Professor: Michael A. Vandehey, Ph.D. Office: O’donohoe 112
Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:55; TR 8:30-10:25 Phone: 397-4026
Class Time: 11:00-11:50 MWF Location: PY 101
Goals:To increase multiple-choice test-taking skills and improve study skills/time management. This will be accomplished by:
1. Taking 5 tests.
2. Instruction on study and test-taking skills.
3. Having questions over sections of the chapter that are not discussed in class.
4. Having to decipher ambiguously written questions.
5. Having to choose between the “best” and “almost best” answer.
Be introduced to the exciting field of psychology.
1. Each chapter is a survey of a major area of study within the field.
2. In-class group exercises.
Course Requirements:Grades will be based on your performance on 3 out of 4 exams and a final.
Each exam will be worth 50 points and the lowest score will be dropped. This means a student who has earned an “A” average on the first 4 exams does not have to attend the final (those students will be notified after the 4th exam). Students with a “B+” or lower must attend the final.
Note:Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. Individuals requiring special accommodation may contact me after class or during office hours.
Tests will be multiple choice and answers will be marked on Scantrons. I reserve the right to add essay questions at any point during the semester. 200 points are possible and grade ranges are as follows:
A = 180-200
B = 160-179
C = 140-159
D = 120-139
F = 119 or lower
Make-up Policy:Make-up exams will be essay in nature and can be scheduled with me. I need one week to prepare the exam; thus, the earliest a make-up exam can be taken is one week after the initial exam. See 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog on Authorized Absences and Class Attendance Policy (pg. 77-78).
Travel Plans: Please do not make travel plans during finals week. The final will be given when the university has scheduled it as per the schedule of classes. Early finals will only be offered to graduating seniors with honors.
Cell Phones and Pagers:Please turn all cell phones and pagers off (no sound) during class. DO NOT text message during class. DO NOT answer your cell phone in class. Exceptions include emergency calls (e.g., birth of child, family member in hospital). Students who are unable to comply will not be allowed to attend class.
Cheating Policy:Any evidence of cheating on exams or quizzes will result in dismissal from this class with a grade of “F”. To avoid questions of cheating, mark Scantrons clearly, use a No. 2 pencil, and erase completely. Errors due to a poorly marked Scantron will not result in a grade change.