General Psychology (PSYC 101) Section C10
Thursday – 6 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. – Shields 108
3.0 credit hours
Semester: Spring 2010 Email Address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor: Gina Bates Cell Phone: 208-316-5489
REQUIRED TEXT: RECOMMENDED:
Psychology. (2nd Ed.) (Ciccarelli & White, 2009) Psychology: Study Guide and Concept Notes (Ciccarelli, 2009)
The College’s attendance policy is stated on page 30 of the 2009/2010 catalog and will be followed for this course. For an excused
absence, you will need to inform me of the reason for the absence with supporting written documentation from an official source
(e.g., doctor, school nurse, newspaper obituary).
LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY:
Any assignment due during your documented excused absence is due the same day as your documented return to school.
Assignment due dates missed for any reason other than excused absence will result in the loss of one letter grade (from the
grade earned) for missing the due date and the loss of another letter grade for each 7 days past the due date it is turned in.
No assignments will be accepted after Thursday of finals week.
There will be NO opportunities for extra credit. Please do not ask. You are responsible for earning the grade you want by attending
class, completing reading assignments, being prepared for tests, and turning in assignments on time.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY:
The policy for this class is in accordance with that adopted by the College of Southern Idaho. Please read your 2009/2010 catalog
(p. 34) and make sure you understand this policy. Zero credit will be awarded for any test or assignment that violates this policy.
Classroom behaviors will be taken into account when determining final grades. Failure to comply with the following rules may result
in removal from class:
Arrive on time, pay attention, and stay until class is over. Late arrivals and early departures are disruptive. Please inform me
ahead of time and sit near the exit if you need to leave early.
No cell phones, I-pods, MP3 players, or other listening devices are to be used during class. Turn them off!!!
Personal conversations with classmates during lectures are disruptive and disrespectful and will not be tolerated.
Be respectful of other people’s opinions during classroom discussions.
There will be fifteen (15) 25 item multiple choice tests worth 50 points each, five (5) media portfolios worth 25 points each, and a
Comprehensive Final Exam worth 100 points. In addition, you can earn 25 points by participating in the online course evaluation.
Fifteen (15) chapter tests, each comprised of 25 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each (50 pts/test)
Chapter tests will be available at the testing center on the dates shown on your course outline and exam schedule
o Please note: CSI student ID is required for all students testing at the CSI Testing Center.
o Testing Center hours are 8 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday
o The Testing Center is closed on weekends.
o Students are not allowed to begin a test in the hour before closing time.
o Always assume that there will be a long line at the Testing Center.
Each student will develop a “media portfolio” of newspaper, magazine, or Internet examples (rated PG-13 or less) that illustrate
key terms, psychological concepts, theories, or research findings from the appropriate course unit.
You will provide one (1) example for each major unit of the course:
Unit 1: Chapters 1, 2, &3 Portfolio on Unit 1 due Thursday, February 4th
Unit 2: Chapters 4, 5 & 6 Portfolio on Unit 2 due Thursday, February 25 th
Unit 3: Chapters 7, 8, & 10 Portfolio on Unit 3 due Thursday, March 25 th
Unit 4: Chapters 9, 11, & 12 Portfolio on Unit 4 due Thursday, April 15th
Unit 5: Chapters 13, 14, & 15 Portfolio on Unit 5 due Thursday, May 6th
You will annotate each example by:
1. Providing its source
a. The name of the newspaper or magazine where you found it
b. The publication date
c. The title of your example
d. The author
2. Explaining how it relates to specific key terms, concepts, theories, or research findings from the appropriate course
3. All annotations must be typed – NO EXCEPTIONS – handwritten annotations will result in zero (0) points.
Each annotated example will be evaluated on the following 5 dimensions: (25 points possible)
1. The relevance of your example to material from the course unit (5 points)
2. Your accuracy in explaining how your example relates to specific material from the course unit (5 points)
3. The depth of your explanation (5 points)
4. The breadth of course material within the unit your example covers (i.e., across the range of course unit topics)
5. Originality (i.e., your ability to make clever or less obvious connections between your example and material from
the course unit) (5 points)
There will be a Comprehensive Final Exam, comprised of 50 multiple choice questions worth 2 pts each. (100 pts)
COURSE POINTS AND GRADING SCALE:
15 Chapter Tests @ 50 pts each = 750 pts 900 – 1,000 pts = A (Outstanding)
5 Media Portfolios @ 25 pts each = 125 pts 800 – 899 pts = B (Above-average)
1 Comprehensive Final Exam = 100 pts 700 – 799 pts = C (Average)
Online Course Evaluation = 25 pts 600 – 699 pts = D (Below-average)
TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE = 1,000 pts 0– 599 pts = F (Unsatisfactory)
Since e-mail is the primary source of written communications with CSI students, all students get a CSI e-mail account when they
register for courses. Student e-mail addresses have the following format: <address>@eaglemail.csi.edu , where <address> is a name
selected by the student as a part of activating his/her account. Students activate their accounts and check their CSI e-mail online at
http://eaglemail.csi.edu . Instructors and various offices send messages to these student accounts. Students must check their CSI
e-mail accounts regularly to avoid missing important messages and deadlines. At the beginning of each semester free training
sessions are offered to students who need help using their accounts.
The College of Southern Idaho Mission Statement
The College of Southern Idaho, a comprehensive community college, provides quality educational, social, cultural economic, and
workforce development opportunities that meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves. CSI prepares students to lead enriched,
productive and responsible lives in a global society.
