A+ = 97.0-100
A- =90.0- 92.9
B+ = 87.0-89.9
B = 83.0- 86.9
B- =80.0- 82.9
C+ =77.0- 79.9
C- =70.0- 72.9
Although class attendance is NOT mandatory, the instructor reserves the right to adjust students’
grades to reflect their class attendance. You will also have quizzes during some class periods, so
it is also imperative that you are there for the quizzes, as those will be a part of your final grade.
This is NOT a class that you can miss regularly.
**NOTE: Exam makeups will ONLY be given for serious issues, i.e., deaths, accidents,
etc. Please make sure that you are present the day of the exam, you know the exam dates
ahead of time, so plan accordingly because you will know months in advance when the
tests will be scheduled…If you miss the make up exam, there will be no third chance.
• **Also, if you do miss the exam, I need to receive some sort of communication,
preferably via email of WHY you missed the exam and you need to take it within
one week of the missed exam.
**All exam materials are to be given back to the instructor. Keeping an exam will be
Cheating Policy: Cheating and aiding and abetting cheating are academic violations and
are absolutely not tolerated. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. Instances of cheating will
be reported to the Psychology Department Chair and to the Dean of Students. Any students
caught cheating will receive an F in the course. Plagiarism is a form of cheating.
Canceling Class Policy: In the event that class needs to be canceled unexpectedly, check your
email and if it’s last minute there will be a sign on the door.
Additional Help: If you are in need of extra help because you are having trouble with the
material and/or you are falling behind, talk with me about the problem immediately (don’t wait
to the last minute) so that we can determine the best way to address your problem.
Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made for anyone with a
documented disability that may require some modification of seating, testing, or other class
requirements. I would like to hear from anyone who has a disability which may require some
modification of seating, testing, or other class requirements so that appropriate arrangements
may be made. Please see the instructor after class or during office hours.
General Behavior Guidelines:
o Please turn off cell phones at the start of each class.
o If you arrive to class late, please enter and sit quietly so as to not disturb the class.
o If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to contact a peer in order to obtain the
missed material. (This includes but is not limited to lecture notes and any general
discussion, such as points of focus for exams, review sessions, etc.)
Note: If you miss a class, please do not email me asking for the missed material, contact a
classmate who attended the lecture you missed.
In general for this course, collaborative efforts outside the classroom between students is
encouraged. Studying together, working on assignments together, etc. are all valuable experiences.
However, when it comes time to write a paper or answer to an assignment question, etc., it is expected
that the work will be in your own words.
Engaging in academic dishonesty may result in a score of zero for the assignment, exam, etc. in
question. A second offense will result in a F grade for the semester. Please note that all infractions will
be reported to the University. Ignorance of University policies on plagiarism, cheating, or other forms
of academic dishonesty is not an acceptable excuse. Please familiarize yourself with the University
policies if you do not already know them. As stated in the 2003-2005 Queens College Undergraduate
Bulletin on page 56.
Academic misconduct of any kind, including cheating and plagiarizing, will not be tolerated. Any
student caught cheating will receive an F in the course and will be reported to the college.
400 POINTS TOTAL: Each exam is worth 100 points. There will be NO EXAMS DROPPED.
Pop-quizzes will account for about 5% bonus to your final grade!
Psych 231: Motivation: Tentative Schedule
Date Topics Reading PPT
08/27/12 Introduction and Syllabus None None
08/29/12 Introduction to Motivation Chapter 1 Chapter 1
09/03/12 NO CLASS
09/05/12 The History of Motivation
Chapter 2 Chapter 2
Evolutionary Antecedents of
Chapter 3 Chapter 3
09/17/12 NO CLASS
Thirst, Hunger, and Eating
Chapter 5 Chapter 5
09/26/12 NO CLASS
***10/01/12 EXAM #1 (1,2,3, and 5)
10/03/12 Addictions and Addictive
Chapter 4 Chapter 4
10/08/12 NO CLASS
10/10/12 Addictions and Addictive
Chapter 4 Chapter 4
Behavior, Arousal, and
Chapter 6 Chapter 6
College closed due to
***11/5/12 Exam #2 (4 and 6)
11/07/12 Stress, Coping, and Health Chapter 7 Chapter 7
11/12/12 Drives, Needs, and
Chapter 8 Chapter 8
Personality and the Self in
Chapter 9 Chapter 9
11/21/12 Extrinsic and Intrinsic
Chapter 10 Chapter 10
***11/26/12 Exam #3 (7, 8, 9, and 10)
11/28/12 Economics of Motivation Chapter 12 Chapter 12
12/03/12 Emotions and Moods Chapter 13 Chapter 13
12/05/12 Emotions and Motives Chapter 14 Chapter 14
***12/10/12 Cumulative Make-up Exam OPTIONAL OPTIONAL
12/12/12 Review for Final Exam
FINAL EXAM (12, 13, 14) Time/Date