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2017 spring syllabus


Standardized Syllabus

Psy 105 AC: Intro to Psychology, Angeli 211

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 AM TO 9 AM

3 credits



Rebecca Tomlinson






Office Hours

Adjunct Office: Healy, 2nd Floor

M-W-F 9AM-10:30AM, T-Th 1PM-2PM

or by appointment





Myers, D. G., & DeWall, D. N. (2017) Psychology In Everyday Life. 4th Edition Worth Publishers: New York.



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.



  1. To demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. To compare and contrast the major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural).
  3. To develop an enhanced ability to use critical thinking skills to examine issues related to human behavior and mental processes.
  4. To articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and differences.
  5. To examine the sociocultural differences that influence individual differences in behavior.



Class Work and Participation:                                                                  satisfies objectives 1-5

Content/Course Objective Quizzes:                                                       satisfies objectives 1-5

Socratic Seminar:                                                                                           satisfies objectives 3-5

Creative Research Therapy/Research Paper:                                   satisfies objectives 1-5

Movie Analysis:                                                                                               satisfies objectives 1&3

Sociocultural Differences Discussion:                                                   satisfies objectives 1-5

Final Exam:



Class Work and participation                                                                                                    10%

Socratic Seminar: ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY!                                                        15%

Content/Course Objective Quizzes                                                                                        15%

Creative Research Therapy/Research Paper                                                                     15%    

Movie Analysis                                                                                                                                  15%

Sociocultural Differences Discussion                                                                                      15%

Final Exam                                                                                                                                         15%


Class Work and Participation: The projects and assignments that are part of this class are designed to not only increase your knowledge of psychology, but to improve all of your professional skills as well.  Because this is a psychology course, which explores human thought and behavior, a vital component of this course involves the expression of ideas and experiences of everyone in the class.  Active participation will make the material much more interesting, engaging, and memorable; hence, your participation is a large part of your grade.  Participation includes attendance; being attentive and prepared for class by completing all readings, projects, presentations, and assignments on time; contributing to class discussions and group work; and sharing input and thinking critically to apply the content on a deeper level.  It is of utmost importance to be respectful, polite, and professional when participating, particularly when you have a different opinion or experience from someone else, as this is a valuable skill to master to ultimately be successful in your career.  Disrespectful attitudes and comments, unruly behavior, interruptions, and outbursts will not be tolerated and additionally your class participation and assignment grades will suffer. 


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 Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030



Additionally, three tardy days equals 1 absence.  Students are not able to earn participation points/classwork points without attending.  If you sleep through class, you will be marked absent.  If you miss class, you are still required to submit any assignments that are due by class time or they will be marked late and a grade deduction will be given.  You can upload it to the portal, have a classmate hand it in for you, or you can email it to me directly by the time our class begins for it to be considered on time. Once you exceed the maximum permitted absences, you will be dropped from the course automatically.





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. If you are struggling in the class, come see me during office hours or make an appointment with me after class so we can set you up on a plan for success as soon as your grades start to slip.  The longer you wait, the less likely your grade will recover.
  • Arrive to class on time, prepared, and attentive. Inability to do this results in disruptions to the class and will result in a lower grade.
  • No electronic devices are permitted in class. No cell phones, lap tops, tablets, headphones, or any other similar devices unless they are approved for a class assignment.  If you cannot abide by this, you will be asked to leave class that day and will be marked absent with a 0 for class participation.
  • An academic warning will be issued if a student’s average falls below 2.0 at any time during the semester and I will request that you meet with me.
  • A student will be issued a disciplinary warning after ANY behavior that I deem as disruptive to the learning environment and they will be asked to leave class.
  • If at any point you are contemplating dropping out of school, please know that I have an open door policy to assist you in resolving any issues that may prevent you from finishing school. Remember, you choose to enroll for a reason.  With help, you can still accomplish your goal.  I cannot help you if you do not ask for help.  Advocate for yourself!




