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

Introduction to Psychology PSYC-101

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 09

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 01/09/2012 to 05/10/2012

  • Modified 09/12/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Paul Spurgeon

Office: FSQ 112
Phone: 769-7876

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Meeting Times


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


Course Materials

Text:  Myers, David G., Psychology, 10th Ed. 2012. Worth Publishers.


Recommended Reading: Study Sense by Kristina T. Klassen.  


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.



Make-up examinations: Don’t miss exam dates!

Any make-ups [given at the discretion   of the instructor], will have a higher level of difficulty. 






40% of     Final Grade


Paper or Video Project


30% of     Final Grade


Comprehensive Chapter Summary


30% of     Final Grade



*Extra   Credit Available on Request


Late   assignments are accepted at reduced credit unless you have a legitimate   reason for being late. If you are late and you think you have a legitimate   reason, please see me privately or send an e-mail to me.



Rubric for Grading Papers and Video Projects


Rubric Category


Highest     Quality 


Good     Quality 


Fair     Quality 


Needs     Work 


Your     Score




Completed     and turned in on time or early. 


Work     is one day late with instructor permission. 


Work     is two days late with instructor permission. 


Work     is more than two days late with or without instructor permission 




Organization     of Ideas and Clarity of Expressioin


The     paper or project is well organized and presents concepts and thoughts in a     clear and professional manner 


The     paper or project is reasonably well organized and concepts and thoughts are     readily apparent. 


The     paper or project needs some work on organization and/or presentation of     thoughts and concepts. 


The     paper or project lacks organization and/or presentation of thoughts and     ideas is unclear. 




Appropriate     applications of the theoretical model being employed


The     student has demonstrated a clear grasp of how to apply the model to     real-life situations. 


The     student has demonstrated an understanding of how to apply the model to     real-life situations, but needs improvement in one or more areas. 


The     student has demonstrated some understanding of the model, but has not     demonstrated how to effectively apply it to real-life situations. 


The     student clearly has no understanding of the model or how to apply it to     real-life situations. 




Completeness     of Assignment (Remember Vocabulary)


The     assignment meets or exceeds the expectations outlined in the     instructions. 


The     assignment reasonably meets the expectations outlined in the instructions,     but needs improvement in one or more areas. 


The     assignment needs some major revisions in one or more of the expectations as     outlined in the instructions 


The     assignment does not meet or make a reasonable attempt to meet the     expectations that are outlined in the instructions. 




Spelling     and Grammar (Paper Only)


There     are no spelling or grammar errors. 


There     are less than 10 spelling and grammar errors. 


There     are less than 20 spelling and grammar errors. 


There     are over 20 spelling and grammar errors. 




Pronunciation     of Terms (Video Project Only)


There     are no Pronunciation errors of psychology terms. 


There     are less than 2 pronunciation errors of psychology terms. 


There     are less than 3 pronunciation errors of psychology terms. 


There     are 3 or more pronunciation errors of psychology terms. 





Course Policies

Classroom Code of Conduct

         I.            Paying tuition gives the student the right to sit in their seat and learn. It does not give them the right to disrupt the learning experiences of other students, who have also paid their tuition, and it does not entitle them to a grade.

        II.            If you are subjected to another student’s disruptive behavior, please see your instructor about a student complaint form. You have a right to sit and your seat and learn without being harassed, and you have a right to say something if you think another student’s behavior is disruptive.  Please note that, depending on existing policies and the evidence presented to the instructor, a complaint form may or may not result in disciplinary action.

      III.            If you feel the need to be disruptive in the classroom environment, drop this class and take another one before it’s too late. This classroom has a zero tolerance policy for disruptive behavior. Disciplinary action will be taken on the first offense. Disruptive behavior is defined as:

A.       No socializing or talking during class lectures.

B.       No socializing during activities. Talking is limited to the learning experience.

C.        No use of cell phones period. Don’t bring them into the classroom.

D.       No leaving the classroom during class. Come prepared to attend class.

E.        No use of computers outside of academic applications (i.e. if another student complains about your misuse of your computer, this will be considered a first offense).

F.        No sleeping during class. If you must sleep, stay home and sleep.

G.       No disruptive noises or disruptive behaviors of any kind. You have the right to sit in your seat and pay attention. That’s what you paid for. If you’re not sure if a behavior or noise is disruptive, ask your instructor before performing it.

      IV.            Students who have accommodations through the CEA (Center for Educational Access) may not necessarily be required to follow all of the codes of conduct if one or more of the code interferes with their ability to learn effectively in the classroom environment.

A.       Other students are not privy to this information

B.       All student information, including accommodations, are protected by FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act).

C.        The Instructor is not required to explain why a student is not following a particular code of conduct if said divulgence would result in a violation of FERPA.

*Attendance: It’s required for all non-internet courses

Class starts on time and ends on time. There are no “Days off.” If you miss a day, see me right away about make-up work to earn points for your grade. If you miss more than 2 days, your final grade will drop one whole letter grade for each additional day missed. Example: if you have 3 absences that are not made up, and you’ve earned an “A” in the class, then your final grade will be a “B”. Remember that 3 tardies is equal to 1 missed day.


Additional Items

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.