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DYNAMICS  OF  PERSONAL  ADJUSTMENT  

CEP  260  SECTION  003    SPRING  2010  
Tuesdays,  9:10-­‐12:00  p.m.   Bessey  Hall  Room  314     Instructor:     Office:     Office  Hours:     Office  Phone:     Email:     Course  Website:      

           

Andy  Saltarelli   401-­‐C  Erickson  Hall   By  appointment   (517)  432-­‐0843  (leave  message  with  Ethel)   saltarel@msu.edu   http://angel.msu.edu    

  Course  Description   The  purpose  of  this  course  is  to  critically  examine  how  individuals  adjust  to  and  interact  with  their   personal  and  social  environments.  The  course  will  introduce  relevant  theory,  research,  and  practice   related  to  adjustment,  while  providing  a  better  understanding  of  the  dynamics  operating  within  yourself   and  in  your  interactions  with  others.  Within  this  framework,  topics  such  as  personality,  mental  health,   communication,  cultural  diversity,  love,  relationships,  and  sexuality  will  be  examined.       Course  Goals   Students  will:   1. Become  familiar  with  research  and  theory  related  to  the  psychology  of  adjustment.   2. Acquire  and  expand  interpersonal  and  intrapersonal  knowledge  as  related  to  adjustment  topics.   3. Learn  concepts  in  a  way  that  is  personally  meaningful  and  applicable.   4. Enhance  critical  thinking  skills  and  improve  written  and  verbal  communication  skills.     Course  Website   The  course  syllabus  and  major  projects  are  posted  on  the  Angel  website  (http://angel.msu.edu).  The   website  will  also  have  guidelines  and  instructions  for  projects  and  online  activities.  It  is  your   responsibility  to  check  the  site  on  a  regular  basis  as  I  will  post  announcements  and  will  occasionally  ask   that  you  print  documents  prior  to  class.         Required  Text   Weiten,  W.,  Lloyd,  M.A.,  Dunn,  D.S.,  Hammer,  E.Y.  (2008).  Psychology  applied  to  modern  life:   Adjustment  in  the  21st  Century  (9th  ed.).  Belmont,  CA:  Wadsworth.       Pulver,  J.,  &  Weiten,  W.    (2008).  Personal  Explorations  Workbook  for  Weiten/Lloyd's  Psychology   Applied  to  Modern  Life:    Adjustment  in  the  21st  century.    Belmont,  CA:    Thomson/Wadsworth.       Supplementary  readings  will  be  available  and  posted  on  the  Angel  website  (http://angel.msu.edu).          

COURSE  REQUIREMENTS     Class  Discussion  and  Participation  (75  pts.)   It  is  expected  that  you  come  to  class  having  read  the  required  readings  and  prepared  to  participate   during  all  class  discussions  and  activities.  Listening  to  peers  and  engaging  in  discussion  is  an  integral  part   of  the  learning  experience,  and  it  your  responsibility  to  ask  questions,  provide  appropriate  comments,   and  encourage  peers  to  be  engaged  in  this  experience.  Every  week,  I  will  evaluate  your  participation  out   of  a  possible  5  points  per  day.    Students  will  be  allowed  one  excused  absence.    There  will  be  no  other   opportunities  to  make-­‐up  participation  points.     In-­‐Class  Daily  Assignments  (60  pts.)   In  the  majority  of  class  sessions,  short  quizzes  or  response  questions  will  be  given  related  to  assigned   readings  and  in-­‐class  material.  I  will  evaluate  your  quizzes  and/or  response  questions  out  of  a  possible  5   points  per  day.  It  is  essential  that  you  be  on  time  for  class  so  you  do  not  miss  the  quiz/assignment.  There   will  be  no  make-­‐up  assignments  permitted.     Homework  Assignments  (80  pts.)   There  are  also  four  small  homework  assignments  to  complete.  These  assignments  are  worth  20  points   each.  The  details  of  the  assignment  will  be  discussed  in  class  and  detailed  instructions  will  be  on  Angel.     Assignments  are  submitted  in  the  dropboxes  on  the  ANGEL  page  in  MS  Word  format         Current  Event  Presentation-­‐  Due  between  January  19  and  March  2  (sign  up  in  first  class)       Big  5  Personality  Quiz-­‐  Due  January  19     Breaking  a  Social  Norm  -­‐  Due  February  9   Gender  &  Toys  -­‐  Due  March  2     Writing  Assignment  (75  pts.)     There  is  one  writing  assignment  to  complete.  This  assignment  is  worth  75  points  and  students  may   choose  between  two  writing  prompts.    The  details  of  the  assignment  will  be  discussed  in  class  and   detailed  instructions  will  be  on  Angel.    Film  Character  Analysis  OR  Cultural  Event  Reflection  –  Due   March  30     Group  Presentations  (110  pts.)  –    April  20  and  27   The  topic  of  this  45-­‐minute  presentation  can  be  one  that  elaborates  upon  an  adjustment  issue  discussed   in  this  class,  or  one  that  has  not  been  covered.    Groups  are  to  present  accurate  information  that  is   congruent  with  present,  up-­‐to-­‐date  literature,  as  shown  by  citing  the  appropriate  source  while  talking  or   in  writing.    Groups  are  encouraged  to  use  a  variety  of  visual  aids  (posters,  videos,  PowerPoint,  etc)  while   detailing  how  the  information  is  applicable  to  our  lives.  The  presentations  are  scheduled  for  the  last  two   class  sessions.    Groups  will  be  assigned  in  class  and  a  summary  of  the  topic  should  be  written  up  and  put   in  the  Angel  drop  box.     Midterm  Exam  (75  pts)  –  February  23   An  examination  that  integrates  concepts  from  the  first  half  of  the  semester  (chapters  1-­‐7).  The  exam  will   consist  of  multiple  choice  and  short  answer  questions.     Final  Exam  (125  pts.)  –  FRIDAY,  May  7  from  7:45  –  9:45  a.m.   The  final  examination  will  take  place  during  finals  week.    This  assessment  will  cover  chapters  8-­‐16  and   will  consist  of  multiple  choice,  short  answer,  and  essay  questions.  

