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Spring 2015   Lackawanna College   PSY105 AB: Introduction to Psychology

Instructor: Ms. Tina Bruno                        Office Location: 105A Angeli Hall             Office Hours: By Appointment       

E-mail:                Office Phone: 570-955-1478

Class Meeting Time:  Tues/Thurs 11:00AM- 12:30PM  Angeli Hall Room 201

“Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.”

-Jameson Frank

Be sure to read this syllabus over thoroughly. The course syllabus is considered a contract between instructor and students. Your continued enrollment in the course equates to your signature on the contract, indicating your agreement to abide by the terms of this contract.

Text: Griggs, R. A. (2011) Psychology: A Concise Introduction. 3rd Ed Worth Publishers: New York.  All students are required to have a text for this course. If you do not have a text, do not take the course.

Description:  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. 

The objectives of this course are for students to:

1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

2. Compare and contrast the major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural).

3. Develop an enhanced ability to use critical thinking skills to examine issues related to human behavior and mental processes.

4. Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues  

5. Examine the sociocultural differences that influence individual differences in behavior


  1. Third Person Re-Teaching:  Throughout the semester, Students will work in groups of two or three (no more than three) and teach a concept or key understanding from the previous week’s lesson/text content with a CONTEMPORARY ISSUE OR EXAMPLE. Choose what you consider the most interesting, applicable idea(s) and teach it to the class (re-teach/review) in 10-15 minutes.  Pluck it from the headlines, challenge yourself to find something more than what I have presented, or see if you can teach me something I did not know.  If possible, create and use a visual aid (power point, chart, diagram, etc.).  Explain why you choose this topic and explain its relevance to your development or interests as a professional.   Your re-teaching should enhance and deepen our knowledge; outside resources or other texts can and should be used. You will be expected to sign-up for your turn in class as the semester progresses.  The re-teaching will occur at the start of each class session.  You will present your material during class on the assigned day.  All members of the group must participate, but I will leave the sharing of the assignments up to each individual group.  You will be graded on content, presentation, manner of dress, how much effort you have put into this project and how you respond to questions asked by the class.  You may use audio or visual props.  I strongly urge students to use PowerPoint for their presentations, but again, this is your assignment.

Third Person Re-teaching Rubric





All group members participate equally.

All group members participate.

Some group members participate.

Only 1 or 2 group members participate.

All group members speak clearly and are easy to understand.

Most group members speak clearly and are easy to understand.

Some group members speak clearly, but are difficult to understand.

Only 1 or 2 group members speak and can be understood.

Oral presentation includes many details.

Oral presentation includes some details.

Oral presentation includes few details.

Oral presentation includes few or no details.

Presentation is visually organized and complete.

Presentation is organized and complete.

Presentation is complete.

Presentation is disorganized or incomplete.

  1. Feedback Journal:  Write your thoughts and feelings about significant, new insights and ideas you experienced from four topic areas from the chapters, activities, class discussions.  Be specific about what you liked, or did not like (or understand).  Ask questions and express effect the topic has on your life, career goals, personal challenges, etc.  Objective: To introduce the process of journal writing to promote reflection and discuss the techniques and strategies to implement reflective skills necessary in many of the fields associated with psychology. Journal writing can facilitate reflection and allow students to express feelings regarding their educational experiences.  Each Journal entry should be in a 5 paragraph essay format. A separate handout with specific requirements of the 5 paragraph essay will be given to you.  Due for submission week of April 21.  I will comment on your journal entries and return to you at the next class.

Each Feedback Journal will be graded based on the following criteria.



Reflection of the topic that you are focusing on from the chapter or from class discussion or activities and how it resonates with you, ask questions, relate to your life situation, personal reflections, future goals, etc.


Proper spelling, punctuation and grammar.


Format: font, margins, heading. All papers are in Times New Roman, 12-point font.




3. Class Participation:Although you are free to decline participation in any classroom discussion or activity, you will be graded on your effort to actively participate in class.  This is a subject with many provocative issues; you are therefore encouraged to ask questions, clarify material, relate to material, offer an opinion, or even discuss an attitude/experience you have regarding the material.  This also ensures that the classroom has an experiential component to your learning, not just from the professor, but from each other.

Class Participation Rubric: Class participation is worth 20% of students’ total class grade due to the significant     increase in learning the subject matter when these specific goals are met.







Student is always respectful of his or her self, others, and professor; has a positive attitude, and does not criticize anyone else’s ideas or work.

Rarely is critical of ideas or work of others. Often has a positive attitude about the task(s). Usually treats others and self with respect.

Often or occasionally has a positive attitude about the task(s) and behaves in a respectful manner.

Often is critical of the work or ideas of others.  Rarely behaves in a respectful manner.


Routinely provides useful ideas when participating in classroom discussion. 

Usually provides useful ideas when participating in classroom discussion. 

Sometimes provide useful ideas when participating in classroom discussion.   .

Rarely provides useful ideas when participating in classroom discussion.  

Working with Others

Almost always listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others.  

Usually listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others.

