Introduction to Psychology I
013N Spring 2011
Dr. Eric Shiraev
Professor’s Office: CM 312
Monday 3:30-4:30 PM;
Monday 7:10-7:30 PM;
4:00 PM by appt.; Wednesday 7:10-7:30; Wednesday
Thursday 3:30-4:30 PM. Additional
time for appointments is available.
Telephone messages: (703) 323 2155
This class is an introductory and comprehensive overview of classical and current psychological theories and
their modern applications. You will learn, among other things, how people think, remember, forget, forgive,
make great decisions and bad mistakes, judge and misjudge others, fall in love, lose and win. In addition, you
will have a great opportunity to learn more about yourself. This innovative, cross-cultural, and critical analysis
deals with the intersection of psychology with the studies in medicine, biology, sociology, and anthropology.
The final grade will be based on four written exams (three tests and a final). Each of the
February 7, (test 1), February 28 (test 2), April 11 (test 3), and May 2 (test 4, the
will consist of forty multiple-choice questions. You have to bring a scantron for each test.
You may choose to do a written homework assignment (
the term paper
) in place of Test 4 (the final).
The assignment for the term paper is below in this file, which you can find under the “syllabus” link on
the Blackboard. The optional paper is due: April 25
or earlier. If you write a paper, you don’t have to
take the final exam.
This course’s original lecture notes, links to videos, and additional reading materials are posted on the
Blackboard. You have to study the posted materials and read the book for your lectures and exams.
The four exams:
25 points maximum for each exam
). You must take the exams on the scheduled
dates. Up to five points are deducted for a make-up exam (taken if you missed a scheduled test for a legitimate
reason). These exams will be administered on February 28 and April 11, if necessary.
exams are short-answer tests and you may not take more than one make-up exam. The
(max). Again, if you submit the paper, you don’t have to take the final exam.
you receive 5 points for taking the test on schedule. You receive one point for two correct answers (or
one point is deducted for two incorrect answers). Grading: 23-25 points=A; 20-22 points=B; 17-19=C; 12-16=D
You may earn up to 5 points if you choose to work on an extra-credit assignment,
which is a written psychological research project. The topic will be posted. Talk to the professor
for more information. The deadline for extra credit work: May 2. No extension of the deadline will