Collin County Community College

PSYC-2301.S74

General Psychology

Course Syllabus, Spring, 2007

Wednesday:  7:00 – 9:45 p.m.;   Spring Creek Campus, J212

Course Credit:  3

Prerequisite:  None

 

Instructor:                                            Virginia A. Topfer

Office:                                                 PRC – F109A

Office Hours:                                      M-F, 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (by appt. only)

                                                            Or before/after class by appt. only

Phone:                                                972-377-1781

Email:                                                 vtopfer@ccccd.edu

Website:                                             http://iws2.ccccd.edu/vtopfer

 

 

Textbooks:  Myers, David G. Psychology 8th. Worth Publishers. (Required).

 

Course Description: A survey course, which introduces the student to the major topics in scientific psychology as applied to human behavior. Application of these principles will be made to the human experience.

 

Course Learning Objectives:

1.      Demonstrate an understanding of the history of psychology and its development.

2.      Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific methods used to study behavior and mental processes.

3.      Demonstrate knowledge of the basic vocabulary of psychology.

4.      Describe the basic theories of psychology, how they are used, and their current status in the discipline.

5.      Demonstrate an understanding of basic processes such as motivation, learning, emotions, group processes, personality, and human development.

6.      Demonstrate an appreciation for the uniqueness of the individual.

7.      Demonstrate a respect for cultural differences in the human experience.

8.      Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply the above to every day life.

 

Course Requirements:

1.      Reading of assigned textbook materials.

2.      Class participation.

3.      Successful completion of assigned and selected laboratory materials.

4.      Successful completion of research paper.

5.      Successful completion of unit examinations.

 

Course Format: Lecture, discussions, small group projects, videotapes, and laboratory projects.

 


 

METHOD OF EVALUATION

Testing

Scoring

Grading

4 Tests

400 points (100 each)

A =      90-100%               (600-540)

Lab Assignments

  50 points

B =      80-89%                 (539-480)

Attendance/Participation

  50 points

C =      70-79%                 (479-420)

Research Paper

100 points

D =      60-69%                 (419-360)

Total

600 points

F =      59% & below        (359-below)

 

 

RESEARCH PAPER

Due March 28th – No extensions.  See Handout for details.

 

LATE ASSIGNMENTS/MAKEUP TESTS

No late assignments accepted; No makeup tests.

 

EXTRA CREDIT (up to 15 points)

WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER April 24th – no exceptions.

1.      Journal/newspaper articles about class topic. Oral or written summary, ˝ page (2 pts each)

2.      Complete Career Services assessment/interpretation (call 972-881-5790 for appt).  Oral or written summary, ˝ page (10 pts).

3.      Attend a Career Services Seminar.   Oral or written summary, ˝ page (5 pts)

(http://www.ccccd.edu/studentservices/pdf/Coop_Seminars071.pdf). 

 

ATTENDANCE/LATE POLICY

You are expected to attend all classes and be on time.

After 2 unexcused absences or 2 instances of being late, 1 point will be taken off attendance/late grade for each unexcused absence or occurrence of being tardy.

NOTE: In borderline grade cases, attendance and class participation will be taken into consideration.

LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW

Last day to withdraw and receive “W” is April 13th.  You must withdraw by contacting the Registrar’s office IN PERSON.  If you stop attending, but do not officially drop the course, you will receive a grade of “F”, not “W”.

 

LABORATORY ASSIGNMENTS

The actual lab will be interactive during class time.  The lab write-up will be done during class or outside of class, depending on the lab.

Please Note: Lab assignments are graded qualitatively.  That is, simply doing the lab activity and turning in the write-up will not guarantee that the student will earn the maximum possible points for that lab.  To ensure a higher lab score, be very thorough when completing a lab write-up.

 

REPEATING COURSES (revised 12/04):

Students may repeat this course only once after receiving a grade, including “W”.

