S'08 Syllabus - Dr. Michael Passer Spring 2008 U. of...

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Unformatted text preview: Dr. Michael Passer Spring 2008 U. of Washington, Kane Hall 120, 10:3011:20 http://courses.washington.edu/passr101 PSYCHOLOGY 101A: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY CLASS SCHEDULE AND READING ASSIGNMENTS DAY DATE Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri 3/31 4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4 TOPIC Introduction Perspectives on Behavior Perspectives / Studying Behavior Studying Behavior Studying Behavior Studying Behavior Brain & Behavior Questionnaire Day: Brain & Behavior No Lecture: ACTIVITY #1 DUE Brain & Behavior Brain & Behavior Sensation & Perception Sensation & Perception To be announced EXAM #1 (Covers 3/31 to 4/18) States of Consciousness States of Consciousness States of Consciousness Learning Learning Learning Learning No Lecture: ACTIVITY #2 DUE Memory Memory Memory No Lecture: ACTIVITY #3 DUE Human Development Human Development Human Development To Be Announced EXAM #2 (Covers 4/22 to 5/13) Behavior in a Social Context Behavior in a Social Context REQUIRED READINGS Syllabus, Chapter 1 (All) Chapter 2 (All) Mon 4/7 Tues 4/8 WED 4/9 Thur 4/10 FRI 4/11 Mon 4/14 Tues 4/15 Wed 4/16 Thur 4/17 FRI 4/18 MON 4/21 Tues 4/22 Wed 4/23 Thur 4/24 Fri 4/25 Mon 4/28 Tues 4/29 Wed 4/30 THU 5/1 Fri 5/2 Mon 5/5 Tues 5/6 WED 5/7 Thur 5/8 Fri 5/9 Mon 5/12 Tues 5/13 WED 5/14 Thur 5/15 Fri 5/16 Chap 3 (pp. 60 67) & Chap 4 (pp. 91 120) Chapter 5 (pp. 125 131; 150 168) Chapter 6 (All) Chapter 7 (All) Chapter 8 (All) Chapter 12 (All) Chap 17 (All) ***CLASS SCHEDULE CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE*** - Page 2 DAY/DATE TOPIC REQUIRED READINGS Mon 5/19 Behavior in a Social Context Tues 5/20 Behavior in a Social Context Wed 5/21 Personality Chapter 13 (All) Thur 5/22 Personality FRI 5/23 Psychological Disorders Chapter 15 (All) Mon 5/26 MEMORIAL DAY Tues 5/27 Psychological Disorders Wed 5/28 Psychological Disorders Thur 5/29 Psychological Disorders FRI 5/30 No Lecture: ACTIVITY #4 DUE Mon 6/2 Therapy Chapter 16 (All) Tues 6/3 Therapy Wed 6/4 Therapy Thur 6/5 Therapy Fri 6/6 To be announced MON 6/9 EXAM #3 (Covers 5/15 to 6/6) Time: 9:20 10:20 Location: Kane Hall 120 NOTE: Exam 3 is MONDAY of finals week, at 9:20 a.m. Like Exams 1 and 2 it is not cumulative and has 40 items. It cant be given at an earlier date or time for any reason. If your "My UW" lists the final as starting at 8:30, this is incorrect. We are only using the last half of our 8:30 to 10:20 official time slot. It starts at 9:20. ____________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION A. Instructional Staff Name Instructor: Michael Passer T.A. Fellow Joyce Bittinger T.A. Lori Brault T.A. Briana Woods WEBSITE EMAIL MESSAGES , QUESTIONS, & PROBLEMS B. Phone 6851814 6852906 6852906 6852906 Office Office Hours Guthrie 238 see course website Guthrie Basement 10B see course website Guthrie Basement 10B see course website Guthrie Basement 10B see course website http://courses.washington.edu/passr101 (Note: That's passr101, not passer101.) [email protected] See us after class or during office hours. If these times don't work, let us know and we'll try to arrange a time to meet with you. Send messages and questions to the course email account. Daytime Monday through Friday we will check email once or twice per day and try to reply the same day or by the end of the next school day. Purpose of Course This course will provide you with a general understanding of what psychology is about, why it is important, and why many of us find it a fascinating topic to study. You will learn about the basic subject matter of psychology, various subfields and theoretical perspectives, how psychologists study behavior, and how psychological knowledge has been applied to improve the quality of life. This course is a prerequisite to more advanced psychology courses. The topics covered in this class are explored more fully in these advanced classes. Thus, if you are thinking of majoring in psychology or simply wish to learn more about it, this course can help you decide what areas (i.e., subfields) of psychology are most interesting to you and, therefore, what advanced courses you might want to take. - Page 3 C. Learning Goals 1. Knowledge of Psychology: This goal includes enhancing your knowledge and understanding of: a) major psychological approaches to the study of behavior; b) major issues in psychology; c) concepts, basic terminology, research findings, and applications of psychological work; d) the research process and its limitations; and e) psychologys important contributors. Scientific Methods and Values: I hope that this course will stimulate your intellectual curiosity about human behavior, increase your appreciation of the scientific method, and increase your ability to evaluate scientific information. Everyday Life and Critical Thinking: This course seeks to increase your understanding of other peoples and your own behavior, help you to appreciate the complexity of human behavior, and promote an intelligent skepticism about accepting psychological facts and truths that you come across in everyday life (such as on the web, TV, radio, or in newspapers and magazines). Multiculturalism: I hope that this course will increase your awareness of similarities and differences in behavior that occur across cultures and enhance your understanding of how culture influences the way in which people behave and perceive the world. 