Richard Morse  

Introduction to Psychology  (PSY-101)


Suffolk County Community College

“Scrapbook” Assignment

This assignment will not be used this semester.


Purpose of the Assignment


This assignment is designed to keep you thinking about psychology during the semester and to help you relate what you are learning in class and the textbook to the “real world.”  It will cause you to get involved with your textbook.  This is a “semester project” to which you should devote some time every week.  Attempting to cram it into a day or two before it is due will be extremely difficult or impossible, so don’t procrastinate!  Try to complete the entries as the chapters are studied in the lectures.



General Requirements


-Include 17 entries (One for each chapter and Appendices A and B; no more or less: no extra credit for more, points will be deducted for fewer).


-You must include at least one entry for each chapter of the textbook. NOTE: For the Hockenbury and Hockenbury textbook, both appendices A and B count as chapters and must be included as such in this project.


-You may not include more than one entry for any one chapter of the textbook.


-The entries must be in the order of the textbook chapters and numbered “1” through “17”.


-Each entry must occupy one page; none longer than one page.


-The typical scrapbook utilizes a three-ring loose-leaf  binder with each entry protected by a plastic sleeve. 


            -REMOVE brand labels, price tags, ads, etc. from the binder;

            -Don’t use a larger or thicker binder than necessary;

            -If you wish to use a larger or different format SPEAK TO ME FIRST FOR PRIOR APPROVAL (for example I have had students submit video tapes, CDs, slide shows, even a fake shoe box – but these sort of variations  will NOT be accepted without prior approval and possible special limits, perhaps including an earlier deadline).


-Since the college requires that you complete a six page written assignment for this course, your total written work in the combined 17 “Explanation” sections should equal at least six typewritten pages.  This breaks down to less than 100 words for each of the seventeen entries – that is slightly longer than the paragraph you are reading right now. Poor grammar and spelling, as well as the use of incomplete sentences and abbreviations, will count against your grade.


-Typewritten work is infinitely preferred.  Handwritten work is acceptable, but work that is even marginally illegible will receive a correspondingly lower grade.


-Consult your syllabus for the due date.  Five percentage points are deducted from your grade on this project for each class period you delay in submitting it.  If the scrapbook is not submitted by the next to the last class, you will receive a grade of “F” for the entire course.  Under no circumstances will a grade of  “INC” (Incomplete) be granted due to the failure to finish this project by the end of the semester. If you have not finished this project to your satisfaction by the end date, you are obviously better off just submitting what you have.


-Use of the internet to find material for this project is generally NOT permitted.  While I wholeheartedly believe that the internet is a wonderful academic tool, it is to be avoided in this assignment. The reason is that it too readily lends itself to being used the way many of us used our home encyclopedias in junior high school: we just looked up the subject alphabetically and copied the major points.  Remember that the core of this assignment is to relate psychological principles to life and art. ANY use of the internet must have my prior approval.



Entry Format


Each entry must contain the following six elements:


1.       A Header, included at the top edge of the page, which includes your name, the semester, the

entry number (“1” through “17”), the textbook Chapter number, and the textbook Chapter title.


2.   The quote from the textbook chapter.  This should be selected from the main text, NOT a sidebar or definition box. There is no required length, but it should be complete and not so short as to be meaningless.


3.       The textbook page number of the quote.  Ordinarily this will immediately follow the quote.


4.       The item you have selected (see Scrapbook Item Examples in the link below).


5.       A paragraph written by you that explains how you connected the quote you selected from the

textbook to the item you placed in the scrapbook. You must use the terminology and vocabulary of psychology to demonstrate knowledge.  (See Grading Method below.)


6.       The source of the item – usually contained in small font in parentheses at the bottom of the

page. This requirement is absolute when using materials selected from publications.



Scrapbook Item Examples


Historically, items included in this assignment by students have included comic strips, cartoons, newspaper or magazine articles, advice columns, advertisements, (photos of) tee-shirts, product labels, business cards, assembly instructions, medication labels, passages from novels, poetry, music lyrics, love notes, family snapshots, hospital identification bands, diary entries, personal anecdotes, “Dear John” letters, e-mails, employee evaluations, fortune cookie slips, online dating site ads, and numerous other items.  If you are not sure about an item, consult with me first.  Please avoid bulky, heavy or large items.  Don’t include items of any monetary or sentimental value. Do not violate the privacy of others or use materials belonging to others without permission.



Grading Method


Grading this assignment is not a simple matter of adding up points per entry.  Of course each time an entry omits one of the six required elements you will lose points.  You will also lose points for misspellings and poor grammar.  General sloppiness and poor organization will also result in lost grade points.  Five points are lost for each entry less than 17.


It is my policy not to award a grade of “F” to any scrapbook submitted on time, no matter how poor the product.  Once you have lost at least 40 points, your grade will be recorded as 60 (a “D”) no matter how many further points you may lose.  Please note, however, that the scrapbook MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE DEADLINE NOTED IN THE SYLLABUS to be covered by this policy.


Grade points are awarded where the student has used the terminology and vocabulary of psychology to describe the relationship between the quote from the textbook and their chosen item in a way that demonstrates a clear and correct understanding of the content of that chapter.  The deeper and more subtle the comprehension, the better the grade.  Higher grades will also result where the student demonstrates creativity or a sense of irony.


Grades will suffer where the entry is shallow, self-contradictory or demonstrates that the student is confused or has an inaccurate understanding of the subject matter.  Selected entry items should be examples of psychological principles or theories, not illustrations or clichés.  For example, a student who includes a quote about Erik Erikson’s life stage of “Intimacy vs. Isolation” and selects as an item an ad from “Bride” magazine showing a smiling bride in a shower of rice will receive fewer points than a student who selects the same quote but includes as an item a letter to an advice columnist from a bride-to-be who asks, “…what do I do?  The invitations are out, the costs to my parents are astronomical, and the wedding is in three weeks, but I have come to realize that I don’t love this guy and I don’t want to make a family with him.”  (This example is real, having occurred in my Introduction to Psychology class several years ago.)


Special grading policies recently added for this assignment: 

If the assignment is handed in on time with all 17 entries included, the lowest possible grade awarded will be 60% - D. If handed in late, except for the last week of class, the lowest possible grade will be 50% (F) and the highest possible grade will be determined by the number of days late.  If handed in the last week of class, the lowest possible grade is 40% and the highest possible grade is 65% - D+.  If the assignment is not handed in by the last day of class, the grade awarded for the COURSE will be "F" no matter how high the student's numerical grade.



The following link will take you to a Microsoft PowerPoint slide show.  If you do not have MS Powerpoint on your computer, you can download a Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer (free of charge) with your browser.  After you click on the link at the end of this paragraph it may take up to a minute for the slide show to load.  Once it has loaded, you will get the best results if you right-click your mouse on the first slide and select "Full Screen."  When the slideshow has finished you will see a black screen with the words "end of show."  Click the back button to be taken back to this page. Click here for samples.