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Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2017/2018

PSYC 495: Integrative Psychology

Course Description

Capstone course integrating prior learning, exploring current research and contemporary issues in psychology. Writing intensive.

Prerequisite: Senior standing; Psychology major; PSYC 101, PSYC/SOCI 175, BIOL/PSYC/SOCI 324, PSYC/SOCI 325, PSYC 381

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Cacioppo, J. T., and Freberg, L. A. (2016). Discovering psychology: The science of mind (2nd). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
    • [ISBN-978-1-305-08837-5]
  • American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed). Washington, DC: APA.
    • [ISBN-978-1-4338-0561-5]

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

This course is designed to help you integrate what you have learned thus far in psychology by providing a textual and conceptual outline that provides a review of the key content areas of the discipline. Here, the content areas are presented within the context of major theoretical perspectives. This will help you examine the discipline of psychology through different lenses. Prepare to step back and look at everything you have learned about psychology and consider how each of these perspectives has an impact on your understanding of psychology and on the application this knowledge.


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. Describes and explains concepts related to thinking, language and intelligence, development, personality, social psychology and psychological disorders.
  2. Uses the concepts, language and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena.
  3. Describes and explains basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  4. Demonstrate professional writing skills in APA format.

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 170 17%
Essays 180 18%
Final Paper 150 15%
Quizzes 300 30%
Final Exam 200 20%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2 10 Friday/Sunday
Essay 1 30 Sunday
Quiz 1 50
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 4 10 Friday/Sunday
Essay 2 30 Sunday
Quiz 2 50
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6 10 Friday/Sunday
Essay 3 30 Sunday
Quiz 3 50
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8 10 Friday/Sunday
Essay 4 30 Sunday
Quiz 4 50
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10 10 Friday/Sunday
Essay 5 30 Sunday
Quiz 5 50
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12 10 Friday/Sunday
Essay 6 30 Sunday
Quiz 6 50
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 14 10 Friday/Sunday
Final Paper 150 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 16 10 Friday/Saturday
Discussion 17 10 Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Each week the seminar will focus on key topical areas in general psychology. Two discussion questions are assigned for each week. The discussion questions explore basic philosophical questions in the discipline and will help you think about your relationship to the discipline of psychology and help generate ideas for your essays. If you are thoughtful and do a bit of research and thinking about your own views on these questions, you will find that the essays are enjoyable to write and will be interesting documents of your progress as a scholar. Having thought through these ideas you will also be more comfortable in interviews for graduate school or

Be sure to cite the sources referenced in your discussion posts. Also please respond to at least 3 other students in each discussion topic by Sunday. You will find more detailed grading rubrics in the course environment.


Essays

You will write 6 short essays in this class. The topics are described below in the Course Schedule. The essay topics are crafted to help you build the content of your final paper and make it easier for you to create the integrative essay that should reflect your own personal philosophy of psychology.

Write a 3 to 4-page essay in response to the questions, including a title Page, 1-2 pages of text, and a reference page. Your essay should have at least one reference from a peer-reviewed journal and be correctly cited in the text of your essay.


Final Paper

Each student will write an integrative essay in which his or her perspective on psychology is evident. Some material from the 6 essays and discussion questions should be included in the essay. This paper should be written in APA style and include 5 references and the associated citations in text. Your integrative paper should be well-organized and concisely written. Think of it as the expression of your philosophy of psychology. It should not be a traditional research paper in which you explore a topic and generate a thesis. This paper should reflect your philosophy of psychology and bring in to focus the major perspectives you find most salient. All text citations and full references must be in current APA style. This is a senior-level writing intensive psychology course and correct use of APA style is mandatory. You will find concise instruction in the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual, which is a required text for this course.

Quizzes

The weekly quizzes are focused on the chapter that is considered most important for your attainment of content knowledge. These quizzes will explore the content that will be covered in your final exam. Each quiz will have 25 multiple-choice items. You will have 60 minutes to complete the quiz. They are open-book, timed quizzes, so read and prepare to do the work to earn a high grade.

Final Exam

The final exam is comprehensive. There will be 100 multiple-choice items on the exam and you will have 2 hours to complete it. The exam must be taken in a proctored setting, without books or notes. See the information below about locating a proctor.


