Course Syllabus
Psych 311 Advanced Experimental Psychology (Learning)
Course Instructor:
Name: Erich Grommet
Email: Erich....
Summary & Reaction Papers: Throughout the semester, you will be asked to write 6 short papers (2 full
pages min) about jou...
Class Schedule
Date Reading Class Topic/Activities Assignment
8/28 Tues N/A Course Introduction
8/30 Thurs Ch 1: Introduct...
#2 due
10/30 Tues
No Class – Hurricane Sandy N/A N/A
11/1 Thurs
No Class – Hurricane Sandy N/A
Draft of Results &
Discussi...
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  1. 1. Course Syllabus Psych 311 Advanced Experimental Psychology (Learning) Course Instructor: Name: Erich Grommet Email: Erich.Grommet@qc.cuny.edu Alt. Email (for when QC email is down): egrommet@gc.cuny.edu Alt. Alt. Email (for when QC & GC email are both down): erichgrommet@yahoo.com Phone/Text: (516) 647-1517 Email is preferred method of communication! Class Meeting Times: Tuesdays &Thursdasy 11:25AM – 2:15PM Classroom: New Science Building Room E324 Office: Razran-238 Office Hours: by appointment (Please send me an email to set up an appointment) Other Personnel Associated with this Course: Senior College Laboratory Technician: Marie Birne Email: Marie.Birne@qc.cuny.edu Info: Marie will help acclimate the class to the rats that we will be using for the experiment that will lead to the last laboratory report of the semester. She will also go over important care instructions that must be followed when working with the rats. Feel free to schedule individual time with her if you think that you need additional help with getting used to being around and working with rats. Textbooks: Required: Domjan, M. The principles of learning and behavior (5th or 6th ed.) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th Ed.). Washington, DC: Author. (Don't buy a 1st printing! – It has a lot of errors.) Assignments: Exams: There will be two scheduled exams during the semester, each worth 20% of your final grade. The exams will cover the material in the text plus any additional information that is presented during class meetings. These tests will be in multiple choice and short answer format. Students will not be permitted to take an exam once a student that has completed that exam has left the room (be on time). Missed exams cannot be made up without a valid doctor’s note explaining why you were not available on the date and time of the exam. Makeup exams will be scheduled by the instructor and may not necessarily be the same format as regular exams (e.g., essay). Laboratory Reports: During the course, you are required to write two papers, based on in-class laboratory assignments. Each report is worth 15% of your final grade. The reports will consist of a title page, abstract, method, results, discussion, figure, figure caption, and references. All papers must conform to the stylistic conventions of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Quizzes: Throughout the semester, 9 quizzes will be given on Blackboard. Quizzes will count for 10% of your final grade. Quizzes must be completed 15 min before the start of class on the day that they are scheduled. Quizzes cannot be made up. If you do not take the quiz, you will receive a zero on it. 1
  2. 2. Summary & Reaction Papers: Throughout the semester, you will be asked to write 6 short papers (2 full pages min) about journal articles that you will be assigned to read. Divide these papers into 2 sections: summary (What was the presentation about?) and reaction (What did you think about it?). These papers should be written double spaced in 12 pt Times New Roman font with a 1” border. Summary and reaction papers will count for 10% of your final grade. Summary & Reaction Papers must be submitted 15 min before the start of class on the day that they are scheduled. The articles required for the summary & reaction papers are available on Blackboard. Late summary & reaction papers will not be accepted. A late summary & reaction paper will result in a zero. Lab participation: It is very important that you are in class on all days, but it is especially important on the days that we are conducting experiments (days where the class topic/activity is Experiment 1, Experiment 2, or a Rat Day). It will be much easier for you to write a good lab report if you were there when the experiment was run. Your participation in experiments will count for 10% of your final grade. Please note: Attendance will not affect participation points on Rat Days that are marked with an (FP). Extra Credit: You will receive 1 extra credit point for attending an on campus research presentation (I will