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PSY 105 TA (Introduction to Psychology)


Henry Laboranti


570-265-3449 / 570-637-6703


Lackawanna College Towanda


Office Hours


Call or Email for Appointment or,

Thursday Before / After Class





Psychology, 7th Edition 
ISBN:   9780205183463  


PSY 105 - 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.


·         Reading Assigned Textbook

·         Completing Assignments

·         Completing 3 Exams as well as a Final Exam

·         In Class Discussions and Participation


Assignment # 1 – Autobiography (DUE FEBRUARY 7, 2013)

-          All students must complete an autobiography on themselves discussing who they are, what they enjoy or don’t enjoy, what career they are hopeful for, and why they are taking the course. The autobiography must be a minimum of 3 double spaced pages in size 12 font. Worth 50 Points.

Assignment # 2 – Cruel Treatment (DUE FEBRUARY 21, 2013)

-          Patients that were classified as insane before the modern area were typically treated in cruel and unusual ways. Research methods used to treat mentally ill patients, explain the methods, give your opinion on the methods, and come up with what you believe would be a helpful way to help cure or comfort ill patients. They do not have to come from your textbook however all sources must be cited in APA format. Research it, summarize it, and provide your own personal comments on why these treatments are considered cruel and it what way treatment is better today. A minimum of 3 pages double spaced. This assignment is worth 50 points. (An extra picture page is a plus.)

Assignment # 3 – Genetics. How are we alike? (DUE MARCH 21, 2013)

-          Interview a family member (blood relative) that is at least one generation older than yourself. Ask them questions about what they like and don’t like, what they do when they’re nervous, how they react to stressful times, etc… (These are just example guideline interview questions. Use them if you’d like but you don’t have to.) In the paper, list your interview questions and their answers and then compare the answers to yourself. After giving a run down of the interview, explain how you felt and your opinions on the interview. Are you surprised by any similarities or differences? Explain and comment.  Minimum three full pages double spaced. Worth 50 points plus bonuses for any extra effort.

Assignment # 4 – Schizophrenia. The Average Day. (DUE APRIL 11, 2013)

-          For this assignment you will be creating a character, a character that happens to be severely schizophrenic. Using your knowledge and research on the disorder, create a three page story about what the character feels, sees, and experiences when he/she tries to do every day normal things in public while trying to maintain his schizophrenia. For example: going shopping to the mall, visiting the doctor, etc… Use your book and any other references. However, this assignment is not a research paper, it is a fictional story based on the life of your character. Name them, describe them (who they are, where they work), and then devise a setting where the schizophrenia becomes severe and what they’re experiencing.

-          Worth 50 Points.

Assignment # 5 – Movie Review   (DUE APRIL 25, 2013)

-          You are asked to complete a two – three page double spaced paper reviewing the movie we watched in class about Psychology. What did you think of the movie? Did you like it? Why / why not? How did it make you feel when you watched it? Do you think it ties in with what we spoke about during the progression of our course, how so? Worth 50 Points.



Exams -                 There will be three exams in the course that are worth 100 points each. Each exam will cover only the topics discussed in class. There will never be “trick questions” on the exam as you will be evaluated for your knowledge of in class discussions, topics, and assignments. The week before exams are given, a portion of the class will be dedicated to reviewing and preparing for the upcoming exam.  This is the time to ask all questions. (There is no such thing as a dumb question)


Final Exam – At the end of the course, a final exam worth 100 points will be given. Only questions and topics covered in the first three exams will be discussed on the final. SAVE YOUR TESTS.

A perfect study guide will be reviewing each of those tests. The week before the final exam, at least half of the class period will be devoted to preparing for the upcoming final examination.


Class Discussion and Participation – During nearly every class meeting, time will be devoted to having an in class discussion or debate about your current topics. It is imperative that you participate, voice your opinion, or ask questions during this time. A large portion (200 points total) of your grade will depend on your participation during this time.






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


1 time a week


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

·        College courses are about discussing topics one on one or as a class. Therefore, attendance in the class is absolutely mandatory. If at any time you cannot make it to class, you must call or email me to make it an excused absence.

·        In addition, Psychology is a topic that is frequently discussed. Therefore, a large portion of your grade will go towards in class participation, discussions, debates, etc…

·        All assignments must be received on the date that they are due, no exceptions. If you are not in class on the due date, assignments must be sent to my email address above.









·         Exams – 100 points each

·         Final Exam – 100 Points

·         Assignments – 50 Points Each

·         Participation in Class Discussions – 200 Points Total

·         Notes – 50 Points

Grading Breakdown:

·         Exam One – 100 Points

·         Exam Two – 100 Points

·         Exam Three – 100 Points

·         Final Exam – 100 Points

·         Assignment 1 – 50 Points

·         Assignment 2 – 50 Points

·         Assignment 3 – 50 Points

·         Assignment 4 – 50 Points

·         Assignment 5 – 50 Points

·         Participation / In Class Discussion – 200 Points

·         Notes – 50 Points

                     Total Points : 900



Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

Points Needed


96 – 100


900 – 855


90 – 95


855 – 810


87 – 89


810 – 783


83 – 86


783 – 747


80 – 82


747 – 720


77 – 79


720 – 693


73 – 76


693 – 657


70 – 72


657 – 630


67 – 69


630 – 603


60 – 66


603 – 540


0 – 59


540 – 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. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola,

Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or .


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:





1 (01/31/2013)

Introduction / Syllabus Exam

Autobiography Due Next Week

2 (02/07/2013)

Chapter One / Two

Study for Exam Next Week

3 (02/14/2013)


Assignment #2 Due Next Week

4 (02/21/2013)


Read Pages 87 - 93

5 (02/28/2013)

Learning and Human Nurture

Student for Exam Next Week

6 (03/07/2013)


Assignment #3 Due Next Week

7 (03/21/2013)


Read Pages 171 - 178

8 (03/28/2013)

Thinking and Intelligence

Study for Exam Next Week

9 (04/04/2013)


Assignment #4 Due Next Week

10 (04/11/2013)

Lifetime Development

Case Study Due Next Week

11 (04/18/2013)


Assignment #5 Due Next Week

12 (04/25/2013)

Psychological Disorders

Read Pages 515 - 530

13 (05/02/2013)

Finalizing / Prepare for Final


14 (05/09/2013)


Final Exam Today









Appointed classroom and class times. If weather cancels class, I will be in contact with you. However, the exam will be pushed to the following week.






Grade Tracker

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Instructor Contact Information

Mr. Henry Laboranti
Lackawanna College Towanda Enrollment Specialist