Course Outline

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

Week 1: Introduction and Overview: Major Perspectives of Psychology and The Science of Mind
Readings
Chapters 1 and 2
Discussion 1

Introduce yourself on your classmates and instructor. Include in your introduction something unique about you. Why did you chose psychology as a major and what will you do after you complete your degree.

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Discussion 2

What are your views about Cacioppo & Freberg’s identification of psychology as a hub science? With this new evidence for psychology’s centrality as a research hub, what will be the effects on the popular conceptions of psychology? After reading about this view in chapter 1, provide a thoughtful response to this question.

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Essay 1

Describe an instance in your life (since you became a psychology major) in which you have had the opportunity to apply psychological knowledge that you have learned in your studies. Cite a study that discusses a theory or an application similar to the experience you describe.

Write a 3 to 4-page essay in response to these questions. This assignment should have a Title Page, 1-2 pages of text with a citation, and a Reference Page. These are required APA style elements that will help you with your final paper.

Quiz 1
The quiz this week focuses on the content from Chapter 2.
Week 2: Nature/Nurture and the Physical Basis of Behavior
Readings
Chapters 3 and 4
Discussion 3

A major assumption in scientific psychology is that human behavior is influenced by evolution. Provide an example from your life where you have noticed a trait or indication or an inherited influence on behavior in your family.

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Discussion 4

The biological perspective strongly implies that much of human behavior is a product of processes that are not subject to freedom of the will. How much of human behavior do you feel is outside of human choice? Give an example of a type of human behavior or mental illness that is not the result of conditioning. Discuss how psychology would assess and treat the condition. What are the influences of psychological treatments on physical conditions?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Essay 2

What are your views on mental illness? What are the causes and how much influence do nature and nurture play in the development of mental illness?

Write a 3 to 4-page essay in response to these questions. This assignment should have a Title Page, 1-2 pages of text with a citation, and a Reference Page. These are required APA style elements that will help you with your final paper.

Quiz 2
The quiz this week focuses on the content from Chapter 4.
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.
Week 3: Sensation, Perception, and the Aware Mind
Readings
Chapters 5 and 6
Discussion 5

Our perception of the world as we know it is determined by our senses and the processes that transduce sensory data in the world around us within the brain. Some have suggested that our understanding of reality is an illusion in the truest sense. Discuss a time when your senses did not provide a reliable record of what was actually going on. How did you know? What were the indicators that all was not well? How do we decide on what is real and not real?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Discussion 6

What does it mean to be conscious? Do other animals have consciousness? If so, how does the consciousness of a dog or another animal differ from human consciousness and what are the causes of the difference. Are their specific neural mechanisms that influence the quality of consciousness? Does having a conscious mind provide you with free will?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Essay 3

What are your thoughts about whether humans possess free-will, or the extent to which our behavior is determined by biology or conditioning? Explain your thinking. Cite the work of major theorists who confront these questions.

Write a 3 to 4-page essay in response to these questions. This assignment should have a Title Page, 1-2 pages of text with a citation, and a Reference Page. These are required APA style elements that will help you with your final paper.

Quiz 3
The quiz this week focuses on the content from Chapter 5.
Week 4: Motivation, Emotion, and Learning
Readings
Chapters 7 and 8
Discussion 7

Human emotions may be the basis for language. They may be the first language of our species and they certainly have evolutionary ties to our recent phylogenetic ancestors. Give an example from your life when emotions have influenced your behavior or communicated in a strong way about the meaning of an event. Discuss how an understanding of human emotion can improve your skill as a psychologist.

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Discussion 8
Learning occurs on a lot of different levels, from very fundamental classical conditioning to more nuanced forms of operant conditioning and social learning. Provide an example where learning was apparent in your life and describe how psychologists from the behavioral tradition would describe the learning process.

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Essay 4

What person or event in history do you think has had the most significant impact on modern psychology? Why? What person or school of psychological thought is most consistent with your personal views? Explain how your views fit their theoretical perspective.

Write a 3 to 4-page essay in response to these questions. This assignment should have a Title Page, 1-2 pages of text with a citation, and a Reference Page. These are required APA style elements that will help you with your final paper.

