PSYC-2301-02 - General Psychology
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
PSYC-2301-02 - General Psychology
|Instructor||Carona, Ken M.|
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|Course Description||General Psychology is a survey of the major psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.|
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. I strongly recommend regular attendance. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get notes on what you missed in your absence from another student. Attendance will help you succeed in this course. I do not drop you from the class if you quit coming. It is your responsibility to drop if you think it is necessary.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Grade Point Totals Approx. Percentages
A 360 and above 90% and above
B 320-359 80%-89%
C 280-319 70%-79%
D 240-279 60%-69%
F 239 and below 59% and below
|Final Exam Date||May 5, 2016 - 8:00 AM Through May 5, 2016 - 10:30 AM|
Week 6: Exam 1 on history of psychology, research and statistical methods, and biological psychology
Week 11: Exam 2 on learning and behavior modification, memory, conscious and unconscious processes
Week 14: Exam 3 on relationships, sex, marriage, and divorce
Week 17: Final exam on personality traits, disorders, death, and dying
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
GRADING: There will be 4 exams, 100 points each, which includes a final exam. NO TEST SCORE WILL BE DROPPED. Course letter grade will be based on a percentage of 400 points.
Exams will be multiple-choice questions. Scantron 882-ES will be used. I do not give make-up exams. Be here on exam day. No shows will receive a zero for that exam including a no show for the final exam. If you can't make it to the exam you must find me no later than 24 hours after the exam. I will decide on an individual basis if you will be allowed to take the exam. You or someone must find me if you are going to miss an exam. Keep a record of your points from each exam. I occasionally use films for specific topics and will have questions on exams from the films. Regular attendance will help you do well when it comes to questions from the films.
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Week 1: Course Introduction, expectations, syllabus review, personal introductions
Week 2: History of Psychology
Week 3: Psychological research and statistical methods
Week 4: Biological Psychology
Week 5: Films of psychology and the brain
Week 6: Exam 1
Week 7: Learning and Behavior Modification
Week 8: Memory
Week 9: Conscious and Unconscious processes
Week 10: Films on behavior
Week 11: Exam 2
Week 12: Relationships and Sex
Week 13: Marriage and Divorce and films
Week 14: Exam 3
Week 15: Personality traits and disorders
week 16: Death & Dying
week 17: Final Exam
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO Alpha: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO #1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
PSLO #2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
PSLO #3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills – Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in 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.
|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.|
Absences, Tardiness & Makeups:
I strongly recommend regular, punctual attendance. If you miss class, it is your responsibility to find someone in your class to get the details of the class you missed. Be here on time for class. If you are late for class, you will need to find someone to get the details of what you missed. Try not to disturb the entire class if you come in late. Do not ask me for the notes you missed from being absent or being late to class.
If you miss 10 or more classes I will deduct 15 points from your final points. If you miss 3 or less classes I will add 10 points to your final points. If you don't miss any classes I will add 15 points to your final points. I will inform you when the counting starts as students add and drop at the first of the semester. The total amount of Extra Credit you are able to earn is limited to 25 points.
I do not appreciate students talking loudly with other students during class when I am talking or a fellow student is talking. Give your classmate and me your attention and courtesy. If I tell you to leave my class because of your behavior, you will have one more chance to remain in my class. If you are asked to leave a second time, I will drop you from the class.
CELL PHONE RULES: You will not be allowed to surf the internet, post on facebook or any other social media while in class on any laptop, cell phone, or other device. You will not text, send photos or any similar type action with your cell phone, laptop, etc. during class. Your cell phone will be in your purse, phone holder, or your pocket not in your lap, or on the floor where you can read it, or on your desk during class. I do not want to see your cell phone while we are having class. 1st Violation: You lose the opportunity to earn any extra credit and you have to leave the classroom for that period. 2nd Violation: I will deduct 20 points from your final points earned, and you will have to leave my classroom for that period. 3rd Violation: I will drop you from my class wherever we are in the semester. Cell phones shall be on vibrate during class. If you must take a phone call step outside. You will not be able to answer your cell phone during an exam.
|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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
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divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|