Throughout the course, you should keep a record of all grades received so you know how you are doing during the semester. I do not change grades and you will get exactly what you earn as described in this syllabus.  If you start to struggle, make an appointment to see me so we can develop a plan to improve your performance as soon as possible.  Do not wait until it is too late!





Socratic Seminar: 100 Points

A Socratic Seminar is a controlled, friendly, healthy, respectful discussion of students’ thoughts, feelings, questions, concerns, and opinions about a given topic of information.   The two topics will be assigned two weeks in advance of the seminar date.

For our Socratic Seminar, please come prepared with discussion points (at least 3) for BOTH sides of each question.  That is a total of 6 bullet points per each question for a total of 12 bullet points.  You will create these discussion points using the articles and research you will find.

In addition to your discussion points, you may have some questions of your own about the discussion questions that come up in your research. It is appropriate to bring these questions to the table during the seminar and ask your classmates for answers. You never know when someone may have found information you could not.

Grading Rubric – Socratic Seminar



Please bring TWO COPIES of a printed paper that lists the first 3 parts below:


Your Score

             3 Bullet Points in Favor of each Argument (6 total)

These facts must come from credible sources such as scholarly journals or government organizations.  Wikipedia is not a credible source.




             3 Bullet Points Against each Argument (6 total)

These facts must come from credible sources such as scholarly journals or government organizations.  Wikipedia is not a credible source.





             APA formatted citations of your sources (minimum 2 sources    

             per question for 4 total sources):

I will provide examples of how to do APA in class.  If you need additional help you can reference Purdue OWL for APA help or you can see me during office hours or at a scheduled appointment.




            End of Research Summary

After researching both sides of each topic, you need to write one paragraph on your final decision about whether you are for or against each topic and why. 



Class Discussion:



             Participation with Relevant Information

Student shared meaningful and relevant points during the discussion.





             Respectful Communication

Student was respectful, calm, and courteous during the discussion.






*Deductions will be given for errors in spelling/grammar and citations, lack of research or relevance, disrespectful discourse, and summaries that do not support your decision.


Content/Course Objective Quizzes:  15%

The quizzes will consist of various question formats such as multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, true and false, or essay.


Creative Research Therapy Session/Abnormal Psych Paper: 15% Points


You have the choice of writing a 5-7 page APA style paper (this includes a title page and a references page) on a disorder of your choice or participating in a creative research group therapy session for which you will conduct research prior and demonstrate during the therapy session. 


If you choose the paper, you need to have 3-5 pages of written content in proper APA format with an introduction, body, and conclusion written grammatically correct.  It is strongly recommended that you utilize the writing center for this paper.  Please see bolt for guidelines on proper APA format.  Your paper needs to cover the description of a specific mental illness including symptoms, history of the illness, statistics on how many people are affected by the illness, how the brain is affected/what is occurring in the brain to cause the mental illness, and the treatments available for people who are diagnosed. The written paper is to be completed in APA format with an APA formatted title page and reference page for a TOTAL OF 5-7 PAGES AND YOU MUST UTILIZE THE DSM-V AS ONE OF YOUR SOURCES!


If you chose the creative research therapy session, you will assign yourself a mental illness.  You must research the description of the illness, its associated symptoms, criteria for diagnosis, and treatment.  You will make a complete sentence outline of all of this material, which will also include sources (YOU MUST UTILIZE THE DSM-V AS ONE OF YOUR SOURCES), which you will bring to class to use as a guide during our in-class therapy session and then you will turn it in at the end of class.  Additionally, you need to come to class to dramatically act out as much of the symptomology of the mental illness as possible for a class exercise.  YOU WILL COME DRESSED AND PREPARED TO ACT THE PART AS SOON AS YOU WALK IN THE ROOM! Your participation in the group therapy session is essential; however, be respectful that your other classmates will all need a chance to participate as well.  Depending on how many students participate, we may have to have 2 smaller group sessions.


Movie Analysis: 50 Points


We will be watching a psychological movie in class so your attendance is important for you to take notes as we discuss it.  After the movie is completed, a one page review is due in APA format that discusses the psychological phenomenon that takes place in the movie.  You will describe the character’s symptoms, behaviors, and diagnosis and explain what specifically caused the disorder.


