| ZAP: 41833
Time: 1:00 - 3:50 MW
John W. Nichols, M.A.
Office: MP 216
Office Phone: 595-7134
| Liberal Arts Division
Chair: Dr. James D. McElyea, Ph.D.
| Office Hours:
Monday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 -11:00 p.m.
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 -11:00 p.m.
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
COURSE PREREQUISITE: None
TEXTBOOK AND OTHER MATERIALS
Required: Psychology in the New Millennium, by Spencer A. Rathus, 6th Edition.
Virtually Required: Study Guide to Accompany Psychology in the New Millennium.
Recommended Reference Material (for Majors, Minors and Continuing Students):
Dictionary of Psychology, J.P. Chaplin, Dell Publishing, $7.99.
Dictionary of Psychology, Penguin Press, $12.95.
The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology, Dushkin Publishing Group, $16.60.
The Psychology Problem Solver, Research and Education Association, $23.95.
Psych OnLine 97, Patricia Wallace, Brown and Benchmark, $10.00.
Any good Dictionary, $23.95 -up.
The textbook is available on a CD-ROM at a considerable savings over the cost of the paper version. The prices are approximately $25.00 for the CD-ROM version verses $60.00 for the paper version. Plus, the CD-ROM includes much more than just the textbook. You might wish to consider the CD-ROM.
A survey of the major areas of study in psychology such as: motivation, learning, physiology, personality theories, social psychology, psychological disorders and treatment, perception, memory, and cognition/thought. Lecture 3 hours. No Laboratory.
The purpose of a college education is not to give people all the information they will ever want or need, but to prepare them to continue their education on their own. A college graduate should have learned:
1. Enough background information to read and understand more advanced information.
2. What kinds of information are available and how to find it.
3. How to evaluate information critically how to separate evidence and judgment from opinion, and differentiate between strong evidence and weak evidence.
4. How to form an independent judgment, and how to state it intelligibly.
5. Above all, a love of learning. A college graduate who never again enters a library, who never again reads a serious magazine, and who makes no attempt to keep up to date on new knowledge will have an obsolete education a few years after graduation.
Toward those ends, I suggest that your study effort be directed toward
1. Language To learn the language of psychology. The logic behind this purpose is that the field of psychology is one that is discussed by almost everyone today. Psychology, like most fields today, has its own jargon. Those students who will be taking more advanced course in psychology must understand the language, and those students who do not plan to study behavior formally will still find it helpful to know the language since it pervades all communication media.
2. Understanding To gain some understanding of the current major theories and findings of psychology. Any body of knowledge not utilized by those who have access to it is wasted, and psychology has a reputation for being underutilized except by those who would misuse it. If this reputation should continue to hold true, it can only be the fault of the so-called "educated masses" who allow it to happen. Proper utilization requires understanding. Many theories will be discussed because
no one theory is able to explain all behavior fully. In order to evaluate a theory intelligently, you must first understand that theory in terms of both the kinds of behavior it can, and cannot, explain.
This will be a lecture/discussion course. I will be prepared to present information in a somewhat logical sequence, based at least generally, upon the order of presentation in the text. In some cases, I will be adding totally new material that is not related to anything in the text. In most cases, I will be adding totally new material that is related to something in the text. In a few cases, however, the presentation will closely parallel text material. I expect you to read all the relevant text material before it is covered in class. This is what will justify discussion.
In addition to lecture, I may rely on other methods of presentation.
These other methods might include films, classroom demonstrations, guest
speakers, etc., as appropriate. Also, I hope that you will feel free to
interject your thoughts and questions during the class period. Please do
not feel that your role as a student requires that you sit back and passively
acquire knowledge as I choose to dispense it. Quite the contrary you
will learn more, learn better and enjoy the class more if you are an active
participant (not to be confused with a BS'er).
Grades for this course will be determined by the number of points you earn on a series of classroom assessments and exams. "Tandem" testing will be used.
Exams Three major (100 point) objective exams are scheduled during the semester. The lowest of the three scores will be dropped.
Comprehensive Final Exam This objective exam will be worth 200 points. It cannot be dropped.
Classroom Assessments On occasion, I will call for you to respond to a question. Your response will sometimes involve factual matters and at other times will involve your opinion. In either case, your response will be worth five (5) points. These are required points.
Pop Quizzes At some point during the discussion of each topic a short quiz will be given. Each quiz will be worth 20 points. Pop quizzes cannot be "made up". The "Best 5" will count toward your grade. Questions may come from the presentation up to that point, and/or from any part of the reading assignment for that topic. Tandem testing will not be employed.
Chapter of Choice Discussed in class.
|Exam 1||1, Appendix A, 2, & 3||March 30||________|
|Exam 2||6, 7, & 9||April 15||________|
|Exam 3||12, 13 & 14||April 26||________|
Extra Credit is available from only one source: Computer Assisted Instruction programs can be completed for extra credit. The procedures involved will be discussed in class. Remember TO RECEIVE CREDIT, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE APPROPRIATE PROGRAMS BEFORE THE COMPUTER LAB CLOSES THE DAY BEFORE THE EXAM OVER THAT MATERIAL. Programs marked with an asterisk (*) deal with topics that will not be covered in class.
|CAI PROGRAMS AVAILABLE INCLUDE:||EXAM||CHAPTER||
|PSY A||Correlational Analysis||
|PSY B||Experimental Methods||
|PSY C||Mean, Median, & Mode||
|PSY D||Basic Concepts of Learning||
|PSY E||Piagets Theory *||
|PSY F||Prenatal Development *||
|PSY H||Defense Mechanisms||
|PSY I||Human Interactions *||
|PSY J||Human Sexuality *||
|PSY K||Motivation *||
|PSY L||Emotion *||
Each exam will be graded on a percentage scale according to the following guidelines:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
0 - 59% = F
Course grades will be based on the same scale.
