Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: PSYC-2301 (Section: 71, CRN: 92851)
General Psychology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Eric Hernandez
Email hernandezea@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6317
Office Student Center - Room: 410
Office Hours See my Calendly calendar for virtual office hours. I do not have on-campus office hours. 
Additional Contact Information
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.

Good news: your textbook for this class is available for free online! If you prefer, you can also get a print version at a very low cost. Your book is available in web view and PDF for free. You can also choose to purchase on iBooks or get a print version via the campus bookstore or from OpenStax on Amazon.com.
You can use whichever formats you want. Web view is recommended --the responsive design works seamlessly on any device. If you buy on Amazon, make sure you use the link on your book page on openstax.org so you get the official OpenStax print version. (Simple printouts sold by third parties on Amazon are not verifiable and not as high-quality.)

Psychology from OpenStax, ISBN 1938168356, www.openstax.org/details/psychology
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. 
2. Describe the historical influences and early schools of thought that shaped the field of psychology.
3. Describe some of the prominent perspectives and approaches used in the study of psychology.
4. Use terminology unique to the study of psychology.
5. Describe accepted approaches and standards in psychological assessment and evaluation.
6. Identify factors in physiological and psychological processes involved in human behavior.
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.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Lecture Topics Outline 1. Introduction
2. Research Methods
3. Biopsychology
4. States of Consciousness
5. Learning
6. Memory
7. Lifespan Development
8. Social Psychology
10. Psychological Disorders
Major Assignments Schedule LSCPA Winter Mini Course Schedule
Module 1: 12/14 8AM – 12/15 11:59PM

  • Read Chapter 1: Introduction to Psychology
  • Student Agreement
  • Introduction Discussion
  • Plagiarism Certificate
  • Chapter 1 Quiz
Module 2: 12/16 8AM – 12/17 11:59PM

  • Read Chapter 2: Research Methods in Psychology
  • Watch Lecture
  • Aron & Dutton (1974) Discussion
  • Chapter 2 Quiz
Module 3: 12/18 – 12/19

  • Read Chapter 3: Biopsychology
  • Watch Lecture
  • Second Impact Syndrome and CTE Discussion
  • Chapter 3 Quiz
Module 4: 12/20 – 12/21

  • Read Chapter 4: States of Consciousness
  • Watch Lecture
  • Excel Assignment # 1 – Data Entry
  • Sleep Discussion
  • Chapter 4 Quiz
Module 5: 12/22 – 12/23

  • Read Chapter 6: Learning
  • Watch Lecture
  • Malmo Sweden Discussion
  • Chapter 6 Quiz
Module 6: 12/24 – 12/25

  • Holidays
  • Work ahead optional
Module 7: 12/26 – 12/27

  • Read Chapter 8: Memory
  • Watch Lecture
  • Loftus and Palmer (1974) Discussion
  • Chapter 8 Quiz
  • Excel Assignment #2 – Data Visualization
Module 8: 12/28 – 12/29

  • Read Chapter 9: Lifespan Development
  • Watch Lecture
  • Development of Morality Discussion
  • Chapter 9 Quiz
Module 9: 12/30 – 12/31

  • Holidays
  • Work ahead (optional)
Module 10: 01/01 – 01/02

  • Read Chapter 12: Social Psychology
  • Watch Lecture
  • Zimbardo Discussion
  • Chapter 12 Quiz
  • Excel Assignment #3 – Correlations and Scatterplots
Module 11: 01/03 – 01/04

  • Read Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders
  • Read Chapter 16: Therapy and Treatment
  • Chapter 15 Quiz
  • Chapter 16 Quiz
  • Ethics Discussion

Final Exam Date January 3, 2024 - 8:0 AM   Through  January 4, 2024 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale A = 179 – 200
B = 159 – 178
C = 139 – 158
D = 119 - 138
F = 118 and below

Determination of
Final Grade
Chapter Quizzes 50 Points 25%
Discussions 80 Points 40%
Excel Assignments 60 Points 35%
Chapter Assignments 10 Points 5%
Total 200 Points 100%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Preferred Method of Contact: The quickest way to reach me is at hernandezea@lamarpa.edu using your lscpa.edu email. I will respond within 24 hours between Monday-Friday. Do not use personal emails as those will be filtered as SPAM. I am not always available on the weekends, so I will make weekend assignments available early after module 1 in case you have questions ahead of time. 

