Quick Links to pages for Psych3K8-1 (First 8-week Session)
Syllabus Psych Psytes Course Checklist
BlackBoard
Discussion List
Assignments
Rules
Chat Room
 Textbook
 Online Orientation
 Nichols' Home
 Chat Transcripts

Assignments By Chapter

Last Updated  1/5/2008

Updated for Spring, 2008

Assignment Requirements

The number of assignments per Exam Unit will vary.  The maximum credit for each Exam Unit is 15 points.

Exam Units 1 and 2 each require a specific assignment that will provide part of the credit for those units.  You may select one other assignment that will provide full credit for those units.  You may select which assignment you will complete for Exam Unit 3. 

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

There is a reason for all of the assignments that are listed.  With the exception of the Psychology on Meaningful Dates assignment (which has a different purpose), each one is intended to force the student to focus on material that I know has a high likelihood of appearing on the exams.  Although they do not have to be submitted, I would strongly advise you to do all of them as part of your study effort.

I would also suggest that you pretend that the "Absolute" deadlines are not even there.  Pretend that the "Guarantee" deadline is the only deadline.
 

Visit the Study Skills Bookmarks page and see what you can find that might maximize the chances of your success both in this course and college in general.  Also, you may find that as you learn the material, and especially as you prepare for the exams, the Games Psychologists Play page may be of some value to you.  Of course, the more you know and understand about psychology, the more useful and meaningful the games and humor become.

You should go ahead and become familiar with the tools that are available to help you search the web for useful material.  Read the MegaPsych article Searching the Web For Psychology-oriented Sites even if you think you already know how to do searches.

Whenever you write anything for this course that refers to information or resources that are available via the Internet, you will be expected to properly reference the source.  Read the MegaPsych Article Writing Psychology Reports ahead of time and familiarize yourself with how to properly cite the sources of material on the Internet.  The Example and Hints (E&H) page for the first assignment (Psychology on Meaningful Dates), which is required for everyone in this course, provides additional instruction and details about proper APA-style referencing.

You must also provide a proper reference for the textbook whenever it is the source of material used in the assignment.  The MegaPsych Article Writing Psychology Reports also addresses the proper format for citing the textbook.

Any assignment that does not include the necessary references, properly formatted, will automatically be rejected.

All assignments must include information from at least one Web site and the properly formatted reference(s).  All assignments must also include a summary of any relevant material related to the topic from the textbook and the properly formatted reference for the textbook.  If the topic is not addressed at all in the textbook, a statement to that effect would be appropriate.  A properly formatted reference for the textbook must be included in the list of references.  See More on Writing Psychology Reports for additional explanation and details about the minimum references.

You may use sites other than those I specify.  However, I have screened the sites I provide and can generally vouch for the quality of information at most of them.  If you find that a site I list has been moved or is otherwise no longer accessable, search the Web (the names and descriptions might be useful to you) and try to find where that material is now or locate a worthy substitute site that you can use.  Exercise caution at other sites.  That it is there does not necessarily mean that it is accurate information.

The use of sources that I do not have ready access to ("for-fee" sites, other books or journals, etc.) is prohibited.
 


Unit 1
Fifteen points are required for this exam unit.  "Psychology on Meaningful Dates" is required.  Select an additional assignment for the remaining 5 points.

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Wednesday night, January 16.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Friday night, January 18.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #1    January 19 - 21
 

Chapter 1

Introduction to Psychology

Online/OffLine:      Textbook: Read Chapter 1
Online:       Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 1

OnLine: Read the MegaPsych Article Exploring the History of Psychology and explore the listed sites.

OnLine: Visit the History of Psychology Bookmarks page and the sites listed.
Psychology on Meaningful Dates:  Visit Warren Street's Today in the History of Psychology.  Find out what happened in the history of psychology on today's date, your birthday, and one other date that is significant to you.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Psychology on Meaningful Dates
Point Value: 10

OnLine: Visit the Famous Figures in Psychology Bookmarks page and explore some of the sites listed.
More on (Fill in the name of the Psychologist):  Pick one of the famous psychologists discussed in Chapter 1, explore the sites listed for that psychologist (or other sites that you locate), and list ten things about that psychologist that were not revealed by Franzoi in this chapter.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: More on (Fill in the name of the Psychologist)
Point Value: 5 points

A Day in the Life of a (Fill in the specialty) Psychologist:  Imagine that you are a _______ psychologist (any specialty other than Clinical or Counseling).  Describe, in detail, a "typical" work day as you imagine it would be.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: A Day in the Life of a (Fill in the specialty) Psychologist
Point Value: 5 points

Perspectives in Psychology:  Write a brief essay about the major contemporary perspectives in psychology.  Which do you favor?  Why?  Which do you think is least useful? Why?
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Perspectives in Psychology
Point Value: 5 points
 
 

Chapter 2
The Vehicle for Psychological Discovery

Online/OffLine:      Textbook: Read Chapter 2
Online:       Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 2

OnLine: Visit the Research Online Bookmarks page and explore some of the sites listed.  You are not required to participate in any studies just take a look at some of the studies that are identified as  an "experiment", see if you think they fit the description of an experiment (according to Franzoi), and if not, try determine what kind of studies they actually are.

