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PSYC 495d Integrative Psychology October 19 – December 12, 2009 (09/52) On-Line Course Syllabus (Revised 09/4/09) Course Description PSYC 495: Integrative Psychology Capstone course integrating prior learning, exploring current research and contemporary issues in Psychology. Writing intensive. A grade of C or better is required for this course and all prerequisite courses. This course is required as a culminating experience prior to graduation. Prerequisites: Senior standing, Psychology major; PSYC 101, PSYC 324, PSYC 325, PSYC 381. Students who have not completed the prerequisites should not enroll in this course. The instructor may drop a student at any point during the course if prerequisites are found to not be completed. ASSESSMENT TESTING: Because this is a capstone course for your major, also known as a culminating experience course, you will be asked to take a senior test - the Major Field Test (MFT). It is a nationally-normed standardized test taken by thousands of students throughout the United States. Columbia College uses your results and the results of every Columbia College student taking the test to improve learning experiences and the curriculum in your major. The content of the Major Field Test reflects the basic knowledge and understanding gained in the core undergraduate curriculum. The tests are two-hour, multiple-choice examinations designed to assess mastery of concepts and principles as well as knowledge expected of students at the conclusion of a major in specific subject areas. They go beyond measurement of factual knowledge, however, because they also evaluate your ability to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships, and interpret material. Approximately half way through this course you will personally receive an email from the Vice President of the College, asking you to take the MFT. When contacted, I strongly encourage you to take the test and do your very best; doing so will strengthen your degree. If you are within reasonable distance of one of our 30 nationwide ESD Campuses, you will be asked to go to that campus to take the MFT in a proctored setting. If you are too far from an ESD Campus, or if extremely extenuating circumstances prevent you from taking the MFT at the local ESD Campus, you may request a waiver by emailing the Vice President. In addition to the above Major Field Test, which everyone enrolled in a capstone course will be asked to take, a few of you will also be randomly selected to take an additional test - The Academic Profile Test (AP). The Academic Profile (AP) Test measures proficiency in General Education. The AP test takes about an hour, and like the Major Field Test, must also be taken in a proctored setting. Students selected to take the AP test will be contacted via email by the Vice President, and asked to participate in this very important test. The Academic Profile Test focuses on skills developed in introductory courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. It concentrates on issues, themes, and ideas. Questions do not ask for recall of specific information but, instead, test a student's ability to read carefully, make judgments about clarity, correctness, or organization of material, think critically about issues and arguments, and work effectively with mathematics. While the AP test is shorter in length and measures proficiency in general education, instead of knowledge in your major, it is just as important. It too is a nationally-normed standardized test taken by students throughout the country. We will use the results of this test to improve learning experiences and the general education curriculum. I. Overview and Course Goals Welcome to Integrative Psychology Online. Congratulations for reaching this point in your study of the discipline of psychology! This course is designed to help you integrate what you have learned thus far in psychology by providing an outline that organizes your learning along the lines of major theoretical perspectives. This course is designed to help you see the discipline of psychology as a whole from different vantage points. So prepare to step back and look at the discipline of psychology as a whole and ponder the different perspectives that ask the fundamental questions about who we are, why we behave the way we do, and why we think the things we think. Before you begin, make sure that you visit the Discussion area and become familiar with the layout of discussion questions. Also, go to the Dropbox and see which assignments are to be posted there. Finally, the Content area provides you with a link to the course syllabus and each weekly schedule. Follow the weekly assignment schedule and all will be well. During the first week, we will introduce ourselves and become familiar with the web- based course and the tools we will use to communicate. We will explore the major perspectives used in psychology and preview the global questions that will help you plumb your relationship to the discipline as the course proceeds. During this course you will have a chance to ask and answer your own questions about how psychology works and how you can put your learning to work in graduate school and in the workplace. You will develop a Vita, Resume and write a Career Plan. You will produce an archival research paper that demonstrates your personal perspective on larger questions. In the process you will begin to see the discipline of psychology in broader terms. During week 2 we will engage in discussion of major perspectives and your questions about psychology and life. You will write an essay on your views of mental illness and post and respond to questions from your classmates. During week 3 the discussion will focus on mastering APA, answering questions from the previous week and getting our minds around the polemic of free will versus determinism. During week 4 the discussion focus goes to Careers and Graduate work in psychology. You will write an essay on an important event and person in psychology and answer questions from the previous week. During week 5 you will create a Vita and Resume, respond to questions from the previous week and write about how you understand science and how psychology uses science to accomplish its goals During week 6 you will create a career goals statement and write an essay on the future of psychology. Respond to questions from your classmates and post your own questions on the discussion board. During week 7 you will complete your integrative paper and discuss with peers the substantive questions they post. During week 8 you will have the opportunity to evaluate your course of study at Columbia College and to let us know how to improve the major. II. Course Objectives Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. To integrate psychology as a discipline by demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the discipline, its major concepts, theories, research methods and findings in major content areas. 