SYLLABUS COVER SHEET
FALL QUARTER 2010
PSYC& 100 A 8733 2:15 P.M.
PSYC& 100 B 8734 2:15 P.M.
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GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY PSYC& 100
FALL QUARTER 2010
Instructor: Leon Khalsa
Section 8733 PSYC& 100 A = Monday/ Wednesday 2:15 P.M. – 4:25 P.M.
Section 8734 PSYC& 100 B = Monday/ Wednesday 2:15 P.M. – 4:25 P.M.
Prerequisite: None Credit Hours: 5 units Class Room: in C - 278
Office Location: College Center – C-290 E, Upper Floor, East Wing, South East Corner
Office Hours: Monday: 1-2, 4:30-5:30, 7:45-8:45 PM / Wednesday: 1-2, 4:30-5:30 PM
I am also available by appointment. Please call or email for appointment
Telephone: (253) 840-8313 (For a faster response please email)
E-mail: “Through Course Mail Web Site
WAOLCOURSE LOGIN: Login Address: “http://angel.pcd.edu/default.asp
THEN Select the course PSYC 100 General Psychology - 8733 - F10
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Welcome to General Psychology PSYC& 100! This class is a general introduction to the principles of human and
animal behavior. Topics to be covered include Personality, Learning, Therapy, Human Development, Attention, and
Memory. Emphasis is placed upon the relationship between General Principles and Practical Application in Human
1) Psychology in Action (9 ed.) and the Study Guide by Huffman (used textbook ok, used Study Guide NOT!)
2) PSYK.TREK 3.0 (2.0 will be okay) Wayne Weiten, Multi-Media CD (some library rentals available)
1. Provide an overview of psychology, including definitions, history, the 5 major perspectives, ethics, and
state of contemporary psychology. (See Ch.1)
2. Understand psychological research and evaluate the quality of research; and, the meaningfulness of
results. (See Ch.1)
3. Learn the biological basis for behavior including the brain and nervous system. (See Ch.2)
4. Learn the importance of sleep and dreaming to good psychological health. (See Ch. 5)
5. Understand the importance of environmental influences, through various conditioning and learning
situations. (See Ch. 6)
6. Understand the way in which our memory functions. (See Ch. 7)
7. Learn about child development and major approaches to understanding life span development. (See
Ch. 9 & 10)
8. Understand the psychological concepts of frustration, conflict, stress, and defense. (See Ch. 3)
9. Learn about human sexuality and the importance of the concept of gender. ( See Ch. 11)
10. Become familiar with some of the definitions of intelligence and the difficulties in using this concept.
(See Ch. 8)
11. Become familiar with the major theories of personality and some of the ways personality traits are
defined and measured. (See Ch. 13)
12. Be able to define psychopathology & become familiar with the major types of disorders. (See Ch. 14)
13. Become familiar with the major types of psychotherapy. (See Ch. 15)
14. Understand the powerful influence of group dynamics and social settings. (See Ch. 16)
*10-14 as per individual study
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Your Goals for this Course:
Please list the learning goals you would like to accomplish in taking this course.
In this class you will encounter a mix of reading, lecture, multi-media presentations and class discussion. My teaching
method is highly interactive. Therefore I encourage, support and expect class participation, questions and debates.
The reading assignments and lectures support each other. If you have not read the assigned reading you will not be
able to effectively participate in your learning group. The format of the class is web-enhanced/hybrid!
Study Buddy Name: Phone number:
Classroom attendance is required. In-class exercises and activities contribute to active learning and critical thinking.
Therefore, attendance and participation in the group learning activities are extremely important and will affect your
In order to receive attendance for any given class you must do ALL three of these steps:
1. Be there
2. Scan your Student ID card when you enter the classroom
3. Scan your student ID card when you leave the classroom
You will earn 5 points for each class fully attended and 0 points for each class missed.
0 classes missed = 10 Extra Credit Bonus Points
1 – 2 class missed = 0 debit
3-6 classes missed = deduct 5 points (each class)
7 or more missed = you flunk the class.
Name Tag missing deducts 2 points.
In case of serious, prolonged illness or family crisis, please contact me immediately for arrangements on a case-by-
If you arrive more than 10 minutes after the start of a class you will lose 2.5 attendance points for the class. If you
have a medical emergency beyond your 2 absence you still earn half attendance credit (2.5 points) for a maximum of
ONE day only IF you submit a doctor’s letter.
You are responsible for conduct that supports your learning and that of your fellow students. Behavior that disrupts
the learning environment shall be restricted at instructor's discretion. Warning shall be given prior to disciplinary
If your equipment beeps during class it will cost you 2 minus points off your extra credit category for the first time.
During a quiz or exam it will cost you 3 minus points. CELL PHONE GARAGE – The student agrees that cell phones
must be in the CELL PHONE GARAGE during the entire class period, except for official breaks. Leaving the class to
go to the restroom does not constitute a break. If the student is seen with a cell phone outside the “garage” during
class-time, his or her course grade will drop by 1 FULL GRADE for EACH occasion.
