INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

PSY 101-B

 

PROFESSOR:            Dr. Kirk M. Lunnen

CLASS TIME:           8:10-9:10 MWF

ROOM:                      HSC 166

TEXT:                         Lefton, Lester A. (2002). Psychology. (8th Edition). Allyn and Bacon.

OFFICE:                     HSC 135; ex7203

OFFICE HOURS:      MWF 9:10-11:10, or by appointment

E-MAIL:                     lunnenkm@westminster.edu

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   The course provides a survey of key areas of relevance in contemporary psychology.  As an introduction to the science of human behavior, the course tackles the fundamental goals and applications of psychology as both a scientific and philosophical discipline.  

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:   The primary goals of this course are to provide a basic understanding of contemporary psychological issues and increase students’ basic research, writing, and critical thinking skills.  Upon completion of the course the student should:

-          Have an understanding of basic, foundational psychological theories

-          Be able to effectively communicate basic ideas in the discipline

-          Understand the relationship of psychology to everyday life

-          Be a more savvy and intelligent consumer of scientific research results 

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

 

Assignment

Proportion of Grade

Date Due

Quizzes

15%

As administered

Exam 1

15%

24 Sep 2003

Exam 2

15%

24 Oct 2003

Exam 3

15%

21 Nov 2003

Final

20%

10 Dec 2003

Term Paper

20%

24 Nov 2003

 

            Grading:  The course will use the following scale

 

                        GRADE           PERCENTAGE              

                        A                     93 to 100                    

                        A-                    90 to 92                      

                        B+                   87 to 89                      

                        B                      83 to 86                      

                        B-                    80 to 82                      

                        C+                   77 to 79                      

                        C                     73 to 76                      

                        C-                    70 to 72                      

                        D+                   67 to 69                      

                        D                     63 to 66                      

                        D-                    60 to 62                      

                        F                      0 to 59                            

 

            Examinations:  There will be three midterm examinations and one final examination.   The midterms will consist of objective items and one or more essay questions covering material from the text and lecture since the previous midterm.  The first half of the Final will be similar to the midterms (e.g. covering material since the last midterm) and will also include a comprehensive portion that will consist of objective items on readings and lectures from the entire semester.   If you have a conflict with an exam you must notify me at least 24 hours in advance.  If an exam is missed, and I am not notified in advance, you will receive a zero for that exam.  Make-up exams will only be given for the following reasons:  (1) sickness—you must provide a note from the health center verifying your illness, (2) a family emergency/crisis/death—must be verified by the Dean of Student Affairs.

 

            Quizzes:  During each class period you may be given a short quiz pertaining to the assigned reading material for the lecture that day.  The purpose of these quizzes is (a) to enhance your level of preparation for classroom discussion and (b) increase preparation for the midterms.   Quizzes missed due to unexcused absence will be given a zero (see exam policy listed above).  

 

            Term Paper: You will formulate a question about an area of psychology (of interest to you) and answer the question in the form of a term paper.   The key to this assignment is finding a question that you’re interested in and can right passionately about.  Some example questions include:  “Do media portrayals of violence increase the propensity of violence in viewers?” “What are the effects of divorce on children?”   “Why are some people ‘heroic’ in situations of crisis?”   “Is ADHD over diagnosed?” etc . . . The main idea behind the paper is to find something of interest, dig into the research, and intelligently communicate what you find (the professor does not necessarily have to agree with your conclusions as long as your argument is presented effectively!).   The paper will be an 8 page, double spaced, typed answer to your chosen question, comparing and contrasting information you have found.   Your information should come from research articles and books and should be written and referenced in APA style (4th edition).

 

            Attendance:  Although attendance is not mandatory, it is highly recommended and will be recorded.   Not only will you do better on exams and quizzes if you attend regularly, but attendance records will be used in determining borderline course grades (e.g. Jane has a 92.5 average and has only missed one class—she get an A; Jimmy also has a 92.5 average and has missed 10 classes—he gets an A-).

 

            Academic Integrity:  Honesty is an essential part of your collegiate experience.   Individual students are responsible for doing their own work and for not taking credit for the effort and ideas of others in any way.   This includes plagiarism and/or cheating in any form.   This obligation is based on mutual trust and is expected of every student.  Cheating on any of the class requirements listed above will not be tolerated and will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.  See below:

Central to the purpose and pursuit of any academic community is academic integrity. All members of the Westminster community are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity, in keeping with the philosophy and purposes of the College.

Academic dishonesty is a profound violation of this expected code of behavior. It can take several forms, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, misrepresentation of facts or experimental results, purposely altering the work of another (without that person’s permission) or engaging in any activity which attempts to alter or harm another’s academic standing.

Academic dishonesty in any of these forms will not be tolerated. Students who engage in academic dishonesty face penalties such as failure in the course involved or expulsion from the College. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of the College.

                                                             Westminster College Online Student Handbook

 

 

CLASS SCHEDULE:

 

Dates

Lecture Topics

Readings

27 Aug

Introduction, Course Overview

Syllabus

29 Aug

What is Psychology?

Ch 1

1 Sep

(cont.)

Ch 1

3 Sep

The Brain and Behavior

Ch 2

5 Sep

(cont.)

Ch 2

8 Sep

Child Development

Ch 3

10 Sep

(cont.)

Ch 3

12 Sep

Adolescence and Adulthood

Ch 4

15 Sep

(cont.)

Ch 4

17 Sep

Sensation and Perception

Ch 5

19 Sep

(cont.)

Ch 5

22 Sep

Review Ch 1-5 (Due date for Term Paper Topic)

 

24 Sep

Exam 1

 

26 Sep

Consciousness

Ch 6

29 Sep

(cont.)

Ch 6

1 Oct

Learning Theory

Ch 7

3 Oct

(cont.)

Ch 7

6 Oct

Memory

Ch 8

8 Oct

(cont.)

Ch 8

10 Oct

Cognition:  Thought and Language

Ch 9

15 Oct

(cont.)

Ch 9

17 Oct

Intelligence

Ch 10

20 Oct

(cont.)

Ch 10

22 Oct

Review Ch 6-10

 

24 Oct

Exam 2

 

27 Oct

Motivation and Emotion

Ch 11

29 Oct

(cont.)

Ch 11

31 Oct

Personality and Assessment

Ch 12

3 Nov

(cont.)

Ch 12

5 Nov

Social Psychology

Ch 13

7 Nov

(cont.)

Ch 13

10 Nov

Stress and Health Psychology

Ch 14

12 Nov

(cont.)

Ch 14

14 Nov

Psychopathology

Ch 15

17 Nov

(cont.)

Ch 15

19 Nov

Review Ch 11-15

 

21 Nov

Exam 3

 

24 Nov

Treatment Issues (Due Date for Term Paper)

Ch 16

1 Dec

(cont.)

Ch 16

3 Dec

Applied Psychology

Ch 17

5 Dec

(cont.)

Ch 17

8 Dec

Review Ch 16-17, Review Ch 1-15

 

10 Dec

FINAL ( 11:30-2:00 )

 

 

HAVE A GREAT SEMESTER!!!!!!