Psychology 1301 Introduction to Psychology by moti


									                      Psychology 1301: Introduction to Psychology
                            Course Syllabus for Fall 2008
                                        11 TTh
                                  Marshall Hall-107
General Description
An introductory course in psychology: the scientific study of behavior and mental

Catalog Description
 This course offers a study of the basic principles of psychology and their bearing on the
nervous system, growth, learning, thinking, drives, emotions, intelligence, and individual

Course Objectives
To apply the concepts of intellectual inquiry, social consciousness, wellness, skills for a
contemporary society, global awareness, and Christian character to the field of
Major topics
   1. Psychology--The search for understanding
   2. Research Methods and Critical Thinking
   3. The Brain, Biology, and Behavior
   4. Human Development
   5. Sensation and Perception
   6. States of Consciousness
   7. Conditioning and Learning
   8. Memory
   9. Cognition, Language, and Creativity
   10. Intelligence
   11. Motivation and Emotion
   12. Personality
   13. Health, Stress, and Coping
   14. Psychological Disorders
   15. Therapies
   16. Social Behavior

Method of Evaluation
Five unit exams covering the chapters denoted below.
All exams will be multiple choice in format.
All Unit Exams will be 100 points.
The Unit Five Exam will be the Final Exam
Grading scale (expressed as percentage):
below 60=F
Class Attendance:
Class attendance is mandatory.
Excused absences include sickness, death in the family, and absence due to ETBU
Written documentation is required for an excused absence.
You must attend 75% of the classes to pass the course.
Robert L. Benefield, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice
Department of Behavioral Science
Office: Marshall 103-E
Phone: 903 923-2089

Office Hours
Monday Wednesday Friday
8:00-10:00 and 1:00-2:00 (MW only)
Tuesday Thursday
Tuesday Evening
5:00-5:30 and 8:30-9:00
{Other times by appointment}

Coon and Mitterer (2008)
Psychology: A Journey 3rd edition.

Make-up Exams: If you miss an exam due to an excused absence, you should contact
the instructor as soon as possible about a make-up exam. All make-up exams must be
completed within two weeks of your return to class

Appropriate Classroom behavior
All students are expected to engage in behavior that is consistent with the ETBU Student
Code of Conduct. Receiving or making cell phone calls, disruptive side conversations
and sleeping in class are not acceptable behaviors.

Overview and Schedule of Assignments:
August 26          Introduction and Chapter 1:
                   Introducing Psychology and Research Methods
August 28          Complete Chapter 1 and begin Chapter 2: Brain and Behavior
September 2        Complete Chapter 2
September 4        Chapter 3: Human Development
September 9        Complete Chapter 3 and Review for Exam One
September 11       UNIT ONE EXAM (Chapters 1-3)
September 16       Chapter 4: Sensation and Perception
September 18       Chapter 4 completed and begin Chapter 5
September 23       Chapter 5: States of Consciousness
September 25       complete Chapter 5 and begin Chapter 6
September 30       Chapter 6: Conditioning and Learning and review for exam
October 2          Complete Unit 2 and review for Exam
October 9           UNIT TWO EXAM (Chapters 4-6)
October 14         Chapter 7: Memory
October 16         Chapter 7 completed and begin Chapter 8
October 21         Chapter 8: Cognition and Creativity
October 23         Chapter 9: Motivation and Emotion
October 28         Chapter 9 completed and Exam Review
October 30        UNIT THREE EXAM (Chapters 7-9)
November 4         Chapter 10 : Personality
November 6         Chapter 10 completed and begin Chapter 11
November 11        Chapter 11: Health, Stress, and Coping
November 13        Chapter 12: Psychological Disorders (thru slide #10)
November 18        UNIT FOUR EXAM Chapters 10--first section of 12 only
November 20        Chapter 12: Psychological Disorders
December 2         Chapter 13: Therapies
December 4         Chapter 14: Social Behavior
December 9 at 11:00===FINAL EXAM (Chapters 12-14)

Expected Classroom Behavior Guidelines:
Attend all classes and participate in all activities (see ETBU absence Policy)
Affirm your own and others strengths and good points
Refrain from putdowns of self and others
Listen to what each person has to say
Do not interrupt when a person is speaking
Do not speak too long or too often
Please observe confidentiality
Support your postulates with research literature and/or personal experience

   Final Exam Policy:
   All students must take the Final Exam at the time scheduled by the University.
   Exceptions are granted by the Dean only in the case of:
    Four exams on the same day
    Serious personal illness
    Death of an immediate family member

•Note: This schedule is subject to change.   If you miss class, it is your responsibility to
check with the instructor to determine if changes have occurred.

                         Disability Accommodation Statement
Students with a disability may request appropriate accommodations for this course by
contacting the Advising Office in SCAR 104 and providing the required documentation.
If accommodations are approved by the Disability Accommodations Committee, the
Advising Office will notify you and your professor of the approved accommodations.
You must then discuss these accommodations with your professor.

What if….???
What if it were proven scientifically that all human experience can be explained as
chemical/electrical brain activity. That is, all thoughts, dreams, hopes, fears, behaviors,
and the like could be demonstrated to be changes in brain activity. Thus, any experience
could be produced by brain stimulation.
How would that impact your belief in God?

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