House Bill 2504

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

PSYC-2301-20 - General Psychology

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2011
InstructorBarbay, Carol Mary
Phone(409) 984-6311
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
Hours:MWF, 8:00-8:45; Fri, 10:00-12:00; MW, 12:00-2:00; TTH, 8:00-9:15; TTH, 11:00-2:00;
Building:Educational Annex (EDUC)
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Course Information
Course Number90122
Course Description An introductory survey of the major areas of psychology, such as learning, social, testing, personality, developmental and physiological. Emphasis is on psychology as the scientific study of behavior and includes both human and animal behavior.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Psychology,9th Edition Douglas A. Bernstein, Louis A. Penner, Alison Clarke-Stewart and Edward J. Roy 2011 Wadsworth Publishing and Study Guide for Psychology, 9th Edition Bernstein, Penner, Clarke-Stewart and Roy, 2011; Study Guide for Psychology, 9th Edition (Alone): ISBN 978-111-130-1569; Hardback text alone: ISBN 978-111-130-1552
Attendance Policy ATTENDANCE POLICY: Research has shown a strong positive relationship between attendance, participation and college success. I STRONGLY recommend regular participation in this course, both mental and physical. PARTICIPATION WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED IN THIS COURSE!! CAUTION: I WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY DROP YOUR NAME FROM THE CLASS ROLL BECAUSE YOU DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN CLASS ACTIVITIES.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade GRADING POLICY: Your course letter grade will be based on an approximate percentage of 515 total possible points as follows:

Letter Grades Point Totals Approximate Percentages

A 463+ 90%+

B 412 - 462 80-89%

C 360 - 411 70-79%

D 309 - 359 60-69%

F 308 and below 59% and below

Final Exam Date December 12, 2011 - 10:00 AM
Major Assignments WEEK #        GENERAL – HYBRID

Week 1                syllabus review; read and discuss ch 1 – introduction to psychology; read and discuss ch 2 – research methods

Week 2                read and discuss ch 2 – research in psychology; read and discuss ch 15 – psychological disorders; turn in Required Special Assignment 1 (8-31);

Week 3                read and discuss ch 15 – psychological disorders; read and discuss ch 16 – treating psychological disorders

Week 4                read and discuss ch 16 – treating psychological disorders; turn in turn in Required Special Assignment 2 (9-12); turn in Required RQA Assignment 1 (9-16);

Week 5                sgq1- ch 1,2,15,16; exam 1- ch 1,2,15,16; read and discuss ch 6 – learning;

Week 6                read and discuss ch 6 – learning; read and discuss ch 7 – memory; turn in Required Special Assignment 3 (9-30);

Week 7                read and discuss ch 7 – memory

Week 8                read and discuss ch 10 – cognitive abilities; turn in Required RQA Assignment 2 (10-14);

Week 9                sgq 2 - ch 6,7,10; exam 2 - ch 6,7,10;

Week 10        read and discuss ch 11 – motivation and emotion;

Week 11        read and discuss ch 13 – health and stress; turn in Required Special Assignment 4 (10-26);

Week 12        read and discuss ch 14 – personality

Week 13        sgq 3 - ch 11,13,14; exam 3 - ch 11,13,14; turn in Required Special Assignment 5 (11-7); turn in Required RQA Assignment 3 (11-11);

Week 14        read and discuss ch 5 – perception; read and discuss ch 9 – consciousness;

Week 15        read and discuss ch 9 – consciousness; read and discuss ch 17 – social cognition;

Week 16        read and discuss ch 17 – social cognition; sgq 4 - ch 5,9,17; turn in Required RQA 4 (12-2);

Week 17        (final)exam 4 – ch 5,9,17;

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Lecture topics are listed in above section. Assignments are listed below. Required assignments are listed in bold print,.

Week #        ACTIVITY        ACTIVITY /DUE DATE

1        First Day of Class        Mon Aug 23

2        Required Special Assignment 1        Wed Aug 31

2         Optional Calendar Plan         Fri Sep 02

3        Optional Humanitarian Bonus         Wed Sep 07

4        Required Special Assignment 2        Mon Sep 12

4        A&P #1 Bonus        Wed Sep 14

4        Required RQA Assignment #1        Fri Sep 16

5        Email Self-Introduction Bonus        Mon Sep 19

6        Discussion Self-Introduction Bonus        Mon Sep 26

6        Optional Syllabus Bonus Quiz        Wed Sep 28

6        Required Special Assignment 3        Fri Sep 30

7         Optional Campus Pipeline Bonus        Wed Oct 05

7        Optional GEC Bonus        Fri Oct 07

8        Optional Holiday Story Bonus        Wed Oct 12

8         Required RQA Assignment #2        Fri Oct 14

9        Extra Chapter Bonus        Fri Oct 21

10        Required Special Assignment 4        Wed Oct 26

11        Last Chance Bonus        Mon Oct 31

12        Required Special Assignment 5        Mon Nov 07

12        Required RQA Assignment #3        Fri Nov 11

13        Course Evaluation Survey Bonus        Fri Nov 18

15        Required RQA Assignment #4        Fri Dec 02

16        Last Day of Class        Wed Dec 07

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Associate of Arts

1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals

or groups.

        A. Demonstrates thesis clarity

        B. Organizes information

        C. Uses support

        D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression

2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.

        A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values,

perspectives, or practices)

        B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context

        C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others

3. Uses critical thinking skills

        A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent

of information needed)

        B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to


        C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences

        D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion

4. Demonstrates technology literacy

        A. Locates needed information using the appropriate

technological tool or device

        B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology

        C. Presents information using the appropriate technological

tool or device

5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program

        A. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA

        B. Number of AA majors who graduate

        C. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to

other universities

6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles

        A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to

complete task

        B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to

complete task

        C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or

scientific principles needed to complete task

Course Student Learning Outcomes 1. Explain the differences among major psychological theories concerning motivation and emotion.

2. Explain how different psychological theories concerning memory

predict learning performance.

3. Compare and contrast major psychological research methods.

4. Use quoted sources of information to support explanations of

predicted levels of stress coping.

5. Explain in writing the similarities among psychological theories

concerning personality.

6. Explain in writing the similarities among psychological theories

concerning psychological disorders

7. Explain in writing how personal ethnic heritage is similar to and

different from other cultural perspectives in effects on social


Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information *For additional details about assignments, see Syllabus Supplement link on Course Menu in course website in WebCT.

*I will not discuss your grades over the phone. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person. I will send a grade summary during the semester using email.

*For help with logging on to, or your course website, call:

Dr. Beau Duncan

Distance Learning Coordinator

Faculty Office Pavilion, #105

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 409 984-6349 or 1 800 477-5872, ext. 6349

*For assistance with changing your password, get in touch with:

Kenneth Lisby

Phone: 409-984-6150 or 1 800 477-5872, ext. 6150

Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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