2. 3. 4. D. Relation Between Lectures and Textbook. Classes will consist of lectures, videos/films, demonstrations, and possibly some guest speakers. Some material covered in the textbook will be covered in lecture, because both the text and I will cover concepts, terms, theories, and research findings that are of central importance in psychology. The amount of overlap will vary depending on the topic. For some topics the lectures and text will overlap a lot; for others they will overlap only a little. In general the lectures are not designed simply to repeat or explain the chapters. Rather, lectures will introduce some material that is not in the text, and time will be devoted to films and demonstrations so that you can learn about psychology in ways not possible through the textbook alone. Therefore, as you may find in many of your other college classes, there is a lot of material in the assigned chapters that will not be covered in class, and which you will need to learn on your own. If you are seeking a class that does not require a lot of independent reading (i.e., a class where most of the material covered in the textbook also is covered and explained in class) then do not take this course. There is a lot of independent reading and that text material will be included in the exams. We will have office hours and CLUE sessions if you want assistance in learning this material. E. Textbook & Online Learning Center 1. REQUIRED: M. W. Passer & R. E. Smith (2009). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behavior, 4th Edition. Boston: McGrawHill. 2. ONLINE LEARNING CENTER (OLC): Optional and free. You can access it from the course home page: http://courses.washington.edu/passr101 On the homepage click the photo of the textbook and when you reach the OLC, use the chapter list/menu to select the chapter that you want . The OLC contains practice multiplechoice and truefalse questions, and some other learning materials. We will place a few copies of the textbook on 4hour reserve at Odegaard Undergraduate Library (Reserve Desk). If you purchase a used textbook that contains highlighting from a previous student, please realize that the book was probably used in another instructors course. Also, who knows what grade that student received. So, do your own highlighting; dont rely on prior students' highlighting. F. - Page 4 Grading Policies 1. Exams: There will be 3 Exams. Each exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions, worth 1 point each, and will be noncumulative. Exam questions are based on ALL material presented in lecture and ALL material in the assigned chapters (even if the textbook material is not discussed in lecture). ALL THREE EXAMS ARE REQUIRED AND COUNT TOWARD YOUR FINAL GRADE, AS FOLLOWS: a) Your two highest scores will each count as a full exam (maximum = 40 points EACH) b) Your lowest score will count only half as much as each of your better exams (maximum = 20 points) To repeat, the formula for computing your total points from exams is: Highest Exam Score + Second Highest Exam Score + (Lowest Score) = 100 possible points. 2 2. Online Activities: (10 points): The course includes 4 required online activities that are performed outside of class. Activity #1 and Activity #3 are worth 2 points each. Activity #2 and Activity #4 are worth 3 points each. Each activity promotes one or more of the course Learning Goals described earlier. Some activities may take only 10 or 15 minutes, whereas others may take up to an hour. Obviously, these are general estimates because everyone has their own pace. You'll be able to access the activities from the course website. To receive the points for a particular activity, it must be completed by a specific Due Date. No points will be awarded for an activity completed after its Due Date. I will provide additional information about these activities in class. The activities don't require you to write papers, but as part of each activity you'll be asked to evaluate it and provide feedback to us by responding to an online survey. Course Grade = Three Exams (100 points) + Online Activities (10 points) = 110 possible points. Course Grades. At the end of the term, grade points will be assigned according to the grading scale shown below. You should view the scale as a guaranteed minimum grade scale. If you achieve a given point total, your final course grade cannot be any lower than the grade on the scale. Your final grade may be higher, as will be explained in the next section (F4: "Backup Curve"). Point Total 110104 103 102 101 100 99 98 97 96 95 9493 Course Grade 4.0 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 3. Course Grading Scale Point Total 92 91 90 89 88 87 86 85 84 8382 81 80 Course Grade 2.9 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.8 Point Total 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 7271 70 69 68 067 Course Grade 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.0 (F) Note: Please be aware that 0.7 is the lowest passing grade used at the U.W. Any grade below that is a 0.0 (the grades 0.1 to 0.6 are not used at the U.W.). - Page 5 - Course Grade Example: Terry's exam scores are 29, 34, 31. Her lowest score is divided by 2, so 29/2 = 14.5, which is rounded up to 15. So, her total exam points (out of 100 possible exam points) are 15 + 34 + 31 = 80. Terry performed all of the online activities by their due dates, for which she received 10 points. Using the grading scale above, 90 points equals a grade of 2.7. Backup Curve: There is a backup curve