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SPC PSYT 2303 - Social Psychology

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1 Reese Campus Course Syllabus “Not everybody’s life is what they make it. Some people’s life is what other people make it.” --- Alice Walker COURSE: Social Psychology PSYT-2303(200) (3:3:0) SEMESTER: Spring 2012 CLASS TIMES: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:15 , RM 516 INSTRUCTOR: Mollie McCook-Melton M.Ed OFFICE: Program Coordinator and Professor Applied Rehabilitation Psychology Allied Health Department Chairperson OFFICE: South Plains College Reese Campus Building 5 Office 514 528 Gilbert Drive Lubbock, TX 79416 OFFICE HOURS: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 11:00-12:30 10:00-11:00 9:30-12:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-12:00 3:00-4:00 By individual appointment or office hours OFFICE PHONE: (806) 716-4652 E-MAIL: [email protected] “South Plains College improves each student’s life.” GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION COURSE DESCRIPTION A study of social perception, social influence, and social relations on individual and group interactions. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Measurement / Assessment Tool Students will: Acquire knowledge and a conceptual understanding of social perception, social influence, and social relations on individual and group interactions Section objective and essay examinations Comprehensive final examination Class attendance Demonstrate an understanding of how social phenomena influence us and how people interact with others and relate to situational contexts of individuals with a variety of intellectual, emotional, and physical differences. Case assessment activities Three (3) reactions papers on social perception, social influence, and social relations. (Refer to evaluation methods for assessment measures)2 COURSE OBJECTIVES - Outline form (correlated to Scans and Foundations Skills) COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of the course, the student will: 1. Have an understanding of social perception as related to self-concept and perception of persons and groups. (C5) 2. Demonstrate, in writing, practical application in the area of social perception. (C6,C7,C4,C14,C12) 3. Have a working knowledge of attitudes and conformity, and the relationships of these phenomena with the process of social influence. (C4-7) 4. Have an understanding of the processes and research associated with attraction and close relationships.(C-5) 5. Describe the various factors that affect helping.(C-5) 6. Have an understanding of the theories of aggression(C15) 7. Discuss the arousal-affect model of aggression.(F1,F7) 8. Discuss the various factors that affect conformity.(F7,F8) 9. Describe two predictive aspects of attitudes.(F1,F8) 10. Explain how the presence of others affects performance on easy and hard tasks. (F1,F8) 11. Participate in scheduled simulated activities. (F13,14,17) EVALUATION METHODS During the course of the semester, there will be no make-up examinations. The student has the option (for any reason) to not take one (1) examination. If the student selects this option, their final examination will be assigned a value of 40% of the total grade and examinations will be assigned a value of 30% of the total grade. Examinations will be a combination of objective and discussion questions. Please note that the final exam is comprehensive and based on the course requirements, competencies, and objectives. The student is responsible for all the material covered during the semester. METHODS OF EVALUATION: MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF COURSE COMPETENCIES 1. Regular class attendance. 2. Active participation by students during class. 3. Comprehensive final exam. 4. Successful completion of the three assigned reaction papers. 5. Successful completion of PSYT-1309, PSYT-2331, PSYT – 1375, and PSYT-1332. 5. Successful completion of course requirements and objectives with a grade of 75 or higher on all evaluation and assessment methods. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY It is the aim of the faculty of South Plains College to foster a spirit of complete honesty and a high standard of integrity. The attempt of any student to present as his or her own any work which he or she has not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration as a most serious offense and renders the offender liable to serious consequences, possibly suspension. Cheating - Dishonesty of any kind on examinations or on written assignments, illegal possession of examinations, the use of unauthorized notes during an examination, obtaining information during an examination from the textbook or from the examination paper of another student, assisting others to cheat, alteration of grade records, illegal entry or unauthorized presence in the office are examples of cheating. Complete honesty is required of the student in the presentation of any and all phases of coursework. This applies to quizzes of whatever length, as well as final examinations, to daily reports and to term papers. Plagiarism - Offering the work of another as one's own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from themes, reports or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism.3 SCANS and FOUNDATION SKILLS Refer also to Course Objectives. SCANS and Foundation Skills attached. VERIFICATION OF WORKPLACE COMPETENCIES - This course offers theoretical perspectives on social psychology and supports learning experiences during student field placements. SPECIFIC COURSE INFORMATION TEXT AND MATERIALS Current text is Social Psychology. 2011, by Saul M. Kassin, Steven Fein, & Hazel Rose Markus. (Eighth edition) ATTENDANCE POLICY The student is required to make up any class work missed due to an absence. There are no excused absences. Please refer to the South Plains College General Catalog (2011-2012) pp20, for specific policies on classroom attendance. The advantages of attending every class and reading the text cannot be overemphasized. ASSIGNMENT POLICY The student is required to submit three (3) journal articles, with a summary, on the following topics: Articles will be selected by the


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