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Psych Syllabus

  1. 1. 1 Seminole State College 1Course Syllabus General Psychology 2012 Spring 2013 Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, L310 Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.John Antony Philcox, M.A., CCJAPe-mail: PHILCOXJ@seminolestate.eduOffice Hours: By AppointmentDepartment: Social ScienceCourse Name: General Psychology Course Number: PSY 2012Class Number: 2587 Credit Hours: 3 Contact Hours: 3Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENC 1011Required Texts and Materials: The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative View with Connect, 2nd Edition – Laura A. King, McGraw Hill Publishers ISBN 978-0-07-353206-6Catalog Description: This is an introductory course which surveys the field of psychology and basicprinciples and concepts utilized to understand human behavior. The major areas of study includedevelopment, learning, perception, motivation, emotions, personality, abnormal behavior,psychotherapy and testing measurements. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement ofS.B.E. 6A-10.030.Sakai EnhancedGRADING:Grades will be determined by performance in the following areas: • Three Exams plus the Final Exam • Quizzes • Homework Assignments • Connect Learnsmart Modules • Class Participation and Attendance • Bonus Papers
  2. 2. 2 GRADING SCALE CALCULATING YOUR SEMESTER AVERAGE 90% and above A Exams (includes final) 1 – 4 45% 80 – 89% B Homework Assignments 15% 70 – 79% C Attendance, Class Participation 15% 60 – 69% D Connect Learnsmart Modules 25% 59% and below FMcGraw-Hill’s CONNECT will be utilized as part of this course.Connect is a diagnostic adaptive software tool. There will be weekly“Connect” assignments that correspond with the chapters we arecovering. Please note this is 25% of your grade.Measurable Course Objectives: 1. Demonstrate comprehension of the quantitative and qualitative research techniques by which knowledge is discovered and organized in the discipline and by which research is conducted. 2. Recognize and identify definitions and examples of the major concepts and theories of the discipline. 3. Apply those concepts and theories in the analysis of real life situations. 4. Demonstrate knowledge of the topics listed in the course outline. 5. Demonstrate proficiency in Library research skills appropriate of psychology.Course Outline:1. History2. Methods and Statistics3. Biological Foundations4. Human Development5. Sensation and Perception5. Learning and Memory6. States of Consciousness, Intelligence and Cognition7. Motivation and Emotion8. Personality9. Tests and Measurements10. Abnormal Behavior and TreatmentsCourse PoliciesClass Participation - A lot of what you will learn in this course will be from what you experience inclass and your interaction with others. Coming and going out of the classroom is disruptive anddisrespectful to your fellow students as well as the professor. Your participation in this class willenhance your learning and greatly contribute to the learning of others.Attendance – Seminole State College recognizes the correlation between attendance and both studentretention and achievement. Students must be enrolled before they can attend class. Students areexpected to attend all class sessions and activities for which they are registered. Any class session or
  3. 3. 3activity missed, regardless of cause, reduces the opportunity of learning and may adversely affect astudents achievement in the course. A student who is absent from class 10 percent of the scheduledclass time is subject to be withdrawn without warning by the instructor. A student may not be re-admitted to the class once withdrawn.A student who has to be absent because of jury duty or court-mandated appearance needs to contact theinstructor in advance of the absence in order that a plan for making up work missed can be made.When observance of religious holidays of students own faith interferes with admission andregistration; with attendance in class, class activities, examinations and official ceremonies; and withclass work assignments, students are required to notify instructors, counselors or other appropriatepersonnel in advance of such absences.I will keep track of your attendance through two means: calling roll at the beginning of class and a signin sheet. Please remember to sign in. Your signature is dual verification that you were present in class.It is your responsibility to get class notes and other class information from another student if you missa class. The better attendance a student has, the higher their grade is. Points will be deducted forcoming late and leaving early. If you are tardy, that is you arrive over the 6:30 p.m. hour, and youwere not present for roll-call, you will be marked absent. If you leave early you will be marked absentfor the class. Come to class!!!!!!!View complete policy from the college catalog at: Conditions – In case of emergency conditions (such as tropical storms, hurricanes, poweroutages, etc), verify the college is open and classes are being held by calling 407.708.2290 or407.708.4722. The Seminole State homepage will also feature updated announcements( Availability - If at anytime you wish to discuss any issue related to the class with me,please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail. I am very willing to set up an appointment with you.Please come to me as soon as you have a necessary and pertinent need, do not wait until the last minuteand it is too late for you to make this class a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Your suggestionsand ideas are encouraged and welcomed, both in class and outside of class.College Withdrawal Procedure – Timelines and details are cited in the current catalog. The deadlinefor withdrawal is March 19, 2013. For further