PSYC 101.001 FALL 2009 v3

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Unformatted text preview: PSYC 101.001 VILLADO 1 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY PSYC 101.001 FALL 2009 TR 9:25AM–10:40AM SH 301 Instructor: Office: Phone: E‐mail: Website: Office Hours: Teaching Assistants: Office: Phone: E‐mail: Office Hours: Required Text: Prerequisites: Myers, D. G. (2009). Psychology (9th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. N/A Other Readings: As assigned COURSE OBJECTIVES The purpose of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive survey of topics, issues, and approaches in contemporary psychology. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, attention, learning and memory, thinking, language, abnormal behavior and therapies, personality and individual differences, and the various disciplines that exist within the field of psychology. Psychology is a broad field and therefore, this course will be broad in scope. Due to time restrictions, the topics will not be covered in great depth. COURSE STRUCTURE The course will follow a lecture format, with questions and comments expected and encouraged. The material covered in the lectures will be organized in a manner similar to topics covered in the textbook but will NOT duplicate the text word–for–word NOR topic–for–topic. In other words, the lectures and text will supplement each other to produce a comprehensive coverage of psychology than either lectures or text alone. At my discretion, I may post lecture notes on the course webpage. Michelle Martin SH 205 713.348.4843 [email protected] Anton J. Villado, Ph.D. SH 429B 713.348.3910 [email protected] https://owlspace‐ T: 10:45AM–11:45AM, and by appointment Melissa Gallagher SH 211A 713.348.3411 [email protected] Tracey Isidro SH 131 713.348.2807 [email protected] F: 10:00AM–11:00AM W: 10:00AM–11:00AM M: 11:00AM–12:00PM PSYC 101.001 VILLADO 2 COURSE GRADE DETERMINATION Final course grades will be determined by your performance on three (3) thought papers, four (4) exams, including a comprehensive final exam, and completion of your research activity requirement. The sum of points earned during the semester will be scaled to 100 (i.e., percentage) and the assignment of the letter grade will be determined by the following scale: Course Grade A+ A A‐ B+ B B‐ Scaled Score (%) 100–97 96–93 92–90 89–87 86–83 82–80 Course Grade C+ C C‐ D+ D D‐ F Scaled Score (%) 79–77 76–73 72–70 69–67 66–63 62–60 Below 60 THOUGHT PAPERS Three (3) thought papers will be assigned during the course. Each thought paper will be worth 20 course points. The materials necessary to complete the thought paper assignments will be posted on the course website. All work is to be submitted before the start of class on the date that it is due. You may turn in work to me personally during class (or during my office hours) or by placing it in my mailbox in the main office of the Psychology Department. I will not accept work via e–mail or slipped under my office door. EXAMS Four (4) exams, consisting of multiple–choice items will be given throughout this course. The exams will cover material from the textbook, assigned readings, lectures, and class discussions. The first three exams (each worth 120 points) are non–cumulative exams and cover approximately four chapters each. The fourth exam (worth 180 points) is the final exam and will be cumulative. Your score on each exam will be determined by multiplying the points possible for the exam by the proportion of items answered correctly on the exam. MAKE–UP EXAMS: Attendance at all scheduled exams is MANDATORY. Make–up exams will be given only for absences considered appropriate and fair by the university’s Committee on Examinations and Standing (e.g., serious illnesses, deaths in the immediate family, required court appearances). If you notify me in advance that you will not be able to take an exam AND the absence is considered appropriate and fair by the university’s Committee on Examinations and Standing, I will coordinate with you to take a make–up exam during an alternate day and time. If you do not notify me in advance, you must make up the exam by taking an alternate, make–up exam. Make–up exams are not the same exam administered during the regularly schedule exam time. Although a make–up exam will cover the same material as the original exam, they are often viewed as somewhat harder since they include both short–answer and essay questions. PSYC 101.001 VILLADO 3 RESEARCH ACTIVITY Each student is required to participate in five hours of research activity. Failure to complete the research requirement before the specified deadline will result in a 120 point reduction of their final course grade (two letter grade reduction). Although serving as a participant in psychology experiments is one way to gain valuable research knowledge, such participation is always voluntary. Therefore, there are several ways of satisfying the research requirement: Subject Pool Participation Each student may fulfill their research activity by participating in a total of five hours of research though the Department of Psychology’s subject pool. Participating in any combination of research activity that sums to five hours will fulfill the research activity requirement. Students may sign–up for participation in psychology experiments by going to and clicking on “sign.up” or “new.user”. Be sure to read the and documents posted on the subject pool website. It is also important that you direct the program to assign your credit to the appropriate course; I will not