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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Psychological Foundations of Learning
PSYC-365

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

A study of human learning, including examination of conditioning, modeling, cognitive development, and high level thought processes. Models of behaviorism, social learning, cognitive development, memory, motivation, and attribution theories will be evaluated.

Requisites

Prerequisites

(PSYC 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255

Rationale

This overview of human learning will introduce the student to the methodologies and topics in the field, with research in the theories of Behaviorism, Cognitive Development, and Social Cognition. A sample of early and current theorists have studied learning in each of these categories. An understanding of the behavior and thinking of the self and others will be an effective tool for intrapersonal and interpersonal Christian growth and ministry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life, examine evidence of ambiguity, ethics, Christian\Biblical faith, and values.
  2. Design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods.
  3. Use critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior and cognition.
  4. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and technological formats.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource(s), he or she may purchase it(them) through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Ormrod, J. E. (2016). Human learning—Access card package (7th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. APA formatting information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be supported by at least 3 citations in current APA format. Sources must include the course textbook, the Bible, and 1 or more scholarly references. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 150 words.(MLOs: A, C, D)

Research Paper

The student will develop a research paper that will compare behavioral learning theories and cognitive learning theories. In developing this paper, the student will submit assignments in stages throughout the course. The stages of submission are as follows: (MLOs: A, D)

Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit an Annotated Bibliography containing a 150-word annotation for each of 4 peer-reviewed journal articles.

APA Self-Check Quiz

The APA Self-Check serves to provide a self-assessment of current APA knowledge as the student works to develop the research paper. The student may refer to the current APA Manual and/or other resources, and will be allowed unlimited attempts to correctly answer 10 multiple-choice questions.

Reference Page

In addition to the textbook and the Bible, the Reference Page must contain at least 6 scholarly sources, 4 of which must be peer-reviewed journal articles.

Final Submission

The completed current APA-formatted Research Paper must include a title page, a 150–250-word abstract, an 8-page body, and a reference page. In addition to the textbook and the Bible, the paper must contain at least 6 scholarly sources, 4 of which must be peer-reviewed journal articles.

Essays (3)

The student will answer 4 specific questions pertaining to the assigned readings for each of the essay assignments. Each essay must be at least 2 pages. (MLOs: B, C, D)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Quizzes are open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 30 minutes. (MLOs: A, C)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 60 pts ea)

240

Research Paper

Annotated Bibliography

APA Self-Check Quiz

Reference Page

Final Submission

 

40

20

20

200

Essays (3 at 80 pts ea)

240

Quizzes (8 at 30 pts ea)

240

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

PSYC 365

Textbooks: Ormrod, Human Learning (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Ormrod: chs. 1–2

3 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1

10

0

60

30

2

Ormrod: chs. 3–4

2 presentations

DB Forum 2

RP: Annotated Bibliography

Quiz 2

60

40

30

3

Ormrod: chs. 5–6

2 presentations

Essay 1

Quiz 3

80

30

4

Ormrod: chs. 7–8

APA Manual: Review as needed

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

RP: APA Self-Check Quiz

Quiz 4

60

20

30

5

Ormrod: ch. 9

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

RP: Reference Page

Quiz 5

60

20

30

6

Ormrod: chs. 10–11

3 presentations

Essay 2

Quiz 6

80

30

7

Ormrod: chs. 12–13

1 presentation

RP: Final Submission

Quiz 7

200

30

8

Ormrod: chs. 14–15

3 presentations

Essay 3

Quiz 8

80

30

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

RP = Research Paper

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.