Dual Enrollment Faculty Syllabi- Psychology
PSYCH 101 General Psychology
3 credit hours
Semester/year: Fall 2010 E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor: Fred Woolley Office Phone: 208-356-0274 ex 8233 (3pm-3:30pm M-Th)
· Course Text Psychology (2nd ed.) (Ciccarelli & White, 2009) (ISBN: 0-13-600521-7)
· Study Guide Study Guide and Concept Notes (Ciccarelli, 2009)
Course Objective: The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of psychological science. This course will
introduce basic principles, concepts, and theories that are fundamental to the science of psychology, and will serve as a foundation
for upper level courses in other areas of psychology.
· Class - Class will consist of lecture, group activities, homework and in-class assignments. It is important that you
come to class prepared and that you participate.
· Exams- There will be four in-class exams and one final exam worth 100 pts each. Exams will cover material from the
text, lectures, required readings, and any in-class discussions. Exams will be comprised of multiple choice and short
answer questions. Tentative exam dates are listed on the course outline.
Make-up exams There are no scheduled make-ups for exams. Make-up exams will be scheduled only if you contact me
prior to the exam and if you have a written medical excuse, a school-approved activity or documentation of extenuating
circumstances. Make-up exams will cover the same material but will consist of different questions and formatting than in-class
· Personal Profile Assignment – The prompt for this assignment is at the end of this syllabus. You are to submit it via
email as a Word document, worth 25 points.
·Social Experiment with Report OR Psychology Movie Review – You choose ONE (1) -
Social Experiment – You will conduct a simple social experiment and write a short report in the same style as an
article in a psychological journal. More details to come.
Psychology Movie Review – You will watch a movie of your choice and write a paper of what psychological
principles are shown in the film. More details to come.
· Participation/Attendance/Homework- There is the possibility to earn 5 points per day (except on test days). You will earn 3
points for attendance, 2 points possible for participation. Attendance is very important for your learning and development throughout
the course. Material will be presented during lecture that is not in the text.
Late arrival/early departure: Make every effort to be on time for class. Arriving late and leaving early is disruptive to everyone
in class. If you know that you need to leave before the end of scheduled lecture time, please inform me before class.
Respect: When you are in my class, you must show respect to me and your classmates. Rude behavior, including talking in class that
is disruptive to your classmates, will not be tolerated. I also ask everyone to be respectful to people with opinions that are different
from their own, so that we may have a comfortable class atmosphere that is conducive to lively discussions.
There will be no MP3, I-pods or other listening devices allowed in class, unless they are preapproved by me. Turn your cell-phones
off during class!! Failure to comply with these rules may result in removal from the class.
Plagiarism and cheating: Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated. Any cheating or plagiarism will result in an automatic “0”
for that portion of your grade. Do NOT copy material from the internet and paste it in your report. I WILL FIND OUT! For
explanations and examples of what qualifies as plagiarism I encourage you to take a few minutes and look through the website
www.plagiarism.org (there is an additional link under “Citation Styles” for the APA website).
Extra Credit: There is no extra credit available
If you need help: If you are struggling in this class, please seek help from me. I will do my best to help you do well in
the class, but it is up to you to ask for help.
Total Points possible for the course:
Exam 1 100 points
Exam 2 100 points
Exam 3 100 points
Exam 4 100 points
Final Exam 100 points
Personal profile 25 points
Social Experiment or Psych Movie Review 100 points
Course Evaluation 25 points
Participation/Attendance 200 points
All grades will be based upon the following scale:
765-850 = A
595-679 = C
510-594 = D
509 = F
The CSI 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 interconnectedness of knowledge.
2. develop a discerning individual.
3. practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
4. promote awareness of social and cultural diversity in order to appreciate the commonality of mankind.
5. foster the balance between individual needs and the demands of society.
6. reinforce reading, writing, speaking, and/or quantitative skills.
7. encourage and inspire life-long learning.
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 coursework.
Social Science Department Goals: This course addresses the following Social Science Department goals:
1. help students understand important facts, concepts and theories of Social Science subjects.
2. help students acquire techniques and methods used to gain new knowledge in the disciplines.
3. help students learn to distinguish between fact and opinion.
4. teach students to use evaluation, analysis and synthesis to interpret and solve problems.
5. teach students to use different perspectives from the social sciences to make better-informed decisions
6. help students acquire an informed understanding of various cultures.
7. prepare students to transfer to a university.
Psychology Program Mission Statement
The mission of the CSI Psychology Program is primarily to prepare graduates to transfer as Junior-level students to 4-year
Psychology Program Objectives: Students will…
1. gain mastery of a breadth of knowledge of the discipline of psychology (breadth of knowledge).
