecture areas not covered in the textbook, with discussion of implications and examples from other related scholarly sources.
A journal is a collection of written reflections on the chapters from your textbook and lecture materials covered in class during the semester. The written reflections should be integrated with observations fromrelated journal articles, media articles, combined with scholarly reflective analyses. All sources cited should be appropriately notated using the APA format. The journal should not be a regurgitation of text material.
One journal entry is required for each topical area and chapters covered in this course over the semester. For Psy 201, ten (10)
entries total are required, including the overview of psychology and reflective summary of the course. For Psy 200, eleven (11)
entries total are required, including the overview and reflective summary of course. Each journal entry should be single spaced
with a double space between paragraphs. Journal entries should include no less than one typewritten page on each area. For any references cited in the journal, you should also include a reference listing at the end of the journal.
Please note that if you decide to submit a journal as a final project, it is strongly recommended that you keep an ongoing diary of reflections during the actual discussions on the topic. Download guidelines for journal writing from the “lessons and handouts” page
of the course website.
VII. PSYCHOLOGY-RELATED SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT
Instead of any of the above, you can perform 8 hours of community service in a psychology-related setting. Service learning programs involve students in organized community service that address local needs while at the same time develops your academic skills and sense of civic responsibility and commitment to the community.
You are responsible for finding and negotiating entry into an organization for your service. The Loudoun County Office of
Volunteer Services Office can also help you. They can provide you with a directory of volunteer opportunities. You can contact
Services Office in Fairfax County at (703) 246-3460.
You are required to keep a journal write a descriptive paper of your service and its significance to your personal,professional and
academic development. Students must also address how the service provided related to psychology content covered in class. Your selection of service should be related to the areas covered during this semester. Please download written guidelines from the course website. Go to the Service Learning page from the homepage of the course website. Group projects are acceptable based
on permission from the instructor. The group should not exceed more than 5 people.
VIII. WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT
You may develop a web site as a final project on some interesting aspect of psychology covered during the semester. The web site must inform the public in detail about one or several areas or concepts in psychology or some current issue. The web site can include text, animations, video and audio clips, photographs, and links to other related material.
The site must adhere to ethical guidelines and copyright laws for paper and cyberspace. Please make sure that you use a dictionary to check for the correct spelling of words before publishing your site to the web. Please also proof for typographical errors.
Students are encouraged to think carefully about subject possibilities and to be as original and creative as possible. Interesting web sites will be selected to be placed on the instructor’s course web site. See example websites from former students on the “Student Projects” page of the course website.
IX. POSTER PRESENTATION
You may develop a formal poster presentation of a psychology subject or set of related areas. You may also develop a poster
presentation of a research question or area that you have investigated. The poster presentation must be carefully planned and
presented with references. All posters must adhere to specifications offered by your instructor. Digital Posters are encouraged. To learn more about how to develop effective poster presentations, please ask for the handout on how to develop effective poster
presentations and see the sites listed on the web course. You will find these sources on the course web site under “Related Links” - References, Online Journals, Style Manuals and Study Guides. Look for “Effective Presentations.”
X. COORDINATING PSYCHOLOGY ACTIVITIES
As a final project, individuals or groups may develop, plan, coordinate and implement psychology activities.
XI. GROUP PARTICIPATION IN SIMULATED GAME-“NEW WORLDQUEST”
As a final project, you can opt to form a group to participate in the game “New WorldQuest,” a new global game developed by your professor. "New WorldQuest" is a problem-solving simulation and action game. The game is designed to promote communication
and global understanding between diverse student populations in the college classroom and other educational settings; and, build a new world community, including new infrastructures.
Criteria for Grading Research Papers
All papers will be read and evaluated based on a set of criteria and a point system totaling 100 points. Criteria will include:
organization and format (10 points); clarity/quality of content (25 points); typed paper with cover page (10 points); documentation and citation of data sources in text, or review and discussion of literature, or thinking/analysis displayed
(25 points); thoroughness/conciseness (20 points); and bibliography included with at least 6 sources (10 points).
Criteria for Grading Portfolios
Please read carefully the guidelines for portfolio development and the criteria for grading form which must be included with your submission of a portfolio. Download guidelines and forms from course website.
Criteria for Grading Service Learning Projects
Please read carefully the guidelines for Service Learning and how journals and reports are to be structured.
Criteria for Grading Reflective Journals
Please read carefully the guidelines for developing reflective journals and how they are to be structured.
Criteria for Grading Poster Presentations
Poster presentations should adhere to the guidelines set forth in handout and web links on developing good poster presentations.
Posters should also include factual information with references.
OVERALL GRADING POLICY
For this class, you are responsible for 4 products (3 exams or 3 portfolios or any combination, and 1 paper or project). Therefore,
you will have a total of 4 grades, plus any bonus points that you earn. If you opt out of the 3rd exam, you will have a total of
3 grades, plus any earned bonus points. Your course grade will be determined by adding raw scores from these 3-4 products and
finding the average score.