2. To use critical thought and scientific methodology. 3. To solve problems and form conclusions. 4. To demonstrate tolerance and act ethically when applying psychological principles. 5. To understand how psychological knowledge, skills, and values are used in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings. III. Measurable Learning Outcomes Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. Understand representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology. Use the concepts, language and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena. Explain major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural). Understand basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific method to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes. Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline. Demonstrate professional writing skills in APA format. Demonstrate professional oral communication skills. IV. Course Policies View the student demo site http://www.ccis.edu/online/admissions/onlineforme.asp for details about taking an on-line course. 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. Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are encouraged to register with the ADA coordinator of Columbia College at 573-875-7626. Read this entire syllabus before continuing the course. Student Conduct The instructor reserves the right to manage a positive learning environment and thus will not tolerate inappropriate conduct in the course. 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 Code of Student Conduct and Ethics Code for Computer Users. Students violating these codes will be referred to the Campus Life Office for possible disciplinary action. The Code for Student Conduct and the Ethics Code for Computer Users can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook, a copy of which can be obtained by calling the Campus Life office at 573-875-7425. On-Line Participation This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the Internet and the World Wide Web, using technology provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. Participation on-line is expected to be continuous throughout the course. Failure to turn in assignments by the date due, or timely participation in online discussions may result in the student being withdrawn from the course. Emergencies should be communicated and documented to the instructor as soon as possible. Students are expected to read the assigned texts each week and log-in to the course discussion area, and post messages as required in the Course Schedule section of this syllabus. Active participation in the course will guide students in preparing assignments and exams. The instructor will facilitate online discussions in the conference room by responding to posted messages. See "Ground Rules for On-line Participation" for additional information. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the session and ends midnight the following Sunday except for Week 8 when the week and the course will end on Saturday). Conference and drop box assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be submitted or posted by the weekly due dates stated on the assignment schedule posted in the Content area. Writing assignments (papers) should be completed and successfully submitted so that they are received by the due date. NOTE: Because this is an online course designed to get feedback on assignments to you directly via Internet, you must make prior arrangements before submitting a paper via fax or the postal service. If you ever have problems transmitting your assignments to me, contact me immediately via email and we'll get the problem solved. 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. Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the Coordinator for Disability Services. Until the student has been cleared through the disability services office, accommodations do not have to be granted. It is vital if you are a student who has a documented disability to read the entire syllabus before signing up for the course. The structure or the content of the course can make an accommodation not feasible. The policies and related syllabus matters remain subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. Ground Rules for On-line Participation Instructors are required to use CougarMail. Students may choose to forward messages that arrive in CougarMail to other private accounts. Instructions for forwarding CougarMail to another account may be found at https://cougarmail.ccis.edu/horde/forwards/main.php Please note that Columbia College cannot be held responsible for any delivery failures or breech of security involved with forwarded messages. You are encouraged to use your CougarMail Account as your main email account during the course and into the future as a Columbia College Alumnus. Students should use the Discussion area to post discussion assignments (DAs) and discussion essay assignments (DEAs). The discussion page should also be used to reply to the postings of other students and the instructor. All students are encouraged to read all postings and to comment on ways that they have come to understand the material. The concepts in this course can at times be challenging. You are expected to post your questions on the discussion page so that other students can engage in the discourse. All students will observe Conventions of "online etiquette," when communicating on-line which includes courtesy to all users. Students may get assistance with computer related problems through the instructor. Drop box assignments must be prepared in Microsoft Word as .doc files. (Not MS Works or WordPerfect ) and sent through the appropriate folder in the drop box tool in the course. Academic Honesty All Columbia College policies are in effect as described in the Academic Dishonesty/Misconduct section of the current college Catalog. All your work must be your own unless collaboration has been authorized. If collaboration is authorized you must acknowledge the collaboration in writing. Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting as one's own the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form is cheating through plagiarism. If you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism, review the rules of original writing at the following web site: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ This link provides valuable information, including examples about plagiarism. To review some plagiarism tools available to students, take a look at http://www.schoolsucks.com and http://www.evilcheater.com. The content of these plagiarism sites would, if you were lucky, get you a "D" in this course if you were not caught. It is substandard work indeed, but you will almost always be caught if you try to cheat, due to the plagiarism prevention tools available to instructors. Here are two sites that may be of interest: http://indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html and http://www.plagiarism.com. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and the claim of ignorance is no excuse. Those found plagiarizing will be dropped from the course. Levels of Communication All email and writing assignments are formal. They should be written as if you are communicating with a client. The formal rules of proper English and grammar apply for these submissions, and points will be deducted for misspellings, incomplete sentences, poor sentence structure, etc. Please respond to at least three other students on every assignment except for dropbox assignments. Use citations and references on every post. APA is to be used in the discussion postings. You do need to support your information with appropriate references . There should be text as well as full references at the end. The criteria that must be met in conference postings are that your messages be original, intelligible, and contribute to the discourse. You must communicate effectively. In addition, you must meet the weekly requirements in order to earn full credit on discussion assignments. Discussion assignments must be posted by the due dates to earn points. All discussion and essay assignments should contain citations in text and appropriate references in APA. Course Assignments Course assignments are posted on the Assignment Schedule in the Content area of the course. Each week the seminar will discuss major questions in the topical areas in general psychology. Each student will be responsible for generating a question for each week period. Questions should be posted on the discussion forum by Sunday night and will be responded to during the following week. Questions should be generated in response to the weekly discussion or relate to the study or practice of psychology. Questions should be ones that will generate a discussion rather than ones that have a set answer to them. Students are expected to actively participate in the classroom discussion and will be graded on the extent and depth of insight and validity of their contributions. Integrative Paper: Each student will write an integrative essay in which their perspective on psychology is evident. Material from the 6 essays (3 discussion essays and 3 posted in the drop box) and discussion questions should be included. This paper should be typed in APA style and contain at least 8 appropriate references and 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 betray the major perspectives that you find yourself most in sync with. It should be a piece of work of which you are very pleased. Grading of the essay will follow a rubric. This assignment should be sent to the instructor through the drop box tool in the course. There is a link in the Content area that discusses this in more detail. All Assignments will each be graded according to the point system presented in the assignment table below. Essay assignments should be posted to the course drop box in the appropriate folder. Discussion essay assignments should be posted on the discussion forum. Vita or Resume and Career Goals Assignments should be posted in the appropriate folder in the drop box. A Note About APA Style - All text citations and full references must be in proper APA style format. This is a senior level, writing intensive, psychology course and proper APA style is mandatory. Despite what you may or may not have been taught in other courses, there is only one way to write in APA format and that is as presented in the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual which is a required book for this course. There are also two links in the Content Area that give some of the basics of formatting, but they are not meant to be a substitute for the manual. It is in your best interest to familiarize yourself with this manual; especially the chapters on formatting text citations and full references for various resources. I will be providing you feedback on each assignment regarding not only your content, but formatting as well. Please be sure to read this feedback and apply my suggestions to future assignments. How you format your references and citations will impact your grade on each assignment. Late Assignment Policy Any assignment that does not arrive at its intended destination by 10:00 PM (CT) Sunday of the week it is due, or on the final week by 10:00 PM, central standard time (CT) on Friday will be considered late. Late assignments will receive a grade with 25% reduction in grade. IV. Grades WEEK ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE Possible DUE % of Points DATE Grade Week 1 Introductory Assignment 1 (IA) 10 points Sat. 1% Discussion Essay Assignment 1 30 points Fri. 3% (DEA1) Question Assignment 1 (QA1) 10 points Sun. 1% Week 2 Discussion Assignment 1 (DA1) 30 points Fri. 3% Essay Assignment 1 (EA1) 50 points Sun. 5% Question Assignment 2 (QA2) 10 points Sun. 1% Week 3 Discussion Assignment 2 (DA2) 30 points Fri. 3% Discussion Essay Assignment 2 (DEA2) 30 points Sun. 3% Question Assignment 3 (QA3) 10 points Sun. 1% Week 4 Discussion Assignment 3 (DA3) 30 points Fri. 3% Essay Assignment 2 (EA2) 50 points Sun. 5% Question Assignment 4 (QA4) 10 points Sun. 1% Week 5 Discussion Assignment 4 (DA4) 30 points Fri. 3% Vita or Resume Assignment (VITA) 85 points Sun. 8.5 % Discussion Essay Assignment 3 30 points Sun. 3% (DEA3) Question Assignment 5 (QA5) 10 points Sun. 1% Week 6 Discussion Assignment 5 (DA5) 30 points Fri. 3% Career Goals Assignment (GOALS) 85 points Sun. 8.5 % Essay Assignment 3 (EA3) 50 points Sun. 5% Question Assignment 6 (QA6) 10 points Sun. 1% Week 7 Discussion Assignment 6 (DA6) 30 points Fri. 3% Final Integrative Paper (PAPER) 300 points Sun. 30% Question Assignment 7 (QA7) 10 points Sun. 1% Week 8 Discussion Assignment 7 (DA7) 30 points WED. 3% TOTAL 1000 points 100 % Discussion = 22% of total grade Critical Thinking Assignments = 7% of total grade Writing Assignments = 54% of total grade Application Assignments = 17% of total grade GRADE Criteria for Discussion and Essay Assignments 90-100% Assignment is submitted on time and answers given for all questions. =A Answers are complete, concise, are supported by research findings, and the students critical views are expressed. All posts are to be read and more than three posts made to others made to all discussions including the introduction. APA is expected to be correct. Spell and grammar are expected to be correct. Posts are to done by the due date. All of the above criteria must be met for an “A”. Assignment is submitted on time and concise answers are supported by research for all questions, but answers are lacking in either critical thought, research findings are incomplete, or they don't add much to the discourse. At 80-90% least 90% of posts are expected to be read and a minimum of three posts are =B made to others to all discussion areas. There are minor APA errors. There are minimum spell and grammar errors. Posts are to done by the due date. All of the above criteria must be met for a “B”. Assignment is submitted on time, but research support is weak, minimum student opinion is expressed and APA format is faulty. At least 85% of 70-80% postings are expected to be read. Posts are to done by the due date. All of the =C above criteria must be met for a “C”. <70 = F Assignment is late or incomplete and research support is poor or non-existent. Use of APA format is absent. The discourse is not engaged. Grading Policy The percentile grading scale for this course is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-90; C = 70- 80; F = 0-70. Each student is responsible for: Participating in the weekly question and answer discussions Completing the 8 discussion assignments Completing the 3, essay discussion assignments Completing the 3, 5 page essays Completing a Career Plan Completing a Vita or Resume Completing the 10 page integrative essay V. Required Texts American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual for the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association The ISBN for the APA Manual is: 1-4338-0561-8 Gray, P. (2006). Psychology (5th. ed.). New York, NY: Worth. ****Or, you may use Gray, P. (or 2001). Psychology (4th. ed.). New York, NY: Worth. ****Or, you may use any general psychology text.***** The ISBN for Gray 2006 is: 0-7167-7690-1 You can (and will) use texts from other psychology courses you have had. Textbooks for the course may be ordered on-line from: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/columbia.htm Books may be ordered by phone at 1-800-325-3252 or by fax 1-800-499-0143 For additional information about the book store visit http://www.mbsbooks.com/direct Also, Amazon.com has used copies of Gray starting at a very reasonable rate. Students: Please note that the use of an eBook carries certain risks: information may be missing due to copyright restrictions, the book cannot be resold to MBS, and an eBook purchase cannot be refunded. IV. Course Schedule Week 1: Introduction and Overview: Major Perspectives in Psychology Read Content Module: Overview of the Seminar Readings: Identify and overview the major perspectives used in your general psychology textbook. Introductory Assignment (IA): Introduce yourself on the appropriate thread on the discussion page; include in your introduction why you are taking this course and what you will do with your degree. Respond to a minimum of 3 other students. Discussion Essay Assignment 1: Answer the following question and post it in the discussion forum under the appropriate topic: Describe an instance in your life (since you became a psychology major) where you have had the opportunity to apply "psychological" knowledge that you have learned in the classroom? In your response cite a study that discusses a theory or an application similar to the experience you describe. Class Activities: Go to the following websites to prepare for the assignments in this course and for information about graduate schools and careers in psychology. How to prepare a Career Plan and Vita Use this information to prepare your Vita or Resume and Career Plan. Visit the Writing Support Center to help format your papers in APA style Graduate School Rankings Graduate Schools Online Referral Consent Form Use this form to request a letter of recommendation from professors who know your work well enough to provide support for employment or graduate school. Question Assignment 1 (QA1): Post a Question for next week on the discussion board (All discussions areas in all weeks including introductions areas are to have a minimum of 3 posts to others. Points are deduced in all aspects of the semester if you do not do the activities or follow the directions and instructions. This includes responding to the Welcome Letter within 3 days of the opening of the course.) Week 2: Nature vs. Nurture Discussion Assignment 1 (DA1): Respond to at least 3 of the questions (QA1) of your classmates. Provide substantive information that backs up your answer by citing relevant literature. Be sure you answer the questions thoroughly. Essay Assignment 1: Write a 5 page essay and post in the dropbox answering the following question: What are your views on mental illness? What causes mental illness and what are some of the treatments? Cite studies that support your perspective and provide examples. This assignment should have a Title Page, an Abstract, 2 full pages of text, and a Reference Page. These are required APA style elements that will help you with your final paper. Class Activities: Visit the following website for a review of the Code of Ethics for Psychology Question Assignment 2 (QA2): Post a Question for next week on the discussion board. Week 3: Mastering APA Style Discussion Assignment 2 (DA2): Respond to at least 3 of the (QA2) questions of your classmates. Provide substantive information that backs up your answer by citing relevant literature. Be sure you answer the questions thoroughly. Discussion Essay Assignment 2: Answer the following question: What are your thoughts about free-will and determinism? Explain your thinking? Cite the work of major theorists who confront these questions. Class Activities: Go to the following website to explore appropriate ways to reference online sources in your written work. APA Style | Electronic References Question Assignment 3 (QA3): Post a Question for next week on the discussion board. Week 4: Careers and Graduate Work in Psychology Discussion Assignment 3 (DA3): Respond to at least 3 of the (QA3) questions of your classmates. Provide substantive information that backs up your answer by citing relevant literature. Be sure you answer the questions thoroughly. Essay Assignment 2: Write a 5 page essay and post to dropbox answering the following question: 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 beliefs? Explain how your beliefs fit their theoretical perspective. Cite your sources. This assignment should have a Title Page, an Abstract, 2 full pages of text, and a Reference Page. These are required APA style elements that will help you with your final paper. Class Activities: Use the Internet to find sites that describe jobs and careers that seek out psychology majors. Question Assignment 4 (QA4): Post a Question for next week on the discussion board Week 5: Curriculum Vitae Discussion Assignment 4 (DA4): Respond to at least 3 of the (QA4) questions of your classmates. Provide substantive information that backs up your answer by citing relevant literature. Be sure you answer the questions thoroughly. Discussion Essay Assignment 3: Answer the following question: What makes a "science" and how does psychology use scientific methods to accomplish its goals? Cite sources. Vita or Resume Assignment: Design a Vita or a Resume to prepare for entry into graduate school or a career and post to dropbox. Question Assignment 5 (QA5): Post a Question for next week on the discussion board. Week 6: Careers Goals Discussion Assignment 5 (DA5): Respond to at least 3 of the (QA5) questions of your classmates. Provide substantive information that backs up your answer by citing relevant literature. Be sure you answer the questions thoroughly. Essay Assignment 3: Write a 5 page essay and post to dropbox answering the following question: What changes do you think will occur in the field of psychology in the next 100 years? Why? This assignment should have a Title Page, an Abstract, 2 full pages of text, and a Reference Page. These are required APA style elements that will help you with your final paper. Write Career Goals Assignment: Write a 2 page essay outlining your Career Goals and post to dropbox. Question Assignment 6 (QA6): Post a Question for next week on the discussion board. Week 7: Your Integrative Paper Discussion Assignment 6 (DA6): Respond to at least 3 of the (QA6) questions of your classmates. Provide substantive information that backs up your answer by citing relevant literature. Be sure you answer the questions thoroughly. Integrative Essay Assignment: Complete a 10 page Integrative Paper and submit by the Sunday night deadline by posting in dropbox. This assignment should have a Title Page, an Abstract, 7 full pages of text, and a Reference Page. Question Assignment 7 (QA7): Post a Question for next week on the discussion board. Week 8: Evaluation of your Program of Study. Discussion Assignment 7 (DA7): Respond to at least 3 of the (QA7) questions of your classmates. Provide substantive information that backs up your answer by citing relevant literature. Be sure you answer the questions thoroughly. Course Evaluation: Please complete course evaluations during the last two weeks of the course. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and help the college improve the quality of its product/service. Do NOT send your evaluations to the instructor. Your evaluations are anonymous and will not affect your grade. Please login to eServices and go to the Academic section and click on the course evaluation link. The site will open Monday, the beginning of Week #7 through 5:00 PM CST, Wednesday, of Week #8. VII. Instructor Information Dan Holt, PhD, BCBA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org If you are unable to reach me by email, you may reach me via phone at 314-922-4658. Leave a detailed message with your name and phone number and I will get back to you by email or phone depending on the situation. Please be sure to speak your name and number at the beginning of your message and repeat it at the end of the message. This is an on- line class so email is our primary means of communication. Please reserve phone calls for emergency situations.
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