    GRADING     Assignment       Participation       In-­‐class  Assignments     Homework  Assignments   Writing  Assignment     Group  Presentation     Midterm  Exam       Final  Examination       Total                                 Points     564-­‐600   510-­‐563   480-­‐509   450-­‐479   420-­‐449   390-­‐419   360-­‐389   <  360                                                                             Points   75   60   80   75   110   75   125   600                                       My  Grade:   __________   __________   __________   __________   __________   __________   __________   __________  

 

 

                 

                 

%     94-­‐100     85-­‐93     80-­‐84     75-­‐79     70-­‐74     65-­‐69     60-­‐64     <  60    

                 

Final  Grade     4.0     3.5     3.0     2.5     2.0     1.5     1.0     0.0  

    COURSE  POLICIES   General:   • Students  are  expected  to  read  all  assigned  materials  before  class  each  week.   • Students  are  expected  to  attend  ALL  class  sessions.    Missing  class  and  late  arrivals  can  affect  depth   of  understanding  and  are  frequently  reflected  in  the  quality  of  written  analysis  and  in  the  overall   learning  experience.  Students  who  are  late  to  class  will  not  be  able  to  make-­‐up  the  daily   assignment  (e.g.  quizzes  or  quick  writes),  will  receive  a  0  for  the  assignment  and  will  be   deducted  2  points  for  participation.       • Students  who  cannot  attend  class  will  not  be  able  to  make  up  points  for  that  week.    In  the  case  of   an  emergency,  such  as  hospitalization  or  death  in  the  family,  students  are  to  contact  me  as  soon   as  possible  and  situations  will  be  handled  on  a  case-­‐by  case  basis.    If  a  student  misses  class,  it  is   not  the  responsibility  of  the  instructor  to  accommodate  the  student.   • Religious  observance.    Please  notify  me  in  advance  if  you  will  be  absent  from  class  to  observe  a   religious  holiday.     • Electronic  devices  (such  as  cell  phones,  iPods,  mp3s,  laptops,  etc.)  must  be  turned  off  and  put   away  before  class.  Not  only  are  these  devices  distracting  for  you,  your  classmates,  and  your   instructor,  but  use  of  text  messaging  or  instant  messaging  is  contrary  to  your  learning  experience.   Any  use  of  electronic  devices  will  result  in  deduction  of  participation  points.      

  Academic  Honesty:     Article  2.3.3  of  the  Academic  Freedom  Report  states  that  "the  student  shares  with  the  faculty  the   responsibility  for  maintaining  the  integrity  of  scholarship,  grades,  and  professional  standards."  In   addition,  this  class  adheres  to  the  policies  on  academic  honesty  as  specified  in  General  Student   Regulations  1.0,  Protection  of  Scholarship  and  Grades,  and  in  the  all-­‐University  Policy  on  Integrity  of   Scholarship  and  Grades,  which  are  included  in  Spartan  Life;  Student  Handbook  and  Resource  Guide.   Students  who  commit  acts  of  academic  dishonesty,  such  as  cheating  on  exams,  copying  other  students   work,  allowing  others  to  copy  your  work,  or  plagiarism  (including  internet  plagiarism),  may  receive  a  0.0   on  the  assignment  or  fail  the  course.     Accommodations  for  Disabilities:       It  is  my  strong  desire  to  fully  include  all  students  in  this  course.    Please  discuss  any  desired   accommodations  with  me  as  soon  as  possible.    I  require  documentation  of  any  disabling  condition  prior   to  providing  substantive  accommodations  (those  that  involve  changes  to  deadlines,  activities,  or   products)  in  this  course.      Students  with  disabilities  should  contact  the  Resource  Center  for  People  with   Disabilities  to  discuss  obtaining  such  documentation  or  to  develop  reasonable  accommodations.  For  an   appointment  with  a  counselor,  call  353-­‐9642  (voice)  or  355-­‐1293  (TTY).       Respectful  Participation   • Please  be  respectful  of  others  in  this  class.  If  you  would  like  to  make  a  point,  you  may  challenge   another's  idea,  but  please  do  not  challenge  the  person.    Insulting  and  derogatory  statements  will   not  be  tolerated.   • Confidentiality.  Due  to  the  nature  of  the  course,  you  will  be  participating  in  a  variety  of   discussions  that  may  be  personal  in  nature.    Please  respect  the  confidentiality  of  other   students  by  keeping  discussions  confidential.    Also,  please  note  that  confidentiality  cannot  be   guaranteed  since  you  must  rely  on  other  students  to  keep  confidentiality.    Anything  shared  with   me  will  maintain  confidential  with  the  exception  of  information  I  am  legally  bound  to  divulge.     Exceptions  could  include:  possibility  of  harm  to  self  or  others,  suspicion  of  child  abuse,  and  I  may   also  divulge  information  during  my  supervision.             Dropping  this  Course:     The  last  day  to  drop  this  course  with  a  100  percent  refund  and  no  grade  reported  and  the  last  day  to   drop  this  course  with  no  refund  and  no  grade  reported  are  listed  in  the  academic  calendar;  the  policy  is   available  on-­‐line  at  http://www.reg.msu.edu/schedulepages/Lateadds.    You  should  immediately  make  a   copy  of  your  amended  schedule  to  verify  you  have  dropped  this  course.      

Course  Schedule   Subject  to  change  with  prior  notice   Class  meets  TUESDAYS  unless  otherwise  specified.     Date       January  12    (Week  1)       Topic           Due   Introduction  to  Course     Adjusting  to  Modern  Life   Theories  of  Personality   Stress  and  Coping   The  Self   Social  Influence,  Prejudice,     Social  Pressure   February  16    (Week  6)   February  23    (Week  7)   Interpersonal  Communication  and   Persuasion   Midterm  Exam  (Ch  1-­‐7)   Love,  Marriage,  &  Intimate   Relationships      March  2    (Week  8)   March  9   March  16    (Week  9)   March  23    (Week  10)   March  30    (Week  11)   April  6    (Week  12)   April  13    (Week  13)   April  20    (Week  14)   April  27    (Week  15)   FRIDAY,  May  7       Gender  &  Behavior   NO  CLASS   Spring  Break   Adolescence,  Adulthood,  Careers   Development  and  Expression  of   Sexuality   Psychology  &  Physical  Health   Video:  Super  Size  Me   Psychological  Disorders   Psychotherapy   Read  Chapter  14     Writing  Assignment     Read  Chapter  15   Read  Chapter  16   Groups  1,  2  &  3  Presentations     Groups  4  &  5    Presentations   Read  Chapters  11  &  12   Read  Chapter  13    Read  Chapter  10     Gender  &  Toys  Assignment     Read  Chapters  8  &  9     Read  Syllabus  and  Chapter  1     Sign-­‐up  For  Current  Event  Presentation   Read  Chapter  2   Big  5  Personality  Quiz  Assignment   Read  Chapters  3  &  4   Read  Chapter  5     Read  Chapter  6     Breaking  a  Social  Norm  Assignment   Read  Chapter  7    

 
January  19    (Week  2)  

 
January  26    (Week  3)   February  2    (Week  4)   February  9    (Week  5)  

 

 
Final  Exam  Review   Final  Exam  (Ch  8-­‐16)     7:45  –  9:45  a.m.