Every assignment is important. Therefore, it is important to make every grade. Missing any grade assignment can result in your failing this course. The grading system is as follows: 100-90=A; 89-80=B; 79-70=C; 69-60=D; 59 & below=F. Extra credit opportunities outside of your options to earn bonus points are not available in this course. Students should devote their time and energy in doing well on the course requirements.
You can receive a number of bonus points (up to 20) to be added to your final average at the end of the semester for your
participation in a variety of related class activities during the semester. See complete listing on student performance record.
Earning these points may also result in your being able to opt out of the third exam (Exam #3). You will be responsible for keeping up with your activities and recording them on your student performance record (which can be downloaded from course website). You must also submit a copy of cumulative points earned to your instructor toward the end of the semester. Be sure to make an appointment early if you want to review with your professor!
OTHER REQUIREMENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Class Summaries/One Minute Motivator at the Opening of Class
Students will be asked to volunteer (or randomly selected) to summarize the activities and discussion of the previous class based on their notes,understanding or analysis. This summary takes place at the beginning of each class. The assigned student also will be responsible for providing their own thinking and analysis of information covered in the previous class, and to discuss how the material discussed can be applied to everyday life. Each student assigned to provide the summary should also be prepared to bring a one minute motivator to class to energize your classmates. This one-minute motivator could be a poem, a game, a puzzle, some physical activity, a song, a quotation or something innovative and creative from your imagination. The beginning of class also is a time that students may share an article or study they have read related to the area of discussion.
Students may be asked to make special presentations or share their thinking or written assignments with the entire class. All students are required to make a presentation of their research paper/project to the class at the end of the semester. This is an opportunity for all to benefit from yourresearch through the exchange of information, knowledge and scientific data.
Students who develop portfolios, special exhibits, media presentations and other creative and innovative psychology projects will have the opportunity to have their work on display in a half day psychology fair open to the campus and the public. This fair is structured much like a Science Fair, where the students creating the exhibits are present to explain their projects to interested viewers. The instructor also will be making an assessment of each student’s learning and the exhibits they enter into the psychology fair. The entries in the psychology fair will be judged by a panel. The outstanding project or portfolio will receive a prize. A team of students can also opt to plan, coordinate, advertise and implement the psychology fair in lieu of the final paper project. Each student will receive a grade based on the effective planning and implementation of the fair.
Creating an Ideal Learning Environment
We are confident that you will continue to make every effort to help create a warm, friendly, courteous, and positive learning environment for all in the classroom. Please turn off cell phones and take your hat off when entering the classroom. Talking with classmates during class lectures and discussion will not be tolerated. This also is disruptive and disrespectful to your instructor and your classmates. Regardless of the clock, please wait until the instructor indicates that class has ended before closing books, gathering belongings, putting on coats, etc. This is disrespectful and disruptive to others.
Students are encouraged to use the many services offered by the college to assist and support your academic work. This includes the library,
counseling center, the writing center, the tutoring center among others. The library staff is available to provide you with an orientation of resources in the library and how to use them. These services are available to you at no cost to provide assistance and support. Make an appointment with the appropriate resource based on your needs. Meetings may also be arranged with your instructor during office hours or by appointment.
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Psychology 200-Principles of Psychology
Course Syllabus, Class Schedule and Weekly Agenda-PSY 200
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First Day Agenda- PSY 200
Requirements for Honors Students
Introduction to Psychology I
Course Syllabus -Psychology 201
Class Schedule-Psychology 201
Overview of Graded Assignment-Psychology 201
First Day Agenda- Psychology 201
First Day Handouts-PSY 200 & PSY 201
PSY 200 AND PSY 201
First Day Agenda- PSY 200
First Day Agenda- PSY 201
Who Am I? --First Day Activity-Psy 201
Introductions in Groups
Group Information Sheet-Psy 200-201
College Resources Information Sheet
Student Performance Record-Spring Semester (PDF)
Student Performance Record
Student Performance Record
Fall Semester (PDF)
Student Performance Record
Spring Semester (PDF)
Second Class Assignments for PSY 200 & PSY 201
Questions About Course Requirements and Syllabus (WORD Document)
Assignment-Concept Model: What is Psychology?--Psychology 200 & 201
Worksheet: APA and APS (PDF)
(Worksheet: American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science)
Diagram of Assignments-Psychology 200 & 201
Projected Assignment Form for Semester
(To Be Completed by all Students, Psy 200 & 201)
Opening Class Summary and One-Minute Motivator
Guidelines and Rubrics for Projects
Guidelines-Portfolio Development - Student Packet (PDF)
Guidelines-Poster Presentations (PDF)
Guidelines-Reflective Journal - Student Packet (PDF)
Guidelines - Service Learning - Student Packet (PDF)
Making the Grade in Group Presentations (PDF)