Psyc& 100--General Psychology
Instructor: Miles Jackson
Course information: Section 3H1, Item #5957, 5 credits. This is a hybrid class that combines weekly
online course work and face to face meetings 8:00-11:50 am in HHL 118 on 1/12, 2/9, and 3/9. Most of
course work will be completed and submitted on the Moodle course page at moodle.clark.edu.
Voice mail: (360) 992-2934
Office location and hours: Foster Hall 201, by appointment
Text: Myers, D. G. (2010). Psychology (9th ed.). New York: Worth. The customized e-book version for
this course can be purchased directly at http://ebooks.bfwpub.com/myers9e.php The custom version
number is 4693157.
Course overview: This course provides an introduction to the field of psychology. Psychologists
conduct scientific research and develop theories to understand why people act the way they do. As the
course schedule below illustrates, the field of psychology consists a wide array of research topics, ranging
from biological topics such as neuroanatomy and genetics to sociocultural topics such as conformity and
discrimination. Throughout the class, I will stress two major concepts. First, psychology is a diverse
scientific discipline, with many subfields and various theoretical perspectives. Second, human behavior is
influenced by multiple factors. It is the interaction of biological, cognitive, and social factors--not a
single factor such as “genetics” or “family environment”--that produces the behavior we see in ourselves
and the people around us.
Course learning outcomes. The following table identifies the learning outcomes I will emphasize in this
course and how I will assess students' achievement of each outcome. All three course outcomes are
aligned with the Transfer AA program outcome “Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and
institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.”
Course outcomes mode of assessment
1. Recognize, define, and apply basic terms, concepts, and Group discussion assignments,
principles in the areas of research methods, neuroscience, homework assignments
human memory, learning through conditioning, psychological
disorders, and psychotherapy.
2. Define and distinguish between correlational and Group discussion assignments,
cause/effect relationships and their implications; apply these homework assignments, research
concepts to specific examples. Understand the relationship proposal
between how data are collected and the conclusions that can be
drawn from them.
3. Communicate about psychology in writing. Group discussion assignments,
homework assignments, research
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Coursework and grading criteria. Coursework consists of ten group discussion assignments, ten
homework assignments, three in-class assignments, and a research proposal. I will apply the following
1. Group discussion assignments (5 points each; 50 points total). Each week, students will work
together in small groups in an online discussion forum to provide answers to important questions about
the course material. In these group discussions, students will critically evaluate psychological research,
generate personal examples of important psychological concepts, and provide practical applications of
psychological research and theory. Specific guidelines and grading criteria for these group discussion
assignments are posted on the course site.
2. Homework assignments (20 points each; 200 points total). In the weekly homework
assignments, students will summarize important concepts, evaluate research findings, and critically apply
psychological theories and methods. Specific guidelines and grading criteria for these written
assignments are posted on the course site.
3. In-class assignments (10 points each; 30 points total). At each of the three face to face
sessions, students will complete a group discussion assignment related to the research proposal
assignment described below. To receive full credit, students must (a) participate in the in class group
discussion and (b) submit the completed assignment at the end of the class session.
4. Research proposal (100 points). The culminating project for the course is a research
proposal. Students will develop a testable research hypothesis related to one of the course topics and
design a study to test the hypothesis. Specific guidelines and grading criteria for the research proposal are
posted on the course site.
I will use the following grading curve:
Total points Course grade Total points Course grade
350-380 A 342-349 A-
334-341 B+ 312-333 B
304-311 B- 296-303 C+
274-295 C 266-273 C-
258-265 D+ 236-257 D
228-235 D- < 228 F
Skills for course success. To effectively participate in and complete the course, students should be able
1. Read and write at college level, as evidenced by COMPASS score and/or college GPA ≥ 2.0
2. Communicate via email using a Clark student email account
3. Use library and internet resources to collect and critically evaluate course-relevant materials
4. Upload and download files in common formats (e.g., html, doc)
5. Download and use common computer applications (e.g., web browser, pdf reader)
6. Copy and paste text and graphics from application to application
7. Store, organize and backup course-relevant files on local computer
1. Asking questions. Asking questions is an important part of the learning process. I encourage
you to submit questions on the course question & answer discussion forum or to send me questions via
your Clark email account. I will respond within 24 hours Tuesday through Saturday; I will respond on
Tuesday to any questions submitted Sunday or Monday.
2. Missed coursework. Group discussion assignments and in-class assignments cannot be made
up or turned in late. Other course work turned in after the due date will receive a five point penalty per
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3. Academic honesty. Plagiarism--turning in another person’s written work as your own,
including the work of other students in the class--will result in a score of zero on any written assignments.
Go to http://www.clark.edu/Library/iris/use/use_home.shtml to learn more about plagiarism and how to
correctly cite sources.
4. Course withdrawal. If you stop participating in the course, be sure to submit the paperwork
for an official withdrawal to the Registration Office by Nov. 16.
5. Use of Clark student email accounts. To protect student confidentiality, I will only
communicate via email using students’ assigned Clark email addresses. Please monitor your Clark email
account regularly so that you do not miss important messages.
6. ADA accommodations. If you have emergency medical information which should be shared;
or if you require assistance in case the building should be evacuated; please make an appointment to see
me as soon as possible during the office hours indicated in this syllabus. Any student with a disability
who may require accommodation in order to fully participate in this class should contact the Disability
Support Services Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901 (VP) or stop by GHL 137.
7. College nondiscrimination policy. Clark College affirms a commitment to freedom from
discrimination for all members of the college community. The college expressly prohibits discrimination
against any person on the basis of: Race, color, national origin, disabled veteran status, sex, sexual
orientation, age, gender identity, creed, gender expression, Vietnam-era veteran status, religion, marital
status, and presence of physical, sensory or mental disability. The responsibility for, and the protection
of, this commitment extends to students, faculty, administration, staff, contractors, and those who develop
or participate in college programs. It encompasses every aspect of employment and every student and
8. Please go to www.clark.edu/cc/syllabi for other important college-wide student information.
Date Topic Reading
Unit 1: 1/7 Introduction to psychology
Sa session: 1/12 Review—Introduction to psychology
Introduction—Thinking critically with psychological science
Research Proposal Session I: Developing a hypothesis
Unit 2: 1/14 Thinking critically with psychological science I Ch. 1
Unit 3: 1/21 Thinking critically with psychological science II
Unit 4: 1/28 Biology of Mind Ch. 2
Unit 5: 2/4 Learning Ch. 7
Sa session: 2/9 Review—Units 2-5
Research Proposal Session II: Designing a study
Unit 6: 2/11 Memory Ch. 8
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Unit 7: 2/18 Intelligence Ch. 10
Unit 8: 2/25 Psychological disorders Ch. 14
Unit 9: 3/4 Psychological therapy Ch. 15
Sa session: 3/9 Review—Units 6-9
Research Proposal Session III: Peer review of rough draft
Unit 10: 3/11 Social Psychology Ch. 16
Finals week Research proposals due 3/19