Often listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others, but sometimes is not actively listening or responding.

Rarely listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others.  Often disrupts or discourages others’ attempts to participate.


Brings needed materials to class and is always ready to work.

Almost always brings needed material to class and is ready to work.

Often brings materials but sometimes needs to borrow.

Seldom brings materials and/or is rarely ready to get to work.

4. Exams:There will be 3 exams during the semester plus a final exam.  Questions may be taken from any of the following:  textbook reading, lecture material, class discussions, and visual materials.  All exams are held in room 201, and will be multiple choice, true and false, as well as some essays.

Evaluation: I expect students to attend class and to participate. You need to keep up with the reading and be prepared for each class. Once you have missed the allotted number of absences, you will be dropped from the course.

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 4


1 time a week 2


Developmental ClassesDE 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 stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. 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

  • Grades are non-negotiable.Do not phone or e-mail me at the end of the semester and ask for a grade change.  You grade will reflect exactly what you have earned. I will not give any extra credit assignments.
  • Do not come into the classroom late. I will NOT tolerate students coming into the classroom late.  If you are late you will not be allowed in class and this will count as an absence.  You know class begins at 11:00am so make provisions to be here on time.  Students cannot just enter the classroom whenever they feel like as it is disrupting to the class in progress.
  • There will not be any electronic equipment in use during the class. All cell phones are to be put away when entering this classroom. I will not tolerate any student text messaging during class.  If you are caught doing this, you will be asked to leave the room and not return.  Headphones are to be removed before entering the classroom.
  • Hoods, hats and baseball hats that are obstructing your face and ears are to be removed when you enter the classroom.
  • Participation: At the college level, the role of the professor is to construct a context for learning.  Learning—and the development of the course—depends on student engagement.Knowledge is not transmitted, but actively created.

          Participation during class:

            · Note-taking.

            · Listening to your colleagues.

            · Contributing comments based on the reading.

            · Giving other students a chance to speak.

Grading: Your grade for the course will be based on an average of the scores that you earn on each assignment. Below, the first table shows the allocation of your course grade. The second table shows the value of each grade as determined by Lackawanna College.

Exam 1 Chapters 1,2,3


Exam 2 Chapters 4,5, 6


Exam 3 Chapters  7, 8, 9


Third Person Re-Teaching


Feedback Journal


Class Participation


Final Exam 






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


MISSED WORK AND MAKE-UPS: You will be responsible for any work or assignments you miss.  Your class schedule lists the dates and the material that will be covered.  Sometimes, we deviate from the schedule or we may have class in a different area, so it is your responsibility to know what is happening in class.  I suggest you get in touch with a fellow classmate if you miss class.  It is your responsibility to find out what you missed in class. The dates of the exams are clearly marked on the class schedule, but if for some reason you cannot take the exam, you must see me ahead of time to make alternative arrangements.  I do not give the same exam for make-ups nor do I give any make-up exam for the final unless you miss for a very good reason.  If you miss an exam, you have 24-hours to get in touch with me and schedule a make-up.  Do not come into class after the exam and ask for a make-up.  Again, e-mail or call me to schedule a make-up exam and to give me your reason for missing the exam.

Late work: Work, which is handed in late, will be penalized 10 % of the total points possible per day unless exceptional circumstances are involved.

Incompletes: An Incomplete final grade will be granted only under extremely unusual circumstances. All requests for incompletes must be submitted in writing before the final exam.

 Academic Integrity: Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. 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.

The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, 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.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

(Please see the 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 Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Office of Disability Services to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses. 

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, 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 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: Below is a tentative course planner for the experiences of this course. Please note that the schedule is subject to change based on our progress, your interests, and unforeseen circumstances. This schedule does not include homework assignments or other ungraded activities.







Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity



Course Introduction/

Review of Syllabus


Ice Breaker Exercise

Syllabus review


Chapter 1 Introduction &Science of Psychology


Textbook reading/Power

Point/lecture/ Class activity



Chapter 2



Textbook reading/Power

Point/lecture/ Class activity




Chapter 3

Sensation & Perception


Textbook reading/Power

Point/lecture/ Class activity






Group review Activity





Chapter 4



Textbook reading/Power

Point/lecture/ Class activity




Chapter 5



Re-teaching begins

Textbook reading/Power

Point/lecture/ Class activity




Chapter 6

Thinking and Intelligence


Re-teaching Presentation

Textbook reading/Power

Point/lecture/ Class activity





03/17/15& 03/19/25





Group review Activity





Chapter 7

Developmental Psychology



Re-teaching Presentation

Textbook reading/lecture


Class activity





Chapter 8

Personality Theories and Assessment 


Re-teaching Presentation

Textbook reading


Video/ Class activity




Chapter 9

Social Psychology



Re-teaching Presentation 

Textbook reading/PowerPoint/lecture Group review activity







Feedback Journals Due





Chapter 10

Abnormal Psychology


Textbook reading/Power

Point/lecture/ Class activity




Case Studies


Group Work/ Discussion/ Video




Group review Activity



Final Exam


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