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Date Created: 08/07/16
Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Psychology Introductory Psychology (PSYC 101-006) Fall 2016 Monday/Wednsday 12:30-1:45 p.m.; DVIC 138 Instructor: Timothy Dugas, M. A. Office Hours: Mon/Wed: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m; Tu/Th 11:30 – 1:30 Office: Mims Hall 229 E-mail: Required Text th Feldman, R.S. (2013). Understanding Psychology (11 Ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. Moodle All materials related to the course including the syllabus, announcements, and grades will be posted on Moodle. If you encounter problems with Moodle, you are advised to call the Student Help Desk (985-549-2700) or stop by the Student Help Desk office located inside the Student Technology Center in Fayard Hall 126. Course Overview The overall goal of this course is to provide a thorough background and introduction into the field of psychology. A variety of subfields in psychology will be covered, including biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social, and abnormal/clinical psychology. Attention will be paid to how biological, psychological, and environmental factors combine to influence human behavior. Course Objectives By the end of the course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the main theories and fields of psychology. 2. Explain the major themes and research findings in biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social, and abnormal/clinical psychology. 3. Explain the contribution of research to the field of psychology. 4. Understand how psychology is relevant to everyday life. In order to meet these objectives, students should: 1. Attend class regularly. 2. Pay attention to and take notes on lecture material. 3. Complete assigned readings PRIOR to class. 4. Study course material on a daily basis. 5. Thoughtfully complete all assignments and exams. 6. Contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester if you foresee any difficulties in accomplishing class requirements. Course Requirements Class Participation. Students are expected to attend and participate in all class meetings. Absences will affect your grade directly and indirectly through performance on exams. It is important to attend each class, as portions of exams will be on lecture material not covered in the text. If you miss a class, you should arrange to get notes from a classmate. You can see me if you have any questions, but I will not give you notes for the missed class. In addition, students will NOT be withdrawn from the class by the instructor for nonattendance. Withdrawal from the class is the students’ responsibility. Moreover, you are not allowed to attend this class if you are not enrolled in it. The last day to withdraw from this course without a grade th penalty is November 4 , 2016. Exams (300pts). Four exams will be given during the semester. The lowest score on these four exams will be dropped. The first three exams will consist of 50 multiple choice questions (2 points each). Exams will cover all relevant lecture material, assigned readings, and videos. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you do not miss any exams. If you miss an exam, you will receive a zero. Final Exam (100pts). The final exam will be a cumulative exam consisting of 50 multiple choice questions (2 point each). The final grade will be calculated using the 3 exam scores, and the final exam score. Enrichment (20pts) You are required to log in 4 enrichment credits by participating in research during the summer semester. This is to offer first hand experience as a participant in a psychological study. If you have a valid excuse for not being able to participate (under age 18, religious obligation, etc.) you may complete an alternate paper assignment. You must meet with me to discuss the paper option. Details regarding this requirement can be seen below and will be discussed in class. Evaluation Your final grade will be based on the total number of points you earn on the exams and quizzes. 1) Exams 1-3= 300 3) Final Exam = 100 4) Enrichment = 20 Total = 420 points after dropping the lowest exam. Grades will be assigned according to the following percentages: A = 90-100% (412-420 points) B = 80-89% (366-411 points) C = 70-79% (320-365 points) D = 60-69% (274-319 points) F = below 60% (0-273 points) Extra Credit Extra credit opportunities MAY become available during the semester. I will announce these if/when they arise. Please keep in mind that extra credit is not guaranteed in this course, so please DO NOT ask me about extra credit if I do not announce any. Academic Dishonesty Policy Academic integrity is fundamental to the process of learning and evaluating academic performance. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following: cheating, plagiarism, tampering with academic records and examinations, falsifying identity, and being an accessory to acts of academic dishonesty. For acts of academic dishonesty, instructors are allowed to assign a grade of “F” on an assignment where academic misconduct has occurred. Instructors may also assign a grade of “F” when it is felt that the violation on the academic exercise in question threatens the learning outcomes for the course. Please refer to the Southeastern Louisiana University Student Handbook for further information, including the consequences for acts of academic dishonesty. The Handbook is available online at Complaints and Appeals Student complaints about faculty actions, including, but not limited to grade appeals, must be first addressed to the faculty member involved. If no agreement is reached between the parties, a signed, written appeal may be