2. gain mastery of a depth of knowledge of the discipline of psychology (depth of knowledge).
3. be well practiced as a critical consumer of information (critical thought).
4. be well practiced in professional written communication (professional writing).
5. be well- prepared as a potential contributor to scientific discovery in psychology (scientific capability).
6. be well-prepared for upper-division coursework in 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):
*Outcomes derived from guidelines of the APA Education Directorate http://www.apa.org/ed/pcue/taskforcereport2.pdf
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 2, 3, 7, 8 2, 3, 4, 7 2, 3, 4, 5
design, data analysis, and interpretation
3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 All but 1 and 2 2, 3, 6
scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental
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 All but 6 All but 1 and 2 2, 3, 5, 6
other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline
Course Outcomes Aligned with Course Assessment Activities:
Exams Participation Critical Review Homework
1 X X X X
2 X X
3 X X X X
4 X X X X
5 X X X X
Tentative Course Outline: Tentative suggests that these dates are flexible. The content may be adjusted based on student
needs and course pace. All changes will be announced, but it is your responsibility to double-check on important dates if you
Date Topic Reading Exams/Assignments
M, Aug 30 Intro.& Chapter 1 The Science Chapter 1
T, Aug 31 “
W, Sept 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 2
Th, Sept 2 “ Personal Prompt Due
T, Sept 7 Chapter 3 Chapter 3
Sensation & Perception
W, Sept 8 “
Th, Sept 9 Chapter 4 Chapter 4
M, Sept 13 “
T, Sept 14 Review
W, Sept 15 EXAM 1
Th, Sept 16 Chapter 5 Chapter 5
M, Sept 20 Chapter 6 Chapter 6
T, Sept 21 “
W, Sept 22 Chapter 7 Chapter 7
Th, Sept 23 ”
Sept 27-Oct 8
M, Oct 11 Chapter 8 Chapter 8 Movie Report or Social
Development Experiment Due
T, Oct 12 “
W, Oct 13 Review
Th, Oct 14 EXAM 2
M, Oct 18 Chapter 9 Chapter 9
Motivation & Emotion
T, Oct 19 “
W, Oct 20 Chapter 10 Chapter 10
Sexuality & Gender
Th, Oct 21 “
M, Oct 25 Chapter 11 Chapter 11
Stress & Health
T, Oct 26 “
W, Oct 27 Chapter 12 Chapter 12
Th, Oct 28 “
M, Nov 1 Review
T, Nov 2 EXAM 3
W, Nov 3 Chapter 13 Chapter 13
Theories of Personality
Th, Nov 4 “
M, Nov 8 Chapter 14 Chapter 14
T, Nov 9 “
W, Nov 10 “
Th, Nov 11 “
M, Nov 15 Chapter 15 Chapter 15
T, Nov 16 “
W, Nov 17 “
Th, Nov 18 EXAM 4
M, Nov 22 Statistics & Appendix A Appendix A
T, Nov 23 “
W,Th Thanksgiving break
M, Nov 29 Applied Psychology Appendix B
Careers Appendix B
T, Nov 30 “
W, Dec 1 Review
Th, Dec 2 Final FINAL EXAM
E-mail is the primary source of written communication with all CSI students. Students automatically get a CSI e-
mail account when they register for courses. Messages from instructors and various offices such as Admission and
Records, Advising, Financial Aid, Scholarships, etc. will be sent to the students’ CSI accounts (NOT their personal
e-mail accounts). It is the students’ responsibility to check their CSI e-mail accounts regularly
On-line course evaluation statement: 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 online 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. 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 the evaluation should only take a few minutes. Your honest feedback is greatly
Portions of this syllabus copied from to K.Johnson and Dr. Simonson. Thank you.
Personal Profile prompts – Submit your responses to these prompts via email as a Word document. This assignment is not
meant to violate your privacy; it is meant to help me become better acquainted with each of you. If you provide any
information that you desire to be kept confidential, please indicate so.
What is your name as it appears on the roll sheet?
What is your preferred name?
Please insert a current picture of yourself
What grade are you in?
Are you currently employed? If yes, where and how many hours per week?
Are you fluent in a language other than English? If so, which one(s)?
What is your favorite candy?
What is your favorite restaurant?
What is your favorite food?
What is the worst thing you’ve ever tasted?
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite pastime?
What is the most boring thing you’ve ever done?
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite song?
Who is your favorite musician/musical group?
What is your favorite book?
Who is your favorite author?
Who is your favorite professional sports team?
What topics excite you the most?
What topics upset you the most?
What grade do you plan on earning in this class?
Is there anything else that you feel I should know about you as your teacher?