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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

COURSE SYLLABUS

17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

 
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 260
 
Course Title: Introduction to Applied Psychology
 
Semester Credit Hours: 3
 
Class Day and Time: Mon 
5:30pm-9:30pm
Additional Notes:

Class will NOT meet Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.  The Makeup day is Friday, September 8th!

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content. Internet access is a required component of this course.

Text = THAT WHICH YOUR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR READING!

 

Catalog Description

An introduction to Applied Psychology, including uses of psychology in personal adjustment across the lifespan, in education, interpersonal relationships, marriage, family and parenting, work, physical and psychological health, and in identifying and treating psychopathology. A service learning component may be used as a means of providing students with practical experience with applied psychology. Students are exposed to major theoretical perspectives in applied psychology and methods and findings based in scientific psychology.

Text

Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century 12th edition
Author: Weiten, W., & Lloyd, M.A. (Wadsworth)
ISBN: 9781305968479

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the interaction of psychological phenomena and the body in terms of stress, coping, general physical health, gender, and sexuality. (Chpts. 3,4,5,11, 12)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of internal psychological states in terms of personality, the self, social thinking and influence, clinical disorders, and psychotherapy  (Chpts. 2, 6, 7, 14, 15)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of interpersonal relationships in terms of communication, friendship & love, marriage & intimate relationships, and work (Chpts. 8, 9, 10, 13)
  4. Accurately describe personal experiences in terms of relevant psychological theory

Additional Instructor Objectives

To recognize the significance of the MIND/BODY connection.

Special Course Requirements

The following topics are examined this session:
Definition of psychology and adjustment
Scientific methods in the study of behavior
Personality theory
Major perspectives in applied psychology
Stress and coping
Interpersonal relationships
Social cognition and influence
Communication
Friendship and love
Parenting and family
Gender roles
Development in adolescence and adulthood
Careers and work
Human sexuality
Positive Psychology

Instructional Methods

This class relies on the Constructivist learning model, which means the class is student centered and relies on learning experiences. The role of the instructor is that of a facilitator as you construct your learning experience.

Out of Class Activities

READING YOUR TEXT!  YES, it IS YOUR responsibility!
This is a web-enhanced class. You access the course website through your CougarTrack account using the online course link. The D2L site contains a link to the text book companion website. The site also is a repository for instructional materials such as PowerPoints and articles.  Many of the course handouts are posted on D2L.

Graded Activities

QUIZZES100 Points
Description -

Four 25 point quizzes to be taken online in Weeks Two, Three, Five, and Six.

 
MIDTERM EXAM200 Points
Description -

75 Question Multiple Choice examination and a 50 point essay to be taken during week 4.  Test covers assigned reading chapters and lectures for the first four weeks of class.

 
APA PAPER150 Points
Description -

Learners write an APA style paper of 1500 to 2000 words due the BEGINNING of week 7. The topic is handed out at the start of week 3. The learner will discuss in 6-10 minutes his/her paper in class during week 8.

 
FINAL EXAM200 Points
Description -

75 Question Multiple Choice examination and a 50 point essay to be taken during Week 8. Test covers assigned reading chapters and lectures for the last four weeks of the course.

 
IN SEAT DISCUSSIONS120 Points
Description -

Each week we have a discussion activity that learners must participate in to earn points. Topics will come from the Chapter readings.

 

Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
GETTING TO KNOW YOU AND EXPECTATIONS
Activities:

What is YOUR personality?
Take the Colors Personality Test
Lecture Chapters 1 & 2
Discussions

Reading:

1-Adjusting to Modern Life
2-Theories of Personality

Assignments:

Prepare for discussion over readings.

Additional Notes:

Class will NOT meet Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.  The Makeup day is Friday, September 8th!

 
Week 2
MIND/BODY CLASS MEETS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th
Activities:

Pizza Party!
Lecture Chapters 3, 4, & 5
Health Night and the Mind/Body Connection
Discussion

Reading:

3-Stress and its effects
4-Coping Processes
5-Psychology and Physical Health 

Assignments:

Goals and Objectives due in the drop box before class Friday.
Prepare for discussion over readings.

Examinations:

Quiz over Chapters 1-5 online, due Sunday before midnight.

Additional Notes:

Class will NOT meet Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.  The Makeup date will be Friday, September 8th!