Movie Analysis Rubric




Very Good







5 points

Zero errors in the following:


-Times New Roman 12 font

-1” page borders

-Double spacing


One error in the following:


Times New Roman 12 font

1” page borders

Double spacing


Two errors in the following:


Times New Roman 12 font

1” page borders

Double spacing


Three or more errors in the following:


Times New Roman 12 font

1” page borders

Double spacing


10 points

0-2 spelling and/or punctuation errors

3-5 spelling and/or punctuation errors

6-9 spelling and/or punctuation errors

More than 10 sp. or punctuation errors

Word Choice:

5 points

Language is natural, interesting, figurative, and precise

Language is functional and sometimes goes beyond the ordinary

Language is predictable and/or repetitious

Language is limited, monotonous, and/or misused

Sentence Fluency:

5 Points


Sentences are well-constructed, strong and varied. Flows easily when read aloud.

Sentences are somewhat varied. Fairly easy to read aloud.

Sentence structure mechanical and sometimes clumsy.

Sentences are difficult to follow. incomplete, run-on,  or awkward


10 Points


Paper is clear and well developed. Strong introduction and conclusion with thoughtful use of transitions. Flows smoothly from one idea to the next.

Organization is present though rather predictable; transitions are used which enable the reader to follow the flow of thought

Organization is emerging so reader can follow some of the text, but introduction and conclusion undeveloped or unclear.

No clear introduction or conclusion. Organization is lacking which causes confusion in reader.


15 Points

Accurate and complete description of the character’s symptoms, behaviors, and diagnosis and explain what specifically caused the disorder

Mostly accurate and complete description of the character’s symptoms, behaviors, and diagnosis and explain what specifically caused the disorder

Some inaccuracies and/or incomplete description of the character’s symptoms, behaviors, and diagnosis and explain what specifically caused the disorder

Inaccurate and incomplete description of the character’s symptoms, behaviors, and diagnosis and explain what specifically caused the disorder

Total Points: 50







Sociocultural Differences Discussion: 50 Points

Sociocultural Differences Discussion: 50 Points

***Please see the PowerPoint under handouts and links for a detailed description of what is required.

Differences Discussion: 50 Points

You will interview someone who identifies as being in a group that is somehow different from yourself.  This can include race, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, socioeconomic status, career, etc.  Please have it approved by me before you begin.  Specifically, you will ask the person questions about what people have said or done to them that have made them feel excluded/unwanted/or like they do not fit in.  You will then type these statements on a sheet of paper and cut the paper so each statement stands alone to be able to hand them out in class.  Additionally, come with notes on how you’d describe this person from your point of view.


You will also read and orally summarize an article about discrimination towards this group.  In class, we will have a discussion about the statements made to the people we interviewed and you will give your brief oral summary of the article you read.  As a group we will discuss our reactions to the articles and interview statements.  Please bring your statements, a copy of your article, and a notecard with bullet points of your summary to class.


Grading Rubric – Differences Discussion




Your Score

Completely Prepared for the Discussion by bringing all items:

1.      Statement from Interview

2.     Statement about how you perceive the person you interviewed

3.      Three bullet points from the article





Class Discussion:



Participating in the discussion

Student shared meaningful and relevant points during the discussion.





Respectful Communication

Student was respectful, calm, and courteous during the discussion.






*Deductions will be given for coming unprepared, not participating, and disrespectful discourse.


Final Exam: 100 Points

The final will be a comprehensive exam based on our group work from FINAL-ly Fridays.


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


Due Dates and Late Penalties


Assignments are due by the time class begins.  If you do not have the assignment with you in class on time or emailed to me before the class begins, it will be marked late.  It is your responsibility to make sure I receive it on time.  “I emailed it to you.” is not acceptable enough.  If you email it to me, I will reply within 24 hours that I received it.  If you do not get confirmation back from me, then I did not receive it.


