Psychology of Personal Effectiveness
11:00am – 11:50am : M-F 12:00pm -1:15pm
T-R 11:15am - 12:30pm : T-R 12:40pm –
1:55pm : T 5:40pm-8:10pm
Eric Belokon Ph.D., Psy.D.
Social Science - Building 3 – 5th Floor
3 -- Rm 3506-8: Hrs:
MF 1:25-1:55pm &
W 12 – 1:20pm & TR 2-5:40pm Phone: (305) 237-3185
This is an applied psychology course that places emphasis on the
understanding of principles of effective human behavior and
their application in the areas of personal awareness,
interpersonal relations, communications, and work/career.
CLP 1006 is a required course for the Associate of Science
Course Objectives (NOTE:
See attached Course Competencies).
Define and describe essential psychological theories and
Describe principles of psychology as they relate to
cognitive and social processes
Utilize psychological principles as an aid to understanding
Explain the role of psychology as it relates to mental
health and wellness
Course Methodology: (lecture and
discussion, observation, group activities, audiovisual
presentations, readings, individual investigation and guest
Course content will be presented through
assigned text and supplementary reading, classroom lecture and
discussion, demonstrations, and a term project. Students' views
and opinions are encouraged and are considered refreshing
addition to the class format. However, disrespect will not be
tolerated. You are ultimately responsible for your performance
and its results. By reading and studying, often moving ahead of
the pace of the class because we may not be able to cover all
that is projected, you will be at a great advantage in
maximizing your chances for an excellent grade. Therefore, it is
strongly suggested that you purchase a textbook as soon as
possible and begin studying on your own where the full
responsibility for your academic success ultimately lies.
Essential Elements for Effectiveness – 3rd edition
Juan Abascal, Laurel Brucato,
Patricia Stephenson, Dominic Brucato
Pearson Custom Publishing
Supplemental Texts: may be suggested during
Attendance/Participation = 10%; Quizzes = 10%; Homework = 20%:
Project(s) = 20%; Exams = 40%
Grading Scale Your final
grade will be determined as follows:
A = 90 - 100 points excellent;
B = 80 - 89 points good
C = 70 - 79 points average
D = 60 - 69 points just passing
F = below 60 points unacceptable for
Grades: At the end of the term, each
student enrolled in the course will receive a grade of A, B, C,
D, F, I, or W. The W grade indicates that you decided to "drop"
the course or were dropped from the course by the instructor.
It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from
this course. If you decide to drop the course you must do so
before the deadline.
A grade of I indicates that, for some reason, it is impossible
to assign a final letter grade. If a student receives a grade
of I they will have 30 days from the start of the next regular
semester to make-up any necessary course work so a different
grade can be assigned. If a grade of I is not removed by the
end of the required time limit, the I will become a grade of F.
Drop/Withdrawal - is the responsibility of the
student but it may be beneficial to first consult with the
professor. However, it is the responsibility of the student to
fill out an official withdrawal form with the Registrar’s
office. If the student does not officially withdraw, s/he may
receive an “F” in the course.
Week 1. Reality is All in Your Head
Week 2: The Choice is Yours (chapter 2)
Week 3: Love Who You Are (chapter 3)
Week 4: * Exam 1: Understanding Stress
Week 5: The Art of Coping Gracefully
Week 6: Creating a Vision (chapter 6)
Week 7: * Exam 2: Manage Yourself in Time
Week 8: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence
Week 9: Listening Skills (chapter 9)
Week 10: Communicating Effectively (chapter
Week 11: * Exam 3: Know the Work Place
Week 12: Design Your Own Career (chapter
Week 13: Be people Smart (chapter 13)
Week 14: Make Work Fun (chapter 14)
Week 15: Project(s) are due
Week 16: Final Exam
For each chapter you are should do the
Read the textbook chapter, organize your
notes, communicate with your classmates and instructor, quiz
yourself with matching, fill-in-the-blank, and true false
questions to immediately reinforce your learning, and provide
guidance for further study, check your progress, customize the
course materials to fit your study habits. You should work at a
pace that allows you to complete each chapter in accordance with
the time frame listed in the Course Outline. The student is
accountable for all assigned reading. In order to foster
critical thinking and promote “deep learning” as it is an active
process, participation via questioning and discussion is
required to, and it is also a part of your grade.