 
Week 3
WHAT MAKES you - YOU? How we think and communicate
Activities:

Lecture: Chapters 6 & 7
Communication night and Chapter 8
Discussions

Reading:

6-The Self
7-Social Thinking and Social Influence
8-Interpersonal Communication

Assignments:

Prepare for discussion over readings.

Examinations:

Quiz over Chapters 6-8  -  online, due Sunday before midnight.

 
Week 4
THE LOVE LAB MIDTERM WEEK
Activities:

Lecture:  Chapters 9 & 10
Gottmans Love Lab
Eye Gazing Experiment
Discussions

Reading:

9-Friendship and Love
10-Marriage and Family

Assignments:

Prepare for discussion over readings.

Examinations:

MIDTERM ESSAYS DUE IN DROPBOX BEFORE MIDNIGHT FRIDAY of WEEK 4

Online Multiple Choice portion of midterm opens Tuesday of Week 4.  You have until Sunday before Midnight to submit it.

 
Week 5
GENDER, SEXUAL EXPRESSION ETC.
Activities:

Lecture Chapters 11, 12
Take a Career Test
Lecture Chapter 13
Discussion

Reading:

11-Gender and Behavior
12-Development and expression of sexuality
13-Careers and work

Assignments:

Prepare for discussion over readings.

Examinations:

Quiz over Chapters 11-13  Online, due Sunday before midnight.

 
Week 6
THIS IS WHY WE LOVE PSYC!
Activities:

Lecture over Chapters 14 & 15
Discussions

Reading:

14-Psychological disorders
15-Psychotherapy

Assignments:

Prepare for discussion over readings.

Examinations:

Quiz over Chapter 14-15 online, due Sunday before midnight.

 
Week 7
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY & PAPERS DUE
Activities:

Catch up and Review
Lecture Chapter 16
Discussion

Reading:

16- Positive Psychology

Assignments:

Prepare for discussion over readings
APA Papers Due before Class begins Monday

 
Week 8
CATCHING UP and PRESENTATIONS
Activities:

Presentations
Wrapping up what we have learned. What do we know for sure?
Discussion

Assignments:

Prepare for presentations.

Examinations:

FINAL EXAM ESSAYS DUE IN DROPBOX BEFORE MIDNIGHT FRIDAY of WEEK 4

Online Multiple Choice portion of midterm opens Tuesday of Week 4. You have until Sunday before Midnight to submit it.

 

Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures

Attendance

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Instructor Policy - BE THE DRIVER OF YOUR OWN BUS!



Class preparation and participation is important to YOUR success. Students who miss more than two classes may have their final grade reduced by one letter grade. Students who come to class late or leave early may be counted as absent on that day for purposes of this class attendance/grading policy. This may be done at the discretion of the instructor.



This is an interactive and experiential class where we learn much from each other. Regular attendance is required.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy -

All papers must be submitted with complete paragraphs with proper sentence structure and adhere to all the rules of punctuation, grammar, citation, etc. Papers should be in your own words, not directly copied from segments of the course material and/or other scholarly sources. All work for this class must be original; no work is accepted if it was originally composed for another class. In the Dropbox each paper is automatically submitted to Turnitin.com to detect plagiarism. Documentable plagiarism results in zero points for the assignment.



Please read the policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism. Students who choose to cheat are students who choose to flunk. When writing your APA paper, if?in doubt....use a citation!??If still in doubt, please come see me and ask!??I will be happy to help you sort it out.??The writing center is also a wonderful resource!

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy - We discuss many aspects of psychology in this class. We won't always agree with each other. At least I hope we won't! That's when we learn from each other!



It is my strong belief that we learn best from each other in a variety of formats. I ask that you keep an open mind and allow each of your peers to safely express his/her own thoughts and beliefs without judgment or criticism. That being said, it's fine to disagree as long as we remember to use civility and respect.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Instructor Policy - PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO MAKEUP FOR THE FINAL!

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.

Incomplete

Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Instructor Policy - I am not inclined to give incompletes.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Prerequisites

Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.

CougarTrack

Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.

CougarMail

Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Instructor Policy - Please turn your cell phones to vibrate during class. Cell phone Karma. Don't let it happen to you!

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: 
Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

FERPA

Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - 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.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.

Non-Discrimination

Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:  CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:  helpdesk@d2l.com, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:  support@vitalsource.com, 1-855-200-4146

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS POLICIES

Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.

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