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Unformatted text preview: Instructor:
 Class
Meetings:
 
 
 Emily
Newton,
M.A.
 M
&
W
4:10‐6:00pm
 eknewton@ucdavis.edu
 1100
Social
Sciences
 Office:
189
Young
Hall
 
 Office
Hours:
Tuesdays
&
 CRN:
78496
 Thursdays
3:30‐5:30pm
 
 
 Course
Description
 This
course
introduces
you
to
psychology,
the
study
of
the
mind,
brain,
and
behavior.

 Psychology
is
a
broad
field
covering
many
areas
of
study,
so
we
will
only
be
able
to
skim
 the
surface
of
the
field
of
psychology
in
this
class.

In
this
class,
you
will
learn
about
 biological
bases
of
behavior,
perception
and
cognition,
psychological
development
in
 children
and
adults,
and
social
and
personality
psychology.

In
addition,
we
will
spend
a
 short
time
exploring
the
topic
of
abnormal
psychology,
including
psychological
disorders
 and
treatments.

My
hope
is
that
you
will
leave
this
class
with
an
understanding
of
the
 breadth
of
topics
involved
in
the
study
of
the
mind
and
behavior
as
well
as
an
 understanding
of
how
these
different
topics
relate
to
each
other.

 
 Required
Text
 Lilienfeld,
Lynn,
Namy,
Woolf
(2009).
Psychology:
From
Inquiry
to
Understanding,
1st
 Edition.
ISBN:
0‐205‐41243‐2
(print),
0‐205‐65270‐0
(eText)

 Required
readings
from
the
textbook
are
listed
on
the
Class
Schedule
on
page
5
of
the
 syllabus.
 
 Course
Website
 The
course
website
at
http://smartsite.ucdavis.edu
will
have
the
lectures
slides
from
the
 class,
the
gradebook,
and
additional
study
resources
(including
some
of
the
video
clips
and
 examples
shown
in
class).

I
will
also
post
any
important
announcements
for
the
class
on
 the
course
website.

Be
sure
to
check
the
website
regularly.

 
 Course
Format
 This
course
is
primarily
taught
through
lectures
and
the
occasional
in‐class
video,
 demonstration,
or
activity.

Questions
and
discussion
are
always
welcome
during
class,
 online
in
the
chat
room,
and
in
office
hours.

Lecture
slides
will
be
posted
by
9am
on
the
 day
of
class.

Lecture
slides
are
provided
to
scaffold
note‐taking
during
class,
not
as
a
 replacement
for
your
note‐taking.

 
 Communication
 I
prefer
to
talk
in
person
about
any
ideas
or
issues
you
may
have,
so
please
visit
my
office
 hours!

If
you
miss
class,
please
get
notes
from
a
classmate.

If
you
need
to
email
the
 teaching
assistant
or
me,
please
allow
24
hours
for
a
response.


In
addition,
if
you
have
a
 SYLLABUS
 General
Psychology
 PSC
001
(3)
 Fall
Quarter
2010
 
 Teaching
Assistant:
 
 Jing
(Sinead)
Jiang,
M.A.
 jngjiang@ucdavis.edu
 Office:
165A
Young
Hall
 Office
Hours:
Mondays

 2‐4pm
and
by
appointment
 general
question
that
is
not
answered
on
the
syllabus,
please
post
this
question
in
the
chat
 room
on
the
website
for
this
class.

That
way,
we
can
post
the
answer
for
all
of
the
students.


 
 Required
Research
Participation
 In
order
to
supplement
what
you
learn
about
psychology
in
this
class,
you
must
participate
 in
the
research
process.

You
will
get
an
insider’s
view
of
the
research
process
by
being
a
 participant
in
studies
conducted
by
UC
Davis
researchers!

Please
read
the
attached
letter
 on
required
research
participation.

Read
the
letter
thoroughly.

You
MUST
complete
six
 units
of
research
credit
by
December
3rd
to
complete
this
class
and
receive
your
grade.

 The
only
person
who
can
answer
your
questions
about
the
experimetrix
system
and
 obtaining
your
research
credits
is
the
coordinator,
Jessica
Vandeleest.
You
can
reach
her
at
 spcoordinator@ucdavis.edu
if
you
need
additional
information.
Please
note
that
the
 teaching
assistant
and
I
cannot
answer
your
questions
about
using
this
system!
 
