House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

PSYC-2301-85 (General Psychology)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorWeber, Betty Louise
Phone(409) 984-6330
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Room #:N/A
Course Information
Course ID #10578
Course Subject-Number-SectionPSYC-2301-85
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

Bernstein, Clarke-Stewart, Penner, Roy, Wickens

7th Edition

Houghton Mifflin Company

Boston New York

Learning Objectives The student will be able to understand the various sub-fields within the field of psychology/mental health.

He will be able to identify the important people who have contributed to the study of psychology and what they have contributed.

He will learn the concepts and stages of human development.

He will have an understanding of mental abilities and how intelligence, aptitude, and achievement is measured and evaluated.

He will achieve an understanding of the concepts and theories of motivation and the nature of emotion.

The student will be introduced to the concepts and theories of personality, psychological disorders/abnormal psychology and the various treatments of these disorders.

He will learn the importance of attitude, social cognition and social influence.

Major Assignments Study Questions for each chapter

Hand out information for each chapter

Term Paper

Mid-term examination

Final examination

Discussion Topics Introduction to Psychology

Schools of Psychology

Subfields in Psychology

Famous people in the field of psychology

Reseach in psychology

Theories in psychology

Statistical psychology

Experimental psychology

Biological/physiological psychology

Sensation and perception

Learning and Memory


Motivation and Emotion

Mental Abilities/Evaluations

Developmental psychology

Stress and Coping


Abnormal psychology and psychological disorders

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

Treatment of psychological disorders

Social psychology

Cognition and Language


Attendance Policy A studet may be dropped from class if he misses three classes.
Determination of Final Grade Mid-term examination 30%

Term paper 20%

Final examination 50%

Final Exam Date May 11, 2011 - 6:30 PM
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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