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					                                      CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
                                   Western Campus or Westlake Campus/Liberal Arts

                                                   General Psychology
                                                    Psychology 1010

                                                 10321 MWF 1:00-1:50
                                                  "Class Nickname"

                                                        3 credits
                                                       Spring 2010

Alan Gerding



Email: (primary email, USE THIS EMAIL) (secondary email, use if problems with primary email)

Office Hours:
By appointment and/or before/after class upon request

Students are always welcome to see me for help with class material and academic counseling.

Required Materials:
Hockenbury, D.H. & Hockenbury, S.E. (2010). Psychology (5th Ed.). Worth Publishers: New York, NY.

Course Description:
General psychology is the introduction to psychology, the scientific study of human behavior. Students will learn
aspects of all of the following: history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, sensation and perception,
consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, motivation and emotion, personality, abnormal behavior,
social psychology, and diversity. Exploration via critical thinking and in-class questions is strongly encouraged.

Course Objectives:
This course will enable the student to demonstrate knowledge of:

1. scientific methods
2. the goals in the study of psychology
3. factors influencing human behavior
4. basic psychological concepts and theories
5. critical psychological research findings
6. the impact of diversity on psychological behavior, theories, and research outcomes
7. the role of psychology in society
8. psychological aspects of psychological and physical health

Furthermore, by the end of the course the student should be able to:

9. evaluate the objectivity, reliability and validity of information and recognize the importance of doing so as a consumer
and in life, in general
10. understand and generate valid evidence for one‟s positions on psychological issues.
11. distinguish between causal and non causal relationships
12. apply psychological principles and facts to personal experience

Regular class attendance is required. A student may be withdrawn for excessive absence if the student has missed the
equivalent of one week of instruction (two classes) unless satisfactory arrangements can be made by the student to
demonstrate that he/she can make acceptable academic progress (Official College Policy).

Class Policy and Student Responsibility:
The student is expected to attend all classes. Lectures will cover material from the textbook as well as material covered
during lecture. Lectures will not cover all the material from the textbook, and students should not expect attending class
to adequately substitute for reading the textbook or vice versa. In order to succeed in this course, the student must attend
class and read the textbook. Asking questions and discussing class material is strongly encouraged. It is recommended
that the student read the assigned readings prior to the lecture of scheduled material. The student is responsible for all
material presented in class and in textbook material. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact me.

The Ohio Board of Regents requires 2 hours of study for each hour in class. This is a 3-credit class. Therefore, this
class requires 9 hours of the students‟ time per week. 3 in-class hours and 6 hours study outside of class (reading,
working on assignments, etc.) comprise these 9 hours. Proper planning, prioritization, and dedication will enhance
student success in this course.

The more the student participates in this course the better the learning experience. Attending class entails more than
making an appearance; it involves taking notes, thinking about the material presented, participating in class activities,
asking questions, and being courteous to all class members. The student is responsible for all material covered in class
whether having attended class or not.

College Policies and Procedures:
It is the students‟ responsibility to withdraw from class officially by completing a withdrawal form in the Office of
Admission and Records by the deadline. Failure to do so could result in an „F‟ grade for the course (Official College
Policy). Students may withdraw from any semester course prior to the end of the twelfth week of the full term, or 80%
of any instructional part of the term. It is not the duty of the instructors to withdraw students from class; it is the
STUDENT that must complete the withdrawal form in the Admissions and Records office if a withdrawal is desired.
Specific withdrawal dates (see below) are available by term in the Campus Admissions and Records or published in the
schedule of courses.

       Term:           Last day NO RECORD:                    Last day “W” GRADE:
      16 weeks                   ?                                      ?

A notation of “I” indicates that a student has not completed all course requirements as a result of circumstances judged
by the instructor to be beyond the student‟s control. A student wishing to request an incomplete must submit the request
in writing. A student must complete all course requirements no later than the end of the sixth week of the academic term
in which the “I” was noted. Failure to complete such requirements will result in a failing grade (Official College Policy).