Exams: There will be four exams and
pop quizzes. Both the exams and quizzes will primarily consist
of multiple choice questions, though may also include fill in
the blanks, matching, true and false items, and short essays.
Make sure that for every exam you have a scantron and a #2
pencil for every exam. All tests are closed book tests. During
the class session prior to a unit test (and the final exam)
students will be given the opportunity to review for the test.
Homework: Will be assigned after
Extra-credit: in extreme and legitimate
circumstances may be obtained in this course by completing
additional research projects.
Research Project: All topics
must be approved by the instructor.
The options to choose from to satisfy this
a. The course term
paper/presentation - is an in-depth research on a
pre-approved topic in the area of Positive Psychology. The topic
you have selected is yours to develop and present in an
informative manner (be creative and dynamic – i.e., PowerPoint
format) to the class for about 15 to 20 minutes.
For the course term project, you will write
an essay in which you present your own Personal Philosophy of
Success. The purpose of your essay is to define the success
strategies that you will use for years to come. This is an
opportunity for you to develop self discipline and awaken the
motivation within. This essay is your chance to write the script
that will keep you on course to a rich, and personally
To prevent the student from waiting until
the last minute and assuring the best possibility of obtaining
an excellent grade, it is her/his responsibility to present
pages of the paper to the instructor at the specified classes.
Feedback will be offered to improve the paper and prepare for
its final product by the end of the term. Your sources are to be
only from the professional literature (journals) and
professional books. Cite all sources in the body of the paper in
APA citation style, with an APA style References page at the end
of paper containing professional journal references and other
sources. Do not quote from your source, but simply put in your
own words and cite the reference. While quality of content and
writing is most important, the paper should be a minimum of 1500
words. That is somewhere between 5 to 7 pages (double spaced).
Use Arial or New Times Roman 12 point fonts only, double space
between lines, and with 1 inch margin on all 4 sides. This is an
opportunity for you to dig into a topic area that interests you
and really learn what is known (or not) about it. Moreover, this
is an opportunity for you to develop self discipline and awaken
the motivation within. Ultimately, this essay is your chance to
write the script that will keep you on course to a rich, and
personally fulfilling life!
An “A” paper will
Demonstrate writer’s careful consideration of three or
more important success strategies
Contain extensive support (examples, experiences,
evidence, and/or explanation) for each strategy, and
Show a commitment to excellence in preparation, including
professional appearance and a command of standard English.
b. Journal - you are
required to keep a journal for the entire semester. Each week,
you are responsible for recording at least two journal entries
(could be more) relative to the content of the course that has
been discussed in class, from your readings, videos, and other
supplementary materials. Consider the following when working on
1) What are the major concepts learned? &
2) How will you apply them personally? Your journal should be
headed with the date for each week’s entries so that when being
evaluated, it is clear that there are at least two entries for
each week. You may choose to write brief essays, use poetry,
clippings and articles to support but not take the place of your
entries. You can include pictures, use puzzles, art, or any
other creative format to help clarify or solidify your opinions
relative to the entries. At the end of the semester, you should
be able to browse through your entire journal and gain a clear
picture of how much you have learned and the manner in which you
have applied the knowledge gained. It is best to use a
three-ring binder or any other binder with a flexible cover that
is adequate to hold all the content of your journal, so plan
ahead. Notepads, notebooks, and diaries are not allowed.