OnLine: Visit the Science of Psychology Bookmarks page and explore some of the sites listed.

OnLine:  Read the MegaPsych Article Designing An Experiment.
Designing an Experiment:  Design an experiment that will answer the following question: "Who will learn more about psychology, students enrolled in this course or those in a traditionally taught on-campus class?"
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Designing an Experiment
Point Value: 5 points

OnLine: Visit the Ethical Issues in Psychology Bookmarks page and explore some of the sites listed (especially the APA's Ethical Guidelines).
Ethics:  List two ethical guidelines that psychologists are obliged to follow that Franzoi does not mention.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:  Ethics
Point Value: 5 points
 

OnLine: Visit the Analysis of Data Bookmarks page and explore some of the sites listed.
Dubious Data:  Visit the STATS site and check out the Dubious Data Awards.  Over the next few days, watch the newspaper, news reports, news magazines, etc., for additional candidates for the Dubious Data Awards for 1998. Cite the source, report the statistics, and explain why you think the statistics data produce an inaccurate picture.    Optional: Submit your candidate to STATS.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:  Dubious Data
Point Value: 5 points
 
 

Chapter 3

Biological Bases of Behavior

Online/OffLine:      Textbook: Read Chapter 3
Online:       Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 3

OnLine: Visit the Physiology Bookmarks page and explore some of the sites listed.
Neural Transmission:  Describe the transmission of neural impulses, both within and between neurons.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:  Neural Transmission
Point Value: 5 points
 

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Wednesday night, January 16.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Friday night, January 18.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #1    January 19 - 21


Unit 2
Fifteen points are required for this exam unit.  "Animal Classical Conditioning" or "Human Classical Conditioning" is required.  Select an additional assignment for the remaining 5 points.

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Thursday night, January 31.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Saturday night, February 2.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #2    February 3 - 5
 

Chapter 7

Learning

Online/OffLine:      Textbook: Read Chapter 7
Online:       Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 7

OnLine: Visit the Learning Theory Bookmarks page, and visit the listed sites.
Animal Classical Conditioning:  Describe how you would use classical conditioning to change an animal's behavior, using a specific behavior.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:  Animal Classical Conditioning
Point Value: 10 points

Animal Operant Conditioning:  Describe how you would use operant conditioning to change an animal's behavior, using a specific behavior.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:  Animal Operant Conditioning
Point Value: 5 points

Human Classical Conditioning: Describe how you would use classical conditioning to change a person's behavior or emotional response, using a specific behavior or emotional response.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:  Human Classical Conditioning
Point Value: 10 points

Human Operant Conditioning: Describe how you would use operant conditioning to change a person's behavior, using a specific behavior.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:  Human Operant Conditioning
Point Value: 5 points

Human (specify Classical or Operant) Conditioning II: Describe how you would eliminate a classically or operantly conditioned behavior in a human being.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:   Human (specify Classical or Operant) Conditioning II
Point Value: 5 points
 
 

Chapter 8

Memory

Online/OffLine:      Textbook: Read Chapter 8
Online:       Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 8

OnLine: Visit the Memory Bookmarks page, and visit the listed sites.
Learning the URL: Describe the memory processes involved in learning the URL for this page.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Learning the URL
Point Value: 5 points

OnLine: Visit the Study Skills Bookmarks page, and visit the listed sites.
Improving Study Skills:  Describe how you might improve your study skills by using psychological principles.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Improving Study Skills
Point Value: 5 points

OnLine: Read the MegaPsych Article "Could a Child Lie About Such Things?" and visit the listed sites.
Jury Duty:  You are seated on a jury.  Someone is on trial for sexually abusing a child.  The only evidence is the statements of the child, and expert witnesses.  There were no witnesses present when the alleged event took place, and there is no physical evidence offered by the prosecution.  How do you vote?  Why?
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:  Jury Duty
Point Value: 5 points
 
 

Chapter 10

Intelligence

Online/OffLine:      Textbook: Read Chapter 10
Online:       Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 10

OnLine: Read MegaPsych Article Psychological Testing on the Web and visit the listed sites.

