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

Introduction to Psychology PSYC-101

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 28

  • 3 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/17/2012

  • Modified 08/29/2012

Contact Information


Martha George


Instructor's   Contact Information:
  Office: Lee-Kildow Hall 217
  Phone: (208) 769-7782

Meeting Times

Method of Course Delivery

This is an entirely online class.  To begin the class,  go to the access point for onlne courses; it is found at the following address:

Your log in for MyNIC Courses is the same username and password that you use for NICOnline.


Course 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. Recommended: Strong reading and writing skills


 Required Materials

                                                 Textbook:    David G. Myers, Psychology (9th edition).  New York, N. Y.: Worth Publishers.


Learning Outcomes & Objectives

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.



Students performance in this class will be assessed by online tests and discussion participation.

Course Policies

What you may expect of me:

  •                                                                                                                                                               I will follow the course structure described in the syllabus  and insist      upon the deadlines specified in the course syllabus and schedule;
  •                                        I will communicate ideas about psychology      effectively;
  •                                        I will treat each student with respect      and courtesy; and
  •                                        I will not ask you to do something that I      would not be willing to do myself.


What I expect of you:

  • You will abide by the      discussion groundrule
  • You will display academic      honesty
  • You will take care of      yourself by meeting all of the course deadlines
  • You will stay in touch with      me and allow me to assist you by answering any questions you may have


Academic Honesty

I assume and expect all of you to be honest in your course work.  I expect each of you to do your own work and to abide by my rule of closed book and notes during the tests.  For the purposes of this course, academic dishonesty is defined as receiving inappropriate assistance of any kind including copying the work of another on learning objectives or on an exam or possessing any notes in any form during an exam.   Students identified as being dishonest (both those copying and those who let them copy) will receive no credit for the work in which the copying occurred.


In addition to this consequence, there are personal consequences of being dishonest:  Even if noone else ever knows that you were dishonest, you will know and that knowledge will be corrosive to your self-esteem.  You will never know how well you could have done if you hadn’t cheated.  The grade you achieve in the class will not reflect what you learned and try as you might, you’ll never be able to forget that reality.  If you and another person collaborate in dishonesty, both of you will always know that the other is someone who cannot be trusted to be honest and that knowledge will be corrosive to your relationship.





Performance Evaluation and Grading Scale


Your grade in this class will be determined by the following:  a) your participation in online discussions;  and b) your performance on multiple choice exams that are focused on selected learning objectives which are directly related to the information presented in the textbook.


Discussions: One aspect of this class will be class discussions.  The idea behind the discussions is to supplement the information presented in the textbook with our own ideas. The discussions are not meant to be clever tests to see whether or not you've read the chapter, or how well you understood it. The questions or topics will always be opinion-based rather than fact-based. I do it this way because I believe that in psychology many of the important things, the interesting things, the things that motivate research are based on opinion. Given that I believe that, there's nothing that says that my opinion is better, more valid or valuable than your opinion (it also follows that your opinion is no better, more valid or valuable than those of your classmates). The point, then, in the discussion is for us to express as many different alternate opinions as are held by the members of the group--it is NOT meant for us to argue, or engage in intellectual sparring. For our discussions to be effective, we must all agree to the following ground rule. Whatever your opinion is, you are entitled to it. You are invited and encouraged to express your thinking relative to our topics, as long as what you say does not put down, belittle, or make fun of the ideas expressed by others in the group. So, we will be polite and courteous to one another. At those times when we disagree, we will do so respectfully.


The online discussion will be in a threaded format, meaning that each person's contribution will be recorded in the order in which it is received (much like beads are strung on a thread).  For the online discussions, we do not all have to be logged on simultaneously. 


You may earn up to 100 course points by participating in the class discussions.   


Learning Objectives and Testing:

In addition to the practice test over Chapter 1 where you may earn up to 15 bonus points, there are five tests that count toward your grade.  Each of these five tests is 40 questions long and is worth 100 points (thus, each question is worth 2.5 points).

The procedure for the tests is as follows: Go to the Course Home Page, click on the Weekly Folders,  then on the appropriate Week during which answers to the objectives are due as specified in the course schedule,   wherein you'll find the learning objectives for the chapters covered by the test.  First you write out responses to the learning objectives for each chapter. For this purpose, treat the objectives as though they are short answer, open book, essay questions. Summarize what the book says relative to the objective. Save your answers in a file on your computer. Then convey all of your responses to me by copying and pasting the contents of the saved file into a message to me within Blackboard.  When I receive those answers, I’ll release a videotaped test review to you.

Grading Scale

Point Total (650 possible)

Percent of Total

Letter Grade

585 and above

90 and above


565.5 –  578.5

87 – 89


539.5 – 559

83 – 86


520 – 533

80 – 82


500.5 – 533

77 – 79


474.5 – 494

73 – 76


455 – 468

70 – 72


435.5 – 448.5

67 – 69


409.5 – 429

63 – 66


390 – 403

60 – 62


370.5 – 383.5

57 – 59


364 and below

56 and below



Introduction to Psychology (Psych 101)

Fall, 2012

Course Schedule


Note that there is at least a week during which each assignment can be completed, leading up to a specified deadline.  Please remember that the deadlines are firm.  The wise thing to do is to submit assignments early in the week instead of waiting until just before the deadline.      