Quiz 4
The quiz this week focuses on the content from Chapter 8.
Week 5: Cognition
Readings
Chapters 9 and 10
Discussion 9

Without memory we would have no continuity to our conscious reality. Discuss a time when memory created a problem for you or for someone you know. What type of memory was involved and how was daily life for you or the individual affected. What approaches were, or could have been used to improve the situation?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Discussion 10

Many great minds have suggested that language, thinking and intelligence are what make humans human. No other creature has the diversity of language or the ability to turn thoughts into technological reality, nor do they possess the creative intelligence to transcend evolutionary processes as we have begun to do. Is science a language? If so, what are some of the vocabulary and what does fluency in this language produce?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Essay 5

What makes a "science" and how does psychology use scientific methods to accomplish its goals? Cite sources.

Write a 3 to 4-page essay in response to these questions. This assignment should have a Title Page, 1-2 pages of text with a citation, and a Reference Page. These are required APA style elements that will help you with your final paper.

Quiz 5
The quiz this week focuses on the content from Chapter 10.
Week 6: Development, Personality, and the Self
Readings
Chapters 11 and 12
Discussion 11

Understanding human developmental processes is important for many of the careers that psychologically trained individuals may encounter. Teachers must understand child and adolescent development, as should parents and physicians. What career are you considering and how will understanding human development influence your ability to achieve your goals?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Discussion 12

Personality is a subject of much interest to folks interested in individual differences. What is your personality? Are you outgoing or are you shy? How would you describe your individual traits and how do these compare to others in your family? How did you get your personality? Will your personality change over time? Describe how you think you will change as you age.

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Essay 6

What changes do you think will occur in the field of psychology in the next 100 years? Why?

Write a 3 to 4-page essay in response to these questions. This assignment should have a Title Page, 1-2 pages of text with a citation, and a Reference Page. These are required APA style elements that will help you with your final paper.

Quiz 6
The quiz this week focuses on the content from Chapter 11.
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.
Week 7: Social Psychology and the Troubled Mind
Readings
Chapters 13 and 14
Discussion 13

Social psychologists have provided explanations for human behavior that suggest we are influenced in ways that go beyond basic conditioning and biology and that are in many ways part of the evolutionary process shaping social mechanisms that support our species survival. Give an example of social forces that you find it difficult to resist. How do these forces shape your behavior and how do you respond?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Discussion 14

Discuss your views about possible problems related to diagnostic labeling. What are some benefits to the DSM and what are some real problems with the use of labels to diagnose and provide treatment for people with emotional and mental difficulties?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Final Paper
Complete an 8 page integrative paper and submit it to the Dropbox by the Sunday night deadline. This assignment should have a title page, an abstract, 5 full pages of text, and a reference page with a minimum of 5 references. A sample APA paper is provided and a rubric for grading is provided.
Week 8: Evaluation of your Program of Study
Readings
Chapters 15 and 16
Discussion 15

The treatment of mental and emotional illness is complex. Among the possible ways to provide treatment are a variety of classic approaches. Discuss the key principles of one of the following approaches and say why you think it has some efficacy as a potential treatment approach and suggest a malady for which the treatment is most useful: psychoanalytic, humanistic, behavioral, and cognitive techniques of psychotherapy.

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Discussion 16

With all of the knowledge we have about human psychology it seems odd that we have still not solved the very basic riddle of human happiness. What makes you happy and how can you use your understanding of human psychology to find happiness. Should this be a goal of life?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Discussion 17

This course represents a milestone in your work toward graduating with a degree in psychology. In thinking about all that you have learned about human behavior and mental processes, describe how the study of psychology has changed you. What are your plans for the next 5 years? How will you use your understanding to change the world?

Respond to a minimum of 3 other students in the course.

Final Exam
The final exam will be proctored. See the information in the Policy section of the syllabus about locating a proctor for your exam. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam.


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.

Essays submitted late will result in the score being reduced by 5 points for each day the paper is late. Essay assignments will not be accepted after midnight on the Tuesday following the due date; the final integrative paper will not be accepted after midnight on the Wednesday following the due

Quizzes and the Final Exam may not be made up after the deadline has passed.

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.


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