Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: PSYC-2301- Section: 4B
General Psychology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Eric Hernandez
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Education Annex - Room: 133
Hours:T & R 8:00am-9:15am
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
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 None
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.
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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes 1. Students will demonstrate comprehension of content-area reading material. (PSLO alpha) Measured by pre-test/post-test scores.
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify research findings through the application of the scientific method. ALTERNATIVELY, Exhibit an understanding and ability to apply basic research methods in psychology including research design, data analysis, and interpretation through the successful completion of embedded exam questions, class discussions, and assignments. (PSLO 1 and 3)
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify factors in the historical development of the study of human behavior including current theoretical perspectives prominent in the field of psychology through the successful completion of embedded exam questions, class discussions, and assignments. (PSLO 1 and 2)
4. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify terminology unique to the study of psychology through the successful completion of embedded exam questions, class discussions, and assignments. (PSLO 1 and 2)
5. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify accepted approaches and standards in psychological assessment and evaluation through the successful completion of embedded exam questions, class discussions, and assignments. (PSLO 1 and 2)
6. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify factors in physiological and psychological processes involved in human behavior through the successful completion of embedded exam questions, class discussions, and assignments. (PSLO 1 and 2)
7. Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions
and consequences to ethical decision-making through the successful completion of embedded exam questions, class discussions, and assignments.(PSLO 1, 2, and 5)
Textbooks The RECOMMENDED textbook is Psychology by Hockenbury, 7th Edition.
ISBN # 9781464108808
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2 : Research Methods
Week 3: Neuroscience & Behavior
Week 4: Sensation & Perception, Exam 1
Week 5: Consciousness, Learning
Week 6: Learning cont., Memory
Week 7: Intelligence, Exam II
Week 8: Spring Break
Week 9: Motivation, Development
Week 10: Development cont., Personality
Week 11: Personality cont., Social Psychology
Week 12: Social Psychology cont., Exam III
Week 13: I-O Psychology & Stress, health, and coping
Week 14: Psychological Disorders
Week 15: Psychological Disorders, Therapy
Week 16: Final Exam
Major Assignments

Week 2: Psychological variables assignment
Week 3: Neuroscience & Behavior Quiz
Week 4: Exam 1 (Chapters 1, 2, & 3)
Week 5: Learning Quiz
Week 7: Exam 2 (Chapters 4, 5, 6, & 7)
Week 9: Motivation Assignment
Week 12: Exam 3 (Chapters 8, 9, 11, & 12)
Week 13: Common Assignment Due
Week 15: Stress & I-O Assignment Due
Week 16: Psychological Disorders Quiz
Exam 4 ( Chapters 13, 14, 15, & Appendix B).
Final Exam Date May 9, 2019 - 11:00 AM   Through  May 9, 2019 - 1:30 PM
Grading Scale Based on Total Points

895 - 1000 = A
795 - 894 = B
695 - 794 = C
595 - 694 = D
< 595 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exams = 480 points
Common Assignment = 160 points
Assignments = 120 points
Quizzes = 120 points
Attendance/Participation = 120 points
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late Work Policy: Late work will NOT be accepted with the only exception being documented emergencies. If such emergency occurs, contact the instructor immediately and be prepared to provide proof of the emergency. Otherwise, complete all assignments within the unit time frame or on the required due date.

Plagiarism is not tolerated. Minimum failure of the assignment for a first offense. Future offenses result in a grade of F for the course.

Extra Credit
I will NOT offer individual extra credit. However, throughout the semester I may offer various opportunities to the entire class that are optional but highly recommended.

The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. The more classes you attend, the more likely it will be for you to experience success in learning. I strongly recommend regular attendance. If you miss a class, get the notes on what you missed in your absence from another student. Some material covered in class may not be in the textbook and may be covered by the exams. 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 the class if feel it is necessary.
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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Note to students
I would really like to speak with you if you have any questions or concerns! It's better to meet early in the course, than to wait until you have a major challenge. No question or concern is too small to discuss together. Most importantly, be assured that I want students to learn and receive the grade they deserve.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.