PSYC 210 (A01) - Conceptual Foundations of Psychology - Breuer

PSYC 210 (A01) - Conceptual Foundations of Psychology - Breuer
PSYCHOLOGY 210 (A01): Conceptual Foundations of Psychology
Fall semester of Winter 2014 Session (Sept-Dec)
Lectures: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:30-10:20 a.m., David Turpin Building A120
Instructor: Andreas Breuer, [email protected], Cornett A216
Phone: 250-853-3787 (during office hours only)
Office hours: Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Mario Baldassari, [email protected]
Required Materials
Text
C. James Goodwin. A History of Modern Psychology (4th ed). Wiley. ISBN 9781118011454.
The content and exams for this course will be based on the 4th edition, which may differ in organization and detail
from earlier editions (e.g., the 3rd, which is/was available at SUBText). If you decide to use the 3rd, you are
responsible for identifying any differences.
For the first day of classes, go ahead and read pages xv-xvi of the Preface.
iClicker
Available at the UVic Bookstore. Both Generation 1 and Generation 2 are acceptable for this course. Register your
iClicker at http://www.uvic.ca/iclickerreg and for more info see below and/or http://elearning.uvic.ca/iclicker/
students.
Course Objectives
In this course we will explore the conceptual and historical development of psychological science. We will critically
examine the assumptions, methodologies, theories, and ideas associated with Psychology’s attempts to understand
ourselves. We will learn about the thinkers, scientists, and social movements that have together influenced the
subject matter and structure of the emerging discipline of Psychology. An understanding of this history will provide
you with a wider perspective when evaluating the current diversity of the discipline and the latest research.
Keys to Success
In order to get the most out of this course, keep up with material as we go along. The outline of the topics that will
be posted on the CourseSpaces website will be a rough guide to the material covered and associated textbook
chapter, but at the end of each lecture I will let you know which pages in the textbook we will touch on – try your
best to do the assigned readings before the lecture, which will prepare you to discuss the ideas introduced so that
you can come to class with questions you might have and be more actively engaged. If you are having any trouble
understanding the course material, contact me as soon as possible so that you don’t get too far behind. Additionally,
get in touch with other students (e.g., on the course website forum) with any questions or difficulties you might
have.
Though the lectures will primarily expand and elaborate on material covered in the textbook, I will also discuss
issues not covered there (e.g., scientific method, gender and cultural perspectives), so it is important to attend the
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lectures. After each lecture, I will post the slides on the course website, which will allow you to review the material.
Reviewing the slides immediately after each lecture is a great way to rehearse what was taught and identify
concepts you might have had trouble with.
CourseSpaces Website
Course-related announcements and updates (e.g., latest grades) will be posted on the course website, so check it
regularly. I’ll often refer to the website to let you know if important information has been posted.
The website will also be useful as a way for students to participate outside of the lectures. For example, a forum will
be added to allow students to discuss any specific problems they have with the course material in order to enlist the
help of other students.
Another forum will be added for students to briefly describe any encounter (e.g., that you read in the news or learnt
about through first-/secondhand experience) with professional psychology in a situation where we might not expect
psychology to have a role. The more students contribute to this forum, the more we will all be able to see how
professional psychology has popped up in many areas of society (e.g., personality tests for job hires, sports teams
hiring psychologists to cope with the additional pressure of championship games).
Assessment Techniques
iClicker Info and Participation/Quizzes
There will be an iClicker quiz nearly every lecture (but not in the first week of classes) and will count for
participation, i.e., merely completing the quiz will give you full participation marks. Each quiz will consist of a few
questions at the start of the lecture (based on the assigned readings or previous lecture) and a few questions
throughout the lecture (based on the material as it’s being taught). This frequent testing (without the pressure to get
a high score) will encourage you to attend the lecture and complete the assigned readings, serve as another refresher
of course material, and help students identify concepts they might be having trouble with (and so can focus on in
preparation for tests). NOTE: You may miss 2 iClicker quizzes and still receive full credit – any additional missed
quizzes will need to be excused with valid documentation (as with missed tests).
An iClicker looks like a remote control; I pose a multiple-choice question, you press a button to indicate
your choice, and your answer is recorded and linked to your student number. You can purchase a new or used
iClicker at the UVIC bookstore, or you may be able to buy (or borrow or rent?) an iClicker from another student.
Two students can share an iClicker provided they do not both have classes that require the iClicker in the same time
block (i.e., a given iClicker can be used by only one student at any given time; thus two students cannot share an
iClicker in one class). Many large classes at UVic use iClickers so although you can sell your iClicker after this
class, you may want to keep it for use in in future classes.