 Evaluation
 Your
grade
in
this
class
will
be
based
on
three
midterm
exams
and
supplementary
extra
 credit.
There
will
be
an
optional
final
exam,
and
this
grade
will
replace
your
lowest
 midterm
exam
score
if
you
choose
to
take
the
final
exam
and
if
your
final
exam
score
is
 higher
than
your
lowest
midterm
score.
You
will
have
the
opportunity
to
complete
extra
 credit
assignments
throughout
the
quarter.


 
 Exams.
Each
of
the
three
midterm
exams
will
be
worth
50
points
and
will
cover
material
 from
the
previous
lectures
and
reading.

These
exams
are
not
cumulative
and
there
will
be
 no
make
up
exams.

In
addition:
no
one
will
be
admitted
to
the
exams
after
the
exam
 has
been
handed
out.

Please
be
on
time
for
all
exams.

I
will
not
be
giving
out
study
 guides
for
the
exams.

 
 During
the
course
of
the
quarter,
however,
it
may
be
necessary
for
you
to
miss
an
exam
due
 to
illness
or
a
personal
emergency.

In
addition,
there
are
times
when
for
one
reason
or
 another,
you
may
not
have
done
as
well
as
you
had
hoped
on
an
exam.

In
these
cases,
you
 may
elect
to
take
a
fourth
exam,
which
will
be
given
as
an
optional
final.
This
exam
may
be
 taken
by
anyone
who
missed
a
midterm
or
anyone
who
wants
to
try
to
improve
a
midterm
 score.

This
optional
final
exam
will
be
held
during
the
regularly
scheduled
final
 exam
time
and
will
be
cumulative.
Your
grade
on
the
final
exam
will
replace
your
lowest
 midterm
exam
score
if
you
choose
to
take
the
final
exam
and
if
your
final
exam
score
is
 higher
than
your
lowest
midterm
score.

 
 Extra
Credit.

Up
to
5
points
(3.33%)
of
extra
credit
will
be
available
for
students
who
 complete
online
writing
assignments.

Each
assignment
will
be
worth
1
point,
and
5
 assignments
will
be
offered
during
the
course.
These
online
writing
assignments
will
relate
 to
in‐class
activities
and
discussions
in
subsequent
lectures.

Extra
credit
writing
prompts
 will
be
posted
on
Friday
or
Monday
evenings,
and
you
will
have
until
the
following
class
to
 complete
the
assignment.

You
are
expected
to
answer
the
writing
prompts
with
2
to
3
 paragraphs
of
text
that
reflect
that
you
have
done
the
reading
and
have
thought
critically
 about
the
writing
prompt.

No
late
extra
credit
assignments
will
be
accepted,
and
all
 extra
credit
assignments
must
be
turned
in
using
the
assignments
function
on
the
 course
website!

 
 Final
Grade.
 A
letter
grade
will
be
assigned
according
to
the
following
weights:

 Midterm
1


 
 
 October
18th
 
 50
points
@
33.33%
 Midterm
2 
 
 November
8th
 50
points
@
33.33%
 Midterm
3
 
 
 December
1st
 50
points
@
33.33%

 Optional
Final
Exam
 
 December
10th
 Replaces
lowest
or
missing
midterm
score
 Total
Possible
Points
 
 
 
 150
points
 
 Note
that
the
optional
extra
credit
will
be
added
to
your
total
points
for
the
course.

For
 example,
let’s
say
that
your
total
points
for
the
class
based
on
the
three
midterms
is
 123/150.
If
you
completed
3
extra
credit
assignments,
your
final
course
grade
would
be
 123+3
which
equals
126/150
or
84%.
 
 Grading
Scale.
Your
final
grade
will
be
assigned
based
on
the
following
grade
cutoffs.
 
 Grade
 Percentage
 A+
 97.50
or
better
 A
 92.50
to
97.49
 A ‐
 89.50
to
92.49
 B+
 86.50
to
89.49
 B
 82.50
to
86.49
 B ‐
 79.50
to
82.49
 C+
 76.50
to
79.49
 C
 72.50
to
76.49
 C‐
 69.50
to
72.49
 D+
 66.50
to
69.49
 D
 62.50
to
66.49
 D‐
 59.50
to
62.49
 
 Academic
Honesty
 I
expect
that
everyone
enrolled
in
this
course
is
academically
honest
and
that
your
 behavior
during
the
quarter
will
demonstrate
this.

It
is
your
responsibility
to
know
what
 the
University
considers
academic
dishonesty.
If
you
are
unsure
about
a
particular
 situation,
ask
your
instructor
(in
this
class
or
in
any
other).
More
resources
on
UCD’s
 criteria
for
academic
honesty
are
available
at
http://sja.ucdavis.edu/publications.html
 
 University
Resources
 Student
Academic
Success
Center,
(530)
752‐2013,
2205
Dutton
Hall,
http://lsc.ucdavis.edu
 They
offer
appointments
and
drop‐in
consultations
on
writing.


 
 Student
Disability
Center,
(530)
752‐3184
(voice)
or
(530)
752‐6833
(TTY),
 http://sdc.ucdavis.edu
 They
ensure
and
arrange
accommodations
for
students
with
disabilities.
 
 Counseling
and
Psychological
Services
(CAPS),
(530)
752‐0871,
219
North
Hall,
 http://caps.ucdavis.edu/

 CAPS
offers
psychological
counseling
for
students
on
a
range
of
issues.
It
is
common
for
 people
to
worry
that
they
have
psychological
disorders
while
taking
a
psychology
class.
 Please
take
advantage
of
CAPS
if
you
feel
you
need
counseling
or
psychological
support,
or
 if
you
become
concerned
about
your
own
feelings
or
behavior
while
learning
about
 psychological
concepts.
(If
urgent
issues
are
life‐threatening
or
suicidal,
please
contact
911
 instead
of
CAPS.)

 
 The
House,
(530)
752‐2790,
TB‐16
(across
from
Reagan
Hall),
 http://thehouse.ucdavis.edu/

 The
House
offers
confidential
drop‐in
and
telephone
peer
counseling
and
a
mind‐body
 wellness
gym.

The
House
is
also
a
good
place
to
volunteer
to
get
experience
in
peer
 counseling
and
outreach.
 
 How
to
Succeed
in
this
Class…
 Read
the
assigned
readings
before
class.

Come
to
office
hours
to
talk
about
things
you
find
 interesting
in
the
class,
even
if
you
don’t
have
specific
questions.

Come
to
office
hours
if
 you
have
specific
questions,
too!

Start
studying
for
the
midterms
long
before
the
exams
are
 administered.

I’m
excited
to
teach
and
learn
with
you
this
quarter!
 Note:
All
readings
are
to
be
read
BEFORE
coming
to
class
on
that
day.

Lecture,
activities,
 and
discussions
will
be
based
on
these
readings.

The
pages
listed
are
required
readings.
 Week
 D a te
 T o p ic
 R ea d in g s
 1
 
 2
 
 3
 
 4
 
 5
 
 6
 
 7
 
 8
 
 9
 
 10
 
 September
27
 Introduction
 September
29
 Research
Methods
 October
4

 October
6
 
 October
11
 October
13
 October
18
 October
20
 October
25
 October
27
 
 November
1
 November
3
 November
8
 Biological
Psychology
1
 
 Biological
Psychology
2
 Sensation
&
Perception

 Consciousness
 Midterm
Exam
 Learning
 Memory
 Thinking
&
Language
 Human
Development
1:
Prenatal,
Motor,
 &
Cognitive
Development
 Human
Development
2:
Social,
 Adolescent,
&
Adult
Development
 
 Midterm
Exam
 Chapter
1
 Chapter
2
 Chapter
3
 Pgs
108‐123,
129‐136
 
 Chapter
3
 Pgs
124‐129,
136‐145
 Chapter
4
 
 Chapter
5
 Pgs
208‐226
 Chapters
1­5
 Assigned
Pages
Only
 Chapter
6
 Chapter
7
 
 Chapter
8
 Chapter
10
 Pgs
397‐417
 Chapter
10
 Pgs
418‐439
 Chapters
6­8,
10
 Assigned
Pages
Only
 
 Chapter
11
 Chapter
13
 533‐551
 Chapter
13
 551‐571
 Chapters
14
&
15
 Pgs
578‐596,
623‐652
 No
Class
=
No
 Readings!
 Chapter
15
&
16
 Pgs
652‐660,
671‐706
 
