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COURSE OUTLINE
PSYCH 111 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
       FALL 2010 

                  Instructor:  Kim Andersen
                Office: Ricks 110 F Hours TBA

 

Course description:  This is an INTRODUCTORY course in modern Psychology.  Course content includes: the biological basis of behavior, human diversity, sensation and perception, learning, emotion, motivation, developmental, and abnormal psychology.  Each of these topics is in and of itself an entire semester long course.  We will only be scratching the surface of each, and changing directions frequently - hence the emphasis on the word "introductory".

 

Text: Meyers, David G; Psychology in Everyday Life  2009
Worth Publishing.

 

Tests:  Exams will cover individual chapters from your text.  Whether or not the material has been discussed in class is immaterial; you will be held accountable!  Each test consists of 30 objective (multiple choice) questions, and may be taken twice with the highest score being counted.  NOTE: All psychology exams will close at 5:00 on the closing date.  Of the 14 chapter tests, your grade will be computed from the mean of the 12 tests you wish to take. (Or, take them all and I=ll only count the 11 highest!). Study guides will be posted online.

A "Mini-lit" search: You will be expected to do a literature search  in miniature.  Choose a topic from the text and form an Hypothesis. List at least four sources other than the textbook to either support or dispute your Hypothesis These should be up to date, legitimate journal articles no older than 2005, and NOT merely book citations. Write a conclusion on your findings. To get full credit on this assignment, I want to see three clear parts.  1.) State your Hypothesis, 2.)Cite sources appropriately, and 3.)Draw a concise conclusion with references noted.  This assignment will be worth 25 points, and will be due on or before Oct. 11th (By class time). E-mailed papers will not be accepted.

 
Outside reading: You will be required to read  one outside book pertaining to the field of psychology.  For 25 possible points, a full two-page, typed book review will be due on or before Nov. 29th (By class time - late, handwritten , or e-mailed papers will not be accepted).  
The following is a partial list of recommended books.  Feel free to find something else, but okay it with me first.

 

The Man who mistook his wife for his hat............. Oliver Sacks
Awakenings........................................... Oliver Sacks
An Anthropologist on Mars............................Oliver Sacks
Man's search for meaning........................... Victor Frankel
The Road less traveled.............................. M. Scott Peck
Dibbs: In search of self..................................Unknown
AnUnquiet Mind........................................Kay Jamison
The Slender Balance................................. Susan Squires
Sybil.....................................................Unknown
Passages..............................................Gail Sheehy
Welcome Silence.......................................Carol North
Life Strategies...................................... P. McGraw
Love at Goon Park....................................D. Blum
The Power of Positive Parenting.......................G. Latham  

 

       E-mailed papers will not be accepted !!

 

The purpose of the book  and literature review, is to have you explore one of the many facets of psychology, and hopefully discover an area that excites you.  I am not concerned with your literary abilities or inabilities, I just want you to research something within the field of psychology to see what has been done,  and then to use a little grey matter in digesting it.

 

Quizzes: I will give at least 6 quizzes (or worksheets) throughout the semester (10 points each).  Some quizzes will come directly from your book, but there are times when I will exercise my academic freedom in designing original ones. Quizzes will be unannounced, and cannot be made up. Unless otherwise stated, all quizzes are closed book.     

Extra Credit: After the 6 required quizzes/worksheets have been given, all others will go toward extra credit points. For another 20 points you have the option, of teaching class for a 20 minute time period. Fill out the requited form attached and get it to me Sept. 29th.
                        
Attendance and Participation:  Responsibility for attending      class is completely your own.  You will be expected to keep up on the reading assignments, and to obtain notes from classmates on any lecture and video material missed   You are always encouraged to add insights to lectures, or to ask for clarification.  
 
CELL PHONES and laptops CAN, AND WILL BE CONFISCATED AT ANYTIME !! (if you intend to use a laptop for note taking ok with me first, and e-mail me a copy of your notes)


TENTATIVE reading assignments and  test deadlines:
               Chpts 1-3       9/10 - 9/28
               Chpts 4-6       9/29 - 10/15
               Chpts 7-9       10/16 - 11/3
               Chpts 10-12     11/4- 11/30
               Chpts 13-14     12/1- 12/15
 
RETAKES cannot be taken the same day as your first effort, and MUST BE TAKEN ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE.  No exceptions.      

 

GRADING:              

  Tests: 12x30= 360
  Lit. search  = 25
  Book review =  25
  Quizzes etc.=  60
  Total  =     470

                                                

Out of 470 possible points, determine your grade on the following percentage scale:  

90-100 = A
89-80 =  B
79-70 =  C     

69-60 =  D
59-00 =  F

 

ATTENDANCE ON THE LAST DAY OF CLASS IS ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY.  IF YOU HAVE ISSUES, TAKE IT UP WITH ONE OF THE VICE PRESIDENTS.               

 
ATTITUDE
 
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than failures, than successes.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company...a church...a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it."                                                               

                                                                        -Charles Swindoll

 

"Expecting adversity not  to come your way just because you are a good person, and lead a good life, is like expecting a mad bull not to charge, just because you are a vegetarian."                                                      -Unknown

 

 

You may note from the class syllabus (and text) certain topics that may, in some cases cause severe discomfort or other strong emotional reactions from some students.  If you believe that in-class discussions of such material might be more than you can handle please see me right away so that we can determine whether or not you should remain in this course.

If anything I say or do in class is offensive to you , or if you have problems with the way this course is designed, please come to me personally to express your objections.  I am not venomous, and I don=t hold grudges for very long...


"And if thy brother {or sister} offend thee, thou shalt take him or her between him or her and thee alone; and if he or she confess, thou shalt be reconciled."     
                                          D&C 43:38