psychological science, the biology of behavior, consciousness, and development across the life span


Module 1 Summary & Reflection Questions

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Module 1 focuses on thinking critically with psychological science, the biology of behavior, consciousness, and development across the life span. Respond to the following questions by writing one full paragraph (100 word minimum) for each numbered question:

1. What was your overall impression with the information presented in the chapters contained in this module? For example, was it challenging, fascinating, did it make you question your previous assumptions, etc.

2. Name three concepts that you found to be of particular interest in this module. Why were they of special interest to you?

3. How do you think the information in this module applies to your life?

Students are to view the free streaming video documentary The Magic of the Unconscious-Automatic Brain

After viewing the program in its entirety, students are to write an essay of a minimum of one thousand (1,000) words in length addressing the two sections described below. Points will be deducted if this length requirement is not met. To earn the maximum points (100) for this writing assignment, both of these sections must be completed fully: Section 1: Program Summary (50 points) In this section the student should provide, in their own words, a reasonably detailed summary of the salient information presented in the program. Section 2: Analysis and Personal Reaction (50 points) In this section the student should provide their analysis of the significance and relevance of the information in the program to the scientific data presented in the textbook and their personal reaction to this information. Students should endeavor to identify concepts and information in the documentary that relates to information presented in the textbook. Additional Instructions 1. The student’s RWA should be typed single-spaced, pages numbered consecutively, in 11 point Arial, Georgia, Calibri, or Times New Roman font only and in one of the following file formats only: .docx, .doc, .pdf, or .rtf. If students need assistance with file conversion they should contact the D2L Help Desk. 2. Student’s full name, course name, and RWA number should be on the first page at the top. Pages should be numbered consecutively. 3. No additional outside sources are necessary to complete this assignment and no bibliography is needed unless students include quotes and material from other Page 2 of 2 sources. In this instance, the source(s) of this information must be listed under a heading titled References at the end of the RWA. 4. Students should proofread and spell-check carefully before submission as points will be deducted for errors in spelling, punctuation, and/or and grammar. Students may view these corrections on the Grademark tab in TurnitIn. 5. The student’s RWA should be uploaded to the designated folder on the Dropbox page by the designated due date on the Course Calendar. Submissions by email attachment will not be accepted. 6. Late RWA submissions after the designated due date may be uploaded to the Late Folder for that particular RWA. Late submissions are reduced by ten (10) points per day late. 7. When an RWA is received in the designated folder on the Dropbox page, D2L automatically sends the student a confirmation email that the RWA was received. If this confirmation message is not received then the RWA was not correctly submitted. The student bears the full responsibility of checking to ensure that their RWA was in fact submitted. 8. TurnitIn Plagiarism Detection Program: Upon uploading to the designated folder on the Dropbox page, all RWAs are automatically evaluated through this program to determine if academic misconduct has occurred as a result of plagiarism. TurnitIn generates an “Originality Index” that calculates the percentage of the content in the student’s RWA that can be found in the database that is not the student’s original work and may constitute plagiarism (this may take 30 minutes or more after submission to complete). Students should be careful to always paraphrase the information in their own words and avoid excessive quoted material. Plagiarism is very easy to detect so the best approach to this assignment is to simply write everything in your own words. Students may see their TurnitIn report for their RWA (this includes the highlighted portions of their RWA that is found in the database) and rewrite and re-submit their RWA as desired as long as it is received by the due date with the grade based on the last submission. RWAs found to contain plagiarism will receive a grade of zero and may subject the student to additional disciplinary actions including being given a zero (F) for the entire course (see Academic Misconduct section on Course Syllabus).

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