Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: PSYC-2301 (Section: 02, CRN: 92662)
General Psychology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Carol Barbay
Email barbacm@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6311
Office Educational I - Room: 110
Office Hours MON-WED-FRI 9:00-9:50; 11:00-11:50 AM ; TUE-THU 11:00 AM  - 12:15 PM ; 12:30-1:45 PM 
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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.
Required 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.

The required textbook information  for this course is listed below.

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.

The required textbook for this course is Psychology 2E published by OpenStax.

The link to the textbook is as follows: 


Additional Materials/Resources None.
  • ENGL-0302 College Reading Skills
Learning Outcomes


1. Identify various research methods and their characteristics used in the scientific study of psychology. (Core Skills 1,2) Measured by course assignments and activities.

2. Describe the historical influences and early schools of thought that shaped the field of psychology.(Core Skills 1,2) Measured by course assignments and activities.
3. Describe some of the prominent perspectives and approaches used in the study of psychology.(Core Skills 1,2) Measured by course assignments and activities.
4. Use terminology unique to the study of psychology.(Core Skills  1,2) Measured by course assignments and activities.
5. Describe accepted approaches and standards in psychological assessment and evaluation.(Core Skills  1,2) Measured by course assignments and activities.
6. Identify factors in physiological and psychological processes involved in human behavior.(Core Skills 1,2) Measured by course assignments and activities.
7. Calculate current course grade accurately, using information provided by instructor relating to individual scores from projects, assignments, quizzes and exams.(Core Skill 3) Measured by course assignments and activities.

8. Explain how personal ethnic heritage is similar to and different from other cultural perspectives in effects on social cognition. (Core Skills 1, 2, 5 ) Measured by course assignments and activities.

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. Students will demonstrate ability to differentiate between facts and opinions. 

* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

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

Lecture Topics Outline


Syllabus review;
Chapter 1 introduction to psychology; 
Chapter 2 psychological research; ;
Chapter 15 psychological disorders; 
Chapter 16 therapy and treatment;


Chapter 3 biopsychology;
Chapter 6 learning
Chapter 7 thinking and intelligence
Chapter 8 memory ;


Chapter 9 lifespan psychology;
Chapter 10 emotion and motivation;
Chapter 11 personality 
Chapter 14 - stress, lifestyle and health


Chapter 4 states of consciousness;
Chapter 5 sensation and perception;
Chapter 12 social psychology; 
Chapter 13 industrial-organizational psychology;

Major Assignments Schedule



MODULE 1 PSYC 2301-01; PSYC 2301-02; PSYC 2301-73

WEEK 1-2 Course Pretest MON-FRI ONLINE ____MON-FRI AUG 28-SEP 8____0>>>>>>__0___

WEEK 3 Required Attendance Assignments  1 and 2; WED _____SEP 13__20>>>>>20

WEEK 3 Required Regular Assignment 1 WED _____SEP 13___25>>>>>_45_ 25 IDEAS

WEEK 3 Required Special RQA Assignment 1 WED ___SEP 13___10>>>>>_55__ 10 IDEAS

WEEK 3 Required Preview Version  Core Assignment 1; FRI ____SEP 15__10>>>>>_65___

WEEK 4 REQUIRED  TED Talk ASSIGNMENT 1; WED ___SEP 20___20>>>>>__85_20 IDEAS


WEEK 4 -5 Required Quiz 1 - CHAPTERS 1,2,15,16 - WED-SUN  ___SEP 20-24__25>>>>_110__

WEEK 4 - 5 Required Exam 1 CHAPTERS 1,2,15,16 - WED-SUN ___SEP 20-24_100>>>>__210___


WEEK 5 Required Regular Assignment 2; MON ___SEP 25_25>>>>>__235__ 25 RQAS

WEEK 5 Required Special Assignment 2; MON __SEP 25___10>>>>_245__ 10 RQAS

WEEK 6 Required TED Talk Assignment 2 ; WED __OCT 4_20>>>>>_265__  20 IDEAS

WEEK 6 BONUS SOAR Assignment 2; WED ____OCT 4_0>>>>>__265_ 10 IDEAS

WEEK 6 Required Preview Version 2 Core Assignment; FRI ____OCT 6_10>>>>>_275__

WEEK 7 Required Attendance Assignments 3 and 4; MON____OCT 9__20>>>>>_295_

WEEK 7 Optional BONUS Grade Calculation Assignment FRI _OCT 13_0>>>>>_295_

WEEK 8-9 Required Quiz 2 Chapters 3,6,7,8; Online WED-SUN ____OCT 18-22___25>>>>>320_

