SY 105 ON: Intro to Psychology - 3 Credits  

SPRING:   10/22/2018 – 12/7/2018 – 8 WEEKS -


Beth Ann Delaney, LCSW


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 Text:  Psychology in Everyday Life; Meyers David G. & C. Nathan Dewall, 4th Edition


This course and its syllabus are built around Richard Griggs', Psychology, A Concise Introduction. You will be presented with all of the basic concepts, methods, and theories common to the discipline and will be given examples of actual work activities of researchers and psychologists when they study development as well as controversies, which are on-going in Psychology. In addition to developing skills for understanding stages of development behaviors.

The objectives of this course are for students to have:

  1. Understand the Science of Psychology
  2. Describe Neuroscience
  3. Understand the importance of Sensation and Perception
  4. Grasp the theories of Learning, Thinking and Intelligence
  5. Explain the relevance of Memory
  6. Define Developmental Psychology
  7. Learn Personality Theories and Assessment
  8. Understand the differences between Social Psychology and Abnormal Psychology

Instructor Policies

  1. Participation is Mandatory Every week
  2. Post 2x on 4 separate Days per week – (60% of your grade)
    Respond to Each Main Question weekly
  3. Respond to 2 of Your Classmates weekly
    Include Research in all your posts to support your content
  4. Complete Assignments Weekly
  6. Late Submissions for Assignments are Not Accepted
  7. Please make sure that you proofread your posts & any assignments before submission.
  8. Use spell & grammar check.

Discussion and Interaction Requirements

To benefit best from discussions, there must be consistent interaction. Therefore, you are required to answer all discussion questions, posting 4x per day.  Discussions count for 60% of your grade. The content of these posts must be substantive in order to earn points. Please see your Handouts section to find helpful hints for formulating your discussion posts. Also, for a successful online participation, be sure to:

  • Respond to your classmates
  • Contribute to class by answering DQs, joining in discussions about your classmates’ comments, or asking questions
  • Maintain respectful communication
  • Be prepared,
  • Check Due Dates Weekly and Submit assignments as required

                       Posts:                                                 600 points (8 POSTS PER WEEK; 60% of grade)

Student Led/Discussion                         100 points
Student Debate                                         50
Video Analysis                                        50 points
Final Reflection Essay                           200 points
Total Points:                                         400

Online 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 courses as well.

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

Required Discussion Replies in an Online Course during SPRING SESSION

Maximum # of Days Allowed without Discussion


8 times PER WEEK




  • You are required to engage in WEEKLY discussion – 4 posts per Discussion Questions for a total of 8 posts per WEEK minimum
  • During SUMMER SESSION, an online course week runs FOR FIVE WEEKS , from Monday through Sunday.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your daily score.
  • Students who miss ONE WEEK of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.


Student Review for Weekly Discussion Posts – Week 

Student Name: 

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


1, 2 or both

Points Applied

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 posts)  

26.25 pts.




Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 posts)

16.25 pts.




Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 posts)

  5 pts.




Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 posts)

  5 pts.




Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

  5 pts.




Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

  5 pts.




Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

 5.5 pts.




Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette  

 7 pts.





75 pts.



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.



Weekly Posts:                                           600 points (8 POSTS PER WEEK; 60% of grade)

Assignments:                                            400 points       

Total Points:                                             1000 


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
*Late Submissions are not Accepted
*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, 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 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 academic development 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.


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, 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



Course Objective Met            Learning Activity

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity



Chapters 1 & 2
Understanding the Brain

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 Forum,
Quizzes, Research

Discussion Format /Research Reviews/Quizzes



Chapters 3 & 4
Life Span & Nature/Nurture


1, 2 & 3, 5 & 6  Forum, Research,

Discussion Format/Debate



Chapters 5 & 6
Sensation, Perception & Learning


1, 2, 3, 4 & 5  Forum, Research,

Discussion/Special Topic Debate



Chapters 7 & 8
Memory, Thinking & Language


2,3,4 & 7  Forum, Research, Video

Discussion Format / Research Reviews/ Video Review & Analysis



Chapters 9 & 10
Motivation, Emotions, Stress & Health


1, 2. 3   Forum, Research, Stu Led Discussion

Discussion Format / Research Reviews/Discussion






6          Chapter 11                                      7, 8 & 9         Forum, Research, Video Analysis                 

7          Chapters 12 & 13                             6, 7,8          Forum, Research, Assessment  
            Social Psychology & Psych Disorders          

8          Chapter 14                                       6.7.8          Forum, Research, Learning Summary