Expectations and Preparation for this course
For an A in this class expect to study 6-9 hours per week just for this course. You must read the text book and should read the assigned chapter BEFORE we discuss it in class. The exams will cover material in the text that is not discussed in class. You can not pass this class without reading the text. There is an online learning center for this textbook that includes various study activities for each chapter: www.mhhe.com/king2e - click on Student Edition in the box on the left.
Assignments and Grading
Chapter discussion questions: Each chapter contains Test Yourself questions. You will prepare type-written responses to these questions. Due dates for each set of questions is listed in the schedule at the end of this syllabus. Your preparation of these questions will count toward your grade in two ways.
First, I will randomly call on students during class to provide a response to these questions. If I call on you and you provide a correct answer, you will receive a maximum 10 points. Incomplete or unprepared answers will earn partial credit. I will call on each student 4 times during the semester so you can earn a possible 40 points for your oral responses. You can expect to be called on one time for each of the 4 sections of the course (divided by the 4 exams). If I call on you and you are not present, I will call on you a 2nd day. However, if you are absent both days that I call on you then you will receive a zero for one of your question for that section of the course.
Second, you are required to submit your answers to at least 2 sets of questions for each chapter. Each set of questions is worth a possible 10 points for a total of 160 points. A higher grade will be assigned to responses that are written in your own words and not transcribed verbatim from the text. These must be turned in at the end of class and will only be accepted if they are type-written.
Examinations: There will be four exams and an optional cumulative final examination. The examinations consist of 50 multiple-choice questions worth 2-points each. The exams will cover all the material from the textbook and supplemental material from the lectures. I will not lecture over all the information included in the text – however, you are still responsible for that information. In other words, even if I don’t talk about it in class it may still be on the exam!
Make-up exams will be given ONLY under exceptional circumstances (e.g. you are hospitalized). If you miss an examination, you may take the final examination as a replacement for the missing exam grade. The final will be cumulative and will consist of 100 multiple-choice worth 1 point each. The final is optional and the grade can be used to replace a missed exam or the lowest exam grade.
Research participation: A portion of the final grade is based on research participation. You will also have at least 3 opportunities to participate in the psychology department’s research projects. You can earn 10 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.
The following chart displays the total points available for the various class assignments.
% of total grade
Chapter discussion questions
160 + 40 = 200
Total Points Possible
Once points are calculated, grades will be assigned as follows:
(90 -100%) 558 points and higher
(80 – 89%) 496 – 557 points
(70- 79%) 434-495 points
(60- 69%) 372 - 433
Less than 372 ( 59% or less)
Cell Phones and Pagers: During class, please turn off all devices that make noise (e.g. cell phones, pagers, games, etc.). DO NOT send text messages 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.
Communication by Email: I am happy to communicate with you by email (in fact I prefer it).