Please keep in mind that this is an academic requirement and it
must be presentable, attractive, creative in some way, and
contain adequate content. All entries should be typed and dated
appropriately. You can move at your own pace with the entries
but to avoid falling behind with your work, it is highly
suggested that you attempt to keep up with the required work and
deadlines. Occasionally, you may be asked to do a particular
assignment and include it as part of your entries. Complete
details will be given concerning the format and content required
for these specific assignments. Each journal entry must
be typed and should be no less than one page in length.
Your grade will be evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively,
so a high standard of work is expected. It is recommended that
you respond in an elaborate fashion, with detailed explanations,
specific examples, and with emphasis on practical application of
the material. All entries should reflect your thoughts and
opinions relative to the application of course content and you
are urged to use the language of the course in writing your
entries. Your grade will depend largely on your ability to make
practical application of course content, your appropriate use of
the course language and creativity.
c. Group Presentation/Research
The topic you have selected is yours to
develop and present as you may desire as a group. Students are
advised to work cooperatively as a group to achieve a common
goal – a successful presentation. This is also a learning
experience and you are urged to actively participate in this
process. While there are some setbacks to group work, there are
- It develops cooperation and planning
- It encourages leadership and active
- It leads to better relationships
within the class
- It prepares students for the real
1) Forming groups -
individuals will be assigned on a random basis. Members are not
chosen by me or anyone else but from a fair and balanced
process. It is then up to the members of the group to select
(if they so choose) one individual who will be the coordinator.
This individual ensures effective functioning of the group by
leading meetings, facilitating discussion, guiding the synthesis
of ideas, and facilitating the presentation. The group
coordinator is also responsible for keeping me informed of
progress and any problems in the group. The quality of the
leadership by the coordinator will be considered in the final
grade of each person who serves in that role: a good job will
help; irresponsibility will hurt. However, everyone should try
and have an even and fair share of workload.
2) Group Presentation – A Description
-The objective of this group activity is to create a discourse
about ideas within the group and to provide interesting insights
into the topic for the rest of the class. Therefore, you must
give a brief historical background of your topic, current
information and future trends related to the topic. All
sources used must be no earlier than 2000. A minimum of three
sources is required for each section of the topic assigned to
each person. Hence, if a member is responsible for discussing
the historical aspect of a particular topic, that person must
use at least three sources. Out of those three sources, one
must be a book, one internet resource, and the other from a
magazine/journal, or one book and two internet resources,
whichever is applicable. For the written portion of
your research see the Section on the
- The course term
paper/presentation – and submit a 5 to 7 page
Assessment of Group members
The day of the
group presentation, each individual will submit separately
and confidentially: A one page commentary on the
contribution of others in the group to the group’s success
(e.g., quality of commentaries, attendance at group meetings,
effort, effectiveness, leadership, creativity, cooperation).
In Case of Non-cooperative Behavior
- If, it becomes evident,
that any member of a group fails to participate sufficiently and
constructively, s/he will be dropped from the group and will be
required to do an enhanced project on their own. If a group as
a whole seems to be dysfunctional, the group will be disbanded
and each member will be required to do an enhanced project on
their own. I strongly suggest that members work diligently at
cohesiveness and functionality.
d. Group Booklet
This is a group project and can be done in
groups of five or six persons. You are required to conduct
research on your topic based on approval by the instructor and
create a brochure: 4-6 pages minimum. (Remember to cite sources
at the back of your brochure).
Create a brochure for a Community Center or
Agency in your neighborhood. Imagine that you want to inform
people about an important topic related to Psychology and
significant issues in our community/environment. For example,
ADHD, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Coping with
HIV/AIDS, Stress, Personality Disorder, Surviving College, etc.
Students are encouraged to be creative –
use colors, vary the font, match carefully what you are writing
with the overall appearance of the brochure to make it as
eye-catching as possible - you want to get people’s attention!
