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Course Learning Outcomes

The design of the course begins with a textbook, itself a deliberately abbreviated edition. Reading and understanding the content of the textbook will prepare you for Quizzes (sets of multiple-choice items that are computer-administered and scored) and Application Activities (short essays that you will author). There will be midcourse and final examinations consisting of multiple-choice items and short essays. The major project will be a topical essay that you will develop through an outline and three drafts. These assignments will assist you in meeting the learning outcomes of the course designated by the psychology department:

  1. Critical thinking. Students will demonstrate critical-thinking skills by comparing and contrasting the basic assumptions regarding human nature that have traditionally guided and shaped the various schools of contemporary psychological thought.
  2. Implications. Students will identify and evaluate various implications of these basic assumptions about human nature relative to both theory and practice in contemporary psychology.
  3. Identify major figures and schools of thought. Students will identify major figures and schools of thought that have made substantial historical and conceptual contributions to contemporary psychology.
  4. Reasoned position. Students will express reasoned positions on some of the enduring questions, issues, and concerns of the discipline of psychology, positions that are faithful to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Course Materials

The required textbook is Benjamin, Jr., L. T. (2014). A brief history of modern psychology (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Wiley. The textbook is also available as an e-text (ISBN: 9781118803608). .

You will also need access to a copy of B. F. Skinner's Walden Two. You can use any version of you would like. There are many used copies available online for only a few dollars, or free from your local library.

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The graded components of the course are:

In addition, the course includes a pair of extra-credit opportunities worth a total of 50 points.

Note: Please submit all your written assignments as Word .DOC or .DOCX files using this naming convention: PSYCH210_JaneSmith_ApplicationActivity1.docx.

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You will complete a midcourse and a final examination.

You must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.

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The total number of possible points is apportioned as follows:

Item Points
11 Quizzes 110 (10 each)
5 Application Activities 100 (20 each)
Midcourse Exam 40
Topical Essay

  • Proposal
  • Initial Draft
  • Intermediate Draft
  • Final Draft
170 total

  • 10
  • 30
  • 30
  • 100
Final Exam 60
Total 480

Grade Scale

Your letter grade is based on these percentages:

A 100%–93%
A− 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B− 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C− 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D− 62%–60%
E (fail) 59%–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

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