If a student needs course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if the student has emergency medical
information, or if a student needs special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an
appointment with me as soon as possible. For specific information pertaining to accommodations, contact the ACCESS
office at 216-987-5079, TDD 216-987-5117.

The College‟s established Student Conduct and Academic Honor Code lists academic misconduct as, but not limited to
plagiarism of any kind and cheating on a quiz or exam. Dishonest work refers to handing in another‟s work as your
own. This includes copying information from any source, including textbooks and websites. Any assignment, paper, or

test which includes work not done by you (this includes definitions) must be indicated with quotation marks. Failure to
do so is plagiarism. A grade of zero will be given to all dishonest work. Refer to College Policy 40 040 045.

The classroom is an environment of mutual respect. Behavior that does not reflect consideration for fellow students or
the instructor will be handled accordingly. Depending on the severity of the disrespect, a student may be verbally
reprimanded, asked to leave the class, withdrawn from the course altogether, or (in extreme cases) may have campus
public safety intervene. In short, have fun and enjoy the class as long as it is not at the expense of others.

Students may feel that recording the lecture is helpful. Feel free to record this class. Pager and cell phones should be
turned off or put in silent mode.

Evaluation of Learning:
There will be 4 in-class exams, each of which is worth 100 points. The final exam, worth 150 points, will be
comprehensive and will test your knowledge of the entire course. Exams will cover textbook readings and lecture
material. Generally, about 75% of text items will come from material covered in lecture, and 25% of items will come
from material in your textbook that is not covered in class. Therefore, it is in the students‟ best interests to not miss class
and to read the textbook. Exams will not be reviewed in class nor will students be permitted to keep their exams. Please
contact me if desiring a thorough test review.

Missing an Exam:
All exams are to be taken when scheduled. Attendance will be taken at the end of all exams. If a student is absent the
day of an exam, they may take a make-up exam. The student should remember that it is a privilege, not a right, to take
a make-up exam.

There is never a need for a student to make a formal request for a make-up test because attendance is taken at the end of
an exam. For any student that fails to attend the schedule exam date, a make-up test will be placed in the Testing Center
for them to take. The make-up exam will be a different version of the exam than was administered during the scheduled
class. The make-up exam will remain in the Testing Center until a week from the day the original exam was scheduled.
This means that if an exam was given on a Friday, for example, the last day for a student to take the make-up
exam is Thursday.

This method of providing make-up exams has been created to prevent students from feeling the need to provide
documented proof to justify the missed examination and to prevent students from verbally giving the professor any
reasons/excuses as to why they missed a test. However, every student is permitted only ONE make-up test. Once a
student takes a make-up exam, another one will not be provided REGARDLESS of the circumstances that prevented the
student from attending the scheduled exam. Therefore, it is in the student's best interest to not rely on the make-up exam
unless an emergency arises.

Western Campus Assessment, Testing, & Tutoring:
Location: WTLC 115
Contact: (216) 987-5256
Assessment Hours
       Monday — Thursday
       9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
       Begin placement tests no later than 6:00 p.m.
       Friday
       9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
       Begin placement tests no later than 2:00 p.m.

More information can be found at


Writing, critical thinking, and the application of theoretical material is important to the field of psychology. There will
be a writing project assigned in class. The assignment will be worth 50 points (half the amount of a test). More
information about the writing project will be provided in class. The assignment must be submitted by the end of the
class period on the day it is due. Late projects will be deducted 10% for each day they are late.

The writing project is to be an original production. Each paper should be proofread and spell-checked prior to
submission. Points will be deducted for failure to follow these guidelines.

All writing projects must be typed, double-spaced, with „12‟ font size and 1” margins. No handwritten papers will be
accepted. Papers must be stapled, paper-clipped together, or contained in a presentation folder. The author‟s name
should be on every page of the project.