General Education Criteria: This course satisfies all eight criteria for general education. It is designed to:
1. Provide a broad-based survey of a discipline and show the 5. Foster the balance between individual needs and the
interconnectedness of knowledge. demands of society.
2. Develop a discerning individual. 6. Reinforce reading, writing, speaking, and/or quantitative
3. Practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills. skills.
4. Promote awareness of social and cultural diversity in 7. Encourage and inspire life-long learning.
order to appreciate the commonality of mankind. 8. Encourage creativity.
Social Science Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Social Science Department is to provide educational, social, and cultural opportunities which encourage enriched,
productive and responsible lives primarily by instructing students to understand, interpret, and apply Social Science discipline
Social Science Department Goals: This course addresses the following Social Science Department goals, which are to:
1. Help students understand important facts, concepts and 5. Teach students to use different perspectives from the
theories of Social Science subjects. social sciences to make better-informed decisions.
2. Help students acquire techniques and methods used to gain 6. Help students acquire an informed understanding of
new knowledge in the disciplines. various cultures.
3. Help students learn to distinguish between fact and opinion. 7. Prepare students to transfer to a university.
4. Teach students to use evaluation, analysis and synthesis to
interpret and solve problems.
Psychology Program Mission Statement
The mission of the PSYC Program is primarily to prepare graduates to transfer to 4-year universities.
Psychology Program Objectives: Students will…
1. Gain mastery of a breadth of knowledge of the discipline of 4. Be well practiced in professional written communication
psychology (breadth of knowledge). (professional writing).
2. Gain mastery of a depth of knowledge of the discipline of 5. Be well-prepared as a potential contributor to scientific
psychology (depth of knowledge). discovery in psychology (scientific capability).
3. Be well practiced as a critical consumer of information 6. Be well-prepared for upper-division coursework in
(critical thought). psychology (career-focused education plan).
PSYC 101 Catalog Course Description: This survey course is an introduction to psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of
thinking, emotion, and behavior. This course introduces students to the diverse research areas of psychology such as psychobiology,
motivation, learning, cognitive and social processes, personality, and abnormality, emphasizing empirical findings of the discipline.
Course Outcomes Aligned with GE Criteria (GE), Social Science Goals (SS) and Program Objectives (PSYC):
Students will… GE SS PSYC
1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, 1, 4, 6, 7 1, 4, 6, 7 1, 2, 4, 6
empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
2. Understand basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data 2, 3, 7, 8 2, 3, 4, 7 2, 3, 4, 5
analysis, and interpretation
3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 All but 1 and 2 2, 3, 6
approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
4. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and All but 6 All but 1 and 2 2, 3, 6
5. Be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other All but 6 All but 1 and 2 2, 3, 5, 6
values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline
Course Outcomes Aligned with Course Assessment Activities:
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ONLINE COURSE EVALUATIONS:
Students are strongly encouraged to complete evaluations at the end of the course. Evaluations are very important to assist the
teaching staff to continually improve the course. Evaluations are available on line at http://evaluation.csi.edu . Evaluations open up
two weeks prior to the end of the course. The last day to complete an evaluation is the last day of the course (December 17). During
the time the evaluations are open, students can complete the course evaluations at their convenience from any computer with internet
access. When students log in, they should see the evaluations for the courses in which they are enrolled. Evaluations are anonymous.
Filling out an evaluation should only take a few minutes. Your honest feedback is greatly appreciated.
TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE AND TEST SCHEDULE:
DATE CHAPTER TOPIC READING ASSIGNMENT
Thursday, Jan 21 Chapter 1 Syllabus overview, Psych. History, & Research pp. 2-40
TEST 1 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Thursday, Jan 28 Chapter 2 The Nervous System, Brain & Endocrine System pp. 46-83
TEST 2 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Thursday, Feb. 4 Chapter 3 Sensation & Perception pp. 90-128
TEST 3 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
1st Media Portfolio Assignment Due
Thursday, Feb. 11 Chapter 4 Consciousness, Sleep, & Altered Consciousness pp. 134-171
TEST 4 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Thursday, Feb. 18 Chapter 5 Learning pp. 178-214
TEST 5 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Thursday, Feb. 25 Chapter 6 Memory: Encoding, Storage, & Retrieval pp. 220-256
TEST 6 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
2nd Media Portfolio Assignment Due
Thursday, Mar. 4 Chapter 7 Thinking, Intelligence, & Language pp. 262-302
TEST 7 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Thursday, Mar. 11 Chapter 8 Lifespan Development pp. 308-350
TEST 8 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Tuesday, Mar. 16 SPRING BREAK
Thursday, Mar. 18 SPRING BREAK
Thursday, Mar. 25 Chapter 10 Sexuality & Gender pp. 394-425
TEST 9 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
3rd Media Portfolio Assignment Due
Thursday, Apr. 1 Chapter 9 Motivation & Emotion pp. 356-389
TEST 10 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Thursday, Apr. 8 Chapter 11 Stress & Health pp. 430-465
TEST 11 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Thursday, Apr. 15 Chapter 12 Social Psychology pp. 470-509
TEST 12 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
4th Media Portfolio Assignment Due
Thursday, Apr. 22 Chapter 13 Personality: Theories & Assessment pp. 516-548
TEST 13 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Thursday, Apr. 29 Chapter 14 Psychological Disorders pp. 554-590
TEST 14 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
Thursday, May 6 Chapter 15 Psychotherapy pp. 696-630
TEST 15 OPENS @ TESTING CENTER
5th Media Portfolio Assignment Due
Tuesday, May 11 COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM
Thursday, May 1 LAST DAY TO TURN IN ASSIGNMENTS