Psychology 120Course SyllabusMr. Hudson
General Points of InterestIt is an academic course the expectation is that you can handle the reading & the rigor of the course.It requires maturity & self-discipline.It is FUN and FASCINATING.It is not lecture-based, nor will we be reading from the textbook in class.It is activity-based.It is up to you to read the material, to sharpen your knowledge, using the many tools that are available, and to ask good questions during allocated review classes.
FormatYou will be told, in advance, when each chapter will be covered.You must read the chapter & do the on-line practice quiz to prepare. The quiz results will be sent to my email address, so I will check your understanding & preparation. The quizzes are also meant as a study tool for you; if you are not successful, you will need to re-read the chapter, to study & to ask questions.
Class time will be spent doing relevant activities, watching videos and, on occasion, completing on-line activities. Chapters will be covered in 2-4 days. There will always be either an in-class quiz or in-class concept web (and sometimes both). They will not necessarily be announced in advance. The expectation is that when we start a chapter, you have read it & are able to write the quiz or complete the in-class activity (at any time).
At the completion of each unit, there will be a day for review. This will be done with a series of PowerPoint presentations. Any questions you have about the material should be asked at this time. The unit test will be the next day. These are worth significantly more than the chapter quizzes & concept webs (formative vs. summative).
The ChallengeStay on track; put in the necessary time at home to ensure you learn the material and can pass the tests.Keep the pace.Complete the research assignments on your own time; no time will be allocated for this in class.Request extra help when you need it.
The Pay-OffThere will be lots of time for fun & interactive activities, experiments & videos.This is a fascinating & relevant science that you can transfer into your personal life, and possibly into your future studies.Classes will be interactive & interesting.
AssessmentUnit Tests25%Midterm10%Final Exam20%
Research Assignments (4)25%Quizzes & Graphic Organizers 8%Journals & Assignments 7%
The Choice Is Yours...Flex Points: you can choose whether you want the remaining 5% to be allocated to the journal category or to the quiz category. The condition is that all work must be complete (all quizzes written & all journals submitted)
Methods DomainChapters 1, 2, 3 & 4Unit Test: October 5th. Chapter One: Sept 10Chapter Two: Sept 15Chapter Three: Sept 18Chapter Four: Sept 24
Biophysical DomainChapters 7, 9, 12 & 13.Unit Test: November 2Chapter 7 October 6Chapter 9 October 14Chapter 12 October 22Chapter 13 October 27
Cognitive DomainChapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25Unit Test: December 14Chapter 19 Nov 4Chapter 20 Nov 12Chapter 21 Nov 18Chapter 22 Nov 20Chapter 23 Nov 26Chapter 24 Dec 03Chapter 25 Dec 09
Variations DomainChapters 29, 30, 31, 34 & 35Will not be a unit test (rather, this material will be emphasized on the final exam, along with (of course) material from each domain.Chapter 29 Dec 15Chapter 30Jan 06Chapter 31Jan 11Chapter 34Jan 14Chapter 35Jan 19
Disclaimer Alert!These dates are subject to change and are meant to simply give you an idea of the pace and of the units of study.The expectation is that you have read each chapter prior to its start-date.I will inform you of any changes.
Pleased To Meet You...Name:Strengths - academic, interests, sports, personal skills, other? Why did you choose to take this class?What you are looking forward to, with respect to this course?What you are most worried about (if anything)?Do you have a part-time job? How many hours do you work?Do you have any plans for next year?
Companion Websitehttp://bcs.worthpublishers.com/thinkingaboutpsych2e/default.asp?s=&n=&i=&v=&o=&ns=0&uid=0&rau=0Here, you will find the online quizzes, review, simulations & links.Its a comprehensive site and should really help you as you learn the content of each chapter. I expect you to take the online quiz and to enter my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that your results are sent to me. You must do each quiz before we leave the chapter.
Wiki Page If you go to my wiki page, you will find up-to-date postings that include powerpoint presentations, details about assignments and helpful hints. There isnt an option to chat on this site, so please direct your questions to me during class time or email at email@example.com
Methods Domain assignments & journalsJournal topic on page 18 Journal topic on page 36Journal topic on page 50Journal topic on page 73Journal topic on page 91
Must complete three of the journals, as well as the what happened on your birthday assignment.Due on October 2nd.
Research AssignmentsMethods DomainComplete ONE of the following.Submit on October 7.Use APA format. Go to Owl Purdue & Citation Machine to familiarize yourself with this documenting format. There will be a tutorial (at noon) for those who need help.Be critical of the sources you find: no wiki, no free-for-all-googling. Try to find respectable, relevant research.Download the sample APA paper on Owl Purdue and use it as a model * this is not an option; I will not accept another format*
Guidelines Use 2-3 sources.Your paper should be a combination of the information you find in these sources & your own observations and insight.Information from the sources should be mostly paraphrased (from the original), but you will be expected to use between 2 and 5 direct quotes, as well.Length: 1) cover page, 2) abstract, 3) 3-4 pages (double spaced, 12 font) of content (use subheadings), 4) reference page
Mental-Health AwarenessResearch a mental illness that is prevalent in a typical high school population (depression, schizophrenia, ADD, other).Include the following: the prevalence of the disorder in high school populations (North America) compared to another population (you choose elementary school populations, nursing-home residents, white-collar workers, farmers, teachers, etc).Causes of the disorder, treatment options, early warning signs, and reasons for differences in the prevalence between different populations.
History & Perspectives: Research OptionResearch the life of a psychologist or scientist mentioned in this module. Focus your research on the following: was this persons childhood remarkable or predictive of his or her future success in psychology? Why or why not? What type of schooling did he or she receive? What interests outside of psychology did he or she pursue? Did these impact his or her research? What interesting facts made this person more real to you?
Nature & Nurture in PsychologyResearch (2-3) stories of twins separated at birth.Give a brief review of the individuals, the situation and the history.What similarities did the twins share? How were they different?How did each twin feel growing up? Did they sense they had a twin or did they lack a feeling of connection to their sibling?How did they feel when they were reunited with their twin?Does this story give any insight into the nature/nurture debate, in your opinion?
Nature & Nurture in Psychology IIResearch adoption laws in Canada.What do biological parents have to do to put up a child for adoption? Are they required to relinquish parental rights?How do adoptive parents apply for adoption? What restrictions exist to qualify as an adoptive parent?How long do biological parents have to reconsider their decision? What could happen if a biological parent didnt know of the birth of the child? Could he contest the adoption days, months, weeks, or even years later? Why or why not?What is the wait time for a potential adoptive parent?
When can adoptees learn of the details of their adoption? Can they know the identities of their biological parents? Why or why not?Does NB have safe haven laws? How do these affect adoptions?
Research AnimalsExplore what Canadian regulations exist to ensure animals are treated well in experimental laboratories.How big do the living quarters need to be for different types of animals? Why are there differences in sizes of living quarters?What is adequate ventilation?What, if any, recent (past decade) changes have occurred in Canada with respect to lab animals?Should more stringent measures be in place to protect animal rights? Why or why not?