The objective of this assignment is to help
you become familiar with psychological research, remain informed
about current issues that affect many of us psychologically,
share your knowledge with others, and help to empower others
with the information you have acquired. There are many
individuals in our communities who are uninformed and this
ignorance leads them into a downward spiral, from which often
they are unable to escape or receive help. By focusing on
diverse groups within our communities, we can help to bring
about change and offer hope.
students provide an exceptional project, it might be conferred
with the Dean of Students and Chairperson of Social Science
department for permission to have the information printed and
distributed/displayed across the campus for the benefit of other
students and anyone else who might be interested.
e. Video Production
Students may choose to form a project team
(no more than 5 students) for the purpose of planning,
organizing, and producing a video related to the course
content. This project may have a special interest to those
students with access to video equipment, an interest in
journalism, audio-visual, movie production, or as a learning
Students must be prepared to present their
project to the class on the scheduled date assigned by the
instructor. Also, be prepared to answer any questions the class
may have concerning the video – its contents, goals, and
On the day of the presentation, the group
must submit one written report expressing why they chose that
particular topic/issue, what is their objective/goal, and their
personal opinion/feelings about the overall project. The
written report must be at least three pages in length, typed,
double spaced, and font size no larger than 12.
The video must not exceed 30 minutes. The
video will be assessed on content, scope, clarity, creativity,
and application of course content.
Interested students should sign in
the spaces below:
f. A Book Review – a
written evaluation of a particular non-fiction work focusing on
a topic of personal development. It takes the form of an essay.
It is done after careful reading, note-taking, and analysis of
what the author is trying to convey. Provide a thorough
description of the work, author’s perspectives, your position,
and your opinion of the whole work. Remember, you cannot praise
or condemn without proof, explain your personal reactions. See
the Section on the - The course term paper/presentation
to guide you with the required format.
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE, BE CREATIVE AND GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Assignments – must be turned in on time. No late
assignments will be accepted, unless approved by the
instructor on a case-by-case basis, and only for extreme
emergencies. All written reports for the research projects are
to be submitted three weeks prior to the end of the semester.
All assignments must be typed and adhere to the
a) Appropriate heading: A cover page to include
Student name – Course Days and Time of class - Date - Title of
All pages must be neat (No rip-outs, jagged edges, etc.
Multiple pages must be stapled or paper-clipped.
c) All margins observed (1” on all four sides of the page).
Font size #12 only, double –spaced and Times Roman font
d) Satisfactory content and correct spelling, grammar,
punctuation, syntax, etc Multiple pages must be stapled
adhere to the above instructions will result in a deduction of
10 points per assignment; therefore, I encourage you to do your
best on the first attempt. With each assignment, you will be
given complete instructions about the format and requirements.
Resources - There are a variety of resources on campus
available for students whose first language is not English, or
those who have difficulty with writing assignments. The Writing
Center is located in Rm. 2201 and there are a number of tutors
available for individual help in other areas as well. Please
make use of these resources since this will increase your
chances of getting a good grade in the course.
Needs - Students with disabilities can contact the
ACCESS Department located in Building 1, Room 1180. Students
must present documentation from ACCESS to the instructor,
informing of their specific needs. ACCESS students are allowed
to be accompanied by a note-taker or language interpreter,
depending on the particular need. Students who do not qualify
for ACCESS but have difficulty keeping up with class notes may
use a tape recorder to assist them in retention and retrieval of
in the classroom
In order to
maintain an appropriate learning environment, only individuals
who are officially registered will be allowed in the classroom.
Any special arrangement must be made in advance with the
*** COURSE/DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES -
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ***
Students are also expected to abide
by the college’s Code of Conduct, as described in the
Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities – (See web
link provided below)
Listed here are general guidelines for
MDC guidelines and standards are followed. Attendance will
be taken during each class meeting by passing a sheet of paper
around the classroom that has the name of each student currently
enrolled in the course printed on it. Those students who sign
the attendance sheet in the appropriate place will be recorded
as present for that class session. Each student will be allowed
to miss three class hours. Absences over three classes may
result in a student being "dropped" from the course.
prolonged absence from class may be unavoidable due to illness,
family emergency, and so forth. If you will have to miss three
or more consecutive class hours, please notify the instructor as
soon as possible. If you do not notify the instructor about a
prolonged absence you may be dropped from the course after you
miss the third class hour.
