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


Introduction to Psychology PSYC-101

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 2/55/87 & 11/77/78

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012

  • Modified 08/27/2012



Contact Information


Instructor: Randy K. Ware

Email: rkware@nic.edu
Office: Lee-Kildow 220
Phone: 208-769-3417

Meeting Times


This class will meet as scheduled, except when holidays, weather or instructor illness result in cancellations. If the instructor must miss class, announcements will be posted in Blackboard. Edit your Notification settings to receive these communications in the preferred manner. 

As a hybrid course, this class requires students to spend a minimum of one hour per week doing online activities and watching online presentations (not counting homework and normal study time). 

Description


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

Materials


Psychology

Author: Myers, David G.
Publisher: Worth
Edition: 10th
ISBN: 978-1-4641-0217-2
Availability: http://www.bookstore.nic.edu/

Outcomes


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.

Assessment


Examinations: 180 points

There will be four Unit exams. The Unit exams will be worth 40 points each. The exam items will be multiple-choice and True/False format.  Exam questions will include information presented across all learning activities covered in class and in online presentations, all homework assignments and any assigned readings.

The final Unit exam (taken during finals week) will include an additional 20 questions that will be cumulative in nature (pulling from the previous Units).

          

 

Chapter

Exam 1

Prologue

8: Memory

13: Personality

10: Intelligence

Exam 2

1: Research

7: Learning

14: Social Psychology

9: Thinking

Exam 3

2: Biological Psyc

6: Sensation & Perception

3: Consciousness

Exam 4

15: Disorders

16: Therapy

11: Motivation

12: Emotion

 


 

Graded Activities: 60 points

There will be graded assignments worth a total of 60 points.  These activities are designed to increase your knowledge and help you to develop critical thinking skills. These assignments must be completed (and turned in) prior to the Unit exam.  Late assignments WILL NOT be accepted.

All work is to be submitted via Blackboard assessments.

Extra Credit

A total of 25 points extra credit can be earned by choosing from a variety of extra credit activities. Extra credit is largely graded on the basis of effort. Short answers and a lack of critical thinking will receive reduced credit.

You can turn in up to 10 points extra credit before midterm grading ends.

You can turn in up to 15 points between midterm and Friday of the second to last week of the semester.

Extra Credit is located and submitted via assignments within the Extra Credit folder (located under the Lessons page. 

Grade Calculation   240 points possible

Your final grade will be based on the number of points earned in this course (not a percentage). Review the following chart to determine the cut-off scores for the various letter grade standards.  Midterm grades will be based on percentages in the far right column, since progress may vary in particular sections.

  240 Point Range  
Letter Grade Lower Upper Percentage
A 223.25 240+ ≥ 93%
A- 216.00 223.00 90-92
B+ 208.75 215.75 87-89
B 201.50 208.50 84-86
B- 192.00 201.25 80-83
C+ 184.75 191.75 77-79
C 177.50 184.50 74-76
C- 168.00 177.25 70-73
D+ 160.75 167.75 67-69
D 153.50 160.50 64-66
D- 143.00 153.25 60-63
F 0.00 142.75 ≤59
 

Course Policies


Attendance

As students and future professionals it is your responsibility to attend class.  While I do not give points for attendance, absences will impact your grade by interfering with learning time and the regular schedule of a responsible adult.  People who attend class earn higher grades!  Assignments are due whether you attend class or not (unless there is a medical excuse).  Since most of the Graded activities must be typed, you should email them to me when you must miss a class.

                Attendance on scheduled exam dates is required.

            If you have a legitimate reason for missing an exam at the scheduled time you MUST:

1. Contact the instructor BEFORE the scheduled exam, or within a reasonable time period given the circumstances (as determined by the instructor).

2. Take a make-up exam with 72 hours of the original scheduled test.

The instructor has the right to change the format and content of the make-up test.  If you have not followed the procedures above and you miss an exam you may not be permitted to make-up the exam earning a zero as your exam grade.

Class Participation

Your participation in classroom discussions and activities is a vital part of the learning experience.  As all students have experience in Human Development (your all human and have all developed) I encourage you to voice personal experience and knowledge to help incorporate practical applications into the lectures and activities.   I encourage you to ask questions and pursue topics which you find interesting or difficult to master. This is not, however, a venue for the expression of attitudes and values that are disruptive to the learning environment (e.g. threatening, harassing). Students who are disruptive or disrespectful will be dismissed from class for the duration of that day, will be counted as absent that day and will be reported to the campus judiciary. The judiciary will determine whether the occurrence warrants further action. 

Courtesy and Respect

Out of courtesy and respect for your fellow students and the instructor please turn off your cell phones before class begins. The use of cell phones during class (this includes text messaging) is prohibited. Class time is time spent engaged in class and disruptions will not be tolerated. If your professional or personal life necessitates constant contact then see your instructor to make special arrangements (at the instructor’s discretion). Cell phone use during class will result in one warning; further infractions will mean being told to leave class.

Show respect for the instructor and your fellow students by speaking only as part of class discussions and not in private conversations during class time.  If you need to have a conversation concerning things other than the class topic, I would prefer that you left the classroom. You will receive one warning; if you continue to disrupt class you will be dismissed.

Laptop computers are allowed in class only for use as a note-taking tool. The use of a computer for activities not related to the class discussion is prohibited. Violation of this rule will result in revocation of your computer use privileges. 

 

Schedule


Exams will be taken at approximately 4 week intervals. This schedule is flexible based on progress. Students are responsible for being aware of exam dates class attendance.

Additional Items


Study Materials

Study materials are available on the Blackboard site for this course in a folder marked Student Resources (within each Unit folder). 

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: http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

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:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/Section5/PL-5-13.pdf

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:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

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.

Non-Payment

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.

Withdrawal

Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:  http://www.nic.edu/calendar/

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: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.

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: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336

Additional withdrawal information:  http://www.nic.edu/catalog

Incompletes

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.