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					           Northwest Mississippi Community College – Desoto Center
                        Psy1513/ General Psychology I
                               Spring Term 2011
                         Instructor: Mrs. Rebecca Allen
                          Phone: NWCC 662-280-6120
                        E-mail: rallen@spsd.k12.ms.us
              Web site (contains syllabus, homework, and notes):
 http://teacherweb.com/MS/SouthPanolaHighSchool/Allen,Rebecca/photo4.stm

Required Textbook: Psychology: Modules for Active Learning, Coon & Mittner, 11th Ed.

Required Materials:
                 Scan-tron blanks (12) and pencil for each test and homework
                 Book for round table discussion (see next page for criteria)
                 Internet Access (at home or use the library)

Grading Policy:     10%           Homework/Class-work
                                  (No late work accepted, you will be able to drop two
                                  homework grades)

                    40%           Test 1
                                  Test 2
                                  Test 3
                                  (No make-up tests will be given; you will be able to drop
                                  one test grade)

                    20%           Book Review Poster & Round Table
                                  (Must be present for full credit)

                    30%           Comprehensive Final Exam
                                  (No exemptions, must be taken on your exam day)


Grading Scale:      A      90-100%
                    B      80-89%
                    C      70-79%
                    D      60-69%
                    F      0-59%

Make-up Work:       As a rule late work will not be accepted. All due dates are clearly
stated on the course outline and agenda, and you may drop one test grade and two
homework grades to accommodate emergencies.

Changes to the Agenda: The instructor reserves the right to add or delete items in the
agenda in the interest of enhanced learning or to accommodate emergency weather
closings. As much advanced warning as possible will be given before changes are made.

Last Day to Withdraw with a “W”, passing or failing: Mar 25
Last Day to Withdraw with a “W”, passing: Apr 29
Assignment Guidelines:

   Homework (10% of Final Average)
      o Homework assignments will be posted on my “teacherweb” and must
         be downloaded and completed before the class meeting on that
         chapter
             Answer questions on a scan-tron and turn in at the start of class.
             Keep original to use for study.
      o Homework is due at the beginning of each class and will be graded by scanner
      o Late work will not be accepted, you will have 2 drop grades to accommodate
         absence from class. Homework submitted early will be accepted.

   Tests   (40% of Final Average)
       o     Tests (3 total) will cover information listed in the agenda
       o     Any information from homework, notes, or discussion may be on the test
       o     You will be allowed to drop one test grade
       o     Make up tests will not be given


   Individual Book Review Round Table (20% of Final Average)
       o Students may choose a book from the approved book list, or bring a
           book of their choosing for approval. Books that are not on the list must be
           psychological in nature and non-fiction (includes self-help books, books about
           psychological issues or careers, biographies of prominent psychologists, and
           books with a psychologically influential nature). You must have your book
           approved by mid-term.
       o You will present your book in a round table discussion format. You
           must have a simple visual tool for your presentation. This tool can be in
           the form of a poster, handout, short book report, activity, or any media that suits
           you.
       o Your visual aid must include:
                Book Title & Author
                Synopsis
                Psychological principals present in the book
                Positive influences on your thoughts or perceptions
                Negative influences on your thoughts or perceptions
                Would you recommend to others
       o You must be present for the discussion to receive full credit for the project.


   Final Exam (30% of Final Average)
       o Exam will include all information covered in the course
       o A study guide is posted to guide your preparation
       o Final exam grade may not be dropped
Expectations:

   1. Show up! The attendance policy as stated in the Student Guide states that classes
      that meet 1 day a week have 2 absences; you will receive an F after your
      3rd absence. Save your absences for something important!
   2. Prepare – Participate – THINK – Evaluate – STUDY – Commit
   3. Don’t whine; YOU fix the problem.

Procedures:
   1. Familiarize yourself with the Student Guide and be prepared to follow all published
      rules and regulations. Pay special attention to the following
          a. Code for student conduct
          b. Cheating/Plagiarism
          c. Classroom Etiquette *** NOTE Silence cell phones and store out of sight,
             take only emergency calls, text messaging or other distractions are not
             acceptable.
          d. Smoking
          e. Dress code ***NOTE Remove caps inside, pull up your britches, and cover
             your undergarments and belly
   2. Use proper manners at all times. Treat all faculty, staff, and students will the
      highest respect.
   3. Communicate!