that will be used only if the class does poorly in terms of final course grades, i.e., it will be used only if less than half the class (i.e., less than half of all students who have completed all 3 exams) receives a course grade of 2.5 or above. In this event, everyones course grade will be curved up until 50% of the class receives a 2.5 or higher. After all the exams are completed, I will determine whether there will be a curve based on the total points distribution for the class. If 50% or more of the class is getting a 2.5 or above, then no curve will be used. Remember, the decision as to whether there will be a curve is made after all 3 exams are completed. A curve IS NOT applied to each exam individually. Appeal Procedure. If your answer to an exam question is marked as being incorrect but you feel it is correct, you may contest the question by writing an appeal. The written appeal must be based on material presented in the book or in lecture (indicating chapter, page, line and specific quote); it cannot be based on your personal opinion or experience. Appeals for Exams 1 and 2 must be handed in to one of the T.A.s or the T.A. Fellow (or placed in their mail box) within one week after the answer keys are posted. For Exam 3 (final exam) the answer key will be posted on the course website within two hours after the exam and appeals must be submitted by 5 pm the next day. We will review the appeal and give credit if appropriate. Scantron Exam Sheets. To take an exam, you must have a scantron (i.e., marksense) form so that your test can be computer scored. These forms can be purchased at the U.W. bookstore and at the Student Union Building (HUB). We will not be supplying scantron forms in class. Exam Score Delays. If you make an error filling in the bubbles on your scantron exam form for your student number, name, or test version, this will cause a delay in getting your exam score to you. You either will not be able to find your student number on the list of exam scores, or your student number will appear with no score next to it. In either case, you will need to go to one of the T.A. office hours in Guthrie Hall and help a T.A. find your computerized form. Please be careful in filling in this information. Incompletes. Only students with special circumstances beyond their control who have obtained permission from Dr. Passer are eligible for a grade of Incomplete. Please note: Incompletes will NOT be given out at the end of the quarter simply as a way to take the course over again in the case of a bad grade in the course. If your grade isnt what you need or want, come to office hours during the quarter and the T.A.s and I will try to assist you and help you learn the material. Dont wait until its too late. MakeUp Exams. Makeup exams will be granted only under legitimate, unavoidable circumstances (e.g., serious illness, family emergency). The standard makeup procedure will be to take a shortanswer written makeup exam this quarter. If you are facing a unique circumstance an illness, emergency, or whatever that you think may impair your ability to perform well on an exam, see me as soon as it arises so that we can discuss whether a makeup or Incomplete will be granted. DO NOT WAIT until after you have taken an exam to tell me that your score was low because of some unique circumstance. ONCE YOU TAKE AN EXAM, THAT SCORE COUNTS NO MATTER WHAT. See me ahead of time. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. - Page 6 10. Extra Credit Participation in Research. Extra credit points can be earned by participating in research approved by the Department of Psychology for that purpose. You will receive more information in class later this week or next week. The Psychology Subject Pool homepage: http://web.psych.washington.edu/subjectpool also contains information and is the place where a) you register to participate in the extra credit program, and b) you search for available experiments and sign up to participate in them. For each 2 hours of research participation your grade point will be raised by 0.1, up to a maximum amount of 0.3 grade points (i.e., 6 hours of participation maximum). Your point total for the course will be calculated as described earlier, if necessary the curve will be used, and lastly, the extra credit grade points will be added to produce your final course grade. So, continuing the grading example from the top of page 5, if Terry has 90 total points from the exams and online activities, and also participated in 6 hours of research, then Terrys grade would increase from a 2.7 to a 3.0. If Terry did 2 hours of research, her grade would increase from a 2.7 to a 2.8. 11. A Final Note on Grading. The grading system in this course applies to all students equally. Some flexibility is built into the grading system, namely, your lowest exam score is discounted by 50%: it counts only half as much as each of your two highest exam scores. In addition, you can earn extra credit as a research participant. Sometimes, a student will ask me if she or he can retake a test or do some type of additional extra credit (e.g., a report, paper, project, etc). to raise their course grade. My answer will always be No because I dont make special grading opportunities available to some students but not to others. So please, do not even ask. If you are having trouble mastering the course material be sure to take advantage of the office hours being held each week and review sessions that will be held before each exam. We are here to help you learn. Please dont