Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: PSYC-2301- Section: 5C
General Psychology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Sonya Briscoe
E-mailbriscoesy@lamarpa.edu
Phone(409) 984-6330
Office
Location:Educational I - Room: 133
Hours:Adjunct - Student conferecnces by appointment.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description General Psychology is a survey of the major psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.
Prerequisites Competency in reading.
Learning Outcomes 1. Compare and contrast the basic theoretical perspectives of sociology. (PSLO 1,2,& 5) Measured by embedded test questions, video assignment, group discussion, and/or research project rubric

2. Identify the various methodological approaches to the collection and analysis of data in sociology.(PSLO 1, 2, 5, Alpha) Measured by test, video assignment, group discussion, and/or research/proposal project rubric; pre-test/post-test

3. Describe key concepts in sociology.(PSLO 1,2,3,5,alpha) Measured by Measured by test, video assignment, group discussion, and/or research/proposal project rubric; pre-test/post-test

4. Describe the empirical findings of various subfields of sociology.(PSLO 1, 2,3,5, alpha) Measured by Measured by embedded test questions, video assignment, group discussion, and/or research project rubric; pre-test/post-test

5. Explain the complex links between individual experiences and broader institutional forces.(PSLO 1,2,5, Alpha) Measured by Measured by test , video assignment, group discussion, and/or research/proposal project rubric; pre-test/post-test
Core Objectives Communication skills:    Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:    Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry,
analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and
constructing solutions.
Empirical and
Quantitative Skills:     Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical
concepts.

Teamwork:     Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a
shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by
engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:    Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and
consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information. Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication. Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.

PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one's own culture in relation to others.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Psychology (9th ed.), Bernstein, D. A., Penner, L. A., Clarke-Stewart, A., Roy, E. J. Cengage Learning.
ISBN-13: 978-1-111-30155-2 / ISBN-10: 1-111-30155-7

Lecture Topics
Outline
You are responsible for all materials (including textbooks, computer, and the technology) required for coursework.
Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.
No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.
Silence your cell phones for the duration of class.

Electronic devices - (cell phones, laptops, the internet) may be used only as part of classroom activities.
Unrelated use of electronic devices (talking/texting/scrolling/social media) during class is prohibited by LSCPA and it is also a distraction for you, your classmates and your instructor. Having to address such wastes valuable time. Problematic behavior may result in you being asked to exit the classroom.

Respectful behavior: Be respectful of instructors, fellow students and the academic environment. Instructors have NO obligation to tolerate disruptive behaviors of any kind. This includes excessive/disruptive talking. Problematic behavior may result in you being asked to exit the classroom and/or dismissal from the course.

Sleeping in class: Please be aware that attendance requires not just your presence but your attention. If you sleep in class you will be asked to leave and counted absent for the day. NOTE: In accordance with the attendance policy, five (5) absences can result in administrative removal from the course.

Please be mindful of students with disabilities: Some may be visible and others may not. Most of us are extremely considerate of disabilities we recognize, but less aware and thus less sensitive to those we cannot see. Invisible disabilities may include such conditions as (ADHD, asthmas, allergies, chronic pain, hearing impairments, migraines, seizures, vision impairments, and many more). Something as simple as body sprays and fragrances may affect/trigger asthma or migraines. Lighting or excessive noise can become problems for those with hearing disorders or epilepsy. Let us all keep these things in mind, and BE CONSIDERATE OF THE NEEDS OF THOSE AROUND US.
Major Assignments
Schedule
Week 1 (Aug 24-30)
Reading: Course Introduction and Syllabus Review
Ch 1-Introduction and Research Methods
Ch 2-Research in Psychology

Week 2 (Sept 1-6)
Reading: Ch 3-Biological Aspect of Psychology
Ch 4-Sensation

Week 3 (Sept 7 -13)
EXAM 1 & 1b (Ch 1-4)
Discussion Essay 1 - Begin work (Reading/Research)

