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INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY SYLLABUS  - PSY105KA
 
LACKAWANNA COLLEGE HAZLETON CAMPUS, SPRING 2014
INSTRUCTOR - FRED BARLETTA
MONDAY  9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
 
 
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 
Griggs, 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. Explain the biological affects on behavior and thinking.
 
  3. Describe the process of perception and sensation relative to behavior and thinking.
 
  4. Identify the different methods of learning and understanding as well as the processes of each.
 
  5. Explain the processes of memory and forgetting and their relationship to human study habits.
 
  6. Describe the theories of intelligence and role heredity and environment play.
 
  7. Understand the process of human growth and development and its coo elation to thinking and behavior.
 
  8. Utilize the theories of personality to explain individual uniqueness and group similarity.
 
  9. Understand the impact of Social Psychology on human behavior and thinking.
 
10. Identify the components of Abnormal Psychology in clouding diagnosis and treatment. 
 
ATTENDANCE 
Consistant with Lackawanna College 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 only once a week the maximum allowable absences is 3. In the event you are absent from class it is the students responsibility to obtain all notes, assignments or missed work.
 
COURSE METHODOLOGY 
This course consists primarily of lecture, class discussion and out of class readings. Class discussion will be guided by question and answers between the instructor and students. Standard classroom etiquette will be expected. No electronic devises including cell phones are permitted. All such devises should be set on silent mode and not visible during class. No food of any kind is permitted during class, however beverages are permitted. Expressing your thoughts and opinions both orally and in written form will constitute a very important part of your evaluations 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                       2.0 
70-72                       C-                      1.67 
67-69                       D+                     1.33
60-66                       D                        1.0
0-59                         F                         0
 
 SCHEDULE 
This is a tentative class schedule for the spring semester. It is subject to change dependent on the pace of discussions during class of for unforeseen reasons such as cancellation of class.
 
 
WEEK         TOPIC                                                                                 ASSIGNMENT / TEST 
             
  1               THE SCIENCE OF PSYCHOLOGY
  2               NEUROSCIENCE /BIOLOGICAL FACTORS                  WRITTEN PROJECT # 1  (due February 10)
  3               COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT                                           TEST  # 1  (due February 23)
  4               CONDITIONING / LEARNING
  5               MEMORY / REMEMBERING / FORGETTING                WRITTEN PROJECT # 2   (due March 10)
  6               HEREDITY AND ENVIRONMENT                                    TEST # 2   (due March 23)
           ******* SPRING BREAK  3/17 - 3/21  ********
   7               INTELLIGENCE
   8               HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
   9               PERSONALITY                                                                    WRITTEN PROJECT  # 3
 10               SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
 11               PERCEPTION / SENSATION                                              WRITTEN PROJECT  # 4
 12               ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
 13               MENTAL DISORDERS
 14               FIANL EXAM         MAY 5