Psy 101 Syllabus S08

Psy 101 Syllabus S08 - Spring 2008 Introduction to...

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Spring 2008 Introduction to Psychology Psychology 101 Instructor: Dr. Robin Valeri Office: Room 17 De La Roche Office Phone: (716) 375-2497 Home Phone: (716) 968-2037 (Please limit calls to the hours of 9 AM – 5 PM.) Email: Please do NOT use WebCT email as a means of contacting me. Office Hours Course Goals and Objectives Psychology is a diverse field. Psychologists study many topics including learning, memory, social influence, human development, and personality. One course objective is to introduce you to some of the major areas of research in psychology. A second objective is to teach you about the methods psychologists use to investigate questions or hypotheses. Although psychologists study a wide variety of topics, we all use the empirical approach to investigating hypotheses. Throughout the semester we will see how researchers use an empirical approach to study behavior. The purpose of this is to make you more familiar with the logic of the empirical approach and to expose you to various research methods. The third objective is to improve your critical thinking skills. An understanding of the scientific method and its advantages over other methods of inquiry will help you become intelligent consumers of the research presented in this course as well as research you are exposed to through other courses and in the mass media. The fourth objective is to improve your communication skills. The projects are designed to help you practice and improve your communication skills. These skills are not only important to psychology majors but are skills that will benefit you throughout your life. Text Required: Weiten, W. (2006). Psychology Themes and Variations (7th edition) Strongly Recommended: Study Guide to Psychology Themes and Variations Grading Policy The grade you earn will be based on the total number of points you acquire from exams, a group project, and bonus points. Please note in order to earn a passing grade in the course a student must earn a minimum of 60% of the exam points (120 of the possible 200 exam points) . Provided a student has earned a minimum of 120 exam points, the final grade will be calculated by totaling exam points, group project points, and bonus points. Exams
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Valeri during the Spring '08 term at St. Bonaventure.

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