made to the Department Head of Psychology, who will call a meeting with those involved. If the matter is still not settled to the satisfaction of all parties, appeal may then be made to the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Please see link below to the university catalogue for more information about grade appeals. admission_criteria_and_academic_regulations.pdf Disability Accommodations Students requiring special assistance due to a disability must have their disability documented by the Office of Disability Services (Student Union Room 203) who will determine the appropriate accommodations and communicate these to the instructor. Instructions for applying for accommodations can be found at No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of Disability Services Victim of Sexual Crime: Please be aware that the University Policy regarding Victims of  Sexual Misconduct is located online as well as at page 68 in  the University Student Handbook  at  The policy includes  definitions of the various sexually oriented offenses prohibited by Southeastern as well as the  reporting options for victims and the process of investigation and disciplinary proceedings of the  university. For more information, log onto ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: You must use your Southeastern email account to contact instructors. Tim Dugas will make every effort to respond to emails as quickly as possible during school hours. However, it may take additional time to respond in the evening, over weekends and holidays. Tim Dugas will not release any confidential information regarding grades via email or telephone. If you would like to discuss your grade you will need to see Tim Dugas in person during scheduled office hours. If you cannot meet during scheduled office hours to discuss issues related to the class, you must make an appointment for a meeting. Sick Children: The classroom is not a place for children or other family members, and that students  are not to bring their family members for day care or babysitting Instructor’s expectations regarding student behavior/classroom decorum: “Free discussion, inquiry, and expression is encouraged in this class. Classroom behavior that interferes with either (a) the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable. Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of communication devices, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as “crossing the civility line.” Classroom behavior which is deemed inappropriate and cannot be resolved by the student and the faculty member may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for administrative or disciplinary review as per the Code of Student Conduct which may be found at Instructor’s expectations regarding academic integrity: “Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Behavior that violates these standards is not acceptable. Examples are the use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, improper acknowledgment of sources in essays and the use of a single essay or paper in more than one course without permission are considered very serious offenses and shall be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in the Academic Integrity Policy located in the current General Catalogue.” Course Schedule* Month Da Topic Readings te Aug 17 Introduction and Syllabus N/A 22 Introduction to Psychology Chapter 1 24 Introduction to Psychology Chapter 1 29 Psychological Research Chapter 2 31 Psychological Research Chapter 2 5 Psychological Research Chapter 2 7 Health Psychology: Stress, Coping, and Chapter 14 Well-Being 12 Exam 1 Ch. 1, 2, 14 14 Learning Chapter 6 19 Learning Chapter 6 21 Learning Chapter 6 26 Development Chapter 12 28 Development Chapter 12 Sept 3 Development Chapter 12 5 Labor Day 10 Exam 2 Ch. 6, 12 12 Personality Chapter 13 17 Personality Chapter 13 19 Social Psychology Chapter 17 24 Social Psychology Chapter 17 26 Social Psychology Chapter 17 31 Sexuality and Gender Chapter 11 Oct 2 Sexuality and Gender Chapter 11 7 Exam 3 Ch. 13, 17, 11 9 Psychological Disorders Chapter 15 TBA 14 Psychological Disorders Chapter 15 16 Psychological Disorders/Treatment of Chapter 15/16 Psychological Disorders 21 Treatment of Psychological Disorders Chapter 16 28 Treatment of Psychological Disorders Chapter 16 30 Review Ch. 15, 16 Final Exam Dec 8 @ 10:15 a.m. All chapters *Scheduled topics may be changed at the instructor’s discretion. PSYCHOLOGY 101 ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 1. The Psychology Department requires that Psychology 101 students participate in 4 units of enrichment activity. For on-line experiments each ½ hr. of enrichment activity counts for 1 unit of credit. For experiments conducted on campus, each ½ hr. of enrichment activity counts for 2 units of credit (i.e., on campus credit is twice on-line credit). The total credit for these 4 units will be equal to 5% of the total points allocated for tests/quizzes. Students may receive bonus credit for an additional 4 units. 2. Enrichment units are earned by participation in an approved research project conducted by faculty members, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in the Southeastern Psychology department. An alternative project is available for the following students • Students under the age of 18. • Students who have ethical objections to participating in experiments that are conducted by researchers. • Students taking their Psychology 101 class off campus. Students wishing to participate in the alternative project (ask instructor for specifics) must obtain a signature from their instructor stating that they have permission to do so.


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