 

 


AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE

It is the policy of Collin County Community College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals who are students with disabilities.  This College will adhere to all applicable Federal, State and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to contact the faculty member and/or the Service for Students with Disabilities at 881-5950 in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

 

ACADEMIC ETHICS / SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY (revised 12/04):

Students are expected to perform all assignments and take exams without outside assistance.  Scholastic dishonesty, which includes but is not limited to cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated.  The College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree and/or the submission as one's own work material that is not one's own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, and/or falsifying academic records. Plagiarism is the use of an author's words or ideas as if they were one's own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation. Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer or Internet files, using someone else's work for assignments as if it were one's own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course. Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to providing a paper or project to another student, providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.  The punishment for scholastic dishonesty is at the discretion of the instructor and Dean of Student and may include one of the following: (1) a grade of zero on the assignment or exam, (2) a grade of F in the course, (3) suspension from school, (4) expulsion from school.

SERVICE LEARNING:

Service learning provides an opportunity for students to actively participate in organized community service experiences and to relate these experiences to course content through reflection activities. Psychology is particularly well-suited to provide a perspective from which to learn from community and volunteer activities. The combination of experiences (service, course content) provides an opportunity for students to better understand their own relationship to their communities, to feel that they have positively contributed to a community-based program, and to explore personal and professional issues in ways not typically available in traditional coursework.  Students who need additional information regarding service learning opportunities should contact: The Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement @ 972.548.6739 - rhughes@ccccd.edu or Jennifer O'Loughlin-Brooks (I-203) @ 972.578.5512 - jbrooks@ccccd.edu

PSI BETA®

is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. The mission of Psi Beta is professional development of psychology students through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.  Please visit the website at http://psibeta.ccccd.edu/  or contact faculty advisors (Jennifer O’Loughlin Brooks, 972-578-5512, jbrooks@ccccd.edu; Valerie Smith, 972-578-5533, vsmith@ccccd.edu) for additional information


EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

Test 1                                                 Chapters 1,2,6                      Testing Center (by 2/14)

Test 2                                                 Chapters 7,8,9                      Testing Center (by 3/7)

Test 3                                                 Chapters 11,12,13                Testing Center (by 4/11)

Test 4                                                 Chapters 15,16,17                In Class on May 9th

 

NO EXTENSIONS ON EXAMS

EXAMINATIONS:  Tests will be 100+ multiple choice.  Tests 1, 2, 3 will be given in the CCCC Testing Center (Room J232) on the Spring Creek Campus.

 

TESTING CENTER

Spring Creek, J232, 972-881-5922

Monday – Thursday                          8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (must be finished by 9 p.m.)

Friday                                                 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (must be finished by 3 p.m.)

Saturday                                             8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (must be finished by 5 p.m.)

 

You MUST BRING a valid student ID, a Scantron Answer Form, and a #2 pencil.

 

 

 

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

DATE

TOPIC

CHAPTER

LAB/PROJECTS

Jan 17

Syllabus, Intro, Think Crit.

Intro, Chapt 1

 

Jan 24

Thinking Critically

1

Experimentation Lab

Jan 31

Neuroscience & Behavior

2

Neuroscience Lab

Feb 7

Perception

6

Stroop Lab

Feb 14

States of Consciousness

7

Dream Lab/Hypnosis/Near Death

Feb 21

Learning

8

Classical/Operant Conditioning Lab

Feb 28

Memory

9

Short/Long Term Memory Lab

Mar 7

Intelligence

11

IQ Lab

Mar 21

Motivation

12

Advertising & Motivation Lab

Mar 28

Emotion

13

Stress/Relaxation Induction Lab

Apr 4

Emotion

13

 

Apr 11

Personality

15

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Lab

Apr 18

Psychological Disorders

16

Diagnosing Mental Disorders Lab

Apr 25

Therapy

17

Therapy Lab

May 2

Therapy

17

 

 

 

 

**Instructor reserves the right to alter the syllabus if necessary.**

 

NOTE:  A copy of the generic syllabus is available in the division office and on the college web site @  http://iws.ccccd.edu/syllabus