Course Syllabus--Online Stress Management (17PSYC276 or 30PSYC278 Section 707)
Professor: Dr. Walter S. Griesinger (Dr. "G"), Professor of Psychology
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Telephone no.: (513)556-1616
NOTE: If possible, please limit phone usage to
informing messages you want to leave me or concerning information or immediate
needs that can be answered during "office time." Use e-mail when
explanations or replies are requested during "non-office times."
Emailing Rules: If you are sending a general email, in the
"Subject Box" of the email, include the time the class meets and your
name (Example: 9 Bill Wagoner) also put your name at the end of the message.
If you are sending/attaching an Assignment, in the "Subject
Box" of the email, put the time the class meets, the letters PA (standing
for Psychology Assignment), and the assignment title (Example: 9 PA TRE1).
Also put your name at the end of the message.
This project-based course may differ from many courses you may have taken in that the emphasis is, not only on content, but also on process, i.e. how the subject is approached. In this course you will focus on active learning and on development of critical thinking and communication skills. The assignments are geared to develop these skill areas.
Failure turn in assignments or contact Dr. G. by email for a period of two weeks will result in a "W" (withdrawal) if a withdrawal slip is signed before the deadline or an "F" if after the deadline or if no withdrawal slip at all, regardless of reason.
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
This course is designed to help students examine the entire field of stress management: stress theories concerning etiology, personality, and disease; stress patterns in work and other environments; and the physical and mental responses associated with stress. In addition, students will be introduced to specific intervention strategies such as time management, exercise, relaxation training, diet management, and cognitive restructuring.
By combining a knowledge of research and theory on one hand, and practical application on the other, the course is designed to help the participant to understand the stress he/she experiences, recognize the sources of stress in self and others, and develop ways to control or reduce it. Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to use resources to locate and obtain relevant psychological materials and continue to develop written communication skills.
A. Textbook-- Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness by E.A. Charlesworth and R.G. Nathan, Ballantine Books, 1984.
B. A Virtual Classroom account -- Dr. G's
assignments, class schedule, etc. is located in "virtual" classroom on
the internet. You will be given
directions for registering for this site.
C. An email account – You must maintain an
email account throughout the quarter. You may register for free email accounts
through U.C. Bearcat Online or a free web-based email such as “Hotmail.”
Instructions will be given in class on the registration process.
A. Textbook Research and Essays (TRE) -- The textbook chapter material gives general concepts and topics focusing on understanding stress and stress management.
See the Assignment Checklist and/or the Class Schedule and Assignments in the Virtual Classroom for specific assignments for this quarter and the points earned for each.
TRE1 (Required) --Outline each Chapters 1-3 as directed.
TRE2 (Choice) --For each essay, complete as directed.
TRE3 (Choice) --For each topic, you are to find sources that will define and explain in greater detail the topic using other textbooks, journal articles, or internet resources. You will submit a "xeroxed" or printed copy of the source with a bibliography at the top.
B. Stress Assignment Portfolio (SAP) -- (A Required Alternative) At the beginning of the quarter you will be asked what you want to learn in this stress course. If Dr. G. judges your response(s) to be both serious and thoughtful, you may use SAP to replace (an) appropriate required assignment(s).
The purpose of this exercise is to identify your learning goals, write reaction papers to various readings, and assess your learning progress. You will demonstrate your ability to conduct a computerized psychological library search, evaluate your sources, and write a research paper with citations and a bibliography. This will help to develop your research, analytic, and evaluative skills.
2. STRESS MANAGEMENT PROJECT (Required)-- The goal is for you to have a chance to analyze stressors in your life and to give you an opportunity to apply your new knowledge of stress management towards designing a program to deal with one of these stressors.
If you are signed up officially for a U.C. course, you will have a University computer account. For these assignments you need to know how to use electronic mail, how to do a computer library search in PsychINFO, how to find psychology websites, and how to access my homepage. There will be class time designated to learn these skills.
Career Stress Exercise (Required) -- The purpose of this exercise is to investigate stressors in your chosen field by finding published sources that describe occupational stressors in your field and/or to interview a full-time professional in the field.
Psychology Web Exploration Exercise (PWEE)/Psychology Internet Evaluation (PIE) -- The purpose of this exercise is to assess your ability to find quality psychological materials/information on the internet.
Discussion Board (Required)-- The purpose of the Discussion Board is to assess your contribution to the class and course by thoughtful responses to material posted in this discussion forum and to promote critical thinking on issues related to the course..
Assessing Stress Components (ASC) (Required) -- The purpose of this assignment is to, through online questionnaires and inventories, assess your potential for susceptibility to stress and coping with stressors.
4. COURSE EVALUATION
Print the Course Evaluation during the first week of classes, complete it throughout the course, and turn it in during the 10th week of classes. (Required)
5. Progress Reports/Contact Requirement
Keep in contact with your professor when absent from scheduled class meetings. You are required to send your professor an e-mail or a telephone voice mail explanation immediately after two consecutive days absent (before the third day). Note: I recommend and you should consider withdrawal with a "W" for the course for excessive absence (regardless of the reasons), being behind more than two assignments, or more missed contacts under the circumstances described above.
6. DEADLINE POINTS
You will receive 5 points for specific required assignments turned in by the deadline. These points represent at least 15% of your course grade. See the "Assignment Checklist" for specifics. (60 pts.)
