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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Psychology

Introduction to Psychology PSYC-101

  • Spring 2012
  • Sections 06, 08
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 01/09/2012 to 05/10/2012
  • Modified 01/09/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Carrah James

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 11:50 AM to 12:50 PM, MOL209

Other times by appointment

Meeting Times

  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:00 AM to 2:15 AM, MHS113

Section: -06

  • Monday, Wednesday, 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM, MHS117

Section: -08


This course provides students with a general overview of the science which seeks to understand and explain behavior and mental processing. Variations in psychology faculty training and research interest influence topic emphasis. However, students will be introduced to many of the major contemporary theories and concepts in psychology. This course will prove interesting and useful to those students wishing to better understand human behavior and thinking. It should prove helpful to students preparing for a career that will bring them into contact with other people. This course fulfills a social science elective for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: Strong reading and writing skills


Textbook*: Myers, D. G. (2010). Psychology. 9th Ed. Worth: New York.  ISBN-10: 1-4292-1597-6

*Obtain immediately if you haven’t already


Psyc 101 Outcomes :

Student has an understanding of the major current and historical theoretical views in psychology.

Student has an understanding of the key content areas in psychology. These include, but are not limited to, scientific methods, brain and behavior, personality, learning, and memory.

Student uses critical thinking and problem solving strategies to test claims made about human behavior.

Outcomes are measured by any of the following: classroom participation, exams, in-class group activities, and papers.

Psyc 101 Abilities:
Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: Student analyzes and evaluates information and arguments, and constructs a well-supported argument.
Historical, Cultural & Global Awareness: Student demonstrates a basic understanding of diverse cultural views and the impact of these views on local and national events.
Abilities are measured by any of the following: classroom participation, exams, in-class group activities, and papers.


E­xams (60%):  There will be a total of 4 exams (15 possible points each). Exams will consist of multiple choice and similar items (e.g., matching), completion items (e.g., labeling), and discussion items (e.g., explanation and/or application).

Journals (24%):  There will be a total of 3 journal assignments (8 possible points each). Journal assignments will ask you to reflect, connect, extend, or apply concepts/ideas presented in this course as they relate to your own life, interests, experiences, goals, etc. I will post the specific instructions/questions for each journal assignment on Angel (but do not submit responses through Angel, you’ll turn in a printed/hard-copy in turn in a printed/hard-copy in class).

In-class assignments/activities (8%): There will be a total of 10 in-class activities. You will receive 1 point for each completed activity you turn in (up to a maximum of 8 points over the semester, this allows you to miss two activities without penalty). YOU MUST BE PRESENT DURING THE ACTIVITY TO RECEIVE CREDIT. Activities are not announced ahead of time. If you’re present, participate, and turn in your responses (proof of participation), you earn full credit. There is no partial credit for activities.

Reading Review Questions (8%): There will be a brief (ten item) online quiz for each assigned reading. Each quiz will close 30 minutes prior to class time on the date the corresponding reading is due (as listed in your schedule). For every quiz on which earn 8/10 or higher on your first attempt, you will earn one point (up to a maximum of 8 points for the semester). If you score less than 8/10, you receive no credit. You may look at the quiz before you read and you may refer to your textbook while taking the quiz. The purpose of these quizzes is to provide you with a self-check for ensuring you understand the basic information of the assigned reading BEFORE we discuss more complex/detailed information in class.

Grading Scale (Total possible points for the course: 100)

A 94-100      A- 90-93      
B+ 87-89   B 84-86      B- 80-83
C+ 77-79   C 73-76   C- 70-72
D+ 67-69   D 64-66   D- 60-63
F <60            

Course Policies

Attendance and Participation

  1. I expect you to be fully present in class. By fully present, I mean on time, in class for the duration of the class period, and engaged in only what is going on in class (e.g., not texting, reading a newspaper, doing work for another course, etc.).
  2. Each student’s experience and perspective makes important contributions to the learning of the whole class. When you show up and when you share your experiences, perspectives, questions, comments, or concerns, we all benefit. Information that students bring up in class discussions may appear on exams.


  1. If you are absent and would like to know what you may have missed in class, you should ask another student. As always, I am available to answer any specific questions you may have about concepts or principles (if you don’t understand something or wish to clarify).
  2. In-class activities cannot be completed at any other time. Ever. There are more opportunities to earn credit than there are allowable points so that missing one or two activities will not affect your grade.
  3. Assignments will be accepted only if turned in by the start of class time on the due date. If you are absent on the due date (for any reason), you are still responsible for turning in the work on time. In the case of an unforeseeable absence (i.e., illness or injury) on a due date, you may email your assignment—but I will accept it only if it is received by the start of class time on the due date. Important: see section on emailing assignments under 'Additional Info' below
  4. There are no make-up exams except in the case of bona fide, documented emergencies. If you miss an exam without official documentation of a bona fide emergency, you will receive a grade of zero (0) for the missed exam.


  1. Exams are integrative. The focus of each exam will be on the information covered since the last exam; however, you may be required to draw upon information learned at any prior point in the course when it serves as a foundation for or is highly relevant to the current focus. Generally speaking, this just means that it’s in your best interest to review the feedback you get on your exams and clarify any misunderstandings/problem areas you have before the next exam.
  2. Tips
    • Understanding of concepts is far more useful than memorization of their definitions, and your exams will reflect this by emphasizing integration, contextual evaluation, and practical application of concepts/ideas.
    • When considering concepts, the most important questions are rarely ‘what’ and ‘who’, but rather ‘how’ and ‘why’
    • Relate everything to your own experiences. When what you learn is NOT consistent with your experience (and this will happen more often than you think), try to figure out why. This is one of the best ways to avoid the mistake of using ‘common sense’ to answer test questions.
    • I never try to trick you, but I will always try to challenge you (i.e., ‘common-sense’ is a bad approach to exams).


