Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

PSYC 101: General Psychology

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  Course Description

Introduction to the field of psychology and the major sub-areas including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, stress, as well as abnormal, developmental and social psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. G.E.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: Final



  Textbooks

Required

  • Rathus, S.A.. (2018). PSYC (5th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.
    • [ISBN- 978-1-305-66270-4]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order:

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.

  Course Overview

Material in this course will help you understand yourself and others. You will gain insight about why people behave the way they do, presented from a biological, behavioral, social and clinical perspective. We will explore the inner workings of the brain (our most important computer!) and discuss intelligence, memory, and motivation. We will explore child development and how to bring out the best behavior in your children. You will learn how to apply what you learn to yourself and your environment. Each week we'll focus on a different aspect of psychology with virtual tours, class discussion, and other activities that will help us understand the foundations of psychology.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Recognize the necessity for ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology.
  3. Recognize the relevance of psychological knowledge in occupations and other settings.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 300 30%
Quizzes 400 40%
Final 300 30%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1: Introduction -- Wednesday
Discussion 2: Schools of Psychology 20 Saturday
Quiz 1 50 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3: Brains and Behavior 20 Wednesday
Discussion 4: Nature vs Nurture 20 Saturday
Quiz 2 50 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5: Sensation and Perception 20 Wednesday
Discussion 6: Sleep 20 Saturday
Quiz 3 50 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: Operant Conditioning 20 Wednesday
Discussion 8: Influences on Intelligence 20 Saturday
Quiz 4 50 Sunday

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9: Views on Motivation 20 Wednesday
Discussion 10: Personality Theories 20 Saturday
Quiz 5 50 Sunday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11: Stress and Coping Strategies 20 Wednesday
Discussion 12: Stress and Illness 20 Saturday
Quiz 6 50 Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13: Anxiety Disorders 20 Wednesday
Discussion 14: Behavior Modification 20 Saturday
Quiz 7 50 Sunday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15: Attribution Theory 20 Wednesday
Discussion 16: Personal Attraction 20 Saturday
Quiz 8 50
Final 300
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

You are expected to participate in two discussion topics each week. The first discussions must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday each week; the second must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Saturday. Both your response to the original question AND your replies to classmates (at least 2) are due by the deadline posted. Your initial post must be based on the textbook and includes complete reference using APA style. (i.e. Rathus, S.A. (2018). PSYC (5th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.)

Grades for the discussion will be based on demonstration of your understanding of the reading and online resources that week and your responses to your classmates. You are expected to respond to at least two classmates' postings. You will find more detailed grading criteria in the Content area. Late postings will not be eligible to receive credit. All discussions must take place in the Discussions area, meaning that uploading an attachment as your post will not count.

Your responses to others’ posts should also be well developed, fully explaining your response to the classmates’ posts. Make responses that add to the conversation and take it further; simply posting “I agree” or “good job” does not help develop ideas.

Quizzes

Each week, you will take a 25-question, multiple-choice quiz over the week’s readings. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. Each question is worth 2 points and each quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday of the week, except for Quiz 8, which is due by 11:59 PM CT on Saturday.

Exams

You will take a proctored, comprehensive final exam during Week 8, which will consist of 100 questions from all of the assigned readings throughout the course. You must provide your proctor information during Week 2. Failure to schedule your exam with an approved proctor and provide your instructor with appropriate contact information for the proctor will not be considered as an excuse for not being able to take the exam. You will have 2 hours (120 minutes) to take the exam and will be given only one attempt. You may not use your books or any other materials to assist you during this final exam. The exam will open Tuesday of Week 8 at 12:00 AM CT and is due by 11:59 PM Saturday.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Reading
  • Chapter 1
  • Instructional materials located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 1: Introduction

Introduce yourself and please give us more than your name. Include where you are currently located, your profession, hobbies, interest in psychology, family background, and any other information that can help us get to know you.

Discussion 2: Schools of Psychology

Which school of psychology from Chapter 1 was most influential, in your opinion? Explain your choice as well as providing insight on any schools you almost chose but decided were not influential. You are only responsible for detailing information on one school of psychology. Cite the source you used to support your answers to the question. All initial discussion posts must have a full reference at the end in APA format.

Quiz 1

Quiz 1 has 25 multiple-choice questions about Chapter 1. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday.

