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

Introduction to Psychology PSYC-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 19
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/19/2012

Contact Information

Laura Sferra, MA, LCPC

Email:  [email protected]

Off campus phone:  208-659-5119

Campus office MOL 209

Meeting Times

Thursdays 4:00pm-5:15pm

Internet assignments and tests as listed on the course schedule.



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



  • Author: David G. Myers
  • Publisher: Worth
  • Edition: 10th


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.


The grading for this course is done on a point system.  It will follow the standard grading:  90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% =C, 60-69% = D.

Course Policies

Since this is a Hybrid course, we will meet in the classroom as well as cover assignments and tests on the internet.  You are expected to attend the classroom meetings.  Please arrive on time.  I encourage student interaction as long as there is respect for other students' opinions. 

You are responsible for getting assignments in on time and keeping track of due dates.  If you have questions, please contact me as soon as possible.


WEEK               DATE                                       ACTIVITIES      

1                              8/30/12                                                Cover prologue, chapter 1/ introductions

                                                                                                Read chapter 2


2                              9/6/12                                                   No class meeting

                                                                                                Respond to Week 2 discussion

                                                                                                Read chapter 3


3                              9/13/12                                                Cover chapter 3 topic

                                                                                                Respond to Week 3 discussion

                                                                                                Read chapter 4


4                              9/20/12                                                Cover chapter 4 topic

                                                                                                Read chapter 5

                                                                                                Take Test 1 on-line (open on 9/20/12)


5                              9/27/12                                                Cover chapter 5 topic

                                                                                                Respond to Week 5 discussion

                                                                                                Read chapter 6


6                              10/4/12                                                No class meeting

                                                                                                Respond to Week 6 discussion

                                                                                                Read chapter 7 & 8


7                              10/11/12                                              Cover chapter 7 & 8 topic

                                                                                                Read chapter 9

                                                                                                Take Test 2 on-line (open on 10/11/12)


8                              10/18/12                                              Cover chapter 9 topic

                                                                                                Respond to Week 8 discussion

                                                                                                Read chapter 10


9                              10/25/12                                              Cover chapter 10 topic

                                                                                                Respond to Week 9 discussion

                                                                                                Read chapter 11


10                           11/1/12                                                No class meeting

                                                                                                Respond to Week 10 discussion

                                                                                                Read chapter 12

                                                                                                Take Test 3 on-line (open 11/1/12)




11                           11/8/12                                                Cover chapter 12 topic

                                                                                                Read chapter 13

                                                                                                Respond to Week 11 discussion


12                           11/15/12                                              Cover chapter 13 topic

                                                                                                Read chapter 14

                                                                                                Respond to Week 12 discussion


13                           11/22/12                                              Thanksgiving Break


14                           11/29/12                                              Cover chapter 14 topic

                                                                                                Read chapter 15

                                                                                                Take Test 4 on-line (opens 11/29/12)


15                           12/6/12                                                No class meeting

                                                                                                Respond to Week 15 discussion

                                                                                                Read chapter 16


16                           12/13/12                                              Cover chapter 16 topic

                                                                                                Paper Due


17                           12/20/12                                              Finals week- no class meeting

                                                                                                Take Test 5 on-line (open 12/13/12 until 12/20/12)



*There may not be a discussion question on blackboard every week to respond to, but please check each week to be sure.  Discussion questions need to be posted by Sunday of the week assigned for credit.


*The days we do not meet in class may change, but you will be notified in advance.







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 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.