provide you with a list of all of the acceptable options) and writing a 2 full-page (minimum) summary and reaction paper (What was the presentation about and what did you think about it?). Extra credit will also be given for writing a summary and reaction paper of a journal article from the Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior or Behavioural Processes. Please get the journal article approved by me prior to writing the summary and reaction paper. Grading: The final grade is comprised of: 20% Midterm exam 20% Final exam 15% Laboratory Report 1 (Exp. 2) 15% Laboratory Report 2 (Exp. 3) 10% Blackboard Quizzes (1.2% each) 10% Summary & Reaction Papers (1.67% each) 10% Laboratory Participation (.5% each) 5% Extra Credit Grade Breakdown: A+ 97-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69 A 93-96 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 60-66 A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 F 0-59 Cheating: Cheating and aiding and abetting cheating is not allowed and will not be tolerated. Instances of cheating will be reported to the Psychology Department Chair. FOR INFORMATION ON THIS TOPIC, PLEASE REFER TO THE Queens College, CUNY, Undergraduate Standard Scholastic Committee (USSC) Handbook at www.qc.edu/USSC. *If you require scheduling accommodations due to a religious holiday, you must let me know by the second week of the semester so that appropriate accommodations can be made. **If you require accommodations due to a disability please contact the students with disabilities office so that arrangements can be made. ***If you require clarification on any of the above policies please ask in advance. 2
  3. 3. Class Schedule Date Reading Class Topic/Activities Assignment 8/28 Tues N/A Course Introduction 8/30 Thurs Ch 1: Introduction  Introduction to Learning Rat Day #1 Blackboard Quiz #1 9/4 Tues Blodgett (1929) Introduction to Learning Rat Day #2 Summary & Reaction Paper on Blodgett (1929) 9/6 Thurs Ch 2: Habituation Non-Associative Learning Rat Day #3 Blackboard Quiz #2 9/11 Tues Swithers-Mulvey et al. (1991) Non-Associative Learning Rat Day #4 Summary & Reaction Paper on Swither- Mulvey et al. (1991) 9/13 Thurs Epstein et al. (2003) Experiment 1 Summary & Reaction Paper on Epstein et al. (2003) 9/20 Thurs Ch 3: Classical Conditioning - Foundations Classical Conditioning Rat Day #5 Blackboard Quiz #3 9/27 Thurs Twitmyer (1974) Experiment 2 Rat Day #6 Summary & Reaction Paper on Twitmyer (1974) 10/2 Tues Razran (1939) Classical Conditioning Rat Day #7 (FP) Blackboard Quiz #4 10/4 Thurs N/A Classical Conditioning Rat Day #8 (FP) Draft of Introduction & Method for Experiment #2 due 10/9 Tues N/A Exam Review Rat Day #9 (FP) N/A 10/11 Thurs N/A Midterm Exam: Ch 1-3 Draft of Introduction & Method for Experiment #2 back to you 10/16 Tues N/A Individual Writing Feedback N/A 10/18 Thurs N/A Individual Writing Feedback N/A 10/23 Tues Ch 5: Instrumental Conditioning – Foundations Operant Reinforcement Rat Day #10 Blackboard Quiz #5 10/25 Thurs Carton (1996) Operant Reinforcement Rat Day #11 & #12 (FP) Blackboard Quiz #6 Draft of Results & Discussion for Experiment 3
  4. 4. #2 due 10/30 Tues No Class – Hurricane Sandy N/A N/A 11/1 Thurs No Class – Hurricane Sandy N/A Draft of Results & Discussion for Experiment #2 back to you 11/6 Tues Ch 6: Schedules of Reinforcement and Choice Behavior Operant Reinforcement Rat Day #13 Blackboard Quiz #7 11/8 Thurs Reynolds (1961) Operant Reinforcement Rat Day #14 Summary & Reaction Paper on Reynolds (1961) 11/13 Tues Ch 8: Stimulus Control of Behavior Stimulus Control Rat Day #15 (FP) Blackboard Quiz #8 11/15 Thurs N/A Stimulus Control Rat Day #16 (FP) Final Version of Experiment #2 Due (All Sections) 11/20 Tues Hanson (1959) Peak Shift Stimulus Control Rat Day #17 Summary & Reaction Paper on Hanson (1959) 11/27 Tues Ch 9: Extinction Extinction Rat Day #18 Blackboard Quiz #9 11/29 Thurs N/A Extinction Draft of Experiment #3 Due (All Sections) 12/4 Tues N/A Individual Writing Feedback on Experiment #3 N/A 12/6 Thurs N/A Individual Writing Feedback on Experiment #3 N/A 12/11 Tues N/A Individual Writing Feedback on Experiment #3 N/A 12/13 * Thurs N/A Exam Review N/A 12/18 Tues N/A Final Exam: Ch 5, 6, 8, & 9 Exam Time: 11AM-1PM N/A 12/21 Fri N/A N/A Final Version of Experiment #3 Due (All Sections) * 12/13 is the makeup day for 11/1 ** Sign up for a time slot to receive individual feedback on the Results and Discussion sections of your classical conditioning paper at: http://doodle.com/z6nuysacaqg4xscs. This is the makeup for 10/30. 4

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