Visit http://elearning.uvic.ca/iclicker/students#registering_clicker for detailed instructions on how to register your
iClicker. If you forget to register, just keep coming to class and using your iClicker; my computer will keep track of
your responses (by iClicker number) and once you register your iClicker it will associate your past responses with
your ID. The new model iClicker 2 has a little screen, and the unit’s serial number is displayed when the unit is
first turned on. The original model iClickers is no longer sold by the bookstore, but if you already have one or
acquire one from another source you can use it in this class. These older models have LEDs: A green LED indicates
that your response was received by my computer, a red LED indicates a problem. There is also the option of using a
smart phone, laptop, etc., using the iClicker GO app; you can get a subscription of 6 months or up to 4 years. Note
that if you use this GO option there is a chance that your data might be stored in the US and hence could, in
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principle, be accessed by the US government; also, there is some chance that there will be a delay between you
making a response and me receiving it (I have no prior experience with the GO app). [Last two paragraphs
borrowed from Dr. Lindsay’s Psyc 201 Course Outline.]
Tests
There are three tests. Tests will be multiple choice and written answer format (e.g., fill in the blanks, answers of a
few sentences). The tests will count 15% towards the final grade.
Test Dates: September 30, October 28, November 28.
Final Exam
The final examination will count 35% toward the final grade and is cumulative. Questions will include multiple
choice, as well as written answer, and will be similar in format to the tests (but longer).
Final Exam Date: TBD
Percentage Weight
iClicker Quizzes
20 %
Test 1
15 %
Test 2
15 %
Test 3
15 %
Final Exam
35 %
Total 100 %
Bonus credit up to 2%
Students will receive a score for each listed component, which will be weighted according to the corresponding
percentage and summed to determine your total score. The total score will be converted to a letter grade as follows:
90 and up = A+; 85 to 89 = A; 80 to 84 = A-; 77 to 79 = B+; 73 to 76 = B; 70 to 72 = B-; 65 to 69 = C+; 60 to 64 =
C; 50 to 59 = D; 0 to 49 = F. Final grades will be rounded to the nearest decimal point and rounded up from .5
(e.g., 89.4 = A, 89.5 = A+).
Extra Credit for Research Participation
You may earn up to 2 points of extra credit by participating in research projects posted on the Research Participation
System website http://uvic.sona-systems.com/. You will earn 0.5 points for each 30 minutes (or portion thereof).
Extra credit will be added to your final score (e.g., if you had an 84 in the course, and earned 2 points, you would
get an 86 and so get an A instead of an A-). Participating in these research projects will provide a glimpse into some
of the workings of psychology and expose you to upper-level students (ask them any questions you like about their
research!).
If you have trouble using the research bonus point system, please contact [email protected]
Other Matters
Missed iClicker Quizzes, Tests, and Final Exam
One iClicker quiz will be dropped without the need for an excused absence. Additional missed quizzes need to be
excused (with valid documentation) and will lead to dropping the missed quiz and increasing the weight of the other
quizzes.
Missed tests (other than the final exam) will receive a score of zero unless I receive satisfactory written evidence
within two weeks that the absence was due to personal illness or accident, family affliction, or official University
activity.
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If you miss the final exam then go to Records Services and complete and submit a “Request for Academic
Concession,” normally within 10 working days of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will
forward the form to me. If I grant the concession, I will determine how to deal with the situation (for example, a
deferred exam).
Prerequisites
The course prerequisites are PSYC 100A and 100B. Students who remain in courses for which they do not have the
prerequisites do so at their own risk. Students who complete a course without meeting the prerequisites for that
course ARE NOT exempt from having to complete the prerequisite course(s) if such courses are required for the
degree program.
Registration Status
Students on the wait list who meet the course prerequisites will be added to the course from the wait list in the order
listed. If on the waitlist, make sure you check your email that is listed as Preferred by UVic, as offers to register will
be sent to this email and you have 24 hours to respond to the offer.
Students are responsible for verifying their registration status. Registration status may be verified using My Page,
View Schedule. Course adds and drops will not be processed after the deadlines set out in the current UVic
Calendar. Keep in mind the various deadlines:
Course Drop Deadlines. For the fall semester, the last day for dropping a course with a 100% fee reduction
is 16 September; with a 50% fee reduction, 7 October; without penalty of failure, 31 October.
Course Add Deadline. The last day to add a course that begins this term is 19 September. Add the course
asap if you are going to take it.
Students with Disabilities
If a disability makes it difficult for you to write exams or perform other course tasks, please complete the Exam
Accommodation Request form (available from the Resource Centre for Students with Disabilities) and submit it to
me within the first two weeks of the course. A referral from the RCSD is required in order to receive exam
accommodations. See http://rcsd.uvic.ca/academic_accom.ihtml for more information.
Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity
The University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive and supportive and safe
learning and working environment for all its members. If you qualify for a special accommodations please let me
know and I will do my best to be helpful.
Questions/Problems
I want you to come see me during office hours if you need help or just to chat about the course. If you have a
concern about the marking of a test, please first review your notes and the text etc. to try to understand the marking
on your own. If that doesn’t work, then please check with the TA via email. If after talking with the TA you are still
not satisfied, then please contact me via email or during my office hours. If you need help understanding the
material presented in the text or lecture, you can contact me during office hours or via email.
