Welcome to PSYCH 111! People sometimes believe that psychology is about learning to “understand themselves,” but that simply is not accurate. Psychology is the study of behavior broadly construed. Psychology includes the study of how others think, feel, and behave. As you read through this document, please pay attention to course policies, objectives, and design.
This is typically student’s first formal course in psychology and as such provides introductory level coverage of topics such as neuroscience, personality, development, cognition, language, as well as psychological disorders and their treatment. Given the “survey” nature of this course we will devote a limited amount of time to each of these topical areas where the Psychology Department offers upper division courses that are more topically focused. It is also important to emphasize that psychology is a scientific discipline meaning that a premium is placed on research; as such students will also be introduced to some of the elementary issues in psychological research and statistics. Given the above backdrop, the course will be more theoretical in nature rather than providing practical applications.
Graduates will be able to
Schacter, D., Gilbert, D., Wegner, D., and Nock, M. (2014) Psychology, 3rd Ed. New York: Worth.
You can purchase one of two versions:
Additional Resource: LaunchPad, the online resources associated with your e-text version. It includes additional resources that are helpful but not required for completing the course.
Note: You do not need to enter an additional URL code. That would associate you with my day school sections, which would limit you to 9 weeks of access. Once you register—without adding the code—you will be able to access the e-text.
There are four basic instructional activities: (a) course lectures, (b) assigned readings, (c) self-check quizzes to help you test your knowledge, and (d) supplemental activities associated with LaunchPad.
The lectures and readings are designed to convey the conceptual and logical foundations associated with developing an understanding of psychology.
The self-check quizzes do not count toward your grade, but they do help you prepare for the type of question that you will see on the exams. If you can easily answer the self-check questions without referring to your textbook, you’re studying at the right level of depth and detail.
The purpose of the LaunchPad is to (1) provide you with various simulations and demonstrations, (2) guide you in your studying, and (3) give you personalized reviews for material that you find particularly difficult. LaunchPad includes a research and writing component where you can learn how to locate and download various research articles, as well as assistance in writing for the social sciences. LaunchPad also contains a copy of the book in its entirety, so that you can read the text from any computer with an Internet connection.
Note: Remember, LaunchPad is helpful but not required for the course.
Papers—ugh! You may ask, or others may ask you, what can you do with a BS in psychology? Good question. Here’s one answer. If you can write well—you can find a job. Prospective employers are always looking for people with solid writing skills. So, like many things in life, practice makes perfect—or at least improves whatever you are working at. You will read two articles and write a 2–3 page reaction paper based on each article. One thing I will want you to do toward the end of the paper—about the last fourth of the paper—is to connect a spiritual perspective into the paper.
Note: Be sure to submit your papers in Word .DOC or .DOCX format.
There will be four major course examinations.
The first three major exams are not comprehensive; however, they do build upon those concepts previously covered. You must take all three midcourse exams, but I will drop your lowest midcourse exam score.
The final exam is comprehensive, and covers all the concepts in the course. You must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.
Grades will be based on each student’s cumulative score on the quizzes, papers, and major examinations. Grade assignments will be based on the following basis:
|Midcourse Exam 1||100 points|
|Midcourse Exam 2||100 points|
|Midcourse Exam 3||100 points|
|Comprehensive Final Exam||100 points|
|Paper 1||40 points|
|Paper 2||60 points||Total Points||500 points|
Your letter grade is based on these percentages:
|E||59% and below|
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