PSYC 221-02 –Introduction to Psychological Science Spring 2019 MW 8:35 am –9:50 am Location: IT 6C7-1 Instructor: Lindsay Sheehan, Ph.D. Phone: 312-567-7983 E-mail:[email protected] Office: Tech South, 1B9-1 Office hours: Monday 11-12, also by appt. Class Blackboard site: On Blackboard you will find information related to this course including required readings, assignments, and links to useful information. Group emails will also be sent here. It is your responsibility to know how Blackboard works and to ensure that you are checking the email that Blackboard has listed for you. If your email changes during the semester, it is your responsibility to alert the instructor. Required Text: Online free textbook hosted by NOBA. You must sign up for an account at and our class textbook can be found at: Course Objectives: Psychologists use the scientific method to understand people’sbehavior and cognitive processes. These investigations span multiple areas including learning and memory, lifespan development, social, personality, clinical and health psychology. In addition to the variety of fields, psychology examines behavior at multiple levels such as biological, behavioral, and cultural. Our tasks are to: 1) introduce the field of psychological science, 2) explore the research methods psychologists use to answer questions, 3) use research and theory to introduce psychological processes in multiple fields, and 4) to apply psychological theories to everyday life. The major requirements of the course (summarized in the table below) will assess both your mastery of the course material (lecture and reading) and your ability to integrate the material by making connections between everyday life and psychological theories. ASSESSMENT Evaluations will be based on a 100-point system, broken down as follows:
Major requirement % of grade Assignments: 1. Research Methods 2. Learning 3. Disorders 4. Social 25%, based on average of the four scores Quizzes (2 dropped) 20% Exams (2, each at 20%) 40% Class Participation 10% Research Participation 5% I will calculate letter grades as follows: 100-90 A 89.9-80 B 79.9-70 C 69.9-60 D <60 E (fail) Assignments (25%):Assignments will be graded on a 25-point scale. Your final grade is the average of the individual assignment grades. You can download the assignments on Blackboard. Assignments must be in either Microsoft Word or Pdf format. All assignments will be posted at least one week prior to the due date. You may visit office hours to review your assignment grade but it must be done so within one week of posting grades. Quizzes (20%): There will be at least six in-class quizzes, each worth 10 points. These may be announced in class in advance. To account for emergencies and other absences, two scores will be dropped. If you miss a class, you receive a zero. There are no make-up quizzes nor will quizzes be given ahead of time.