Assignment Availability Policy: Assignments will be available from Day 1 at 8:00AM to Day 2 11:30PM. All assignments scheduled for that week will be due by end of day (EOD) with no exception (11:30PM). Assignments will be made available by module so that grades can be updated frequently, and students can review feedback. There is a small grace period from 11:31PM-11:59PM to turn in assignments, but I expect assignments turned in no later than 11:30PM. Assignments are available early with the intention that you are managing your time and working little by little. 

Make-up Policy: Late work will NOT be accepted with the only exception being documented emergencies. If such an emergency occurs, contact the instructor immediately and be prepared to provide proof of the emergency. Otherwise, complete all assignments within the module or on the required due date. Missed assignments are assigned a grade of 0.

Missed Assignment Extension Policy: Missed assignments are considered LATE. See the makeup work policy above. “Technical difficulties” or “Blackboard not working” are not acceptable excuses (unless there is a CAMPUS WIDE outage). If you request an extension due to technical difficulties, you need to send the following: 1) an email describing the problem a minimum of 24 hours before the assignment is due 2) A forwarded Help Desk ticket with a ticket #. If you are unable to email these requirements, consider the assignment LATE, and a 0. Note that the Help Desk is closed on Holidays which is why I do not have assignments due on Holidays. 

Acceptable File Formats for Assignments: I will NOT accept assignments via email. There is an increased risk of getting viruses by downloading attachments. All assignments MUST be submitted in BlackBoard. BlackBoard is compatible with doc, docx, rtf, and pdf file formats. Do NOT submit Google Docs or Pages formatted assignments. Assignments in those formats will receive a 0. I will assign a 0 and leave a comment to submit the correct file format. I will not chase you down for your assignments. 

Generative AI Warning: Students are expected to complete their assignments using their own knowledge and skills, without the assistance of AI generative tools. The use of such tools, including but not limited to language models and other automated writing software, is strictly prohibited. Any violation of this policy will result in a penalty, up to and including a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course. Be aware that have expertise in machine learning and data analytics and be aware I can program in languages such as Python (which is what many generative AI softwares use). I have experience in creating these models myself and have done my programming and coding to create AI models and can recognize text written by a computer. Please do not be that person that makes me commute to Port Arthur to arrange a meeting with the Dean for an academic integrity violation. 

Attendance Policy You should be logging into Blackboard at least 2x a day and participating. You should also download the Outlook app and check your LSCPA email frequently. 
Additional Information Communication for this class will occur through the Q&A discussion forum (using student accounts in BLACKBOARD) and postings to the Announcements page inside your BLACKBOARD course. It is a good idea to check the ANNOUNCEMENTS page for messages daily. It is OK to send emails to me at hernandezea@lamarpa.edu as a follow-up if you have not received a response in BLACKBOARD. I recommend downloading the NEW Blackboard
App (Blackboard Student) to your smartphone as it will send you notifications of ANNOUNCEMENTS and

I expect you to read the assigned readings and complete the assignments within the designated window and
deadlines. I expect that you will consult this syllabus, assignment guidelines, rubrics, as well as Blackboard
announcements, before emailing me or scheduling an appointment during office hours. I will do my best to
respond to emails within 48 hours between Monday and Friday during the hours of 9:00am-6:00pm (I do not
respond to emails during the weekend), but I typically only respond to emails once a day, so please do not expect an instantaneous response to your email. 
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