  1. Read the assigned chapter(s) before they will be discussed in class. Class time is for clarifying, connecting, and extending the concepts and principles you learn about in the reading. If you haven’t read, it will be difficult (if not impossible) for you to ask for the clarifications you may need, to make connections with additional material covered in class, and (most importantly) to extend the concepts and principles to things that matter to you.

Formatting and Submitting Assignments

  1. Unless otherwise specified, assignments should be submitted in hard copy at the beginning of class on the due date.
  2. In general, writing assignments should have 1 inch margins (max) and 10-12 point serif font (e.g., Times New Roman).
  3. Always include your name and the assignment (e.g., Journal #1), as well as any other information requested in the directions.
  4. Save your work. Save it often. Save it in multiple locations. Print drafts. Save. Save. Save.

Grades and Grading

  1. There is no “extra credit.”
  2. Grades are posted on Angel. Detailed feedback is written directly on your returned assignments.
  3. Keep any assignment that has been returned to you. Not only are these helpful for many circumstances (e.g., you’re having difficulty and need help) they are also required should there be any issue whatsoever with a grade (e.g., scoring error, computer glitch, grade dispute).
  4. Read assignment instructions carefully before beginning an assignment. With written assignments, I usually post a scoring rubric (the guide I use to assign points). It is to your advantage to read the rubric and refer to it frequently throughout your completion of an assignment.

Classroom Expectations

  1. You are encouraged to share your thoughts and free to voice disagreement, but do so respectfully. Be aware that topics will be more sensitive for some than for others—stay mindful of this when responding to the comments/questions of others.
  2. Listen when others are speaking. Do not engage in private/side conversations, particularly during class discussion time (i.e., when your peers are talking).
  3. Sharing examples or questions from your own experiences helps everyone learn, but when doing so please respect the privacy of others. Keep in mind that the class is not bound by confidentiality—so when asking/commenting about life experiences/events, avoid using details that could be used to identify a specific person or entity.

Class Cancellations

  1. Check the NIC website for cancellations due to inclement weather.
  2. In the event of a planned absence on my part, you will be given notice and instructions.
  3. If I must be absent on short notice, you will be notified via Angel or your NIC email.


  1. Email is the fastest and best way to reach me: [email protected]
  2. You should check Angel daily. All assignment resources/instructions, changes in due dates, and other announcements will be communicated this way.
  3. For your privacy, I will not provide any information about your grades over the phone or in email.


Course Schedule (subject to change with notice)

Note: By Class time you should have already completed all readings and assignments listed on the corresponding date.



Readings DUE

Assignments DUE


M 01/09




W 01/11

Prologue (textbook pgs 1-13), Syllabus (Angel)


No Class

M 01/16

MLK Day, No Class



W 01/18

Ch.1 Psychological Science

Ch.1 RRQ*


M 01/23




W 01/25

Ch.2 Biology of Mind

Ch.2 RRQ*


M 01/30


Journal 1


W 02/01

Ch.3 Consciousness

Ch.3 RRQ*


M 02/06

***Prologue, Chapters 1-3***


W 02/08

Ch.4 Nature/Nurture

Ch.4 RRQ*


M 02/13




W 02/15

Ch.5 Development

Ch.5 RRQ*

No Class

M 02/20

President’s Day, No Class



W 02/22


Journal 2


M 02/27

Ch.6 Sensation/Perception

Ch.6 RRQ*


W 02/29

***Chapters 4 - 6***


M 03/05

Ch.7 Learning

Ch.7 RRQ*


W 03/07




M 03/12

Ch.8 Memory

Ch.8 RRQ*


W 03/14




M 03/19

Ch.10 Intelligence

Ch.10 RRQ*


W 03/21



No Class

M 03/26

Spring Break


No Class

W 03/28

Spring Break



M 04/02

-- (cont./review of Ch. 7, 8, 10)



W 04/04

***Chapters 7, 8, 10***


M 04/09

Ch.13 Personality

Ch.13 RRQ*


W 04/11




M 04/16

Ch.14 Disorders

Ch.14 RRQ*


W 04/18


Journal 3


M 04/23

Ch. 16 Social

Ch.16 RRQ*


W 04/25




M 04/30




W 05/02

CYOA, Choose one of the following readings: Ch.9, Ch.11, Ch.12, or Ch.15



                        ***Chapters, 13, 14, 16, and CYOA Chapter***

 101-06: M 05/07/2012  2:00-4:00P 

 101-08: W 05/09/2012  4:00-6:00P


Additional Items

Additional Information

Submitting assignments electronically (does not apply to online quizzes)

  1. Please only submit work electronically/via email when you unable to come to class on a due date. I will only accept work that arrives before the start of class on the due date.
  2. I will respond with a confirmation to any assignment I receive via email (within 24 hours weekdays). If you do not receive a confirmation, then you should assume I have not received it.
  3. Because email is not always reliable, if you submit an assignment at the last minute, you are taking a risk. Computer errors, network glitches, internet service disruptions, wireless card malfunctions, etc., are not legitimate reasons for lateness.
  4. If you email an assignment, please use a detailed subject heading in your email. [Assignment: Smith, Journal #3]. Check the attachment to ensure that 1.) It’s there.  2.) It can be opened and read with standard word processing or pdf software. 3.) Your name and assignment title are on the document

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.