 Chapters
11,
13­16
 Assigned
Pages
Only
 C l a s s 
S c h e d u l e 
 November
10
 Emotion
&
Motivation
 November
15
 Social
Psychology
I
 November
17
 Social
Psychology
II
 November
22
 Personality
&
Psychological
Disorders
I
 November
24
 No
Class
(Thanksgiving
Travel
Day)
 
 November
29
 Psychological
Disorders
II
 December
1
 Midterm
Exam
 O P T IO N A L 
C U M U L A T IV E 
F IN A L :
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 Dear Students,
 This handout explains the research participation requirement in your PSC 1 or 41 class. What is the reason for the research participation requirement? Just as biology students often do dissections and chemistry students often conduct classic laboratory experiments, psychology students learn about research partly by participating in it. In psychology, however, where the topics include human cognition, emotion, and behavior, one can learn about research partly by being the subject of it. When you participate in several studies during the quarter, you will see how psychologists collect data and what it feels like to be the ‘object’ of study. You will be able to talk with researchers about what they’re doing and why. Besides being educational, your participation is very important to researchers -- faculty members, doctoral students, and undergraduate honors students -- who depend on human participants to advance their research programs. UCD's Psychology Department has an excellent reputation for research, and this reputation could not be sustained without the help of research participants. Members of the Department will be very grateful for your help. What exactly is required? You need to earn 6 credits by participating in approximately 6 hours of research (or submit brief papers as described below). This usually means participating in 6 studies during the term, although some studies offer ½ credit (if they take less than a half hour of your time), and some offer more than 1 credit (if they take more than an hour of your time). To ensure that you have an opportunity to experience a range of experiments, you will be limited to earning a maximum of 2 of your 6 credits through online studies. You have until Friday, December 3rd, 2010 to complete the 6-unit requirement. Completing the requirement in advance of this date is recommended. Note that if you are under 18 years of age, then you cannot fulfill your requirement by participating in studies--instead you must write brief research papers as described below. If you turn 18 during the term then you may participate in studies after your birthday. Please be sure to email the Subject Pool Coordinator after you turn 18 to ensure you are able to sign up for studies. Are there any other options? If for any reason you do not wish to participate in 6 hours’ worth of research studies, you may write brief research papers instead. These papers are based on reviewing one or more research articles written by faculty members in the Psychology Department. The idea behind this assignment is that you can learn about some of the studies in the department either by participating in them (and receiving brief explanations of them at the time) or by reading articles about them. You can receive 2 research credits for writing a 500-750 word summary and commentary on any article included on the list provided on the research website. Each summary/commentary is equivalent to 2 hours’ worth of research participation (2 credits). If you choose to fulfill the requirement by only writing papers, you must write a total of three papers. Your paper(s) will be read and graded by the Subject Pool Coordinator, Jessica Vandeleest. Guidelines and research articles can be found at: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/Labs/Experimetrix/PWT/index.cfm?Section=6 When you have completed your research papers, email them to Jessica Vandeleest at: spcoordinator@ucdavis.edu. The deadline for doing so is Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 5 p.m. Note that you can combine research papers with participation in experiments. For example, you can meet your 6-credit requirement by completing two research papers and two 1-credit experiments. What happens if the requirement is not met? If you have not earned the 6 required credits by end of day on Friday, December 3rd, 2010, you will receive an Incomplete for the course. If the incomplete is not made up within three registered quarters, it will automatically be changed to an F. So please do everything in your power to complete the requirement by the deadline. How do I go about meeting the requirement? Please go to http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/experimetrix for instructions regarding how to use the system. If you have read and followed the instructions but still cannot log in, or if you have looked in the FAQ and cannot find an answer to your question then feel free to contact Jessica Vandeleest, the Subject Pool Coordinator at spcoordinator@ucdavis.edu. To participate, go to http://ucdavis.sona-systems.com/. Your user ID will be the last 6 digits of your student ID, and your password is your last name (all lowercase) followed by the last 4 digits of your student ID. Quick links Participation Information (Including FAQ and detailed paper option information) http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/experimetrix The Research Participation System http://ucdavis.sona-systems.com/. 
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