Absence from a class meeting does not exempt you from any
class work that is due during the time you are absent. Students
who absolutely must miss a class should call the instructor and
leave a message prior to the class they are going to miss, or as
soon as they can get to a telephone in case of an emergency.
dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, and any other
misrepresentation of work) is a major violation of MDC
Disciplinary Policies and Procedures and will not be tolerated.
Students involved in any form of academic dishonesty will face
disciplinary sanctions (may include termination from a program)
according to MDC’s Disciplinary Policies and Procedures.
Disciplinary sanctions may include termination from a
program. Please familiarize yourself with MDC’s General Policies
and Procedures Manual”
dishonesty includes such features as:
a) Cheating on an
b) Plagiarizing –
taking and passing off as one’s own the ideas, writings, or work
of another without citing the sources.
c) Falsifying records.
d) Submitting work
from another course without permission by the instructor.
e) Assisting anyone to
do any of the above.
General, student is to refrain from engaging in behaviors
that most people consider inappropriate, insolent, and
challenging. (i.e., reading newspapers or magazines in
class, doing work from another course during class, passing
notes or playing games, walking in late and passing in front
of the instructor). Students who come early are asked to
sit at the front or nearby and leave the back rows of the
classroom for those who might be late, in order to avoid
students having to walk in front of the instructor while
class is in session and minimize the disruption that may
occur from time to time. Let us be cooperative and avoid
others feeling uncomfortable.
- Students will, as much as is possible,
avoid entering class late or leaving class early. If it is
necessary to leave a class early, please let the instructor
know before the class session begins.
- Considering that development of
critical thinking and promotion of “deep learning” is a goal
of the class, participation via questioning and discussion
is required. Student is encouraged to prudently and
respectfully express their comments, and avoid trivial pop
psychology commentary. During lectures students will be
taking notes and will raise their hand and wait to be
acknowledged before speaking. Students will avoid the
temptation of whispering and creating a general
distraction/nuisance during lectures. Participation via
questioning and discussion is required to promote “deep
learning” as it is an active process, and is a part of your
devices for personal use such as cellular phone, headphones,
Ipod, etc., should not be used in the classroom Students who
fail to turn off their electronic devices prior to entering
classroom will be asked to leave the room...
- No make-up exams may be taken,
unless a legitimate reason is provided and appropriate
documentation is submitted, and if it is made-up before the
test questions and answers are returned to students. It is
the student's responsibility to make any arrangements to
make-up a test before the questions and answers are returned
- Students will bring all necessary
supplies for exams (i.e., paper, pen, pencil, scantron) with
them to class. Test questions will be answered on machine
scored answer sheets and a #2 pencil is recommended.
Personal Philosophy: What you believe,
you will perceive, and then receive.
Personal mission: to empower you to
optimize your natural capacity in improving the quality of your
daily life and contribute to a betterment of the world.
*** Course requirements are subject to
change by instructor as deemed appropriate to meet the needs of
the program and the student. Students are responsible for
information in the syllabus, and pertinent documentation and
announcements made in the class whether or not you are present.
“Yes, why not”, read this syllabus again.
Through the academic disciplines and co-curricular activities,
General Education provides multiple, varied, and intentional
learning experiences to facilitate the acquisition of
fundamental knowledge and skills and the development of
attitudes that foster effective citizenship and life-long
As graduates of Miami
Dade College, students will be able to:
Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading,
and writing skills.
2. Use quantitative analytical
skills to evaluate and process numerical data.
3. Solve problems using critical and
creative thinking and scientific reasoning.
4. Formulate strategies to locate,
evaluate, and apply information.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse
cultures, including global and historical perspectives.
6. Create strategies that can be
used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical
thinking and its application to issues in society.
8. Use computer and emerging
9. Demonstrate an appreciation for
aesthetics and creative activities.
10. Describe how natural systems
function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment