PSY 200
Psychology
 

Instructor

Dr. Marc Tumeinski

mtumeinski@holyapostles.edu

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course studies the mind, will, soul, behavior and character of the human person, as well as the relation of the person to others. In doing so, it examines areas of cognitive and behavioral approaches, emotion, development, psychoanalytic and humanistic theories, personality and motivation. Assessment and cultural diversity are studied in each area.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES 

3. COURSE SCHEDULE

The schedule below lays out our path to engage foundational questions about psychology. We will ask: What kind of discipline is psychology, what is the purpose of its study, and what is the relation of psychology to science, philosophy, and religion?  

Week I: PSYCHOLOGY’S FOUNDATIONS AND METHODS OF RESEARCH.

Plotnik & Kouyoumdjian (P&K) Chapters:
1. Discovering Psychology.
2. Psychology and Science.


Week II: THE BRAIN, BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR.

thought paper due at end of week

P&K Chapters:
3. Brain’s Building Blocks.
4. Incredible Nervous System.


Week III: SENSING AND PERCEIVING.

thought paper due at end of week

P&K Chapters:
5. Sensation.
6. Perception.


Week IV: CONSCIOUSNESS.

P&K Chapters:
7. Sleep and Dreams.
8. Hypnosis and Drugs.


Week V: LEARNING.

thought paper due at end of week

P&K Chapters:
9. Classical Conditioning.
10. Operant and Cognitive Approaches.


Week VI: MEMORY.

thought paper due at end of week

P&K Chapters:
11. Types of Memory.
12. Remembering and Forgetting.


Week VII: COGNITION.

thought paper due at end of week

P&K Chapters:
13. Intelligence.
14. Thought and Language.


Week VIII: MOTIVATION AND EMOTION.

thought paper due at end of week

P&K Chapters:
15. Motivation.
16. Emotion.

Week IX: THE DEVELOPING HUMAN.

thought paper due at end of week

P&K Chapters:
17. Infancy and Childhood.
18. Adolescence and Adulthood.


Week X: PERSONALITY.

thought paper due at end of week

P&K Chapters:
19. Psychoanalytic and Humanistic Theories.
20. Social and Cognitive and Trait Theories.


Week XI: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY.

P&K Chapters:
21. Health, Stress and Coping.


Week XII: PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS.

thought paper due at end of week

P&K Chapters:
22. Assessment and Anxiety Disorders.
23. Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia.
24. Therapies.


Week XIII: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.

thought paper due at end of week 

P&K Chapters:
25. Social Cognition and Behavior

Week XIV: FOCUS ON MAJOR TOPIC PAPER

This week is devoted to excellence in the final “major topic” paper. I will give you feedback on a first draft.

Week XV: REVIEW AND SELF-ASSESSMENT

Where have we been, what have we learned, and what's next?

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

10 Short Thought Papers on Chapter Questions (50%)

The topics of the thought papers will be announced on Monday of the week and they will be due on the Friday of the week. The topics will come from the end of chapter questions in the course textbook.

Paper major Topic in Psychology (30%)

You are asked to write a 1200-2000 word paper, not including references, to compare and contrast two different viewpoints in one of the weekly topic areas of psychology. For example, you can compare and contrast two different theories of emotion, or two different theories of psychotherapy.

Active Participation in the Discussion Community in Populi (20%)

Participate in discussion threads, share insights, work collaboratively on selected thought papers.

5. REQUIRED READING:

        Introduction to Psychology

        Tenth Edition, 2013

        Rod Plotnik and Haig Kouyoumdjian

        Belmont CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning

        ISBN-13: 978-1133939535 – Be sure to get the 10th edition

6. EVALUATION

Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).  Exams and assignments can be made up with the professor’s agreement depending on the reason for the absence.

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

Grading Rubric for the Major Papers

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

  1. CONTENT

Absence of Understanding

Posting shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic

Misunderstanding

Posting demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them

Adequate Understanding

Posting demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them

Solid understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides

Insightful understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts

  1. WRITING & EXPRESSION

Incomplete writing

Posting is only partially written or fails to address the topic

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Posting touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Posting is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment;  satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors

Solid writing with something interesting to say

Posting is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples;  level-appropriate syntax and diction;  mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error

command-level writing, making a clear impression

Posting is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development ; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage

RESEARCH

Missing Research

Paper shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing.

Inadequate research and/or documentation

Over-reliance on few sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors.

Weak research and/or documentation

Inadequate number or quality of sources; many facts not referenced; several errors in citation format.

Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement

Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources.

Solid research and documentation

A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors.

COMMUNITY INTERACTION (50-word response)

Inadequate response

Response merely provides laudatory encouragement for original post, e.g., “Excellent post! You really have thought of something there.”

Poor response

Response misses the point of the original posting or merely summarizes original posting to which it responds.

Acceptable response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds.

Individually-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds and fosters its development.

Community-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the learning community and fosters its development.

  1. 7. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

  1. 8. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

  1. 9. ATTENDANCE POLICY

You are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

  1. 10. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

11. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

My working background is in human services, a field which brought me to consider the ways that our society operates, particularly through social institutions, and the ways these shape the lives of vulnerable people. I am particularly inspired by the lives of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, who in the 1930s in New York City started the Catholic Worker, a movement which shelters the homeless and works for peace. Through our connection with a local Catholic Worker house, my wife and I have often shared our home with people who are poor or homeless. These experiences brought me to study my faith in a more rigorous fashion: I received an MA in Dogmatic Theology in 2007 from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and in 2015 I earned my Phd in Catholic theology at the Maryvale Institute of Liverpool Hope University in the UK. Maryvale traces its roots to Blessed John Henry Newman, who in 1846 started a retreat house at Maryvale after he joined the Catholic Church. I teach theology full time at Anna Maria College in Massachusetts.