Internet Explorer 6 is no longer supported. Please use a newer browser.

Internet Explorer 7 is no longer supported. Please use a newer browser.

Concourse works best with JavaScript enabled.

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


  • 2012
  • Section 25 & 29
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/13/2012
  • Modified 08/28/2012

Contact Information

Molstead 209
NIC Campus
Tel: 208-665-5082 office
E-mail: [email protected]

Meeting Times

Internet No Formal Class Meetings


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


Required Textbook:
     Myers, D. Psychology 10th Ed. 2013. Worth Publishers


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.

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.


GRADING/EVALUATIONIn addition to “team projects” [discussed in class], a “final journal/ paper” will be due [date given] towards the end of the semester. Aspects of this paper will be discussed later.
     Grades for this course will be determined on a 500 point scale with the maximum points allotted for each learning check as follows: There will be a total of at least (8) learning checks/quizzes.. PLEASE, DO NOT MISS /EXAM DATES!!
Learning Checks = Quizzes
       Bio Positings                                        5 points
       Learning Check:     #1                         40 points  
       Learning Check:     #2                         40 points  
       Learning Check:     #3                         40 points  
     * Learning Check:    #4                         40 points  
       Learning Check:     #5                         40 points
       Learning Check:     #6                         40 points
       Learning Check:     #7                         40 points
       Learning Check:     #8                         40 points
   Assignment Postings  @20 pts/ea.             80 points
       FINAL EXAM                                         95 points  

                                      TOTAL POINTS: = 500

Course Policies

Online class participation, proper online respectful interaction, complete quizzes and exams as per due date, complete discussion postings as directed by weekly assignment folders, complete final exam and other research directed assignments.


Week 0  8/27 -  9/6 Midnight
                                    Become familiar with the New BB System - LOG-ON!!
                                    Read "Tips for Success" & "Schedule at a Glance."
                                    Purchase book begin Chapter 1. Read and understand the Syllabus
                                    and other course information. Press Buttons - "Play around...."
                                    Take the Practice Quiz for "techno-practice," Does not grade-count.
                                    Read article. "Psychologists by Profession" - Andreasson
                                    Read Chapter ONE.

Week 1: 9/6 - 9/13
                       Chapter One -   The Science of Psychology: What is Psychology? Modern
                                                               Perspectives. Key figures. Areas of Specialization. Research
                                                               Methods in Psychology.

Week 2:   9/13 - 9/20   Midnight
Chapter Two - The Biological Perspective: The nervous System - the
                                    building blocks of the brain (neurons & nerves). How do neurons
                                    communicate with each other and with the body? The Central Nervous
                                   System. Peripheral Nervous System.

Week 3:  9/20 - 9/27  Chapter Three - Consciousness
Week 4:  9/27 - 10/4    Chapter Four - Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity
Week 5:  10/4 - 10/11    Chapter Five - Developing Through the Life Span 
Week 6:  10/11 - 10/18   Chapter Six -   Developing Through the Life Span
Week 7:  10/18 - 10/25   Chapter Seven - Psychology of Learning
Week 8:  10/25 - 11/1  Chapter Eleven - Motivation and Work

Week 9:   11/1 - 11/8 Chapter Twelve - Emotions, Stress, and Health

Week 10:  11/8 - 11/15 Chapter Thirteen - Personality

Week 11:  11/15 - 11/ 22  Chapter Fourteen - Social Psychology

Week 12:  11/22 - 11/29 Chapter Fifteen - Psychological Disorders

Week 13:  11/29 - 12/6  Turkey with Family unless you have unfinished work!!!!

Week 14:  12/6 - 12/13  Chapter Sixteen - Therapies

Week 15: 12/13 - 12/16  -Review for Final

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 for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

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:

Update final withdrawal date for each semester.



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, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 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.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.