You will have two tests this quarter (60 pts. total). Questions may be asked from lectures, videos, activities, etc.. There is no Final Exam.
Test 1 (20 pts.) will be entirely multiple-choice and short answer. (Required) / Test 2 Multiple-choice (30 pts.) (Required)
Your responsibilities for this course include: Reading the assigned textbook; Completing and submitting your assignments on the due date or earlier; Maintaining attendance in class when required/requested by Dr. G. ; Respecting the "no computer usage" in class when directed; Maintaining your access to the Internet and E-mail. Points will be deducted on a daily basis for not setting up a usable email account and maintaining it.
The Professor's responsibilities include: Planning the course; Providing you with assistance in learning the material; Making suggestions that will allow you to improve your study skills; Assigning a grade that reflects your understanding of the material at the end of the course; Maintaining the availability of materials on the World Wide Web.
Grades: Grades are based on the following scale:
Note: You must complete all of the tests and all of the Stress Management Program sections (SMP1 & SMP2) to be eligible to receive an "A," "B," or "C," regardless of the total number of points earned. All work must be completed by the announced deadline day during final exam week or the grade will be calculated on the basis of the points earned up to that time. No "IP"s (incompletes) are generally given.
A = 320-288 Must
complete all of the tests, Stress Management Program sections,
and other assignments with an average between 90% or above.
B =227-256 Must
complete all of the tests, Stress Management Program sections,
and other assignments with an average between 80% and 89%..
C = 255-224 Must
complete all of the tests, Stress Management Program sections,
and other assignments with an average between 70% and 79%.
D = 223-192 Work
on the the tests, Stress Management Program sections, and other assignments must
average between 60% and 69%.
F =Below 192 Work on the tests, Stress Management Program sections, and other assignments average below 60%.
**Pluses (+) and minuses (-) will be assigned.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: It is expected that all students work independently and ethically on tests, quizzes, papers, and other assignments. Any student found to be cheating will automatically be dismissed from the course and receive the final grade of "F" for the course. The Dean of your college will be notified of the infraction.
CONTACTING THE PROFESSOR: I will hold regular office hours or as announced. If you need help at any time stop by, call the office, or see me before class. If you leave a telephone message, SPEAK SLOWLY and be sure to include your name, class, number, and a time frame that you are more likely to be reached.
CLASSROOM COURTESY: It is necessary that students avoid disrupting others by arriving late, talking to friends during class, or leafing through notebooks during a discussion, video, etc.. Thanks for your cooperation.
"IP"GRADES/"UW" GRADES: "IP"grades wil NOT generally be given. You will receive a grade based on the total points earned by your class's scheduled final exam day. Anyone withdrawing from any class must complete and turn in an official University for to receive a "W." Remember that you're dealing with computers and must officially withdraw from a class. You should be aware of the "UW" grade, which represents and "unofficial withdrawal." This grade must be given to a student who stops coming to class but does not fill out the official withdrawal for from the College Registrar's Office. The "UW" grade is equal to an "F" in calculating your grade point average.
INDIVIDUAL QUESTIONS/PROBLEMS: If anything in interfering with your progress or participation in this class, I invite you to stop in and see me about it. Although professors may appear busy and/or threatening in a classroom, I like most faculty members, I think, wish students would come in to discuss any difficulties sooner rather than later.
You may turn in any assignment earlier than the due date. ANY ASSIGNMENT TURNED IN LATE WILL RESULT IN A point deduction. Some assignments will have points deducted for EACH "CLASS DAY" LATE and WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT more than two "class days" late. Other assignments will have a standard 20%-30% point deduction and may be turned on an announced day.
"Lateness" is defined as turning in materials later than the beginning of the scheduled class period. Material submitted in my mailbox or under my office door will not be accepted unless your professor specifies that you do so.
MODELS/EXAMPLES: ANY of your work may be presented to benefit the class, without identification, as an example.
PLAGIARISM: It is unethical and illegal to use someone else's words, even a recognizable one or two-word phrase, without putting the material in quotation marks AND POINTING OUT THE SOURCE.
RETENTION OF WORK: All tests, assignments, exercises, reports, etc. will be kept by your professor. You will receive a grade sheet on most of the assignments and can review this material by seeing the instructor WITHIN ONE WEEK of the class's receiving the grade.
SCHEDULING CHANGES: Your professor
reserves the right to make changes in scheduling, grading, or assignments in
the event of special circumstances. These
changes will be announced in class, in the Class Schedule, emailed to you,
and/or on the “News” page in the virtual classroom.
WEATHER-RELATED CANCELLATIONS: Listen to the radio in the morning. If U.C. is closed or morning classes are delayed due to weather, you will not be expected to be in class. Should a test be scheduled for that day, it will be given the next time the class meets.
WITHDRAWALS: You may, before the "drop deadline" indicated in the syllabus, withdraw from the course with a "W" regardless of the grade earned. The Departmental Secretary (3428 French Hall) has the authorization to sign my name should I not be available on the deadline day. Failure to show in the course for a period of two weeks or failure to show repeatedly without contacting Dr. G. in person will result in a "W" (withdrawal) if a withdrawal slip is signed before the deadline or an "F" if after the deadline or if no withdrawal slip at all, regardless of reason.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Any physical exercise mentioned is strictly optional. It is recommended that anyone beginning any physical exercise program consult with a physician .