Course

General Psychology

Course Details

Course Number
1103
Section Number
1103
Semester
Fall 2016
Location
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
101
Days & Times

PSYC 1103-103: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

Fall 2016

 

Instructor: Dr. Teresa Tempelmeyer

Email: teresa.tempelmeyer@mwsu.edu

Cell: (940)-220-8097 (please feel free to use - I respond especially well to texts. If you text, please identify yourself and the course section you are in so that I may be sure to give you the right answer.)

 

Class meeting times:  10:00 – 10:50 a.m. M/W/F

 

Text:

 

King, L.A. (2014) The Science of Psychology, 3rd edition

 

 

Course Objectives

 

1)    Recognize how your experience and that of the information you gain in this class is different from what you expected.

2)    Increase your self-awareness and sensitivity to "real Psychology".

3)    Learning to challenge the concepts you have gained from "pop Psychology"  and recognize everyday instances of the science underlying current mainstream Psychology.

4)    Developing skills that allow you to think critically about information you are exposed to in current media reports or statements made by "experts"

5)    Learn the difference between opinion and fact

 

Assignments and Grading

 

Attendance:

 

Attendance is required for the course. Three unexcused absences and/or significant tardiness will drop your final grade by one letter grade. Each additional absence will result in a 5% reduction of the student's final grade.  Students arriving following the taking of attendance without prior approval, will be considered absent.  Students will be responsible for the information presented during the class periods for which they are absent.  This information includes but is not limited to course content, syllabus changes, and information regarding the research requirement. 

 

Participation:

 

 To learn the most from this course, you must read the reading assignments and/or activities prior to the class for which they are assigned and be prepared to discuss the material, particularly the reflection and discussion questions in the textbook. The class meetings will focus on discussion and activities designed to promote integration and deeper understanding of the material. I strongly encourage preparation and participation.

 

Participation will be graded using the criteria below. Your participation in class will be worth 10% of your grade. The criteria focus on what you demonstrate and do not presume to guess at what you know but do not demonstrate. Participation grades can be lowered by poor listening, disrespectful, rude or insensitive comments, working on your computer or other electronic devices during class on other issues than what we are discussing in class, or attempting to dominate class discussions.

 

Grade

Criteria

 

C

o   Present, not disruptive.

o   Tries to respond when called on but does not offer much.

o   Demonstrates very infrequent involvement in discussion.

 

 

B

o   Demonstrates adequate preparation: knows basic reading facts, but does not show evidence of trying to interpret or analyze them.

o   Offers straightforward information (e.g., straight from the reading), without elaboration or very infrequently (perhaps once a class).

o   Does not offer to contribute to discussion, but contributes to a moderate degree when called on.

o   Demonstrates sporadic involvement.

 

 

 

A-/B+

o   Demonstrates good preparation: knows reading facts well, has thought through implications of them.

o   Offers interpretations and analysis of material (more than just facts) to class.

o   Contributes well to discussion in an ongoing way: responds to other students' points, thinks through own points, questions others in a constructive way, offers and supports suggestions that may be counter to the majority opinion.

o   Demonstrates consistent ongoing involvement.

 

 

 

 

A+

o   Demonstrates excellent preparation: has analyzed material exceptionally well, relating it to readings and other material (e.g., readings, course material, discussions, experiences, etc.).

o   Offers analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the material, e.g., puts together pieces of the discussion to develop new approaches that take the class further.

o   Contributes in a very significant way to ongoing discussion: keeps analysis focused, responds very thoughtfully to other students' comments, contributes to the cooperative argument-building, suggests alternative ways of approaching material and helps class analyze which approaches are appropriate, etc.

o   Demonstrates ongoing very active involvement, but does not try to dominate class discussions.

 

 

 

 

Learn to discuss the following questions in class as I will be asking them of you in class discussions :

 

•      How did I come to this understanding?

•      How do I know that this is true?

•      Are there alternative explanations that may be equally valid?

•      How is my view influenced by my background/what I've learned before?

•      Might there be some information that lends validity to the view with which I disagree? Again, learn to distinguish opinion from fact - I will be asking you in class what evidence you have for your position.

•      Help student to gain a overview of the fundamental principles of Psychology.

•      Increase student ability to glean and retain important information vis-a-vis independent study.

•      Gain a perspective of the relevance of Psychological research in today's world.