Reading
  • Chapters 2 & 9
  • Instructional materials located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 3: Brains and Behavior

How do different parts of the brain influence our behavior? How do central nervous system depressants, such as alcohol, affect our behavior?

Discussion 4: Nature vs Nurture

Psychologists recognize that, in most cases, nature (genes) and nurture (environment) jointly affect human behavior and development. Please choose an aspect of child development and discuss the relative contributions of nature and nurture, supported by specific findings and theories you found in the assigned readings.

Quiz 2

Quiz 2 has 25 multiple-choice questions about Chapters 2 and 9. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Reading
  • Chapters 3 & 4
  • Instructional materials located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 5: Sensation and Perception

Sensation refers to an actual event; perception refers to how we interpret the event. What are some cultural differences that might affect responses to particular stimuli, particularly in taste and pain? Post your discussion using information from the text to support your views.

Discussion 6: Sleep

Most of us feel like we never get enough sleep. What are the stages of sleep and what is the importance of sleep? What are some common sleep disorders and treatments? Support your post with material from the assigned reading.

Quiz 3

Quiz 3 has 25 multiple-choice questions about Chapters 3 and 4. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday.

Reading
  • Chapters 5, 6, & 7
  • Instructional materials located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 7: Operant Conditioning

Use Skinner's Operant Conditioning model to explain superstitious behavior, such as refusing to open an umbrella indoors, or stepping on a crack in the sidewalk. Why do we engage in these behaviors? Support your views with the assigned reading.

Discussion 8: Influences on Intelligence

Intelligence (IQ) tests are good predictors of school performance. What factors are not measured by IQ tests but greatly influence academic achievement? What benefits are there to identifying some students as "slow" and some as "gifted?"

Quiz 4

Quiz 4 has 25 multiple-choice questions about Chapters 5, 6, and 7. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday.

Reading
  • Chapters 8 & 10
  • Instructional materials located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 9: Views on Motivation

Discuss your views on what motivates us based on one of the theories of motivation discussed in Chapter 8 of your text. Use information from the text.

Discussion 10: Personality Theories

Choose one famous personality theorist you read about in Chapter 10 and discuss how he or she would explain why most people behave in a socially appropriate manner most of the time. Use and cite the text as a reference.

Quiz 5

Quiz 5 has 25 multiple-choice questions about Chapters 8 and 10. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday.

Reading
  • Chapter 11
  • Instructional materials located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 11: Stress and Coping Strategies

How is stress defined and what are some effective cognitive and behavioral coping strategies? What coping strategies have you found to be helpful? Use material from the assigned reading to support your answer.

Discussion 12: Stress and Illness

Most people agree we live in stressful times. Does stress and reactions to stress contribute to illness? Explain why or why not. Support your opinions with information from the text.

Quiz 6

Quiz 6 has 25 multiple-choice questions about Chapter 11. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Reading
  • Chapters 12 & 13
  • Instructional materials located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 13: Anxiety Disorders

Many people suffer from anxiety disorders. How can anxiety disorders impact one’s life? What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? What are the symptoms? How does it interfere with an individual's functioning? Not all treatments are equal, so what are the effective treatment interventions?

Discussion 14: Behavior Modification

How do behavior therapists apply principles of operant conditioning in behavior modification? What are some examples of this beyond the text?

Quiz 7

Quiz 7 has 25 multiple-choice questions about Chapters 12 and 13. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday.

Reading
  • Chapter 14
  • Instructional materials located in the Content area of the course
Discussion 15: Attribution Theory
What is attribution theory? What are some examples of how this theory explains attitudes?
Discussion 16: Personal Attraction

Discuss at least two factors that influence personal attraction. How are general rules of attraction tied to evolution; that is, how have they been adaptive to survival?

Quiz 8

Quiz 8 has 25 multiple-choice questions about Chapter 14. You will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Saturday.

Final

You will take a proctored, comprehensive final exam during Week 8 which will consist of 100 questions from all of the assigned readings throughout the course. You must provide your proctor information during Week 2. Failure to schedule your exam with an approved proctor and provide your instructor with appropriate contact information for the proctor will not be considered as an excuse for not being able to take the exam. You will have 2 hours (120 minutes) to take the exam and will be given only one attempt. You may not use your books or any other materials to assist you during this final exam. The exam will open Tuesday of Week 8 at 12:00 AM CT and is due by 11:59 PM Saturday.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted. No late Quizzes and Final Exam will be accepted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.