  •   Read Chapters 1   and 16;
  •   Participate in   Week 1 Discussion (Due starting on 10/15 with Deadline at midnight, 10/22);
  •   Prepare and   submit answers to Chapter 1 Learning Objectives in an Angel Message (Due   starting on 10/15--Deadline: Noon, 10/22 );
  •   Access Practice   Quiz Review;  and
  •   Take Practice   Quiz online (Quiz is available and

Due   starting 10/15 with a Deadline at 9 p.m., 10/22)—Note Practice Quiz is for   bonus points and no late testing is possible.




  •   Read Chapter 12
  •   Participate in Discussion   (Due starting on 10/22--Deadline is midnight, 10/29);
  •   Submit Learning   Objectives over Chapters 16 & 12(Due starting on 10/22--Deadline is Noon,   10/29);
  •   Access Test 1   Review online; and
  •   Take Test 1   (Test is available and Due starting 10/22--the Deadline for Test 1 is   9:00 p.m., 10/29)




  •   Read Chapters 2   & 6; and
  •   Participate in   Discussion (Due starting on 10/29--Deadline is midnight, 11/5)




  •   Read Chapters 3,   4 & 5
  •   Participate in   Discussion (Due starting on 11/5--Deadline is midnight, 11/12
  •   Submit Learning   Objectives over Chapters 2, 6 & 3 (Due starting on 11/5—Deadline is Noon,   11/12);
  •   Access Test 2 Review online; and
  •   Take Test 2 (Test is available and due   starting 11/5—the Deadline for Test 2   is 9 p.m., 11/12).




  •   Read Chapters 9   & 10;
  •   Participate in   Discussion (Due starting on 11/12—Deadline is midnight, 11/19);
  •   Submit Learning   Objectives over Chapters 4, 5 9 & 10 (Due starting on 11/12—Deadline is   Noon, 11/19);
  •   Access Test 3 Review online; and
  •   Take Test 3 (Test is available and due   starting 11/12—the Deadline for Test 3   is 9 p.m., 11/19).




  •   Read Chapters 13   & 14;
  •   Participate in   Discussion (Due starting on 11/19—Deadline is midnight, 11/26).





  •   Read Chapter 15;
  •   Participate in   Discussion (Due starting on 11/26—Deadline is midnight, 12/3)
  •   Submit Learning   Objectives over Chapters 13, 14 & 15 (Due starting on 11/26—Deadline is   Noon, 12/3);
  •   Access Test 4 Review online; and
  •   Take Test 4 (Test is available and due   starting 11/26—the Deadline for Test 4   is 9 p.m., 12/3)




  •   Read Chapters 7,   8 & 11;
  •   Participate in   Discussion (Due starting on 12/3—Deadline is midnight, 12/10);





  •   Submit Learning   Objectives over Chapters 7, 8 & 11 (Due starting on 7/23—Deadline is   Noon, 7/27;
  •   Access Test 5 Review online; and
  •   Take Test 5 (Test 5 is available and due   starting on 12/10; its deadline is 9 p.m., 12/17.  NO LATE TESTING IS POSSIBLE FOR TEST 5)

Institutional Policies


Student     Responsibiltiy


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.


Academic     Honesty


For     a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on     Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please go to:      Student Code of Conduct; 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
    • 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.


Disability     Statement


NorthIdahoCollege, 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.  Please see:     for a complete description.


Please     contact theNorth    IdahoCollege    Centerfor     Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 207 for assistance.      Phone:  208-769-5947


Course     Withdrawal Information


A     student may withdraw from any course or from the college prior the final     date of withdrawal established byNorthIdaho    College. A     proportional length of time will be used as the deadline for courses of     less than a semester in length. A student who withdraws officially before     the close of business hours of the last day for withdrawal will receive a     grade of W for the course(s).


Course     withdrawal:
    A student may withdraw from any course by completing a course withdrawal     form available in the Registrar's Office. The withdrawal form must be     processed by the Registrar's Office before the close of business hours on     the final day to withdraw for the course.
    Students who do not attend or stop attending a class for which they have     registered and do not officially withdraw from the class may receive a     grade of F.


College     Withdrawal:
    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.


Please     note that instructors have the right to withdraw students for disruptive     behavior.


Please     see the North Idaho College Policy manual: 5.04.01 @      for complete information regarding student withdrawals.







Course     Incomplete 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 lengthof 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. 
    (page 34, NIC College Catalog 2009-2010)


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 on pages 18 – 27 of the 2009-2010 ASNIC Student Handbook and     Planner.








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, 665-4520, or


Course     Withdrawal Information


Instructor-Initiated     Withdrawal, Course Withdrawal, and Tuition Payment Information:
The     last day for students to withdraw from classes this semester is November 9, 2012. 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:


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:


For     more information on withdrawals visist: