Summer Sessions 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: PSYC-1300 (Section: 71, CRN: 60970)
Learning Framework
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Instructor Information
Instructor Eric Hernandez
Phone (409) 984-6317
Office Student Center - Room: 410
Office Hours See Calendly 
Additional Contact Information
Course Information
Description Study of the 1) research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition and motivation; 2) factors that impact learning; and 3) application of learning strategies. Students use assessment instruments (learning inventories) to identify their strengths and weaknesses as learners. Develops skills and techniques necessary for success in college including memory development, note-taking, test preparation, study skills and time management. Assists the student in making adequate social and persona
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.

Textbook Title : On Course: Strategies for Success in College, Career, and Life.
Ninth Edition, Cengage Publishing.
Authors: Skip Downing and Jonathan Brennan
For students taking PSYC 1300-the book is available through e-book format on Blackboard. If you prefer not to have an electronic version, you must opt-out of the first day book materials program.
Additional Materials/Resources None.
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes PSLO 1: Reading Skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

PSLO 2: Critical Thinking Skills - Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

PSLO 3: Communication Skills - Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.

PSLO 4: 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
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Lecture Topics Outline

•    Chapter 1: Getting On Course
•    Chapter 2: Accepting Personal Responsibility
•    Chapter 3: Discovering Self-Motivation
•    Chapter 4: Mastering Self-Management
•    Chapter 5: Employing Interdependence
•    Chapter 6: Gaining Self-Awareness
•    Chapter 7: Adopting Lifelong Learning
•    Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence
•    Chapter 9: Staying on Course
Major Assignments Schedule Week 1: June 5th 8AM – June 9th 5PM

  • Course Introductions
  • Read Chapter 1: Getting On Course
  • Introduction to Photovoice
  • Chapter 1 Quiz
  • Plagiarism Certification
Week 2: June 12th 8AM – June 16th 5PM

  • Chapter 2: Accepting Personal Responsibility
  • Chapter 3: Discovering Self-Motivation
  • Photovoice: Motivation
  • Chapter 2 Quiz
  • Chapter 3 Quiz
  • Life Plan Assignment  
Week 3: June 19th 8AM – June 23rd 5PM 

  • Chapter 4: Mastering Self-Management
  • Chapter 5: Employing Interdependence
  • Photovoice: Grit
  • Time Management Assignment
  • Chapter 4 Quiz
  • Chapter 5 Quiz
Week 4: June 26th – June 30th

  • Chapter 6: Gaining Self-Awareness
  • Chapter 7: Adopting Lifelong Learning
  • Photovoice: Fixed and Growth Mindset
  • Information Literacy Assignment
  • Chapter 6 Quiz
  • Chapter 7 Quiz
Week 5: July 3rd 8AM – July 7th

  • Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence
  • Chapter 9: Staying on Course
  • Photovoice: Happiness
  • Sleep Research Questions
  • Chapter 8 Quiz
  • Chapter 9 Quiz
Final Project Due: July 10th

  • Submit in Blackboard

Final Exam Date June 10, 2023 - 8:0 AM   Through  June 10, 2023 - 5:0 PM
Grading Scale A = 224 - 250
B = 199 - 223
C = 174 - 198
D = 149 - 173
F = below 148

Determination of
Final Grade
Chapter Quizzes 90 Points 36%
Photovoice Submissions 50 Points 20%
Weekly Assignments 50 Points 20%
Core Assignment 60 Points 24%
Total 250 Points 100%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies

Instructor Policies:

  • Assignment Availability Policy: Assignment Availability Policy: Assignments will be available from Day 1 at 8:00AM to Day 5 (Friday 5:00PM.) All assignments scheduled for that week will be due by end of day (EOD) with no exception (5:00PM). Assignments will be made available by week so that grades can be updated frequently, and students can review feedback. 
  • Preferred Method of Contact: Please email me at from your LSCPA email address. During working hours, it is the quickest way to reach me, and I will respond within 24 hours between Monday-Friday. Emails sent over the weekend will be addressed the following Monday. Do NOT use your personal email address as those will be filtered as SPAM. You will also include a subject line.
  • Make-up Work 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 relevant documentation. Otherwise, complete all assignments the week they are assigned by 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
Make-up 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 me 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. Late assignments are assigned a grade of 0.
  • 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 beyond that.
  • BLACKBOARD Calendar – follow the calendar provided by the instructor, not the one in in Blackboard. If there is any discrepancy with due dates in Blackboard and the Course Schedule, adhere to the instructor provided schedule.
  • I am NOT Technical Support - "Do not send technical support questions to the instructor. Contact the Blackboard 24/7 helpdesk at: 936-496-5378.” Please understand that my capabilities are opening and closing assignments. If you do not see assignments and it is past the due date, it is because the due date has passed. 
  • 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. See above that have expertise in machine learning and 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. Please do not be that person that makes me commute to Orange to arrange a meeting with the Dean for an academic integrity violation. 
Attendance Policy 'None'
Additional Information
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:Christina Wilbur
Phone:(409) 984-6394