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PSC1SyllabusFall2010 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY PSC 001(1 Fall...

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Page 1 of 4 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY PSC 001 (1) Fall Quarter, 2010 Course Syllabus Location: 123 Science Lecture Hall TR 6:10-8:00 PM Instructor: Teaching Assistant: Miranda Goodman-Wilson, M.A. Jonni Johnson Office: 189 Young Hall Office: Young Hall Annex E-mail: [email protected] E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: TR 3:30-5:30 PM & by appointment Office hours: T 12:00-2:00 PM & by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce you to the scientific study of psychology and the principles of behavior and mental processes of humans (and other animals). We will review the concepts associated with the major subdisciplines of psychology—it is astonishing how diverse this field is, and while it is not possible to cover ALL topics, this course will offer an overview of many of the topics that make psychology such a fascinating and broad field. Students will also learn how scientific methodology is utilized in psychological research, and how research findings are interpreted, misinterpreted and disseminated to the public. We will explore how psychological processes are relevant to our everyday lives and how to become a thoughtful consumer of psychological ideas. A specific lecture and exam schedule is attached to this syllabus. REQUIRED TEXT: Lilienfeld, Lynn, Namy, Woolf (2009). Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. , 1 st Edition. ISBN: 0-205-41243-2 (print), 0-205-65270-0 (eText) COURSE WEBSITE: https://smartsite.ucdavis.edu/xsl-portal/site/f4f0a626-f0ba-4a68-820b- f43efd0de5a1 Links to this syllabus, lecture slides (available by 9 am the morning of lecture), and class announcements can be accessed through your smartsite account (smartsite.ucdavis.edu). Your textbook provides a helpful, free (with purchase of a new book) website with additional resources, study tools, videos, etc. at http://www.mypsychlab.com. Instructions on how to login are included with purchase of a new book. COURSE FORMAT: Classes will typically be of lecture format, with the occasional video or in-class demonstration, but questions and discussion are always welcome and encouraged! In order to encourage conversation there will be several brief writing assignments (see below for more details), to be completed prior to lecture, which will relate to in-class discussions. Please be aware that the lecture slides posted online are not intended to replace attending lecture—I will be covering plenty of material in greater depth than what is included on the slides, so taking good notes will be important.
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