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Introduction to Psychology

Required Text: Feist, G. J. & Rosenberg, E. L. (2012). Psychology: Perspectives & connections (2nd eds). NewYork, NY; McGraw-Hill. ISBN-10: 0-07-803520-1Additional Resources: Additional readings to be assigned by the instructor.Course Description: This course is a comprehensive survey of the major academic subdivisions within the field ofpsychology. Special emphasis is placed on developing an introductory understanding of currentpsychological terminology and reference studies.Course Objectives:A. Review and accurately evaluate research methodology and findingsB. Name and correctly define basic brain processes involved in sensation, perception, cognition,memory, learning, and intelligence.C. Identify and clearly describe human personality development and psychopathology, and theempirically validated treatment of common mental disorders.D. Describe effects of drugs, medications, sleep, and stress on psychological and physical health.E. Evaluate and accurately predict the influence of emotion and motivation on his/her own behavior andthe behavior of others, including personal and social factors.F. Examine cross-cultural consistencies in emotion, cognition, and behavior.G. Accurately write one research paper demonstrating critical analysis based on current psychologicalresearch.TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES (a.k.a. UCO’s “Central Six” Tenants)The University of Central Oklahoma has identified six transformative learning objectives that placestudents at the center of their own active and reflective learning experiences. While any single class maynot touch on all six tenants, this course offers opportunities for students to become engaged in four of thesix tenants. It is the goal of the university, college, and department to support and foster transformativelearning in order for students to develop competencies for all six tenants in order to become productive,creative, and ethically engaged citizens that are able to initiate action in leadershiproles.1. Discipline Knowledge: students explore, discuss, and practice the techniques, conventions, andprocesses that produce researched written arguments. (Course Objectives B & C)3. Problem Solving (Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities)-students learn to analyze complexarguments, to produce arguments informed by careful research, and to document sources followingacademic conventions. (Course Objective A)5. Global and Cultural Competency: students read and write arguments about global and cultural issuesand direct writing to diverse audiences. (Course Objective F)6. Health and Wellness: students read arguments about, write arguments about, and discuss thoseintellectual, emotional, and spiritual issues that give human existence vitality and meaning. (CourseObjectives D & E)Course Procedures to be Followed:The course will be taught via online lectures, discussions/activities, video, etc. The text provides a basisfor the course and additional information related to the text material will be givenonline.Assessment Tools:Discussion Questions (5 pts each / 75 pts total)For this course I want you to state your thoughts concerning concepts discussed in your text. For each ofthe chapters that I designate to cover in D2L I want you to provide your opinions as well as meaningfullycomment on at least one of your classmates. Two discussions (One original post and One responseto aclassmate) will be due for each chapter and will be due every Friday (See course schedule below). Yourcomments will be graded on your ability to effectively applyconcepts discussed from the text andcreativity. All comments must be professionally written and, when appropriate, provide constructivefeedback. Students submitting comments determined to contain profanity or degrading/belittling otherstudents will not receive credit for their submission. Comments received after the due date will receive agrade of 0. The lowest discussion grade will be dropped.Cumulative QuizzesStudents will take seven, yes seven, quizzes during the semester covering approximately two chapters.Each quiz is cumulative, meaning that concepts from earlier chapters will also be included on laterquizzes. There is a final comprehensive exam which can replace any one quiz worth 100 pts or multiplequizzes equally 100.Research Paper (50 pts)Students will write a research paper where they critique statements or claims made in the popular media(e.g., magazines, TV, radio, Internet). Once your paper topic has been approved, you will submit a 5page research paper (Excluding title and reference page) critiquing the claims using at least three peerreviewed journals. Details of the term paper are located in the appendix. Some important dates are:Research Paper Topic in D2L (5 pts) – Feb. 4thResearch Paper Draft in D2L (5 pts) – April 7thResearch Paper Final in D2L (40 pts) – April 21stAssignments (50 pts)There will be six homework assignments in D2L throughout the semester. See the course timeline forspecific due dates.Grading Scale: (Approximate point totals – final grades assigned by percentages listed below)1. Quizzes (20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 140)pts. each, 4 exams)5602. Discussion Questions 753. Research paper 504. Assignments 50Total Points 735A Excellent (>90%)B Good (>80%)C Average (>70%)D Poor (>60%)F Failure (