Class Time: TR 11:00-12:20
1. Engage in weekly discussions about historical and current topics as related to the chapters.
1. Write 5 reaction papers taking a stand on the issue.
2. Apply psychological knowledge to the topic.
3. Engage in public discourse about a variety of topics.
2. 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 five reaction papers, performance on 3 out of 4 exams, and a final.
(50 points-10 points each) Reaction papers are to be two double-spaced pages and include two peer-reviewed references (Wikipedia nor .com webpages do not count as a reference). Papers are to take a side and argue for it. Personal opinion is appropriate as long as there is support for it in the literature. Feedback will be provided over the semester to aid with academic growth. Some students may be asked to read their papers to the group. Topics are negotiable. If something occurs during the semester, we may replace a listed topic with an emerging one (e.g., the election of 2012). In addition, students may suggest topics, and if time permits, additional topics will be added. *reaction papers are to be turned in throughout the semester. I will only accept 2 reaction papers the last week of class.
(10 points-5 points each) Research participation: You will also have at least 3 opportunities to participate in the psychology department’s research projects. You can earn 5 points for each project in which you participate. You are required to participate in at least 2 projects – you may participate in a 3rd for 5 points extra credit.
(200 points-50 points each) 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.
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. 260 points are possible and grade ranges are as follows:
A = 234-260
B = 208-233
C = 182-207
D = 156-181
F = 155 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 the 2012-2014 Student Handbook and Activities Calendar on Class Attendance Policy (pg. 70-71).
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.
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.
Electronic Contact: I require 5 working days to be able to read and respond to all email. Please note that my spam filter does keep some emails from getting to me (most recently my wife). In addition, I do not check email after 5 pm nor on weekends/holidays. My cell phone is to be used only be students who have been given it by me (e.g., honor society officers, graduate students). Please do not text me on my cell unless I have personally given you my cell number.
Graduating Seniors: Only graduating seniors who are graduating with honors (Cum Laude or better) and are on the honors list from the registrar are excused from taking the final.
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.