INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY PSY 101 Monday 12:15 ­ 2:45 p.m. Spring 2007 INSTRUCTOR: OFFICE: OFFICE PHONE: E-MAIL ADDRESS: OFFICE HOURS: Dana Albright Phase II Faculty Office B (505) 769-4944 [email protected] Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 10:30 ­ 11:30AM; 3:00 - 4:00PM 10:30 ­ 11:30AM 10:30 ­ 11:30AM 10:30 ­ 11:30AM


Discovering Psychology, 4th edition by Dan and Sandra Hockenbury (2007). Worth Publishers, Inc., New York, NY. Study Guide (optional/available on disk)

WEB COMPANION: Features for students include each chapter having two 15-question self-scoring practice quizzes, flashcards for rehearsing key terms, interactive crossword puzzles, and Thomas Ludwig's award winning PsychSim 5 computer simulations, and PsychQuest interactive experiments and simulations. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introductory to psychology offers students an overview of psychology as the science of behavior. The course describes the biological, cognitive and social influences on behavior. It also explores consciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, personality, life span, development, stress, psychological disorders, therapies, and social psychology. INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends. 2. Understand and apply basic research methods, including research design and interpretation. 3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and the scientific approach. 4. Understand and apply psychological principals to personal, social and organizational issues. 5. Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, understand the need for ethical behavior and respect for human diversity. 6. Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes. 7. Communicate effectively, demonstrating writing, interpersonal and oral communication. 8. Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of socio cultural and international diversity strategies for self-management self-improvement. 9. Show insight into one's own other's behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement. 10. Examine the process of growth and development from conception to death.


LIFE APPLICATIONS OBJECTIVE: To have fun while learning and gain a new understanding of the course materials as you find relevance for it in your own lives. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance is required at all class sessions in each course for which the student is enrolled. When circumstances make attendance impossible, contact the instructor as soon as possible and make arrangements for missed material. This also applies to being tardy or leaving class early. Students with perfect attendance and punctuality will be rewarded with (5) bonus points toward their final grade. Classes missed because of late registration are considered absences. NOTE: Three (3) tardies equals one (1) absence Please consult your catalog for specific information regarding limits for and response to unexcused absences. Excessive absence will be reported to the office of Admissions and Records. QUALIFIED STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Qualified students who have a disability that may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the Special Services Office located in the Dr. H.A. Miller Student Services Center (769-4098) as soon as possible to insure that your needs are appropriately met. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: · Read and understand the textbook. · Participate in class discussions. · Completion of paper or presentation assignment. A minimum five (5) page paper or five minute presentation, on a topic related to psychology, will be required. A further explanation of this paper will be given in class. A portfolio of projects will be required. A further explanation of this will be discussed in class. · Satisfactory performance on four (4) major exams. (Please note guidelines for academic integrity.) · In order to make-up an exam, you must have a legitimate excuse for not taking it on the day scheduled. If you do make-up an exam, it must be done before the next class period. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for that exam. What might constitute an excuse will be discussed in class. You will need to make an appointment with the Testing Center (769-4088) to make up your exam (After speaking to me first). · You may complete one (1) bonus assignment. The assignment is worth ten (10) points. I will explain it further in class. The maximum bonus points allowed is 20. · Complete quizzes ­ Quiz points are half an exam point. · No handwritten work accepted. NO ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER APRIL 30, 2007. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Plagiarism and other forms of cheating will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable at Clovis Community College and in this course. Students committing acts of academic dishonesty will receive a grade of "F" on that assignment and possibly for the entire course, depending upon the instructor's evaluation of the severity of the dishonest act. Consult the Clovis Community College catalog for more information on the institutional policy on academic integrity.


COPYRIGHT POLICY: It is the intent of Clovis Community College that college faculty and staff adhere to the provisions of the United States Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code) and congressional guidelines. This policy, and the accompanying guidelines, together form a guide for using materials protected by copyright. This college does not condone the illegal use or reproduction of copyrighted materials in any form. Employees who willfully disregard the Clovis Community College Copyright Policy, or the specific conditions of the Copyright Guidelines, do so at their own risk and assume all liability. Note: This policy was adapted in part from Dr. Charles W. Vlcek's Adoptable Copyright Policy: Copyright Policy and Manuals Designed for Adoption By Schools, Colleges & Universities. Washington D.C.: Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 1992. GENERAL INFORMATION: January 22nd Last day to register or adjust schedule March 26 - 30th Spring Break th April 13 Last day to withdraw from 16-week classes, by 4:30 May 7th Final Exam If for any reason you feel that you cannot complete this class, the last day to drop is Friday, April 13, 2007 by 4:30 p.m. Please do not just stop coming to class. You must go to the Registrar's Office and officially withdraw from the class. Please consult with me prior to doing so. Failure to withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. Bonus Points: Bonus point activities will be discussed in class. A student can receive no more than 20 bonus point during the semester. APPROXIMATE GRADING POLICY: 4-unit exams 375 points Paper 50 points Portfolio 50 points Attendance-2 points * 14 classes 28 points Four contests 20 points Quizzes 25 points Total Points 548 points GRADING SCALE: 90% 80% 70% 60%

493-548 438-492 384-437 329-383 Below 329


Class participation and attendance are extremely important and may be considered if a student is borderline.


Psychology 101 Classroom Do's and Don't's DO'S Turn in assignments on time. Participate in class discussions. Let me know if you can't make it to class. Learn as much as possible. DO NOTS Turn in late assignments. Talk with another person while somebody else is talking. Have your cell phone on in class unless there is an emergency.


INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY Course Schedule Calendar Monday 12:15 ­ 2:45 Date January 22nd January 29th February 5th February 12th February 19th February 26th March 5th March 12th March 19th March 26 - 30th April 2nd April 9th Readings/Examination Syllabus/Expectations/Introductions Chapter 1- Introducing Psychology Chapter 2-The Biological Foundations of Behavior Chapter 4-Consciousness and Its Variations 1st Contest ­ Chapters 1, 2, & 4 EXAMINATION #1-Chapters 1, 2, & 4 Chapter 5-Learning (after the exam) Chapter 6-Memory Chapter 7-Thinking, Language, and Intelligence 2nd Contest ­ Chapters 5, 6, & 7 EXAMINATION #2-Chapters 5-7 Chapter 8-Motivation and Emotion (after the exam) Chapter 9-Lifespan Development Paper or Presentation Due Spring Break Chapter 10-Personality Chapter 11-Social Psychology 3rd Contest ­ Chapters 8, 9, & 10 (Last day to withdraw-Friday, April 13th by 4:30 p.m.) EXAMINATION #3-Chapters 8-10 Chapter 12-Stress, Health, and Coping (after the exam) Chapter 13-Psychological Disorders Chapter 14-Therapies 4th Contest ­ Chapters 12, 13 & 14 Portfolio Due Final Exam-Chapters 12-14

April 16th April 23rd April 30th

May 7th


Psychology 101: Introductory Psychology Portfolio Projects 1. Community Service: Do at least five (5) hours of community service. You should call and explain to the volunteer site that you are there mainly to observe human behavior but can and will assist when needed. You will then complete at least a one-page paper summarizing your results and observations. Requirements and grading of the paper will be explained more fully in class. Application of terms from psychology is required in this paper. Oral Presentation: At least a five-minute presentation concerning a topic related to psychology. Requirements and grading of the presentation will be explained more fully in class. The Making of Me: A two-page, double-spaced, and autobiographical sketch. Describe how and why you are the person you are today and what you hope to improve about yourself in the future. Include biological, cognitive, and social influences that have impacted you. What makes life meaningful for you? What experiences or places have had special meaning for you? Chapters 2, 7, & 8: Nature and nurture issue. Describe this issue using information from twin studies, adoption studies, and the skill studies. Explain why you think one side of the issue may be more relevant than the other. Two pages--typed and double-spaced. Chapter 9: Write about what motivates you in life. What is the driving source of your motivation? What goals have you set for yourself and how do you plan to achieve those goals? Incorporate ideas from Maslow in your paper as well as any other theories of motivation you find relevant. Two pages--typed and double-spaced. Chapter 12: Define at least three of Freud's defense mechanisms and watch the behavior of others for these defense mechanisms. Describe the defense mechanisms as they are used by these people. Two--pages typed and double-spaced. If you achieved success in your life, what would it look alike? Two pages--typed and doublespaced. Please include at least ten terms for psychology in your paper. Ten-One: You have been told you have one year to live. You can apply for ten million dollars, but must explain what you would do with the money. Describe your plan for the year, what you will do and what you will stop doing. Need to incorporate Kubler Ross's ideas on Death and Dying.









HAZARDOUS WEATHER In view of the coming season of unpredictable and sometimes hazardous winter weather, you may wish to review the college policy on response to hazardous weather, including provisions for class cancellation and notification of students and employees. This information is also included in the general CCC Emergency Procedures pamphlet, which was distributed to all employees some time ago (but probably not to the new employees coming on since then). Thank You. Hazardous weather may include snowstorm, heavy rain with threat of flooding, high wind, or any other weather situation raising the possibility of hazardous travel to and from the campus. Response in the event of a tornado threat is discussed in a section devoted specifically to that topic. It is impossible to predict exactly what is going to happen in any hazardous weather situation. It is the practice of the College to get the best possible information and make prudent decisions, realizing that such decisions call for the exercise of administrative judgment. In instances in which individual students attending classes from various locations have missed class due to a situation that the student reasonably believed to be hazardous, the instructor is encouraged to work with the student to avoid a penalty. 1. The President or designee shall be kept directly informed of a potential situation that may require canceling classes or closing the campus. If Clovis Municipal Schools is declared closed for the full day, the College will normally be closed also. If CMS starts on a delayed schedule, the College will normally remain open. Any class cancellation shall be made by the President and the Vice President for Educational Services. 2. The Office of Community Relations will place an appropriate recording for the switchboard, which announces the cancellation of classes or closure of the college due to extreme weather. The Office of Community Relations will also contact the following FM radio stations (95.3, 98.3, 99.1, 99.9 and 107.5) and inform them of the status of College operations. The President or President's designee will notify an off-campus centers, special populations, or community users of the status of college operations. 3. If classes are cancelled, the campus will be closed, and only designated emergency personnel are asked to report to campus. These personnel include the President, Vise-Presidents, Deans, and designated staff from the following departments: Community Relations, Physical Plant, Grounds, Campus security and Information Desk. Other employees do not report to campus and are granted administrative leave during campus closure. Individuals who are required to report to campus will be granted administrative leave of equal duration; to be taken as greed with their supervisor. 4. The Director to the Physical Plant and the Director of Security share authority to coordinate all preparations for the emergency. 5. The college will make reasonable efforts to reopen the campus after an emergency closing as soon as it is safe and appropriate. 6. Instructors are required to include information concerning weather emergency procedures in all course syllabi.




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