More information can be found at

Extra Credit:
The textbook for this course has a corresponding Online Study Center which allows you to take quizzes to assess your
learning of each chapter. This provides the student with feedback about knowledge of the course material. Taking a
quiz through the Online Study Center will result in a single point of extra credit. There are thirty online quizzes
available, two for each of the text‟s fifteen chapters, providing 30 points worth of extra credit. Once a student completes
an online quiz and submits it, you and your professor will be provided with the percent of items answered correctly. For
an extra credit quiz to count, the score must be 80% or higher. It is the student‟s responsibility to keep track of
which quizzes he or she has taken. On the last page of this syllabus there is an attachment to assist in keeping track of
which quizzes have been taken. More information on extra credit will be provided in class. The website for extra credit
and other study materials is


There are 600 points possible in this course (not including extra credit):

400   points for Exams
150   points for the Final Exam
50    points for the Project
600   points total

Grades will be assigned as follows:

  Percentage:        Points:          Grade:
  100% - 90%        600 - 540           A
  89% - 80%         539 - 480           B
  79% - 70%         479 - 420           C
  69% - 60%         419 - 360           D
  under 60%         359 - 0             F

This syllabus is a blueprint for the course. Please read the entire syllabus. You are responsible for understanding and
complying with all the policies in the syllabus, and the consequences for failure to do so. The instructor and College
reserve the right to make changes to the syllabus and policies and procedures. Notice of these changes will be
announced in class. You are responsible for any announced changes of these policies and procedures, regardless of
whether you were in attendance or not. Please see me as soon as possible if you have any questions about the contents
of the syllabus, the course, or your role as a student.

Additional information may be posted at

                                               Tentative Course Schedule

                 Day 1                                      Day 2                                  Day 3
? Chapter 1 Introduction and Research      ? Chapter 1 Introduction and Research    ? Chapter 1 Introduction and
Methods                                    Methods                                  Research Methods

? Martin Luther King Day (no class)        ? Chapter 1 Introduction and Research    ? Chapter 6 Memory
? Chapter 6 Memory                         ? Chapter 6 Memory                       ? Chapter 12 Social Psychology

? Chapter 12 Social Psychology             ? Chapter 12 Social Psychology           ?
                                                                                                   Test 1
? Chapter 2 Neuroscience and Behavior      ? Chapter 2 Neuroscience and Behavior    ? Chapter 2 Neuroscience and
? Chapter 3 Sensation and Perception       ? Chapter 3 Sensation and Perception     ? Chapter 3 Sensation and Perception

? Chapter 4 Consciousness and Variations   ? Chapter 4 Consciousness and            ? Chapter 4 Consciousness and
                                           Variations                               Variations
?                                          ? Chapter 5 Learning                     ? Chapter 5 Learning
                 Test 2
? Chapter 5 Learning                       ? Chapter 8 Motivation and Emotion       ? Chapter 8 Motivation and Emotion

? Chapter 8 Motivation and Emotion         ? Chapter 9 Lifespan Development         ? Chapter 9 Lifespan Development

? Chapter 9 Lifespan Development           ?                                        ? Chapter 10 Gender and Sexuality
                                                           Test 3
? Chapter 11 Personality                   ? Chapter 11 Personality                 ? Chapter 11 Personality

? Chapter 13 Stress, Health and Coping     ? Chapter 13 Stress, Health and Coping   ? Chapter 13 Stress, Health and
?                                          ? Chapter 14 Psychological Disorders     ? Chapter 14 Psychological
                 Test 4                                                             Disorders
? Chapter 14 Psychological Disorders       ? Chapter 15 Therapies                   ? Chapter 15 Therapies
              Project Due
? Chapter 15 Therapies                     ? Chapter 15 Therapies                   ? Chapter 15 Therapies

? Chapter 15 Therapies                     ? Final Exam Week                               FINAL EXAM TBA

          Extra Credit Quiz Record Sheet

CHAPTER             QUIZ 1                 QUIZ 2