House Bill 2504 Fall 2011 Course Syllabus PSYC-2301-02 - General Psychology
Fall 2011 Course Syllabus
PSYC-2301-02 - General Psychology
|Instructor||Carona, Ken M.|
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|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.|
|Required Textbooks||Bernstein, Penner, Clarke-Stewart, and Roy (2008). Psychology, 8th Ed. ISBN-13:978-0-618-87407-1,ISBN-10:0-618-87407-0|
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student with three absences may be dropped from class. I strongly recommend regular attendance. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get notes on what you missed in your absence from another student. Some material covered in class may not be in the textbook and may be on the exams. Attendance will help you succeed in this course. I will not automatically drop you from the class roll because you do not attend class.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
There will be a minimum of 4 exams, which includes a final exam. No test scores are dropped. Course letter grade will be based on a percentage of 400 points as follows:
Grade Point Totals Approx Percentages
A 360 and above 90% and above
B 320-359 80%-89%
C 280-319 70%-79%
D 240-279 60%-69%
F 239 and below 59% and below
Exams will be multiple-choice questions. Scantron 882-ES will be used. No make-up exams will be given. Be here on exam day. No shows will receive a zero for that exam including a no show for the final exam. Keep a record of your points earned after each test. Some material covered in class may not be in the textbook and may be on the exams. I occasionally use films for specific topics and will have questions on exams from the films. Regular attendance will help you do well when it comes to questions from the films.
|Final Exam Date||December 8, 2011 - 8:00 AM|
Week 6: Exam 1 on history of psychology, research and statistical methods, and biological psychology
Week 11: Exam 2 on learning and behavior modification, memory, conscious and unconscious processes
Week 14: exam 3 on relationships, sex, marriage, and divorce
Week 17: Final exam on personlity traits, disorders, death, and dying
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Course Introduction, expectations, syllabus review, personal introductions
Week 2: History of Psychology
Week 3: Psychological research and statistical methods
Week 4: Biological Psychology
Week 5: Films of psychology and the brain
Week 6: Exam 1
Week 7: Learning and Behavior Modification
Week 8: Memory
Week 9: Conscious and Unconscious processes
Week 10: Films on behavior
Week 11: Exam 2
Week 12: Relationships and Sex
Week 13: Marriage and Divorce and films
Week 14: Exam 3
Week 15: Personlity traits and disorders
week 16: Death & Dying
week 17: Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
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 situation
C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences
D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Students will demonstrate the ability to understand and use investigative and experimental methods and technologies, including the scientific method, correlational method, and naturalistic method through answers on exams, and participating in class discussion.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of how psychology in its historical and contextual milieu has influenced social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures through answers on exams, and participating in class discussion.
|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.|
If you miss class, it is your responsibility to find someone in your class to get the details of the class you missed. Be here on time for class. If you are late for class, you will need to find someone to get the details of what you missed. Try not to disturb the entire class if you come in late. Do not ask me for notes that you missed by being late or missing a day. Get your notes from someone in class.
If you miss 8 or more classes I will deduct 15 points from your final points. If you miss 5 - 7 classes I will deduct 10 points from your final points. If you miss 3 or 4 classes I will add 5 points to your final points. If you miss 1 or 2 classes I will add 10 points to your final points. If you don't miss any classes I will add 15 points to your final points. I will inform you when the counting starts as students add and drop at the first of the semester.
No make-up exams will be given. If you can't make it to an exam you must find me no later than 24 hours after the exam. I will decide on an individual basis if you will be allowed to take the exam. You or someone must find me if you are going to miss an exam.
I do not appreciate students talking loudly with other students during class when I am talking or a fellow student is talking. Give your classmate and me your attention and courtesy. If I tell you to leave my class because of your behavior, you will have one more chance to remain in my class. If you are asked to leave a second time, I will drop you at whatever point we are in the semester.
It is up to you to drop this class if you think it is necessary.
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue 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 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.|
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.
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
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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