Emergency Procedures:
  1. Familiarize yourself with the Campus Emergency Procedures in the Student Guide.
  2. In the case of severe weather during class, we will proceed as a group to the
     basement of the Desoto Center building. Please stay in a group so I can be sure
     you have all made it safely.
  3. In the case of fire during class, we will proceed as a group to exit the Desoto Center
     building. Please stay in a group, or find the group after you have made it out of the
     building, so I can be sure you have all made it out safely.
  4. In the case of a crazy person with a weapon, close and lock/barricade door, turn off
     lights and cell phones. Prepare for defense if needed, stay out a range if possible.
Author                                    Title
Ariely, Dan                               Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
Bernstein, Albert                         Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry
Blanchard, Kenneth                        Who Moved My Cheese?
Block, J. Richard                         Can You Believe Your Eyes?
Bourne, Edmund J.                         The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
Bradberry, Travis & Greaves, Jean         The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book
Breggin, Peter                            Toxic Psychiatry
Breggin, Peter                            Your Drug may be Your Problem
Catlette, Bill & Hadden, Richard          Contented Cows Give Better Milk
Cloud, Henry and Townsend, Dr. John       Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of
                                          Your Life
Collins, Jim                              Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Other’s
                                          Don’t
Covey, Steven                             The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Faber, Adele and Mazlish, Elaine          How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Fulghum, Robert                           All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Gladwell, Malcolm                         Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking
Glass, Lillian                            Toxic People: 10 ways of dealing with people who make your life
                                          miserable
Hull, Arthur                              Drum Circle Spirit - Facilitating Human Potential Through Rhythm
Kiyosaki, Robert & Lechter, Sharon        Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--
                                          That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Levenkron, Steven                         Anatomy of Anorexia
Linder, Robert                            The Fifty-Minute Hour
Lipton, Bruce                             The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter,
                                          & Miracles
Lundin, Stephen C. & Christensen, Harry   Fish! A remarkable way to boost morale and improve results.
Paul and John
Menninger, Karl A.                        Man Against Himself
Oz, Mehetmet C. and Roizen, Michael F.         You: On a Diet: The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management
Pelzer, Dave                                   A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive
Ramsey, Dave                                   Financial Peace - Revisited
Ramsey, Dave                                   Total Money Make Over
Sacks, Oliver                                  The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Saplosky, Robert                               Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
Schaefer, Jenni                                Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder
                                               and Fall in Love with Life
Schlessinger, Laura                            How Could You Do That?
Schuller, Robert                               Living Positively One Day at a Time
Smalley, Gary                                  Hidden Keys of a Loving and Lasting Marriage
Trelease, Jim                                  Read Aloud Handbook
Walters, Janie                                 Blow Bubbles, Not a Gasket: 101 ways to reduce stress and add fun
                                               to your life.
Warren, Rick                                   The Purpose Driven Life
Ariely, Dan                                    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
Bernstein, Albert                              Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry
Students may choose a book from the
approved book list, or bring a book of
their choosing for approval.
 Book must be psychological in nature and
non-fiction.
 Includes self-help books, books about
psychological issues or careers,
biographies of prominent psychologists,
and books with a psychologically influential
nature.
MONDAY                                                    WEDNESDAY
NIGHT                                                     NIGHT
CLASS                                                     CLASS
Jan 10                   Intro & Syllabus                 Jan 12                      Intro & Syllabus
Jan 17               MLK DAY - No classes                 Jan 19      Lecture Chapter 1 / Chapter 1 Homework Due
Jan 24   Lecture Chapter 1 / Chapter 1 Homework Due       Jan 26      Lecture Chapter 2 / Chapter 2 Homework Due
Jan 31   Lecture Chapter 2 / Chapter 2 Homework Due       Feb 2       Lecture Chapter 4 / Chapter 4 Homework Due
Feb 7    Lecture Chapter 4 / Chapter 4 Homework Due       Feb 9                           Snow day
Feb 14             Lecture Chapter 4 Continued            Feb 16                Lecture Chapter 4 Continued
Feb 21              Test 1 / Chapters 1, 2, & 4           Feb 23                 Test 1 / Chapters 1, 2, & 4
Feb 28   Lecture Chapter 5 / Chapter 5 Homework Due       Mar 2       Lecture Chapter 5 / Chapter 5 Homework Due
Mar 7    Lecture Chapter 6 / Chapter 6 Homework Due       Mar 9       Lecture Chapter 6 / Chapter 6 Homework Due
Mar 14            SPRING BREAK – No classes               Mar 16               SPRING BREAK – No classes
          Lecture Chapter 10 / Chapter 10 Homework                      Lecture Chapter 10 / Chapter 10 Homework
Mar 21                          Due                       Mar 23                             Due
          test 2 / Chapters 5, 6, 10 and selected items                test 2 / Chapters 5, 6, 10 and selected items
Mar 28                      from test 1                   Mar 30                         from test 1
          Lecture Chapter 12 / Chapter 12 Homework                     Lecture Chapter 12 / Chapter 12 Homework
Apr 4                           Due                       Apr 6                              Due
Apr 11            Lecture Chapter 12 Continued            Apr 13               Lecture Chapter 12 Continued
           Test 3 Chapter 12 and selected items from                    Test 3 Chapter 12 and selected items from
Apr 18                       tests 1& 2                   Apr 20                          tests 1& 2
Apr 25                Stats & Stress Lesson               Apr 27                   Stats & Stress Lesson
May 2      Book Report and Round Table Discussion         May 4         Book Report and Round Table Discussion
May 9                       Final Exam                    May 11                         Final Exam

				
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