House Bill 2504 Fall 2012 Course Syllabus PSYC-2301-73 - General Psychology
Fall 2012 Course Syllabus
PSYC-2301-73 - General Psychology
|Instructor||Barbay, Carol Mary|
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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.|
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||October 15, 2013 - 12:00 AM|
MODULE 1: AUG 27 - SEP 9
Week 1 Syllabus review; read and review ch 1 – introduction to psychology; read and review ch 2 – research methods
Week 1 Read and review ch 2 – research in psychology; read and review ch 15 – psychological disorders;
Week 2 Read and review ch 15 – psychological disorders; read and review ch 16 – treating psychological disorders
Week 2 Read and review ch 16 – treating psychological disorders;
Week 2 Sgq 1 - ch 1,2,15,16; online); exam 1 - ch 1,2,15,16;
read and review ch 6 – learning;
MODULE 2: SEP 10 - SEP 23
Week 3 Read and review ch 6 – learning; read and review ch 7 – memory;
Week 3 Read and review ch 7 – memory
Week 3 Read and review ch 10 – cognitive abilities;
Week 4 Sgq 2 - ch 6,7,10; exam 2- ch 6,7,10
Week 4 Read and review ch 11 – motivation and emotion;
MODULE 3: SEP 24 - OCT 7
Week 5 Read and review ch 13 – health and stress;
Week 5 Read and review ch 14 – personality
Week 6 Sgq 3 - ch 11,13,14; exam 3 - ch 11,13,14 online;
Week 6 Read and review ch 5 – perception; read and review ch 9 – consciousness;
MODULE 4: OCT 8 - OCT 17
Week 7 Read and review ch 9 – consciousness; read and review ch 17 – social cognition;
Week 8 Read and review ch 17 – social cognition; sgq 4 - ch 5,9,17; (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. Dates for required assignments are listed in bold print.
Week # ACTIVITY DUE DATE
MODULE 1 – AUG 27-SEP 9
1 Orientation Bonus FRI AUG 31
2 Optional Calendar Plan WED SEP 5
2 Optional Humanitarian Bonus WED SEP 5
2 Required Special Assignment 1 FRI SEP 7
2 Required RQA Assignment #1 FRI SEP 7
2 A&P #1 Bonus FRI SEP 7
2 SGQ1/EXAM 1 WED-FRI SEP 5-7, CHAPTERS 1,2,15,16
MODULE 2 – SEP 10-23
3 Email Bonus MON SEP 10 (ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION BOX ONLY)
3 Discussion Bonus MON SEP 10 (ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION BOX ONLY)
3 Required Special Assignment 2 WED SEP 12
4 Optional Syllabus Bonus Quiz MON SEP 17
4 Optional Campus Pipeline Bonus MON SEP 17
4 Required RQA Assignment #2 WED SEP 19
4 SGQ 2/EXAM 2 WED-FRI SEP 19-21, CHAPTERS 6,7,10
MODULE 3 – SEP 24-OCT 7
5 Optional GEC Bonus MON SEP 24
5 Optional Holiday Story Bonus WED SEP 26
5 Required Special Assignment 3 WED SEP 26
5 Required RQA Assignment #3 FRI SEP 28
6 Extra Chapter Bonus MON OCT 1
6 Last Chance Bonus MON OCT 1
6 Required Special Assignment 4 WED OCT 3
6 SGQ 3/EXAM 3 WED-FRI, OCT 3-5; CHAPTERS 11,13,14
MODULE 4 – OCT 8 - OCT 17
7 Course Evaluation Survey Bonus ENDS MON OCT 8
7 Required RQA Assignment #4 MON OCT 8
7 Required Special Assignment 5 WED OCT 10
8 SGQ 4/EXAM 4 MON-WED, OCT 15-17; CHAPTERS 5,9,17
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Associate of Arts
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
PSLO3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills – Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Identify various research methods and their characteristics used in the scientific study of psychology. (PSLO 1,2) Measured by embedded test questions, course assignments and projects.
2. Describe the historical influences and early schools of thought that shaped the field of psychology.(PSLO 1,2) Measured by course assignments and projects.
3. Describe some of the prominent perspectives and approaches used in the study of psychology.(PSLO 1,2) Measured by course assignments and projects.
4. Use terminology unique to the study of psychology.(PSLO 1,2) Measured by course assignments and projects.
5. Describe accepted approaches and standards in psychological assessment and evaluation.(PSLO 1,2) Measured by course assignments and projects.
6. Identify factors in physiological and psychological processes involved in human behavior.(PSLO 1,2) Measured by embedded test questions, course assignments and projects.
7. Calculate current course grade accurately, using information provided by instructor relating to individual scores from projects, assignments, quizzes and exams.(PSLO 3) Measured by course project.
8. Improve comprehension of content-area reading material. (PSLO alpha) Measured by pre-test/post-test scores.
9. Explain in writing how personal ethnic heritage is similar to and different from other cultural perspectives in effects on social cognition. (PSLO 1, 2, 5 ) Measured by course assignments and projects.
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