107 11b syllabusSYLLABUS PSYC 107 : INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY Dr.Rachel Hull SUMMER 2011 Section 200: M-F 10:00am 11:35am PSYC 338
Course website: >: firstname.lastname@example.org
(always put your name in the subject line) : Tues - Thurs from 2:00pm 3:00pm in Psychology Bldg RM 260
Steven Jarrett TA Assistant:
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Sara Salazar SI email: TEXT:
PSYC 107 TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Select Material from PSYCHOLOGY: Making Connections (Custom edition for Texas A&M University), by Feist & Rosenberg ISBN: 0077460359.
Go to this web address to purchase the textbook: TEXT COMPANION WEBSITE: contains online flashcards, practice tests, etc.You are expected to read the assigned chapter BEFORE the lecture to provide a foundation for your learning.
See the course calendar link on my website for reading assignments.
This is not an easy course.COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Introductory course stressing the importance of the psychological mechanisms underlying human thinking and behavior and the ability to critically assess related research and events reported in the media.This course is taught from a scientific perspective.
You will learn to use critical thinking to evaluate the world around you, to consider social challenges from a scientific perspective, and to investigate the neural and behavioral processes that enable normal perception, thinking, learning, and remembering, as well as the disrupted processes that underlie psychological disorders.
This is not an easy course.
The overarching goal of this class is to teach you to think critically.You are expected to master a considerable body of information about the principles of psychology, its methodologies, theories, and terminology.
Successful completion of this course will allow you to identify the purposes and methods of psychological research and how they apply to your life and the social issues of our world, to think critically about the numerous factors that interact to predict human behavior and social issues, to recognize the influence of biology, environment, and culture on the diversity of human behavior, and to grasp the biological bases of behavior, including the nervous and endocrine systems.
This course will also familiarize you with the historical, philosophical, scientific, and ethical bases of the science of psychology.
The course website is very useful, but it is NOT a substitute for class attendance.
Bookmark it at http://people.tamu.edu/~rhull/ .The website includes this syllabus, our course schedule, and links to note outlines, grades, experiment requirements, and study aids, among other things.
I will also use the website to post announcements, so visit often
I have spent a lot of time creating this site for your benefit, so do yourself a favor and use it regularly.Do not email me with routine questions I have already answered on the website check the website first.
EXAMS: There are four multiple-choice exams during the semester, each of which covers approximately
of the course material.
All exams are closed book and closed notes, and all exams cover both textbook and lecture material.You must attend class and complete all reading assignments to obtain all the information you will need for exams.
Each exam will be given in the regular lecture room.
You are expected to bring sharpened pencils and a gray 8.5 x 11 inch scantron to each exam I cannot provide these for you.The Aggie Honor Code will be in effect - students found cheating will fail the course.
Academic Integrity Statement AGGIE HONOR CODE Upon accepting admission to Texas A&M University, a student immediately assumes a commitment to uphold the Honor Code, to accept responsibility for learning, and to follow the philosophy and rules of the Honor System.Students will be required to state their commitment on examinations, research papers, and other academic work.
Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the TAMU community from the requirements or the processes of the Honor System.For additional information please visit: http://www.tamu.edu/aggiehonor/ CONNECT study aid : You will use the Connect program (bookmark this website) to access a variety of online supplements and practice quizzes to prepare for exams and earn EXTRA CREDIT!
Completion of ALL assigned Connect pre-tests and post-tests with a 70% or better for each chapter by the posted deadline will earn you 2 extra points on the exam associated with those chapters.
Therefore, you can earn up to 8 extra points over the semester.
Please take this extra credit opportunity seriously from day one, as it is entirely for your benefit.
I will not provide any additional extra credit opportunities to individuals at the end of the semester, even if you have a 59 YOU are responsible for your grade in this class, so ourself be the person with the 59 (or 69 or 79 or 89!).
GRADING: Exam performance is critical.
Grades will not be curved.No exams will be dropped.We will use elearning for all grade reporting to ensure confidentiality of your grades: bookmark it at have provided instructions on HELP DESK CENTRAL (845-8300) for any and all problems you may experience with elearning or with my website, or virtually any other computer-related problem you may encounter the technicians are great, and they are there for you 24/7 for free!
25 % Exam 2
25 % Exam 3
25 % Exam 4
25 % Research credits
5 hrs (10 credits)
----------------------------------------------------------- All exams are weighted equally, so your grade is always the simple average of all your exam scores.
Exam dates: Each exam date is already scheduled on the course calendar link on my website.