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INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY SYLLABUS

Introduction to Psychology(PSY 105)  Syllabus

Instructor

Patrick J Walsh Ph.D., N.C.C., L.C.

Phone

(570)961-7870

Office

Academic Building

Room 240

E-mail

walshp@lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

MWF 9 to 11

 

 

 

Text:

Griggs, R. A. (2009) Psychology: A concise introduction. Worth Publishers: New York

Description:

A survey course of the major perspectives, theories and fields of Psychology with an emphasis on application to real life of students.

Objective

Cover the major areas of Psychology

To review the viewpoints and assumptions of the major perspectives of psychology

To investigate how the nervous system, endocrine system, evolution, and heredity affect behavior

To review human development, emotion, motivation and memory and how they influence behavior

To investigate the various types of abnormal behavior and their treatment modalities.

Requirements:

Three(3) TESTS

One(1) Written Assignment

Attendance and Participation

Evaluation:

3 Tests-75% (25%/Test)

1 Written Assignment(PowerPoint)-15%

Attendance and Participation-10%

 

Attendance Policy:

 

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online classes as well. Attendance is tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:

 

# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week

6

2 times a week 4

4

1 time a week 2

2

Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030

3

 

Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

 

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.

 

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

 

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

 

Instructor Policies

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR  POLICY

 

Any student disrupting this class will be warned about their behavior once.  If a second incident occurs they will be dismissed from the class.  Any student dismissed from the class will not be able to return under any circumstances.

EXTRA CREDIT POLICY

There will be NO extra credit in this class.This includes but is not limited to extra credit writing assignments, extra credit tests, and work done outside of the academic arena. If you feel you are in jeopardy of failing you should consult with the instructor. You may want to withdraw from the class before failing it. Also, please be aware that the last day to withdraw from the class without academic penalty is Monday November, 10 2008.

  Please DO NOT ask about extra credit. Your grade will be based solely on the evaluation process described in this syllabus.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND PLAGIARISM POLICY

            Students are expected to follow College policy with regard to issues of academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism) and proper conduct in the classroom.  Please see the LackawannaCollege Student Handbook concerning Classroom Guidelines and academic integrity.  Academic dishonesty will result in a grade of 0 for the test or assignment. Violations of college policy may result in permanent dismissal from the classroom and a failing grade for the course.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE POLICY

   Students are not allowed to bring any type of food or beverages into the classroom. Failure to comply with this policy will lead to dismissal from the classroom.

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY

Students will not be allowed to bring any electronic devices into the classroom. This includes cell phones and ipods, Failure to comply with this policy will lead to dismissal from the classroom.

N.B. The above procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of [

xtenueating circumstances

 

Grading:

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties:

o     The grace period for late assignments is as follows:

§   1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade

§   2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade

§   3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%

o     There will be no “extra credit.”

 

Academic Integrity

 Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

·          Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;

·          Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;

·          Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;

·          Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;

·          Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;

·          Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;

·          Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;

·          Stealing examinations or assignments;

·          Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;

·          Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;

·          Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;

·          Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.

 

(Please see student handbook for more information)

 

Disability Statement

 

§   Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that

                you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Ms.

 Deborah Hartzell in the academic development office to discuss your options.

 

Equal Opportunity Statement:

 

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected

§   classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and

               the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503

               and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the

               Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquires should be directed to Dr. Gail  Scaramuzzo, 

Affirmative Action Officer  961-7848

 

 

 

Portfolio and Coursework

 

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking,

assessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

 

Course Schedule:

 

Week

Topic

Reading/Assignments

1

Introduction & Science of Psychology

Chapter 1

2

 

Chapter 1

3

Neuroscience

Chapter 2

4

 

Chapter 2

5

Learning & Test #1

Chapter 4/Test

6

 

Chapter 4

7

Memory

Chapter 5

8

 

Chapter 5

9

Developmental Psychology

Chapter 7

10

Test #2

Chapter 7/Test

11

Abnormal Psychology

Chapter 10

12

 

Chapter 10

13

Social Psychology

Chapter 9

14

Personality Theories and Assesment

Chapter 8

15

Test #3

End of Semester

 

 

 

 

Examinations:

All exams will be held in the classroom during regular class hours