 

Exams:

 

There will be three exams over the lecture material covered in class, and in the textbook. In other words, all lecture material, videos shown in class, as well as all material in the text is apt to appear on the exams.  Each exam is worth 30 points. The questions will be in multiple choice and T/F formats. Exams may not be taken early.

 

Late policy on exams:

 

If you have a situation where you need to take the exams at another time, please make arrangements with me beforehand. If you have not done so, an automatic 10% will be deducted from your grade, regardless of the reason the exam was missed.

 

Research Requirement:

 

Given the importance of research and research ethics in the field of Psychology, all students are required to participate in one of the two following research related exercises:

 

o   Participate in two separate research projects.  Available projects will be posted on the Psychology homepage throughout the semester. Projects typically require up to an hour of participation.

o   Extra credit will be offered to students who complete three projects.

o   No credit will be given for participation, but students must complete at least two projects.  Failure to do so will result in a letter grade reduction  for the course.

o   The research requirement must be completed by November 30th.

 

Grades: Grades will be determined as a percentage of the available points earned. These come from the following sources: As stated above, there will be three exams during the course.  The Final Exam will be comprehensive. 

 

Assignment

Available Points

% of Total Grade

Discussion and participation (10)

10

10%

Exams

90

90%

Total Points

100

100%

 

Once points are calculated, grades will be assigned as follows:

 

A

90% of possible points

90-100

B

80 – 89%

80-90

C

70 – 79%

70-79

D

60 - 69%

60-69

F

Below 60%

59 and Below

 

Students with Disabilities:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil protections for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment which provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. In accordance with state and federal law, MSU provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Support Services (DSS) in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center (phone 940-397-4140). The instructor is under no obligation to offer accommodations for students with disabilities who are not registered with DSS.

 

Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn all cell phones and pagers off (no sound) during class. DO NOT text message during class. DO NOT answer your cell phone in class. Exceptions include emergency calls (e.g., birth of child, family member in hospital). Students who are unable to comply will not be allowed to attend class.

 

Cheating Policy: Any evidence of cheating on exams or quizzes will result in dismissal from this class with a grade of “F”. To avoid questions of cheating, mark Scantrons clearly, use a No. 2 pencil, and erase completely. Errors due to a poorly marked Scantron will not result in a grade change.

 

Travel Plans: Please do not make travel plans during finals week. The final will be given when the university has scheduled it as per the schedule of classes. Early finals will only be offered to graduating seniors with honors.

 

 

 

Readings and Exam Schedule (2016):

08/29 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 1 - What is Psychology?

08/31 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 1 - What is Psychology?

09/02 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 1 - What is Psychology?

09/05 - Monday

Labor Day!  No class

09/07 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 1 - What is Psychology?

09/09 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 2 - Psychology's Scientific Method

09/12 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 2 - Psychology's Scientific Method

09/14 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 2 - Psychology's Scientific Method

09/16 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 2 - Psychology's Scientific Method

09/19 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 5 - States of Consciousness

09/21 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 5 - States of Consciousness

09/23 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 5 - States of Consciousness

09/26 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 5 - States of Consciousness

09/28 - Wednesday

Exam 1

09/30 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 6 - Learning

10/03 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 6 - Learning

10/05 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 6 - Learning

10/07 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 6 - Learning

10/10 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 9 - Human Development

10/12 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 9 - Human Development

10/14 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 9 - Human Development

10/17 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 9 - Human Development

10/19 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 11 - Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

10/21 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 11 - Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

10/24 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 11 - Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

10/26 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 12 - Personality

10/28 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 12 - Personality

10/31 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 12 - Personality

11/02 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 12 - Personality

11/04 - Friday

Exam 2

11/07 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 15 - Psychological Disorders

11/09 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 15 - Psychological Disorders

11/11 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 15 - Psychological Disorders

11/14 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 15 - Psychological Disorders

11/16 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 16 - Therapies

11/18 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 16 - Therapies

11/21 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 16 - Therapies

11/23 - Wednesday

Thanksgiving Holidays!  No class

11/25 - Friday

Thanksgiving Holidays!  No class

11/28 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 16 - Therapies

11/30 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 17 - Health Psychology

12/02 - Friday

King (2014) Chapter 17 - Health Psychology

12/05 - Monday

King (2014) Chapter 17 - Health Psychology

12/07 - Wednesday

King (2014) Chapter 17 - Health Psychology

12/09 - Friday

Exam 3

 

Final Examination

 

 

 

Professor
Dr. Teresa Tempelmeyer (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

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