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INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY SYLLABUS  PSY105KA
 
LACKAWANNA COLLEGE - SPRING 2013
INSTRUCTOR - FRED BARLETTA
 
M W  4:30 - 6:00 PM
CLASSROOM - HAZLETON
 
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This introductory course is a study of the basic components of the science of Psychology including human growth and development, personality, social behavior, perception, learning, mental health and psychological measurement.
 
REQUIRED TEXT BOOK
Grigs, Richard A. (2012) Psychology: A Concise Introduction ( 3rd edition). New York: Worth
 
COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to :
 
   1.   Understand psychology as a science and identify the major fields of study within.
   2.   Expain the biological affects on thinking and behavior.
   3.   Describe the process of perception and sensation on thinking and behavior.
   4.   Identify the different methods of learning and understanding as well as the processes of each.
   5.   Explain the processes of memory and forgettingand their relationship to human study habits.
   6.   Describe the theories of intelligence and the role played by heredity and environment.
   7.   Understand the process of human growth and development and its correlation to thinking and behavior.
   8.   Utilize the theories of personality to expalin individual uniqueness and group similarity.
   9.   Understand the impact of Social Psychology on human behavior and thinking.
   10. Identify the components of Abnormal Psychology including diagnosis and treatment.
 
ATTENDANCE 
Consistent with Lackawanna Colleg Policy any student enrolled in credit-bearing courses will fail any course in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum allowable number. As this course will meet twice weekly the maximum allowable absences is 4. In the event you are absent from class it is the student resposibility to obtain any missed work or assignment.
 
COURSE METHODOLOGY
This course consists primarily of lecture, class discussion, and outside of class reading. Class discussion will be guided by questions and answers between the instructor and the students. Standard classroom etiquette will be expected. No electronic devices including cell phones are permitted. All such devices should be set on silent mode and not be visable during class. No food is permitted during class. Expressing your thoughts and opinions both orally and in written form will constitute a very important part of your evaluation and grade.
 
GRADING
Class Participation   20%
Written Projects      20%
Test #1                   20%
Test #2                   20%
Test #3                   20%
 
Numeric Range         Letter Grade            Quality Points
96-100                      A                     4.0
90-95                        A -                   3.67 
87-89                        B+                   3.33
83-86                        B                     3.0
80-82                        B -                   2.67 
77-79                        C+                   2.5
70-75                        C                     2.33
70-72                        C-                    1.67 
67-69                        D+                   1.33
60-66                        D                     1
0-59                          F                      0
 
SCHEDULE
This is a tentative schedule for the spring semester. It is subject to change dependent on the pace of discussion during class or for unforseen reasons such as cancellation of class.
 
WEEK         TOPICS                                                                     ASSIGNMENTS / TESTS
 
1                  THE SCIENCE OF PSYCHOLOGY                        
2                  NEUROSCIENCE/BIOLOGICAL FACTORS         2/6  Written Project #1
3                  PERCEPTION/SENSATION                                    2/13 Test #1
4                  COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
5                  CONDITIONING/LEARNING
6                  MEMORY/REMEMBERING/FORGETTING           3/6 Written Project #2
                        ***Spring Break***  
7
                  HEREDITY AND ENVIRONMENT 
8                  HEREDITY AND ENVIORNMENT                         3/27 Test #2
9                  INTELLIGENCE/INTELLIGENCE TESTING
10                HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
11                PERSONALITY
12                SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY                                          4/17 Written Project #3
13                SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
14                ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY                                  5/1   Written Project #4
15                MENTAL DISORDERS                                             5/8    Test #3