House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

PSYC-2301-74 (General Psychology)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorBarbay, Carol Mary
Phone(409) 984-6311
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Hours:BY APPOINTMENT AND AS FOLLOWS: Mon-Wed-Fri, 8:00-8:50; Fri, 10:00-11:50; Mon-Wed, 12:00-3:00; Tue-Th
Building:Educational Annex (PAEA)
Room #:110
Course Information
Course ID #10138
Course Subject-Number-SectionPSYC-2301-74
Course TitleGeneral Psychology
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,8th Edition Douglas A. Bernstein, Louis A. Penner, Alison Clarke-Stewart and Edward J. Roy 2008 Houghton-Mifflin and Study Guide for Psychology, 8th Edition Kelly B. Henry, Linda Lebie, and Douglas A. Bernstein 2008 (Package) Houghton-Mifflin ISBN 978-0-547-0-6991-3; Study Guide for Psychology, 8th Edition (Alone) Kelly B. Henry, Linda Lebie, and Douglas A. Bernstein 2008 Houghton-Mifflin ISBN 9780547016320; Hardback text alone: 978-0-618-87407-1
Learning Objectives 1. To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.

2. To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical        periods, social structures, and cultures.

3. To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories

4. To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

5. To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study

6. To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view

7. To recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical evidence and social research.

8. To analyze critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.

9. To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in         public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news media and other appropriate information sources about politics and         public policy.

10. To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


1. There will be 5 substitute film quiz opportunities during the semester.

2. For each film quiz substitute, you may complete either of the following: a)create a set of 10 review questions with separate answers for each question. b) watch a film online and answer questions the instructor provides using a link on the Quizzes and Surveys page in the WebCT section of the course.

3. You may use any style of review question, including yes-no, true-false, multiple choice, completion, short answer or essay.

4. The content for these review questions can come from any chapter in the text, study guide, lecture notes or from a psychology film you watch online.

5. You must type the questions and answers, and either make a separate answer key at the end of your list of questions or put the answer to each question immediately below or beside the question.

6. You may turn in your film quiz substitute activities on paper or use email or fax or complete them online.

7. Make sure to place a title at the beginning of your question and answer set, and specify which film quiz you are intending each substitute activity to replace, such as Film Quiz 1 Substitute, Film Quiz 2 Substitute, etc.

8. Be sure to include a complete heading near the beginning of your question and answer set, including your full name (first and last), course name and number, section number, and the date you complete the activity.

9. If you email your film quiz substitute, include the title of the activity in the subject field of your email message.

10. If you use email, you can send your question and answer set with accompanying heading and title in an email to: or you may use the course email in the WebCT section of the course

by the deadline noted in the assignment due date chart included in the syllabus.

11. Credit available for completing each of the 5 film quiz substitutes will be 10 points.

12. You may turn in and receive credit for 5 film quiz substitute assignments.


1. There will be 4 required RQA assignments worth 15 or 20 points each, depending on how many text chapters are associated with the assignment.

2. A list of the assigned chapters is in the course outline, elsewhere in this syllabus.

3. Each RQA assignment will consist of 15 or 20 review items with separate answers from each of the currently assigned chapters.

4. For example, Required RQA Assignment #1 will consist of 20 review items, 5 items each from chapters 1, 2, 15 and 16 in the text.

5. All RQA assignments must have appropriate chapter subtitles, identifying the chapters from which the content for the review items was taken.

6. For example, RQA Assignment #1 should have subtitles for review items taken from Chapter 1, 2, 15 and 16 corresponding to each chapter subsection.

7. Each RQA assignment should have a complete heading, including studentís name, course name and section number and the date the assignment was completed on each separate page, regardless of whether the pages are stapled together.

8. The review items in the RQA assignments may be of any type except yes/no, true/false or multiple choice with two answer options.

9. If you complete all of these Required RQA assignments satisfactorily, you will receive a total of 65 points.

10. This work must be typed to receive credit.

11. No late work will be accepted, for any reason.

12. Due dates and times are listed elsewhere in this syllabus.

13. Students are responsible for assuring that the assignments are received by the assigned due date and time.

14. Each subsection of the Required RQA assignments must have a separate subtitle, such as Chapter 1 RQAs and Chapter 2 RQAs.

15. Review questions or items may be of any type EXCEPT true/false, yes/no or multiple choice with fewer than 3 answer options.

16. Review questions or items must be accompanied by separate answers. Example: Q1. What is the definition of psychology? A1. the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

17. May be submitted on paper or electronically via email or fax.

18. If submitted via email, the title of the activity must be repeated in the subject field of the email message.

19. If submitted via email, the title of the activity and a complete heading must appear in the body of the email message.

20. Must be received by the due date and time assigned by the instructor, regardless of how the completed activity is submitted.

21. Maximum credit per RQA assignment: 15 or 20 points per Required RQA Assignment, depending on how many chapters are associated with the assignment.














Attendance Policy Research has shown a strong positive relationship between attendance and college success. I STRONGLY recommend regular attendance, both mental and physical. 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 covered by the exams. ATTENDANCE WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED IN THIS COURSE!! CAUTION: I WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY DROP YOUR NAME FROM THE CLASS ROLL BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ATTEND CLASS.
Determination of Final Grade 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 March 3, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.† Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.† These policies will be strictly enforced.


Facility† Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


Special Considerations

†††††††† The American 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.

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