Plagiarism and Cheating
Please consult and abide by the policy on plagiarism and cheating, found in the UVic calendar at http://web.uvic.ca/
calendar2014/FACS/UnIn/UARe/PoAcI.html
UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA
Department of Psychology
Important Course Policy Information
Winter 2014-2015
Prerequisites
Students who remain in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites do so at their own
risk. Students who complete courses without prerequisites ARE NOT exempt from having to
complete the prerequisite course(s) if such courses are required for the degree program.
Program Requirements
For more information see pages 215-217 of the UVic Calendar 2014-15.
Registration Status
Students are responsible for verifying their registration status. Registration status may be
verified using My Page, View Schedule. Course adds and drops will not be processed after the
deadlines set out in the current UVic Calendar.
Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity
The University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive and
supportive and safe learning and working environment for all its members.
In the Event of Illness, Accident or Family Affliction (See UVic Calendar, 2014-15, p. 35)
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What to do if you miss an exam other than one scheduled during the formal examination period
Do not apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”. Instead submit
documentation of the illness, accident or family affliction directly to your course instructor (or
designated teaching assistant).
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What to do if you miss an exam scheduled during the formal exam period
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10 working days
of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will forward the form to the
instructor. If the concession is granted the instructor will determine how to deal with the situation
(for example, a deferred exam). Where a concession is not applied for or where such application is
denied, an N grade will be entered on the student’s academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
http://www.uvic.ca/registrar/home/news/current/academic-concession-forms.php
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What to do if you require additional time to complete course requirements
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10 working days
of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will forward the form to the
instructor. If the concession is granted the instructor will determine how to deal with the situation.
Where a concession is not applied for or where such application is denied, an N grade will be
entered on the student’s academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
http://www.uvic.ca/registrar/home/news/current/academic-concession-forms.php
Policy on Academic Integrity including Plagiarism and Cheating
The Department of Psychology fully endorses and intends to enforce rigorously the Senate Policy on
Academic integrity (http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2014/FACS/UnIn/UARe/PoAcI.html , p. 32-34, UVic
Calendar 2014-15). It is of utmost importance that students who do their work honestly be protected
from those who do not. Because this policy is in place to ensure that students carry out and benefit
from the learning activities assigned in each course, it is expected that students will cooperate in its
implementation.
The offences defined by the policy can be summarized briefly as follows:
1. Plagiarism. You must make sure that the work you submit is your work and not someone
else’s. There are proper procedures for citing the works of others. The student is responsible
for being aware of and using these procedures.
2. Multiple Submission. Only under exceptional circumstances may a work submitted to fulfill an
academic requirement be used to satisfy another similar requirement. The student is responsible
for clarifying this with the instructor(s) involved.
3. Falsifying Materials Subject to Academic Evaluation. This includes falsification of data,
use of commercially prepared essays, using information from the Internet without proper
citation, citing sources from which material is not actually obtained, etc.
4. Cheating on Assignments, Tests, and Examinations. You may not copy the work of others
in or out of class; you may not give your work to others for the purpose of copying; you may not
use unauthorized material or equipment during examinations or tests; and you may not
impersonate or allow yourself to be impersonated by another at an examination. The
Department of Psychology has a policy of not making old examinations available for study
purposes. Therefore, use of old exams without the express written permission of the instructor
constitutes cheating by the user, and abetting of cheating by the person who provided the exam.
5. Being an Accessory to Offences. This means that helping another student to cheat (for
instance, by showing or communicating to them answers to an assignment, or by allowing them
to view answers on an exam) is an academic offence.
Instructors are expected to make every effort to prevent cheating and plagiarism. This may include the
assignment of seating for examinations, asking students to move during examinations, requests to see
student identification cards, and other measures as appropriate. Instructors also have available to them
a variety of tools and procedures to check for Internet and electronic media-based cheating. In
instances of suspected or actual plagiarism or cheating, instructors, following prescribed procedures, are
authorized to take steps consistent with the degree of the offence. These measures will range from a
zero on the test or assignment or a failing grade for the course, probation within a program to
temporary or even permanent suspension from the University.
Rights of Appeal are described in the Policy on Academic Integrity in the University calendar (on p. 3234 in 2014-15).
The definitive source for information on Academic Integrity is the University Calendar (p. 32-34 in
2014-15) (http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2014/FACS/UnIn/UARe/PoAcI.html)
Other useful resources on Plagiarism and Cheating include:
1. The Learning Skills program: http://www.coun.uvic.ca/learning/index.html
2. The Ombudsperson’s office: http://www.uvss.uvic.ca/ombudsperson/pubsguides/plagiarism.pdf
3. The English Department: http://web.uvic.ca/wguide/Pages/CitPlagiarism.html
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