OnLine: Visit the Intelligence and Assessment Bookmarks page, and visit the listed sites.
Intelligence Testing: Visit the Barbarian's Intelligence Tests page.  Select one of the free "intelligence tests", take it, and find out how you score on that test.  Write up a brief report of that test (what elements of intelligence it is measuring, what types of intelligence are measured, how appropriate you think that test is for measuring "intelligence").
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Intelligence Testing
Point Value: 5 points

Intelligence Testing II: Visit the Barbarian's Intelligence Tests page.  Select a second free "intelligence test", take it, and find out how you score on that test.  Write up a brief report of that test (what elements of intelligence it is measuring, what types of intelligence are measured, how appropriate you think that test is for measuring "intelligence") and compare the results with the results of the test you used for Assignment 1.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Intelligence Testing II
Point Value: 5 points
 

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Thursday night, January 31.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Saturday night, February 2.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #2    February 3 - 5


Unit 3
Fifteen points are required for this exam unit.  No specific assignment is required.

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Friday night, February 15.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Sunday night, February 17.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

Exam #3   February 18 - 20
 
 

Chapter 12

Personality

Online/OffLine:      Textbook: Read Chapter 12
Online:       Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 12

OnLine: Read the MegaPsych Article Psychological Testing on the Web and visit the listed sites.

OnLine: Visit the Personality Theory and Assessment Bookmarks page and the listed sites.
Personality Testing:  Visit the Barbarian's Personality Tests page.  Select one of the free "personality tests", take it, and find out how you score on that test.  Write up a brief report of that test (what elements of personality it is measuring, what types of personality characteristics are measured, how appropriate you think that test is for measuring the personality characteristics).
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Personality Testing
Point Value: 15
 
This assignment, previously a required assignment for all students in this course, is no longer a required assignment.  The site now charges for the test, and I do not think it is fair to require an assignment that involves additional, unexpected costs to the student.  If you are willing to pay the charge (it is not a high charge), you may do the assignment.  I hope to, at some time in the future, be able to get the cost waived for my students or to have TCC absorb the cost because the test and analysis is very instructive, and the concepts tested are (I believe) of particular value.

OnLine: Visit Cyberia Shrink's site.

Locus of Control and Attributional Style Inventory Results:  Select the Locus of Control and Attributional Style Inventory.  Complete the inventory and examine the results.  Note the five individual scores that are reported. 
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Locus of Control and Attributional Style Inventory Results
Point Value: 15


 

Chapter 13

Psychological Disorders

Online/OffLine:      Textbook: Read Chapter 13
Online:       Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 13

OnLine: Visit the Psychological Disorders Bookmarks page, and visit some of the listed sites that are of interest to you.
Psychological Disorders (Name of disorder):  Select any single, specific disorder and find out as much as you can about it.  What are the essential features of that disorder?  How does it differ from normal behavior?  What kinds of psychologists might treat that disorder?  Compare what you read on the web with what the textbook says about that disorder, and with the information about that disorder at Mental HealthNet, or one of the other good sites shown on the Psychological Disorders Bookmarks page.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line:  Psychological Disorders (Name of disorder)
Point Value: 15
 
 

Chapter 14

Methods of Therapy

Online/OffLine:      Textbook: Read Chapter 14
Online:       Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 14

OnLine: Visit the Psychotherapy and Psychotherapists Bookmarks page, and visit the listed sites.
( Fill in the name of the therapy ) Therapy:  Select any specific type of therapy and find out as much as you can about it.  What are the basic theoretical ideas underlying that therapy?  What are the specific elements of that type of therapy that makes it different from other types of therapy?  What kinds of psychologists might employ that therapy method?  Compare what you read on the web with what the textbook says about that therapy method.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: ( Fill in the name of the therapy ) Therapy
Point Value: 15

OnLine: Visit the Psychotherapy and Psychotherapists Bookmarks page, and visit the listed sites.
Therapy for ( Fill in the name of the disorder ):  Using the disorder you selected in the assignment for Chapter 15, determine the most suitable therapy/therapies for treating that disorder.  Describe the therapy method, and indicate the likely outcome.  Address any dangers associated with using that therapy method.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Therapy for ( Fill in the name of the disorder )
Point Value: 15

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Friday night, February 15.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Sunday night, February 17.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

Exam #3   February 18 - 20


There are no new assignments or quizzes for the Final Exam period.  There will probably be a new QoW, which will probably be due by Midnight, Sunday night, February 24If you earned the right to R&R unacceptable assignments by submitting assignments by the Guarantee Deadline, the deadline for resubmitting assignments will probably be Midnight, Sunday night, February 24.

FINAL EXAM    February 25 - 27



 
 

Quick Links to pages for Psych3K8 (First 8-week Session)

Syllabus Psych Psytes Course Checklist
BlackBoard
Discussion List
Assignments
Rules
Chat Room
 Textbook
 Online Orientation
 Nichols' Home
 Chat Transcripts

 
 
The proper APA-style reference format for this page should look like:

Nichols, J. W. (2008, January 5). Assignments for Psych3K   (1st 8-week section), Spring,2008.  Retrieved January 30, 2008, from http://www.tulsa.oklahoma.net/~jnichols/Assignments_8wk.html