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

Introduction to Psychology PSYC-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 18
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/28/2012

Contact Information

Cathy Matresse

Email: [email protected]

Office:  Molstead Library, Room 209


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Online

If necessary, we can make an appointment for a time that is convenient to both of us.  

Assistance - I’m very willing to help students on material presented in class that they don’t understand.  

If you don’t feel like asking questions in class, I would encourage you to make an appointment to meet with me.  Also, you should let me know if you are having difficulties or if you have any problems with instruction please make an appointment to speak with me. This is common academic procedure. Keep in mind that I am very open to discussion and I am here to help you to the best of my ability. Your education is very important to me! You may also e-mail me with any questions you might have through our course email.

I am often online at various additional hours during the work week but may not be online during weekends. 

Meeting Times

Classes will meet in Lee-Kildow Hall, Room 243, on Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm.

This is a HYBRID class which means that there is both an Internet component and a Face-to-Face component.

Much of our course work will take place online in the Blackboard Learning Management System. You are expected to log on to Blackboard at least every other day.  

The Face-to-Face component will consist of a full class on Thursday from 2:30 to 3:45 pm.


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






   Psychology, 10th  Ed.









ALSO REQUIRED: Since all written work is to be word processed, access to a computer is required as well as consistent access to the Internet. If you do not have consistent access to the Internet, you should reconsider your enrollment in this course. 


All NIC students have access to Computer Labs on campus with student ID card.


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:
 will have a factual basis for analyzing & evaluating information & arguments, & have the foundation for constructing a well-supported argument concerning human behavior. 

Wellness: Student will gain understanding of physical and mental elements critical to human health and well-being.
Abilities are measured by any of the following: classroom participation, exams, in-class group activities, and papers.


Two hours of study should be expected for each credit hour.  Therefore, 6 hours of study time will be required each week outside of class.

Chapter exams will be based on lecture, video, and text material.

17 exams, with up to 20 points possible per chapter =  340 points

All tests are to be taken ONLINE before the posted due date.  These due dates will be 11:00 pm on Saturday nights with the exception of the Final Exam (Chapter 16) which will be due Thursday, December 20 by 11 pm.  These tests will be timed and are intended to be closed-book. On some weeks, there may be two chapters assigned.

Weekly discussion forums will be conducted on our Blackboard course site

17 forums, with up to 25 points possible per chapter = 425 points

These discussions will consist of an initial essay (500 words minimum) addressing the weekly topic (up to 20 points) and a minimum of at least one follow-up post (150 words minimum) responding to another students' essay for each chapter (up to 5 points). 

These discussion forums will be your take-home essay exams. Your take-home essay exams will be due before 11 pm on Thursday each week. Your response to another student will be due before 11 pm on Saturday each week with the exception of the last week of class. On some weeks, there may be two chapters assigned.

Short written projects may also be assigned by the instructor.  Since all written work is to be word processed, access to a computer is required. 

Attendance at all THURSDAY class sessions is required, with the assigned chapters read prior to class.  




Grades will be determined on the following scale and

will be posted in a timely manner.




   Intro assignments

    2 @ 5 points

     10 points


   17 @ 20 points

   340 points

   Discussion Forum

   17 @ 25 points

   425 points




   Total Points 


   775 points




Course Policies

Attendance Policy:   Attendance will have a direct bearing upon your grade in the following way:  Attendance will affect your grade on participation in class discussions and you may miss important information or changes to the class schedule if you are not present.  You are responsible to obtain class notes form one of your classmates of any information missed during an absence. Attendance will be taken at each class period as well as tracked in the online Blackboard web site.  It is also expected that you will sign on to the course site every other day, with a minimum of four times per week. 

This is a content class, based on reading and lecture material, videos shown, and class discussion. Evaluation will include class attendance, with students reading the material prior to class, attention during class, effort made during class to assimilate material, participation and courtesy in discussions during class and online.

At any point in the semester, you may add up your points earned and divide by the number of points possible to date to determine your grade.

In order for learning to take place, students must feel safe; this safety is due all students, not only those who share your values and beliefs. For this reason, courtesy, thoughtfulness, and acceptance are essential in our discussions in and out of the classroom.

Acceptance should not be confused with agreement; one need not agree with a person to listen, and one must listen well in order to disagree respectfully. Every student in this course has a voice and so deserves the courtesy of attentive listening and the freedom to express diverse ideas.


HYBRID means class takes place both online and face-to-face

Thursdays at 2:30 - 3:45  Location: LKH 243

The best method of contacting me is via Blackboard email












Week 1

Aug 26

Intro & Prologue 

Prologue-Ch 1


Week 2

Sept 2 

Thinking Critically

Ch 2

Ch 1

Week 3

Sept 9    

Biology of Mind

Ch 3

Ch 2

Week 4

Sept 16


Ch 4

Ch 3

Week 5

Sept 23

Nature/Nurture and Diversity

Ch 5    

Ch 4

Week 6

Sept 30

Life Span

Ch 6

Ch 5

Week 7

Oct 7


Ch 7

Ch 6


Oct 14


Ch 8

Ch 7

Week 9

Oct 21


Ch 9

Ch 8

Week 10

Oct 28


Ch 10

Ch 9

Week 11

Nov 4


Ch 11

Ch 10

Week 12

Nov 11


Ch 12

Ch 11

Week 13

Nov 18


Ch 13

Ch 12

Week 14

Nov 25


Ch 14

Ch 13

Week 15

Dec 2

Social Psychology

Ch 15

Ch 14

Week 16

Dec 9

Psych Disorders

Ch 16

Ch 15


Dec 16



Ch 16






Additional Items





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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 Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

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.