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New Milford Campus


(PSY 105)






Mary Alice Hawley

Phone    570-278-4772




New Milford Campus





Office Hours

By appointment





Zimbardo, P.G., Johnson, R.L., & V. McCann.  (2012).   Psychology:  Core Concepts, 7 th Edition.   New York:  Pearson.


PSY 105 - Intro to Psychology - Introduction to Psychology 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)       Increase knowledge of the field of psychology and its impact on daily living:

a.       Become familiar with the major theoretical perspectives in psychology and the methods of research used by psychologist;

b.       Describe how the nervous system is organized and explain some of the major functions of the brain, the spinal cord, and the endocrine system;

c.       Describe how perceptual abilities are used to make sense of the world;

d.       Discuss how learning takes place through classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and modeling;

e.       Explain the facets of sensory memory, short-term and long-term memory;

f.        Discuss the development of intelligence tests and nature vs. nurture debate as it applies to intelligence;

g.       Describe the major development issues taking place throughout the lifespan;

h.       Compare and contrast the major theories of personality development;

i.         Discuss ways in which other people influence our behavior;

j.         Define and discuss psychological disorders, including possible causes and treatments.         


2)       Synthesize and integrate learning as evidenced in class participation, assignments, exams, and research paper.


1)       Attendance/Participation/Assignments

2)       Midterm exam

Final Exam

       3)    Research (Literature review) paper APA style


1)       45 points (3 point for each week) for attendance/participation/assignments

2)       Midterm exam (17.5 points) and final exam (17.5 points)

3)       Research paper (20 points)

       TOTAL = 100 points


Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at LackawannaCollege 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

1 time a week


2 times a week


3 times a week


Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE0 20, 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

I expect that each student will join with me and other students to create a learning environment in which everyone will be able to learn and to grow through their learning experience.




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:

o    Assignments are due as assigned for each class.  Should you miss class:

§   1 day late-50% deduction off of the assignment grade

§   2 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.  Inquiries should be directed to Ms. Gail 

               Scaramuzzo, Affirmative Action Officer, 961-7848. 


Portfolio and Coursework


Lackawanna College will empower you to experiencing 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 resume, 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







(1)  August 30


Introduction to course

Mind, Behavior and Psychological Science

Chapter 1

Reflection Paper Chapter 1


(2)  September 6

Biopsychology, Neuroscience, and Human Nature

Chapter 2

Reflection Paper Chapter 2

(3)  September 13

Sensation and Perception

Research paper topic

Chapter 3

Reflection Paper Chapter 3

(4)  September 20

Learning and Human Nurture

Research paper resources

Chapter 4

Reflection Paper Chapter 4

Research paper topic due

(5)  September 27


Research paper resources

Chapter 5

Reflection Paper Chapter 5

(6)  October 4

Thinking and Intelligence

Annotated bibliography

Chapter 6

Reflection Paper Chapter 6

Research paper resources due

(7)  October 11

Development Over the Lifespan

Annotated bibliography

Chapter 7

Reflection Paper Chapter 7

(8)  October 18


States of Consciousness

Chapter 8

Reflection Paper Chapter 8

Annotated bibliography due

(9)  October 25

Motivation and Emotion


Chapter 9

Reflection Paper Chapter 9

(10)  November 1

Personality:  Theories of the Whole Person


Chapter 10

Reflection Paper Chapter 10

Outline Due

(11)  November 8

Social Psychology

Chapter 11

Reflection Paper Chapter 11

Abstract Due

(12)  November 15

Psychological Disorders

Chapter 12

Reflection Paper Chapter 12

(13)  November 22

Therapies for Psychological Disorders

Chapter 13

Reflection Paper Chapter 13

(14)  November 29

From Stress to Health and Well-Being

Chapter 14

Reflection Paper Chapter 14

Research paper due

(15)  December 3-6



Paper Presentation