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Psyc495S08 - Peru State College Psychology 495 — Seminar...

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Unformatted text preview: Peru State College Psychology 495 — Seminar in Psychology Syllabus — Spring 2008 Instructor: Dr. Joel Lundak Office Hours: Monday,Wednesday 9~11 am, 1-2 pm Tuesday, Thursday 10245-1 1 :15 am, 2—4 pm Friday office hours by appointment Office: T.J. Majors, Room 238 in Professional Studies Division (402) 872-2264 Hybrid Class: This semester this class is online and face to face PSC email address: [email protected] Course meets: Monday and Wednesday, 2:00—3:15 pm T.J. Majors, Room 203 On-line Are due by 8 am the Monday morning of the week Assignments following the week in which they are assigned. Required Textbook: William Damon; Barron’s How to Prepare forthe GRE, 5th edition A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne isbn 1-929229-48—8 www.ahaprocess.com and Modules 1-7 Workbook isbn 1-929229-40-2 Course Description and Objectives This course is intended as a capstone course for psychology majors and integrates three areas of discussion: (1) preparing forthe GRE; (2) ethics; and (3) interaction between poverty and psychological areas of interest. Its objectives are: 0 Prepare students to successfully take the GRE exam 0 To empower students to understand ethical issues which apply in the field of psychology. 0 To empower students to work cooperatively with others to achieve learning objectives. 0 To empower students to utilize electronic library resources to research areas of interest. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; Psychology major or minor. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Demonstrate comfort with the GRE testing method and content. 2. Express verbally and in writing your mastery of important ethical concepts as they apply in psychology; 3. Demonstrate knowiedge ofthe interaction between poverty and many of the socio—cultural applications of psychology. 4. Find research or informative articies among the electronic library resources for your psychology interest and applications; utilize APA styie, and make a professional presentation in class. 5. Demonstrate that you can work cooperatively with others in designing a project, assigning work components, producing an academic project, and delivering the product to others. Expectations and Instructional Approach Classes will inciude practice tests, lectures, guided discourse, attendance and content quizzes, student presentations, which wiil inciude peer review and a rubric for criteria of grading, question and answer. They wiil include use of videos and Internet assignments. Attendance and participation are vital to the teaming experience. Consequentiy, i expect you to be at each class, having read the material, and ready to participate in the day’s discussion and exercises. Please be in class on time. Do not bring a radio or CD player with or without headphones to class. If you carry a celi phone, turn it off during class. In order to foster a climate conducive to learning, piease join me in treating your classmates with respect. I encourage students to ask questions, seek my heip, help their ciassmates understand the material, and enjoy learning. Grading Policy The class grade will be based on hour exam grades, a graded project and class presentations, and the final exam—pius a subjective evaluation of the student’s attendance and participation in class discussion and activities. For both on—line and face to face classroom students, assignments will be awarded points, and the total number of points earned divided by the totat number of points possible wili yield the percentage grade, which wiil be translated into a letter grade: 90-100 = A; 85—89 : B+; 80-84 a B; 75—79 : 0+; 70—74 a C; 65—69 «7 D+; 60-64 2 D; beiow 60 = F. Because Psych 495 is required for a Psychology major, oniy a C or above will satisfy the class requirement for psychoiogy majors. Class Attendance and Participation Real fife will expect you to be there, and so do I! Students may miss the equivaient of one week’s worth of classes without an adverse effect on their grade; thereafter, they risk having their earned ietter grade reduced by one letter grade for each week’s worth of unexcused absences. If you are absent for an “excused” reason such as an athletic event or a field trip for another class, it is your responsibility to contact me and see if any make up work is availabie for your absence. Hour exams must be taken at the scheduied time uniess excused in advance by Dr. Lundak, with the exception of a medical emergency verified by a doctor’s confirmation. if you are taking the class on—iine, you are expected to make regular, timely contributions to discussion boards as well as complete other assignments on time. Exams and Academic Honesty There will be two hour exams which will be essay format, a finai exam which wiil be essay format and may include a take home notebook component; and there wiii be two power point project presentations which each student wiii complete. The term paper will be due at the end of the thirteenth week of class in their final form. The term paper must be 7-9 pages in length, utiiize APA style, include at ieast 12 references, and be double spaced. Failure to foilow instructions in format wiil result in an F. Failure to write a term paper will result in a course grade no higher than a D. Uniess otherwise directed, each student is expected to do his/her own work on assignments and exams. In order to promote academic integrity, the college subscribes to an electronic service to review papers for the appropriate citations and originality. Key elements of submitted papers are stored electronicaily in a limited access database and thus become a permanent part of the material to which future submissions are compared. Continued enrollment in a course signifies your permission for this use of your written work. Should you not wish to agree to this procedure, you may drop the course during the add/drop period before any works are compieted and submitted. Academic dishonesty will resuit in actions in accordance with the college’s disciplinary policy and may result in loss of credit for the assignment involved, and other discipiinary consequences. Students with speciai needs, such as teaming disabilities, are encouraged to make them known to the instructor during the first week of class. The instructor reserves the right to modify any aspect of the course syilabus or content. Any modifications wiil be communicated to the students in advance. The tentative course schedule will be printed separately. ...
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