PSY 120, PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY, 3 CREDIT HOURS
Carl E. Granrud, PhD
: (970) 351-1196
MW 11:05-12:00 and F 11:05-1:15
This course provides an introduction to the field of
We will survey scientific research in psychology and psychology’s applications in clinical
A goal of the course is to provide content knowledge about human behavior, learning,
development, and cognition. Upon successful completion of this course students will understand the
major theoretical perspectives in psychology, biological foundations of behavior, basic principles
explaining adaptive and maladaptive behavior, and practical applications of psychology.
Mastering the World of Psychology
by Wood, Wood, &
The textbook comes in a paper version and an online “e-book” version.
The text of the e-book is
identical to that of the paper version; but the e-book also includes extra features, such as practice tests,
interactive exercises, and video clips.
There are three options for purchasing the textbook: 1) you can
purchase a new paper copy of the book, at the UNC bookstore, that comes with an access code for the e-
book, 2) you can purchase access to the e-book online at
and not buy a
paper copy of the book, 3) you can purchase a new or used copy of the paper textbook and not obtain
access to the e-book.
Any of these options is OK.
But it is recommended that students obtain access to
the e-book to be able to take practice tests.
Important announcements, study guides for each exam, a copy of the syllabus, and
up-to-date grades can be found throughout the semester on Blackboard at
with Blackboard, go to
or call the help desk at 351-
This course is letter graded: A-F.
Grades will be based on the total number of points
earned on four 100-point multiple-choice exams.
These cutoffs will be used in assigning grades
360 points (90%)
280 points (70%)
320 points (80%)
240 points (60%)
Attendance is not required.
If you miss class, however, it is your responsibility to
know all of the information presented in class.
Please do not ask the instructor for lecture notes or
PowerPoint slides; they will not be provided.