Week 4 (Sept 14-20)
Reading: Ch 5-Perception
Ch 6-Learning

Week 5 (Sept 21-27)
Reading: Ch 7-Memory
Ch8-Cognition and Language

Week 6 (Sept 28-Oct 4)
EXAM 2 & 2b (Ch 4-8)
Reading: Ch9-Conciousness

Week 7 (Oct 5-11)
Reading: Ch10-Cognitive Abilities
Discussion Essay 1 Due

MAKE SURE ALL PACKET #1 ITEMS ARE READY FOR PICK UP

Week 8 (Oct 12-18)
Reading: Ch11-Motivation and Emotion
Ch12-Human Development

Week 9 (Oct 19-25)
EXAM 3 (Ch 9-12)
Reading: Ch13-Health, Stress, and Coping
Discussion Essay 2 - Begin work (Reading/Research)

Week 10 (Oct 26-Nov1)
Reading: Ch14-Personality
Ch15-Psychological Disorders

Week 11 (Nov2-8)
Reading: Ch16-Treatment of Psychological Disorders
Ch17-Social Cognition

Week 12 (Nov 9-15)
Reading: Ch18- Social Influence
Ch19- Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Ch20- Neuropsychology

Week 13 (Nov 16-20)
EXAM 4 (Ch 13-20)
Discussion Essay 2 Due

Final Exam Date November 20, 2020 - 2:0 PM   Through  December 7, 2020 - 2:0 PM
Grading Scale 900 - 1000 = A 800 - 890 = B 700 - 790 = C 600 - 690 = D 590 below = F
Determination of
Final Grade
The final course grade will be based on total points accumulated (not percentage) from
exams (50%), psychology & discussion (50%),

Exams 4: 2 @ 150pts & 2 @ 100pts = 500
Discussions/Essay: 2 @ 250 = 500

Total Possible Points - 1000

An objective multiple-choice and true/false format will be used on all exams. There will be essay questions on all exams.

Extra Credit: There are extra credit opportunities on each exam take advantage of them.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies You are responsible for all materials (including textbooks, computer, and the technology) required for coursework.
Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.
No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.
Silence your cell phones for the duration of class.

Electronic devices - (cell phones, laptops, the internet) may be used only as part of classroom activities.
Unrelated use of electronic devices (talking/texting/scrolling/social media) during class is prohibited by LSCPA and it is also a distraction for you, your classmates and your instructor. Having to address such wastes valuable time. Problematic behavior may result in you being asked to exit the classroom.

Respectful behavior: Be respectful of instructors, fellow students and the academic environment. Instructors have NO obligation to tolerate disruptive behaviors of any kind. This includes excessive/disruptive talking. Problematic behavior may result in you being asked to exit the classroom and/or dismissal from the course.

Sleeping in class: Please be aware that attendance requires not just your presence but your attention. If you sleep in class you will be asked to leave and counted absent for the day. NOTE: In accordance with the attendance policy, five (5) absences can result in administrative removal from the course.

Please be mindful of students with disabilities: Some may be visible and others may not. Most of us are extremely considerate of disabilities we recognize, but less aware and thus less sensitive to those we cannot see. Invisible disabilities may include such conditions as (ADHD, asthmas, allergies, chronic pain, hearing impairments, migraines, seizures, vision impairments, and many more). Something as simple as body sprays and fragrances may affect/trigger asthma or migraines. Lighting or excessive noise can become problems for those with hearing disorders or epilepsy. Let us all keep these things in mind, and BE CONSIDERATE OF THE NEEDS OF THOSE AROUND US.
Attendance Policy Attendance and punctuality are expected. Your preparation, and participation are expected.

The privilege of making up an assignment (including exams) should not be assumed. If possible, make arrangements in advance, for known scheduling problems/conflict. If you miss an exam or assignment because of an excused absence that was not prearranged, speak to the instructor as soon as possible regarding the missed work.

NOTE: Students missing more than 5 classes without acceptable excuse/circumstances are subject to being administratively dropped.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Department
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
E-mail:davisml1@lamarpa.edu
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.