Introduction to Psychology
Psych 1a Fall 2010
Dr. Rita Butterfield
Phone : 707-664-2453
Office hours: Tuesday 9-10 and 4:30-5:30
Office: Emeritus 1689
This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and a survey of
information and theory. The course covers such topics as the brain and behavior, learning,
memory, motivation, psychological development, relationships, personality, abnormal behavior
Psychology Around Us,
Comer and Gould, 2011. John Wiley and Sons (publisher).
The package you need to purchase includes the text and an access code for WileyPlus. The
access code comes free when purchased with a new copy of the textbook at the SRJC bookstore.
To register for this class’s Wiley Plus web site, go to
. If you want to save money and are
comfortable with electronic text books, you can purchase access to WileyPlus separately at
comes with access to the entire text on-line.
You will need an iclicker for this course. Iclickers can be purchased at the
College Bookstore. We will use the iclickers frequently and you will need to bring it everyday.
We will use them in a number of ways: for in-class exercises, to review material, to check for
understanding, and for surveys. If you don't have your iclicker, you will not be able to participate
in that day's activities. I recommend carrying extra batteries in your backpack, just in case.
You will need to register your iclicker. Go to
. From there, it is fairly obvious
what you need to do. For your
enter the last four digits of your SRJC student id
Never ask a fellow student to use your iclicker when you cannot be in class. Always say, “No,” if
another student asks you to click for him or her. If a student is caught using two (or more)
iclickers, the iclickers will be confiscated for the duration of the semester and both students will
be given a 0 for EVERY in-class exercise. There will be no exceptions-- even if you are using
the iclicker in another class.
This course is designed to present an overview of psychology, including the major theories,
research methods, major findings and their implications. The course will also examine the
practical implications of psychology, including reflecting on personal experience and broader
social issues. A related and important goal is to hone critical thinking skills by engaging and
evaluating the concepts, theories, perspectives and research findings in psychology. A third
important goal is the development of research and writing skills that will be useful throughout
your academic career.