wait until the end of the quarter to see us. By then it will be way too late. G. Exam/Classroom Procedures 1. Assigned Seating for Exams. You will be given an assigned seat for exams and must sit in this seat during all exams. If your seat is vacant during the exam you will receive a zero for that exam. Your seat assignment will be posted on the course website and in the basement of the Psychology Building. Once we get the final class list (usually after 10 class days) you will be given an assigned seat. Prior to making seat assignments we will ask you if you have any special needs (e.g., left handed desk). The use of assigned seats on exam days allows me and the TAs to verify which students are absent. We will post the assigned seats several days before the first exam. 2. Materials Needed for the Exams. Be sure to bring to each exam the following items: a. SCANTRON (i.e., marksense) SHEET. It can be obtained from U. Bookstore or the HUB b. 2 SOFT LEAD #2 PENCILS WITH ERASER c. STUDENT IDENTIFICATION NUMBER d. SEAT ASSIGNMENT 3. Exam Ethics. The following remarks arent meant to offend anyones sense of honesty, but its best to briefly discuss academic ethics up front. It is expected that during exams each student will do his or her own work. Looking at other students exams, using notes, or any other behavior indicating outside assistance constitutes cheating. If cheating occurs a grade of zero (0) will be given for that particular exam and the Provost's Office will be informed. The Provost's office then determines what further disciplinary action will be taken. - Page 7 H. CLUE and Study Skills Assistance CLUE: Beginning the second week of this quarter, we will offer one study/enrichment session per week at the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) at Mary Gates Hall. The Center is only open in the evenings. See the CLUE link on our course website for more information. If you need help with the material or study techniques see one of us during our daytime office hours. We can discuss your approach to studying and make suggestions. A structured program of improving study skills may be offered by the University Counseling Center at 401 Schmitz Hall (phone number 5431240). There usually is a fee for this program. If youre interested, contact the Center as soon as possible. You can find advice on how to develop good study skills in your textbook. See: How to Enhance Your Academic Performance: pages 23--25; Using Operant Principles to Modify Your Behavior: pages 234--235; Improving Memory and Academic Learning: pages 287--288; Recognizing What You Do and Don't Know? pages 322--325, including the Research CloseUp feature. Increasing SelfEfficacy Through Systematic Goal Setting: pages 482483. I. Audio Recordings of Lectures; InClass Films/Videotapes I do not post lecture notes on the web, but lectures will be "podcasted" (i.e. audio recorded) and available online at http://www.css.washington.edu/blog/ Podcasts are useful if you miss a lecture or want to listen to lecture material again. However, they are not a substitute for regularly attending class. There will also be a link to the podcasts from the course home page. Any student who wishes to may use his/her own audio recorder to record lectures for personal use. NOTE: Stuff happens, and some days the audio recording gremlins may cause podcasting equipment to malfunction. In that event, you'll need to get lecture notes from a classmate. Finally, throughout the quarter I will be showing segments of videotapes during lecture. You will need to be in class to see these. For several reasons we cannot arrange individual showings for students who miss a film or videotape. J. Class Meetings: CELL PHONES OFF, LAPTOP POLICY, and Other Requests Cell Phones: Please turn your cell phone off before entering class. Ringing cell phones disrupt the class. If you are expecting a vital call that may come during lecture, then do not come to class that day. Laptop Policy: Some instructors ban all laptop use in class. Heres my current policy. a) The last row of the room is prioritized for laptop users. All laptop users must sit in the last row unless it is full, in which case the nexttolast row also will be opened to laptop use. No laptop use is permitted in any other row. Why? Because data I collected from one of my large lecture classes indicates that 50% of students who don't use laptops are distracted by classmates who inappropriately use laptops during lecture (e.g., to do email, surf the web) and 20% report being distracted even when laptops are appropriately used solely for taking notes. b) There is no laptop use during films or videos. Close your laptop. c) If necessary, this policy will revised during the quarter (e.g., all laptops will be banned). Finally, to establish a class atmosphere in which you can ask questions and in which I can have discussions with the class and perform demonstrations, I ask that if you come to class, please come to learn. If you want to chat with classmates, read the newspaper, eat or drink, etc., then please go elsewhere. These behaviors distract your classmates. If a classmate asks me a question during lecture, please show her or him respect by not starting to talk. Remember, no one is taking attendance or making you come to class. In sum, come to class because you want to, and because you wish to learn about psychology. For my part, I will do my very best to make lectures informative and interesting. Thanks. Michael Passer ...
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