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                                                       Syllabus: Psychology 1010
                                              Fall 2010. Bowling Green State University.
                                                                      (subject to change)

Lectures / Discussions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rm. 101 Psychology Building, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-3:45.
Question-and-Answer Review Sessions . . . . (a) Online, Wedn. 4:00-5:00 pm, or 101 Psyc. Bldg., Tues. Thurs., 3:45-4:20.

Dr. Richard B. Anderson
Email: - Office: 251 Psych. Bldg. - Phone: 419/372-9908 (phone calls are welcomed but email is preferred).

Office Hours: Because students’ schedules are typically very full, my office hours are by appointment.
Peer Facilitator: Sarah Trusz <>


    Psychology, 8th Edition (by Henry Gleitman, James Gross, and Daniel Reisberg).
     Check both the Student Book Exchange (E. Wooster Street) and the University Bookstore (on campus). Hopefully, students who have a BGSU book
     scholarship (and who are therefore obligated to buy their books on campus) have already bought the book for this course, since the on-campus store may have
     already run out of copies. Books may also be purchased from internet-based vendors. It can be purchased at the University Bookstore on campus or at off-
     campus bookstores (on E. Wooster Street). Note that these bookstores will typically not stock enough copies for all students, so you should purchase or order
     your book early. The book can also be purchased at online sellers. It is also available to be purchased in electronic format. See Psychology 8e (Gleitman &
     Reisberg) at

     Typically, electronic books can be purchased much more cheaply than traditional books, though electronic books cannot be re-sold. Students may find that
     electronic books can be more difficult to read and comprehend than traditional, paper books.

Course Web Site:
Some of the on-line materials related to the course are located at the Blackboard site for this course. The Blackboard site also links to other course-
related materials located at

Course Goals:
Through mastery of the basic principles and research findings of psychology, students will learn why psychological scientists value evidence-based
rather than evidence-free ways of knowing, and why carefully and systematically gathered evidence is more highly valued than informal observation.
Through reading, discussion, and writing, students will consider whether and to what extent evidence ought to be valued as a foundation not only for
scientific beliefs, but also for everyday beliefs and decisions.

Students are required to attend class and participate in class discussions. Two instances of tardiness equal one absence. Each absence results in
a reduction of the final exam score by one percentage point.

Exams and Grading:
Students are expected to do the reading that is outlined in the syllabus. The reading material may be covered on exams even if the material is not
covered in class.
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In general, students who rely on rote memorization will not do well. There is simply too much material to memorize in that fashion. Instead, students
should strive to understand what they read and to relate it to their own personal interests and experiences. This type of mental activity, called
semantic processing, will make it possible to memorize the material.
There will be three exams plus a final exam.
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Exam 1 . . . . . . . . . . . 20% of grade.
Exam 2 . . . . . . . . . . . 20% of grade.
Exam 3 . . . . . . . . . . . 20% of grade.
Exam 4 (Final) . . . . . . . 40% of grade.
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Exams 1 through 3. Each of the first three exams will consist of about 3 multiple choice questions from the lectures, as well as questions that may
not have been covered in lecture (but that may have been covered in readings, discussions, or other activities).

Final Exam. The final exam will be like the others except that the final will be semi-cumulative.

Missed Exams. If a student misses Exam 1, Exam 2, or Exam 3 for any reason, the student may take an all-essay makeup exam. Alternatively, the
student may opt to forego the exam, in which case the missing exam score will equal the student's final exam score. A student may not miss more
than one exam, and may not miss the final exam.

Being a Research Subject:
Each student is required to complete four hours of research participation, which means serving as a subject in Psychology experiments conducted
by the BGSU Psychology department. Each non-completed hour will result in 1 percentage point subtracted from a student’s overall average for the
course. Alternatively, students who do not want to be research participants may opt to do library research assignments instead. By the end of the
first week of classes all students should register in the Psychology department’s online system scheduling research participation and awarding
research participation credit. The system is called Sona and can be accessed at

Plagiarism and Other Forms of Cheating:
A student who submits a paper or other assignment that has been copied (verbatim or slightly paraphrased) from another source is guilty of
plagiarism. A student whose paper does not cite all of the sources on which the paper is based is also guilty of plagiarism. A student who modifies
his/her own paper from another course and submits it to fulfill the requirements for this course (without prior permission) is guilty of plagiarism.
Students who cheat on a test or who commit plagiarism may receive an F on the test or assignment, an F in the course, and may be expelled from
the university.

Inappropriate In-Class Computing: Students may use computers and other electronic devices for note-taking and for other
class-room-related activities. Students may not use such devices to initiate or to monitor non-class-room-related activities such as games, email, or
social networking. Violating this policy will result in the loss of in-class computing privileges.

Schedule of Activities:
See the next page
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                                                Revised August 21st 2010
                        Tentative Schedule of Psychology 1010 Activities
                                                             subject to change

       WEEK                                                                 ACTIVITIES
Week 1
Starts 08/23/2010       Lecture/Reading: Prolog, Chapter 1, & Chapter 2
Week 2
Starts 08/30/2010       Lecture/Reading: Chapters 3 & 4
Week 3                  Monday is Labor Day.
Starts 09/06/2010       Lecture/Reading: Chapter 5
Week 4                  Video/Discussion: Nova – Secrets of the Mind (Tuesday)
Starts 09/13/2010       Exam 1 (Thursday)
Week 5
Starts 09/20/2010       Lecture/Reading: Chapters 6, 7, & 8
Week 6
Starts 09/27/2010       Video/Discussion (Thursday): "The Clive Wearing" documentary.
Week 7                  Video/Discussion (Tuesday): "Memento.
Starts 10/04/2010
Week 8                  Fall Break 10/11 and 10/12
Starts 10/11/2010       Lecture/Reading: Chapters 9 & 10
Week 9
Starts 10/18/2010       Exam 2 (Thursday)
Week 10
Starts 10/25/2010       Lecture/Reading: Chapters 11 & 12
Week 11
Starts 11/01/2010   
Week 12                 Lecture/Reading: Chapters 13
Starts 11/08/2010       Veteran’s Day 11/11
Week 13
Starts 11/15/2010       Lecture/Reading: Chapters 14 & 15 (Tuesday)
Week 14                 Lecture/Reading: Chapters 16 & 17 (Tuesday)
Starts 11/22/2010       Nov. 24 through 28, holiday.
Week 15
Starts 11/29/2010       Exam 3 (Tuesday)
Week 16
Starts 12/06/2010       Course Evaluations (Tuesday)
Final Exams Week
Starts 12/13/2010       Final Exam, Wed., Dec 15, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

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