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%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”



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 Disability Services office 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.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, 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 VII of 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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Carolyn Quinn, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760,  


Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email:   

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



Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week 1:

January 23, 25, 27




Due: Read Chapter 1

Introduction, Expectations, Syllabus, Intro to research

Objectives 1, 2

Discussion of syllabus, Best/Worst Classes Activity, Info sheet, PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, Norms Observation Research Activity

Week 2:

January 30,

February 1 & 3

Due: Read Chapter 2

Quiz 1

Ch. 1 What is psychology Ch. 2 Biology of Mind and Consciousness

Objectives 1, 2, 3

Quiz 1, Read Chapter 1 & 2,  PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity

Week 3:

February 6, 8, 10


Due: Read Chapter 3

Quiz 2

Ch. 3 Development

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Quiz 2, Read Chapter 3,  PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity

Week 4:

February 13, 15, 17


Due: Read Chapter 4 Quiz 3

Sex, Gender, & Sexuality

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Quiz 3, Read Chapter 4,  PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity

Week 5:

February 22, 24



Due: Read Chapter 5

Quiz 4

Socratic Seminar Feb 22

Sensation & Perception

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4,

Quiz 4, Read Chapter 5,  PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity



Week 6:

February 27

March 1, 3

Due: Read Chapter 6

Quiz 5

Sensation & Perception; Learning

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4

Quiz 5, Read Chapter 6,  PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity

Week 7:



March 13, 15, 17


Due: Read Chapter  7

Quiz 6


Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Quiz 6, Read Chapter 7,  PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity

Week 8:

March 20, 22, 24


The Vow




Objectives 1, 3

Review Chapter 7, Take notes on The Vow for Movie Analysis, Class Discussion

Week 9:

March 27, 29, 31


Due: Read Chapter 8 & 9


Movie Analysis Due 3/31


Thinking, Language, & Intelligence; Motivation & Emotion

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Read Chapter 8 & 9, PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity

Movie Analysis Due 3/31


Week 10:

April 3, 5, 7


Due: Read Chapter 10

Quiz 7


Stress, Health, & Flourishing

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Quiz 7, Read Chapter 10,  PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity


Sociocultural Differences Discussion Friday April 7!

Week 11:

April 10, 12



Due: Read Chapter 11

Quiz 8

Social Psych

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Quiz 8, Read Chapter 11, PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity

Week 12:

April 19, 21


Due: Read Chapter 12 & 13

Quiz 9


Personality & Psych Disorders

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Quiz 9, Read Chapter 12 & 13,  PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, activity

Week 13:

April 24, 26, 28

Due: Read Ch 14

Quiz 10

Psych Disorders & Therapy

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Quiz 10, Read Chapter 14,  PowerPoint, lecture, Class Discussion, Therapy Activity

Week 14:

May 1, 3, 5



Psychological Disorders/ FINAL REVIEW

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Week 15:


10:10 AM


10:10 AM to 12:10 PM



Examinations/Project Due Dates


  • Quiz 1: February 3 (Psych)
  • Quiz 2: February 8 (Biology/Consciousness)
  • Quiz 3 February 13 (Development)
  • Quiz 4: February 24 (Sexuality)
  • Quiz 5: March 1 (Sensation & Perception)
  • Quiz 6: March 15 (Learning)
  • Quiz 7: April 3 (Thinking… & Motivation…)
  • Quiz 8: April 10 (Stress)
  • Quiz 9: April 19 (Social Psych)
  • Quiz 10: April 24 (Personality)


Socratic Seminar:

February 22.  Attendance is mandatory.



Due: March 31


Sociocultural Differences Discussion:

Discussion on: April 7.  Attendance is mandatory.


Creative Research Group Therapy/Abnormal Psych Paper: (IN PLACE OF QUIZ ON CHAPTER 13)

May 3



Monday, May 8 at 8AM to 10AM

**The standards, requirements, and due dates set forth in this syllabus may be modified at any time by the course instructor as to best facilitate an optimal learning environment for the class.  Notice of such changes will be announced in class.  Be sure to check with a fellow classmate if you are not in attendance.

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