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					                                 Psyc& 100--General Psychology
                                         Winter 2013
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
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 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
point allocations.
          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

Course policies
         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
late day.
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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 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
community activity.
          8. Please go to for other important college-wide student information.

                                             Course Schedule

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
                  Introduction--Social Psychology
                  Research Proposal Session III: Peer review of rough draft

Unit 10: 3/11     Social Psychology                                                      Ch. 16

Finals week       Research proposals due 3/19

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