consider credit unless it is assigned to this course (PSYC 101.001) before the deadline to assign credit has passed. If you sign–up for an experiment and do not show up and do not contact the experimenter in advance, you will be penalized. One credit hour will be subtracted from your total for failure to show up. Contact the TAs if you have problems with the experiment sign–up process. Research Reports Students who do not wish to participate in psychology experiments may fulfill their research activity requirement by writing four two–page research reports on psychological research articles assigned by the instructor. Research reports will receive grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Contact the instructor on or before October, 15, 2009 if you wish to fulfill your research activity requirement by writing research reports. All research reports must be submitted to the instructor on or before the last day of class. EXTRA CREDIT Each student is allowed to earn up to six extra credit points (no more than six) by participating in six additional hours of psychology experiments after the first five have been completed. Students will earn one point for every one hour of research participation. There may occasionally be both announced and unannounced quizzes and exercises. These are optional; there will be no penalty for not completing them and they cannot be made up if you are absent on the day that they are administered or due. The points you earn for extra credit will be determined by multiplying the proportion of extra credit completed by six points. Thus, if you complete all of the extra credit opportunities, six points will be added to your course total. These six points are independent of the six points earned through additional hours of psychology experiments. Extra credit may be used to raise a student’s grade but not to achieve a passing grade; that is, in order to pass, a student much achieve a minimum of 60% of the total course points before extra credit is applied. PSYC 101.001 VILLADO 4 CLASS ATTENDANCE Given that a substantial portion of the material covered by each test will come from the lectures, class attendance is MANDATORY. However, attendance will not be formally monitored and there will be no direct penalty for absences; attendance is an individual student responsibility. To do well in this course, it is strongly recommended that you attend all lectures. ADVERSE EVENTS If any event causes Rice University to be closed (weather, security threat, etc.) during a schedule exam, the exam will be rescheduled for the next meeting time, unless otherwise noted. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COURSE My policy governing withdrawal from the course is consistent with university regulations. RICE UNIVERSITY REQUIRED STATEMENTS 1. The handouts used in this course are copyrighted. By ʺhandouts,ʺ I mean all materials generated for this class, which include but are not limited to syllabi, quizzes, exams, in–class materials, review sheets, and additional problem sets. Because these materials are copyrighted, you do not have the right to copy the handouts, unless I expressly grant permission. 2. All exams and assignments (including extra credit assignments) are covered by Rice University’s Honor Code and the guidelines given in the Blue Book. Please feel free to share notes, or form study groups. However, you are to complete exams and assignments without any outside aide. Of course you may read and cite relevant material, but you are not to seek aide from others. Students are encouraged to bring any concerns involving academic integrity to the attention of the instructor. 3. As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as oneʹs own ideas, words, writings, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you have the permission of that person. Plagiarism is one of the worst academic sins, for the plagiarist destroys the trust among colleagues without which research cannot be safely communicated. In this course, I expect you to cite all work that is not your own, in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th Ed.). If you have any concerns, please speak to me before you submit the work in question. 4. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti–discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you have a documented disability, please contact me during the first two weeks of this course to discuss your needs. Additionally, you will need to register with the Disability Support Services Office in the Lay Student Center. Visit for more information about services on campus for persons with disabilities. PSYC 101.001 VILLADO 5 COURSE DATES AND CONTENT Date Day Chapter 08/25/09 T P 08/27/09 R 1 09/01/09 T 2 09/03/09 R 09/08/09 T 3 09/10/09 R 4 09/15/09 T 09/17/09 R 09/22/09 R 5 09/24/09 T 09/29/09 T 6 10/01/09 R 10/06/09 T 7 10/08/09 R 10/13/09 T 10/15/09 R 10/20/09 T 8 10/22/09 R 10 10/27/09 T 10/29/09 R 16 11/03/09 T 11/05/09 R 11 11/10/09 T 11/12/09 R 11/17/09 T 13 11/19/09 R 11/24/09 T 12 11/26/09 R 12/01/09 T 14 12/03/09 R 15 TBA TBA Content The Story of Psychology Thinking Critically The Biology of the Mind Consciousness and the Two‐Track Mind Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity Exam I Developing Through the Life Span Sensation and Perception Learning Mid–Term Recess: No Class Exam II Memory Intelligence Social Psychology Motivation and Work Exam III Personality Emotions, Stress, and Health Thanksgiving Recess: No Class Psychological Disorders Therapy Exam IV ...
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