Late arrival or early departure is preferred to absence, but only if you are as unobtrusive as is humanly possible when arriving late or departing early.
You are responsible for any information you miss because of absence. If you have reason to believe that you have missed something (and you should), contact a reliable fellow student for that information.
Since the exams will begin at the beginning of the period it should be obvious that you must be on time for class on exam days. Students who arrive late on exam days must complete the exam by the time the last person who arrived on time is finished. In addition, you may lose the opportunity to test with your planned partner.
The last day to withdraw (or to convert to Audit status) is Friday, April 17. If you should decide to discontinue work in the course for any reason (i.e. low grades, lack of time to devote to studying, etc.), it is imperative that you officially withdraw (or change to audit status) through the Counseling Office (MC118) to avoid receiving a failing grade in the course. You must sign a withdrawal form.
Students who withdraw on or before April 17 will automatically receive a grade of "W", regardless of the level of performance at the time the class is dropped. After that date, no student may drop any course.
Students who quit coming to class and do not take all the exams, but do not officially drop this course, will receive a grade based upon the number of points they earned. This usually results in an "F".
Although students generally feel uncomfortable talking to their instructors about dropping a course, it is very much to your advantage to do so. I have found that students often drop a course thinking that they are doing very poorly when in fact, they are doing much better than they think. This is especially true of students who are trying to "protect" a good G.P.A.
CLASSROOM ETHICS AND BEHAVIOR
Regardless of their actual age, I consider college students to be adults and try to treat them as such. In return, I expect my students to behave as reasonable, thinking, intelligent adults.
1. The academic freedom of all in the classroom will be honored at all times by everyone in the class.
2. I consider cheating on exams or other activities grounds for removal from class.
3. Late arrivals and early departures should be minimized because of the inconvenience and distraction they produce both for me and for other students.
4. Private "discussions" between students during class time are never appropriate. Any questions should be addressed to me.
5. It is never appropriate to leave the classroom while a test is in progress.
STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING
I expect you to be thoroughly familiar with the contents of this syllabus. This syllabus constitutes the procedures and rules of the course. By remaining in the course, you are tacitly agreeing to accept these procedures and rules. If any of these procedures and rules are not acceptable to you, it is your responsibility to withdraw from the course.
If you are a psychology major or minor, or if you are simply interested in the field, you should consider becoming a member of either or both of the two psychology-related student organizations available at TCC. In addition, if you are a psychology major, you should consider becoming a member of the student divisions of the state and national professional psychology organizations at the earliest possible date.
TCC Behavioral Sciences Association (BSA)
The TCC Behavioral Sciences Association (BSA) is open to any interested student. There are no membership requirements beyond application and payment of dues. Dues can be paid by the semester ($3.00), year ($5.00), or a lifetime membership is available for $10.00.
PSI BETA is the national psychology honor society for students at two-year colleges. As an honor society, PSI BETA has established strict membership requirements. Applicants must have completed General Psychology and a minimum of 12 credit hours of college coursework, have at least a 3.0 (B) average in all psychology courses completed, and have at least a 3.0 (B) average in all college courses completed. There is a one-time $25.00 membership fee for the national PSI BETA organization, and dues for the TCC Metro Chapter are $5.00 per semester.
State and National Professional Psychology Organizations
The Oklahoma Psychological Association (OPA) and Oklahoma Psychological Society (OPS) both encourage and welcome student members, as do the American Psychological Association (APA) and American Psychological Society (APS). All four of these professional organizations offer student memberships at greatly reduced rates, and student members receive professional publications and greatly reduced convention registration rates.
FIRST READING ASSIGNMENT
In the textbook: To the Student, xxiii - xxxi
In the Study Guide: Preface
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE STUDY GUIDE
|Use the study guide! It is an invaluable aid to your progress in this course. It contains the following for each lesson:|
|1.||Pretest measures what you know before you study the chapter. I recommend using it after your first or second reading of the text.|
|2.||Overview outlines the material in the chapter.|
|3.||Learning Objectives a list of things you should know or be able to do by the time you have finished the lesson.|
|4.||Lecture and Textbook Outline allows you to take notes as you read the textbook. I would suggest keeping it handy as you visit the sites.|
|5.||Effective Studying Ideas helps you learn to be a mere effective learner.|
|6.||Key Terms and Concepts the terms, concepts, and names you should know after studying each unit.|
|7.||Chapter Review provides you with the opportunity to test yourself to see if the proper terms come to mind as you try to fill in the blanks. If you have done your job well, they should.|
|8.||ESL - Bridging the Gap may enhance your verbal skills.|
|9.||Posttest another round of questions to test yourself with after you think you have learned the material.|
|10.||Cut-Out Flash Cards a very good way to practice using the psychology terms.|