WEEK 8-9 Required Exam 2 - Chapters  3,6,7,8; Online WED-SUN ___OCT 18-22__100>>>>>_420__


WEEK 9 Bonus Syllabus Quiz Module 3 MON-FRI ___OCT 23-27_0>>>>_420___

WEEK 9 Required Preview Version 3  Core Assignment; FRI ____OCT 27_10>>>>>_430__

WEEK 10 Required Regular Assignment 3; WED ____NOV 1__25>>>>>_455 - 25 RQAS

WEEK 10 Required Special Assignment 3 WED; _____NOV 1__10>>>>>465 - 10 RQAS

WEEK 10 Required Attendance Assignments 5 and 6; FRI ____NOV 3__20>>>>>_485_

WEEK 11 REQUIRED TED Talk Assignment 3 ; WED ___NOV 8__20>>>>_505__20 IDEAS

WEEK 11 BONUS SOAR Assignment 3 WED ___NOV 8__0>>>>>_505__ 10 IDEAS

WEEK 12 Required Quiz 3 - Chapters 9,10,11,14; ONLINE WED-SUN ___NOV 15-19_25>>>>_530___

WEEK 12-13 Required Exam 3; Chapters 9,10,11,14; Online WED-SUN ___NOV 15-19___100>>>_630_


WEEK 13 Optional  Bonus AA 567 Assignment WED NOV 22 __0>>>>>___630___


WEEK 14 Required Attendance Assignment 7 MON ___NOV 27 __10>>>>>__640_

WEEK 14 Required Grade Calculation Assignment MON _NOV 27___20>>>>__660__

WEEK 14 Required Final Version Core Assignment TUE __NOV 28__130>>>>_790__

WEEK 14 Required Regular Assignment 4; WED __NOV 29___25>>>>>__815_ 25 RQAS

WEEK 14 Required Special Assignment 4 WED _NOV 29__20>>>>>__835___ 20 RQAS

WEEK 14 Bonus SOAR Assignment 4   WED__NOV 29___20>>>>>0__835   20 IDEAS

WEEK 14 Required  TED Talk Assignment 4; WED __NOV 29___40>>>>>_875__ 40 IDEAS

WEEK 14 Optional Bonus Orientation Assignment FRI _DEC 1___0>>>>>__875__

WEEK 14 Optional  PERMA Bonus Assignment FRI ___DEC 1 __0>>>>>_875__

WEEK 15 Required Final Quiz 4; Chapters 4,5,12,13; WED-SUN  DEC 6-10 ; __25>>>>__900____

WEEK 15 Required Final  Exam 4; Chapters 4,5,12,13; WED-SUN DEC 6-10;_100>>>__1000_____






Final Exam Date December 6, 2023 - 12:0 AM   Through  December 10, 2023 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade


*Four required quizzes and four required exams 50% 500 points

*Three Preview versions and One Final Version Required Psychology Core Assignment 16% 160 points

*Four Required Regular RQA Assignments 10% 100 points

*Four Required Special RQA Assignments 5% 50 points (3@10 points and 1 @ 20 points)

*One Required Combined Grade Calculation Assignment - 2% - 20 points

*Seven Required Attendance Assignments 7% 70 points

*Four Required TED Talk Assignments 10% 100 points (3@ 20 points and 1 @ 40 points)

TOTAL 100% 1000 POINTS There will also be opportunities for completing extra credit activities.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies


1.Students  will answer all exam and quiz questions ONLINE by marking responses on an online exam form in the Blackboard website for this course.

2. If instructor establishes that student has practiced plagiarism in any assignment, instructor has the right and responsibility to regrade any and all assignments previously submitted by student and graded by instructor. If the instructor suspects plagiarism or any academic dishonesty, the instructor requires additional course activity to verify the student is the actual author of the assignment or course activity. 

3. Instructor does not discuss grades over the phone. If students wish to request grades on specific assignment or to request a grade status during the semester, the student must request this information using their official LSCPA email account. 

3. There are many activities in this course which require using the Blackboard website for the course.

4.  Students will complete all exams, quizzes assignments and many course activities online and will record their responses on an online test form, which they will access using the Blackboard website for this course.

5. If students have a complaint about this course which they cannot resolve through discussion with the instructor, those students should get in touch with: * Dr. Steven Zani, Chair,  Department of General Education and Developmental Studies email: zanisj@lamarpa.edu or phone: 409-984-6431.

6. Instructor will use all exam, quiz, assignment and course activity scores to calculate students course grades . Instructor will drop no course activity scores or grades with the exception of practice activities which carry no course credit weight in calculating students final grades. 

