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Intro to Psychology


Ms. Nancy L. Edelmann


Cell # 570-470-3439

Office Hours

Appointments available by request.




Ettinger, R.H. (2011).  Psychology: Science of Behavior, 4th edition. Best Value Textbooks LLC.

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Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Psychology- This is a survey of the major areas of psychology, including human growth and development, social behavior, cognition, learning, personality theory, personal adjustment, abnormal behavior and psychological measurement (3 Credits).


  1. Become familiar with the major theoretical perspectives in psychology and the methods of research used by psychologists.
  2. Describe how the nervous system is organized and explain some of the major functions of the brain, the spinal cord, and the endocrine system.
  3. Describe how out perceptual abilities are used to make sense of the world
  4. Discuss how learning takes place through classical conditioning, operant conditions, and modeling.
  5. Explain the facets of sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory.
  6. Discuss the development of intelligence tests and the nature vs. nurture debate as it applies to intelligence.
  7. Describe the major development issues taking place throughout the life span.
  8. Compare and contrast the major theories of personality development
  9. Discuss ways is which other people influence our behavior
  10. Define and discuss psychological disorders, including possible causes and treatments.



Students must read the assigned chapters prior to class. Class participation and attendance are required and may impact the student’s overall grade and performance


Students will be evaluated on class preparation and participation in class discussion.  Final papers will be evaluated based on knowledge and understanding of topic submitted.




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


2 times a week 4


1 time a week 2


Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030



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

Class participation is graded on preparedness for class by reading chapters prior to the week scheduled for that chapter.  Late work will be graded with a reduction will a 10% loss per day late.




Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59




Due Dates and Late Penalties:

Assignments are due as scheduled; in the event of an excused absence the assignment(s) will be due at the next scheduled class. Failure to attend, participate in class and complete assignment will hinder a student’s academic grade.

o     The grace period for late assignments is as follows:

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

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

§   1 week  late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%


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,

accessing 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 1    8/27-8/29     Chapter 1

Origins of Psychology

Read chapter/assignment

Week 2            9/3 Closed
Chapter 2

Methods of Psychology

Read chapter/assignment

Week 3     9/10-9/12      Chapter 3

Biology of Behavior

Read chapter/assignment

Week 4     9/17-9/19     Chapter 4

                                                Chapter 5

Sensation and Perception

Sleep, Dreaming and Consciousness

Read chapter/assignment

Week 5     9/24-9/26     Chapter 6

Learning and Behavior

Read chapter/assignment

Week 6     10/1-10/3      Chapter 7


Read chapter/assignment

Week 7    10/8 closed
Chapter 8



Read chapter/assignment

Week 8   10-15-10/17 Chapter 9

Emotion and Stress

Read chapter/assignment

Week  9   10/22-10/24   Chapter 10

Cognition: Thinking and Language

Read chapter/assignment

Week 10 10/29-10/31    Chapters 11

Development 1: Conception through Childhood

Read chapter/assignment

Week 11   11/5-11/7    Chapter 12

Development 2: Adolescence to the End of Life

Read chapter/assignment

Week 12   11/12 closed
Chapter 13


Read chapter/assignment

Week 13   11/19    Chapter 14

Thanksgiving Break 11/21-11/25

Personality Disorders

Read chapter/assignment

Week 14   11/26-11/28   
Chapter 15    &    Chapter 16

Behavioral Disorders

Treatment of Behavioral Disorders

Read chapter/assignment

Week 15 12/3-12-5  Finals review and exam       



December 7th, 2012







Final Paper: ** DUE by Tuesday November 27, 2012. **

v   4-6 page paper based on a Psychology topic discussed in this course.  Papers are to be 12 point Times New Roman font, doubled spaced.  Journal articles and book references must be from empirical sources (no blogs, wiki’s or personal opinions).   Papers must include a title page and reference page, separate from the paper.  

v   Topics for Final Paper are due the week of:  November 13, 2012 before Thanksgiving Break  

v   **Topic choice must be submitted prior to paper submission**.


Final Grade:

            Quizzes/Class Assignments        20%

            Midterm Exam                                25%

            Final Exam                                       25%

            Final Paper                                      30%

            Total                                              100%


Midterm:   October 9, 2012

Final Exam: December 6, 2012

Final Paper due:  November 27, 2012