Discussion

Psychology Discussion Requirements  

1. You are required to have 3 posts in each discussion and these three posts must be made on three separate days.  The first post is the initial response to the question that appropriately and completely addresses the topic. This must be completed by 11:59 p.m.(EST) Thursday night. It is best to post it at the beginning of the week. The remaining two posts are responses to two different classmates. The first response to a classmate is due Saturday at 11:59 p.m.(EST) and the second response to a classmate is due on Sunday at 11:59 p.m.(EST).  Responses to me do not count as a response to another student; however, I will interact with each of you throughout the course. I encourage you to respond back. If you do not post on three separate days you will lose points (possible 15 point deduction). There will be a deduction of 5 points per day that the initial post is late. Posts are not accepted after the week closes on Sunday night.

2. Your initial post (your response to the topic) must contain a citation.  It is your ideas supported by research. Please refer to the APA Power Point in the Start Here section of the classroom for information on proper formatting. There will be a deduction of 20 points for failure to cite a source within your initial post and to provide a reference at the end of your initial post.

3. Your initial post must be a minimum of 200 words and each response must be a minimum of 150 words.Please double-check your word count. Only posts that meet the word count requirements receive credit.

4. Post your word count at the end of each post. There will be a 5 point deduction for each failure to provide a word count.

5.  Please address fellow students and professor by name. There will be a 5 point deduction for each failure to address by name.

6. Please use spell-check and proper grammar. Points will be deducted for each spelling and grammatical error up to 10 points for each post.  

Psych Discussion PostDue ByCited Source – In Text and ReferenceWord CountPoint Value
Post 1 – Initial Response is well organized, includes a citation, addresses topic, and demonstrates critical thinkingThursdayYes – mandatory20050 points
Post 2 – Response to 1ststudent is well organized, includes classmate’s name, addresses topic, and demonstrates critical thinkingSaturdayNot required, but must cite any work used15025 points
Post 3 – Response to 2ndstudent is well organized, includes classmate’s name, addresses topic, and demonstrates critical thinkingSundayNot required, but must cite any work used15025 points
PSYCHOLOGY DISCUSSION RUBRIC
CriteriaExemplary (100%)50/50Above Average (89%)45/ 50Satisfactory (79%)40/ 50Approaches Standard (69%)35/ 50Needs Improvement (59%)30/ 50Unsatisfactory (0)0/ 50
Initial Post (50)Reveals mastery of the material, critical assessment, and thorough exploration of the subject matter. Demonstrates mastery of grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics, and usage and with no errors. Reveals some mastery of the material although further exploration would have increased the value of the post; some critical assessment although portions of the material may be vague. Demonstrates proficiency of grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics, and usage with fewer than three errorsReveals knowledge of the subject matter although more exploration is needed; some critical assessment was noted although more in-depth perspective would have enhanced the work. Understanding of grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics, and usage with fewer than five errors May highlight what the reading material offers but does not apply further exploration of the subject matter; critical assessment is lacking. Improvement in some areas of grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics, and usage; fewer than ten errors but retains clarity throughout most of post. Uses personal opinion only without any exploration of additional possibilities; no critical assessment is noted. Needs improvement in grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics, and usage; more than fifteen errors; errors affect clarity of post. Unable to score because there was no engagement in the discussion.
Criteria25/25per post22/ 25per post20/ 25per post17/ 25per post15/ 25per post0/ 25per post
Peer Responses (25 per post)Promotes further discussion on the subject matter through thought-provoking peer responses; demonstrates depth of analysis of topic and peer’s post;source support in proper APA format, grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics and usage with no errorsPromotes further discussion on the subject matter through meaningful comments that demonstrate understanding of topic and peer’s post.Source support  may not fully use proper APA format, grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics and usage with fewer than three errors  Engages peers but does not promote further consideration of the material so that additional learning takes place. Source support may not be scholarly or in the appropriate APA format, grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics and usage with fewer than five errors.  Peer engagement does not encourage depth of academic thought or is based on personal opinion only.Source support may not be scholarly or in the appropriate APA format, with fewer than ten errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics and usage Peer responses do not add substance or promote engagement in the discussion in a meaningful way; comments are superficial or off topic.Extremely limited or no source support noted; improper or missing APA format, and grammar, spelling, mechanics affect clarityUnable to score because there was no engagement in the discussion.

Professionalism is a very serious matter in your online class at Keiser University and in the field of psychology.  Our mission is to provide you with an education that prepares you to succeed in the workplace and in graduate programs. Please use the following guidelines in our discussion forum and in all communication at Keiser University:

• I will “listen” to others respectfully.
• I recognize that online learning is devoid of physical cues that often support communication and will strive to use language that  clearly 
  expresses my views.
• I will strive to utilize language that is thoughtful, respectful, and collegial when communicating with my fellow students.
• When I disagree with someone, I will critique his/her ideas in a respectful and constructive manner.
• I will try to understand other people’s behaviors and perspectives rather than simply criticize them.
• I will avoid stereotypes and humor that is disparaging of others.
• I will avoid texting language, slang, or other non-professional communication.

wine

Should alcohol be illegal or marijuana be legal?

Read pages 180-191 in your text.

“One common way to alter human conscsiousness is to administer a psychoactive drug, a substance capable of altering attention, emotion, judgment, memory, time sense, self-control, or perception. In fact, In fact, most Americans regularly use consciousness-altering drugs (don’t forget that caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are mildly psychoactive) Many psychoactive drugs can be placed on a scale ranging from stimulation to depression” (Coon & Mitterer, 2016, p. 180). During the early part of the twentieth century, alcohol was illegal to make, sell, and consume in the United States. This was clearly a policy decision.  It seems that making alcohol consumption illegal did little to stop its consumption. 

Coon, D. & Mitterer, J.O. (2016). Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior, 14th ed. Belmont, California: Cengage.  

For this week’s main post, answer the following questions. Be sure to include factual, properly cited information in your post.

What would be the effect of marijuana legalization?  Would it increase or decrease consumption?  Why are alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine legal drugs and marijuana an illegal drug?  If people use these legal forms of drugs and say they do not use drugs, are they hypocritical? 

To post to the discussion, click on Week 2 Psy Discussion Forum below, then Create Thread.

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