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Item Percentage Points (actual points or % may vary due to rounding)
Quizzes 20% 100
Exams (Best 3 of 4) 50% 250
Active Learning - -
Attendance 20% 100
WEB Assignments 10% 50
Total 100% 500
Extra Credit MAX 20
450 – 520 (90%) = A (3.5-4.0) 400 – 449 (80%) = B (2.5-3.4)
350 – 399 (70%) = C (1.5-2.4) 300 – 349 (60%) = D (.08-1.4) 299 or less = F (0.0)
For each chapter a multiple-choice quiz will be given. These quizzes will be taken online. They assist you in
preparing for class discussion and unit exams. They also provide you with immediate feedback and “distributed
practice”. If you don’t take the quiz during the time it is posted you loose your chance to take it later. NO QUIZ
Grade Weight: 20% of your grade
Three multiple-choice exams will be given during the quarter. If you miss the time availability window for one of the
three exams you should take the OPTIONAL COMPREHENSIVE FINAL (Covering Chapters 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13,
14, 15, and 16). Those who did take the first three exams may also choose to take the Final. You cannot worsen your
GPA as we will only count your three highest exam grades.
Again, missing the time availability window of the posted exam is a non-recoverable decision that will adversely affect
your grade so be sure to note the exam dates on the calendar page of this syllabus!
Grade Weight: 50% of your grade
A total of 100 points can come from class attendance and participation. To receive full credit for active learning you
must attend and participate in each class for the entire length of time. 50 additional points come from web-based
participation. To receive credit, you must post your answer every two weeks before the cutoff time. You may post
anonymously to some questions, IF you use your college SID #. Active Learning consists of the following
components: Attendance (20%) - WEB Assignments (WA) postings (10%).
Grade Weight: 30% of your grade
You Can Earn up to 10 Extra Credit Points Your Extra Credit paper will be 4 to 6 pages (1500 WORDS) in 1” margins
– 11 to 12 point font typed double-spaced unless other wised specified. Your EC Paper is worth up to 10 points.
You MUST submit EC BY HANDING IT INTO ME IN CLASS before the deadline.
The Extra Credit Deadline is 11:55 PM on December 2 ! Be sure to read my Plagiarism Policy!
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You are responsible for submitting original work. Any evidence of plagiarism or cheating may be grounds for
disciplinary action including flunking the class with or without further notice! See page 40 of the 2007-008 Pierce
College Catalog under “Academic Dishonesty”.
You should assume as a matter of course that your instructor is HIGHLY familiar with any documents regarding
the psychology related articles available on the web. Don’t take a chance using those. You should also assume
that you cannot copy or closely re-write a student’s WA posting and then re-post it as your own. Only your original
work can be submitted!
OFFICIAL NOTICE: If a student is found helping another student with any assessment BOTH students are
subject to flunking the class with NO FURTHER WARNING BEING GIVEN!
ALERT: We use Plagiarism Detecting Software!
E-Mail Policy – Because I teach multiple courses on campus as well as online courses keeping my student emails
straight is both very challenging and VERY IMPORTANT. Please assist me in this by observing the following points:
The Course Mail section functions like most other e-mail programs: it enables you to exchange e-mail messages with
other ANGEL users. The Course Mail section contains the following three options:
View Inbox opens the Course Mail application and shows all the messages in your inbox.
Quick Message lets you bypass the inbox and start composing a message.
Unread Messages displays a count of unread messages in your inbox.
How to Forward Course Mail
By default, users must log into ANGEL to send or read course mail messages. You can optionally configure ANGEL’s
course mail forwarding settings to automatically forward course mail to an Internet e-mail address. Course mail forwarding
is a global setting. Therefore, enabling course mail forwarding forwards all course mail messages received in any course
or group for which you are enrolled.
To forward your ANGEL course mail to an Internet e-mail account:
1. Log into ANGEL and click the Personal Settings icon ( ) in Power Strip. The Preferences page appears.
2. Click System Settings in the General User Settings area. The System Settings page appears.
3. Locate the Mail Settings area, click the Forwarding Address field, and type the full e-mail address where your
ANGEL mail should be sent.
4. Click the Forwarding Mode drop-down list and select the forwarding mode of your choice.
5. Click the Save button.
When Sending Me an E-Mail
1) Because of the huge virus situation I rarely open emails with attachments. Whenever possible, simply paste the
information contained into the BODY of the actual email. You may lose some formatting information but it is
almost always still very readable.
2) Don’t send me multiple emails in a single day. If I haven’t responded to your original email within 48 hours, do
send me a gentle reminder.
3) I may DEDUCT points from your grade for violations of this email policy. I won’t do it the first time, but I may do it
for subsequent violations without further notice. So please try very, very hard to abide by this.
Students from all levels of ability are welcome in my class. As your instructor, I am here to assist you as much as I
can. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your success as a student at Pierce College. In
addition, many free services such as tutoring, counseling, library, math or writing assistance lab, are available to
support your learning success. Special academic and testing accommodations will be made for students with
disabilities in coordination with the Access and Disability Services (ADS) office (840-8335).
HAVE A GREAT QUARTER AND REMEMBER: YOU CREATE YOUR OWN SUCCESS!
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