7. Instructor does not accept late or corrected or replacement submissions this semester.

8. Students should type work turned in for credit using correct grammar and spelling, using complete sentences.

9. If students fail to follow all instructions provided for each assignment, the assignment may receive zero credit points.

10. This course will require turning in all work using the Blackboard course website

11. Plagiarism, written or oral, will result minimally in failure of the assignment (1st offense) and failure of the course (2nd offense). If the instructor suspects plagiarism or any academic dishonesty, students must provide additional verification that they are the actual author of the assignment or document.

12. All work turned in for credit must include a complete heading, including student's first and last names, course name (PSYC), course number, course section number and date the student completed the assignment or document. 

13. Instructor requires that students type all written assignments and save the document using the doc or docx file formats. Students must attach assignment documents to the correct submission page in Blackboard..

14. Instructor requires regular and punctual  attendance and participation in all class activities. 

15. The instructor requires that students will display mature behavior in online and in-person class activities. This behavior includes being responsible for  actions and treating classmates, instructor and themselves with respect at all times. Failure to do so may result in students' being removed from the classroom or the course.

16. Instructor requires that students type all written assignments. 

17. Students should spend a minimum of 3-6 hours per week on this course's assignments.

18. Instructor tolerates or accepts NO  plagiarism or any form of academic dishonesty in this class.  Any assignment submitted that contains plagiarism will receive an course-credit of zero points. Instructor will take further action, including requiring verification from a student that the student is the actual author of the assignment or document. 

19. Each assignment and project in this class has a due date and due time. Instructor will not be accepting late assignment submissions this semester.

20. Students should consult with instructor for Additional Course Policies.

21. Instructor discusses NO grades over the phone. If students wish to discuss their grades, they may request this information using their official LSCPA email account.

22. The instructor will resolve non-compliance with items 1-19 and other situations which may arise on a case by case basis.

23. Students may expect written assignments and other course activities to be graded within a two-week period AFTER THE DUE DATE for each assignment or course activity. 

24. Instructor officially PROHIBITS consuming food, drink,  alcohol, and tobacco products in the classroom meetings for this course. This policy agrees with official college policy.

25. Instructor accepts NO late assignments for full point credit this semester.

26. Instructor accepts NO corrected or replacement documents this semester.

27. The instructor created the psychology core assignment Preview Versions 1,2 and 3 as well as the Final Version core assignment for students to submit as a series of 3 Preview Versions and a Final Version so that students may correct section errors in the Preview Versions before submitting their Final Versions, based on feedback given on the earlier drafts. The instructor HIGHLY RECOMMENDS completing ALL VERSIONS of the core assignment. 

28. Students should use their LSCPA email account to send email messages and requests to the instructor.

29. Students should submit all written assignments using the following file formats: doc or docx. Instructor will accept no other file formats, including hand written documents or digital images of handwritten documents. 

30. Instructor will assign a 1-point deduction if students do not use the doc or docx file format when submitting assignments.

31. Students must attach all written assignment documents to the appropriate and  correct submission page. Instructor will assign a 1-point deduction when students do not attach an assignment document to the correct submission page. 

32. Instructor requires that students save all written assignment documents using the file format doc or docx.

33. Instructor accepts NO late assignments for full credit points this semester.

34. Instructor offers NO makeup opportunities for missed exams and quizzes this semester. 

34. Instructor accepts NO corrected or replacement assignments for credit points this semester.


Attendance Policy Research has shown a strong positive relationship between attendance, participation and college success. Instructor STRONGLY recommend regular participation in this course, both mental and physical.

Participation will help you succeed in this course. 

CAUTION: Instructor  will not automatically drop your name from the class roll because you do not participate in class activities.

MAKEUP WORK: Makeup work may be completed by students who miss class ONLY because of official college activities, including athletic or student government or student organization-related activities.

Verification by means of a written message by a college official or sponsor is required to allow makeup work to be completed.
Additional Information

September 4, 2023 (Monday)   Labor Day Holiday                                       
September 13 (Wednesday)      Census Date (12th class day)                  
October 4, 2023                         Last day to drop a course or withdraw without academic penalty       
November 1, 2023                    Last day to apply for Fall graduation and pay for diploma, cap and gown
November 23 and 24, 2023      Thanksgiving Holiday 
November 27 (Monday)           Last day to drop a course or withdraw with academic penalty
December 14 (Thursday)          Last class day
December 6-10, 2023                Final exam and quiz availability period for this course
December 14 (Thursday)          Final grades for graduates due by 4:00 pm
December 15 (Friday)                Final grades for all others due at noon

Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern 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.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431