INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY SYLLABUS PSY105KA
LACKAWANNA COLLEGE - SPRING 2013
INSTRUCTOR - FRED BARLETTA
M W 4:30 - 6:00 PM
CLASSROOM - HAZLETON
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
6 MEMORY/REMEMBERING/FORGETTING 3/6 Written Project #2
7 HEREDITY AND ENVIRONMENT
8 HEREDITY AND ENVIORNMENT 3/27 Test #2
9 INTELLIGENCE/INTELLIGENCE TESTING
10 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
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