Introduction to Psychology I
Dr. Eric Shiraev
Professor’s Office: CM 312
or by appointments.
Office on Saturdays: January 20,27; February 10, March 3, April 14, 28, and May 5.
Telephone messages: (703) 323 2155
This class is an introductory and comprehensive overview of classical and current psychological theories and
their modern applications. We will learn, among other things, how people think, remember, forget, forgive,
make great decisions and bad mistakes, judge and misjudge other individuals, fall in love, lose and win. In
this class you will get a great opportunity to learn more about self and other people. This innovative, cross-
cultural, and critical analysis deals with the intersection of psychology with the studies in medicine, biology,
sociology, and anthropology.
The final grade will be based on five
. Each of the exams
February 5 (test 1),
February 26 (test 2), March 26 (test 3), April 16 (test 4), and April 30 (test 5, the final)
consist of thirty multiple-choice questions. You have to have a scantron for each test.
You may choose a written homework assignment
the term paper
) in place of Test 5 (the final).
A written description of the assignment for the term paper will be handed out in class. The paper is
due: April 30
or earlier. If you submit the paper, you don’t have to take the final exam.
by Karen Huffman (available at the bookstore). Publisher: Wiley.
The five exams:
20 points maximum for each exam
written homework assignment:
(max). If you submit the paper, you don’t take the final exam. Take the exams on the scheduled dates.
point is deducted for a make-up exam (taken if you missed a scheduled test for a legitimate reason).
These exams will be administered on March 26
and April 30
, if necessary.
Make-up exams are
short-answer tests and you may not take more than one make up exam.
You may earn up to 5 points if you choose to work on an extra-credit assignment,
which is a written psychological research project. Talk to the professor (or send an email) for
more information. The deadline for extra credit work: April 30
To receive a(n):
you must earn at least 90 points (90% of the final grade)
you must earn at least 80 points (80% of the final grade)
you must earn at least 70 points (70% of the final grade)
you must earn at least 60 points (60% of the final grade)
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty: March 23
. In case of emergency, please follow the
emergency procedure as discussed on the first day of class and as posted in the classroom. NVCC
is a place for learning and growing. You should feel safe and comfortable anywhere on this