information visit the following link: Phones/Pagers/Blackberries/Computers – Students may use their laptop or “mini-computer’(smart phone) during class to take notes or to access the Internet for research. A student who uses thisfreedom to “surf the web” may be asked to leave the class for that day or to turn off their laptop orphone. No texting during class sessions. During a testing situation, if a cell phone or pager vibratesor is audible, the student’s quiz, test, or examination will be collected and the student will be asked toleave without an option for completion.Student Code of Conduct It is the responsibility of a student to observe campus rules and regulationsand to help maintain appropriate conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.The Student Code of Conduct is a statement of Seminole State’s expectations regarding studentstandards of conduct, both academic and non-academic. It is the student’s responsibility to read theCode of Conduct and follow its expectations. The Student Code of Conduct can be found at
  4. 4. 4Academic Integrity – As a member of the Seminole State College community, a student is expectedto be honest in all of his or her academic coursework and activities. Academic dishonesty such ascheating of any kind of examinations, course assignments, projects, plagiarism, misrepresentation, andthe unauthorized possession of examinations or other course related materials, is prohibited.Plagiarism is the deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without identifying the source andtrying to pass off such work as the student’s own. Anyone who shares his or her work for the purposeof cheating is subject to the same penalties as the student who commits the act. The college has aprogram that identifies and compares papers with familiar sources and material. Plagiarism is agrowing problem and students may receive an “F” for the course if plagiarism is discovered.Accommodation for Special Needs – Seminole State College abides by Section 504 of theRehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which stipulates that nostudent shall be denied the benefits of an education solely by reason of a handicap. Disabilitiescovered by law include, but are not limited to psychiatric impairments, learning disabilities andhearing, sight or mobility impairments. If you have a disability that may have some impact on yourwork in this class and for which you may require accommodations, contact the Disability SupportServices Office (DSS) to facilitate the accommodation process.Contacts for the DSS Office are:Dr. Geraldine Perez , Director, S/LM Campus, Room S-002, 407.708.2109Elyse Jacobs, Altamonte Campus, Room ALT 107, 407.404.6005Tiffany Myrick, Heathrow Campus, Room HEA 214, 407.708.4440Louise Friderici, Oviedo Campus, Room OVF 102-D, 407.971.5114Grading and Evaluation CriteriaThere will be quizzes, three exams, a final, weekly homework assignments, connect learnsmartmodules, and bonus papers. The lowest exam grade will be dropped. This does not include the final.If you miss a quiz and or exam you will receive a zero. There will be no make up exams or quizzes.The final examination in this course is MANDATORY. Any student not completing the final examwill receive a zero which will be added into the overall grade.Final Grades will be based on a point accumulation basis. Students will earn points by way ofhomework assignments, exams, quizzes, bonus papers, class participation, connect learnsmartmodules, and other various assignments. Points will be converted into a percentage score, which willresult in your final grade. All assignments and exams will be discussed ahead of time so there will beample time for preparation. There will be a penalty for late work. For each day that the assignment islate a 10% reduction in points will be assessed.
  5. 5. 5INTERNET RESEARCH STATEMENT: Because of the variety of sources, ease of publication,lack of central control and proliferation of commercial information on the free Internet, it is often hardto tell if the information is reliable. Many sites contain research and information of high quality.However, unlike traditional print publications or library-based electronic resources, there is usually noprocess of peer review, nor is there an editor verifying the accuracy of information presented on theInternet. There are an increasing number of sites containing information that may be incomplete,anonymously written, out-of-date, biased, fraudulent, or whose content may not be factual. Studentsshould, therefore, use caution in use of the free Internet for their research needs. For academic topicsthat are addressed in scholarly literature, use of electronic databases or visiting the library may bettermeet your needs.NOTE: This syllabus and outline may be altered, at the instructor’s discretion, during thecourse of the semester. Students are responsible for informing themselves of changesannounced. The information contained herein is your responsibility.
  6. 6. 6Scheduled Readings and Important Dates (Subject to Change) DATE TOPIC CHAPTER January 8 Syllabus Review; Introductions; 1 Expectations; Discussion of Assignments What is Psychology January 15 What is Psychology 1 January 22 Psychology’s Scientific Method 2 January 29 Biological Foundations of Behavior 3 February 5 Sensation and Perception 4 Exam #1 (Chpts. 1 thru 3) February 12 States of Consciousness 5 February 19 Learning 6 February 26 Memory 7 March 5 No Class – Spring Break March 12 Thinking, Intelligence and Language 8 Exam #2 (Chpts. 4 thru 7) March 19 Human Development 9 March 26 Motivation and Emotion 10 April 2 Personality 12 Exam #3 (Chpts. 8 thru 10) April 9 Psychological Disorders 15 April 16 Psychological Disorders 15 April 23 Psychological Therapies 16 April 30 Final Exam
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