Summer Sessions 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: PSYC-2301 (Section: 71, CRN: 61029)
General Psychology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Eric Hernandez
Phone (409) 984-6317
Office Student Center - Room: 410
Office Hours See Calendly
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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.

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
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 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,

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. Learning
5. Memory
6. Lifespan Development
7. Personality
8. Social Psychology
10. Psychological Disorders
11. Stress, Lifestyle, and Health 
Major Assignments Schedule
  1. Module 1: June 5th – June 7th 11:30PM
  2. Introduction Discussion
  3. Orientation Agreement
  4. Plagiarism Certification  
  5. Read Chapter 1
  6. Chapter 1 Quiz

  1. Module 2: June 8th 8AM – June 10th 11:30PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 2
  3. Research Methods Discussion
  4. Chapter 2 Quiz

  1. Module 3: June 11th 8AM – June 13th 11:30PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 3
  3. Read Chapter 5
  4. Prosopagnosia Discussion
  5. Chapter 3 Quiz
  6. Chapter 5 Quiz

  1. Module 4. June 14th 8AM – June 16th 11:30 PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 4
  3. Chapter 4 Quiz
  4. Excel Assignment #1

  1. Module 5: June 17th 8AM – June 19th 11:30PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 6
  3. Malmo Sweden Discussion
  4. Chapter 6 Quiz
  5. Operant Conditioning Assignment

  1. Module 6: June 20th 8AM – June 22nd 11:30PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 8
  3. Chapter 8 Quiz
  4. Loftus & Palmer Discussion
  5. Excel Assignment #2

  1. Module 7: June 23rd 8AM – June 25th 11:30PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 9
  3. Development of Morality Discussion
  4. Chapter 9 Quiz

  1. Module 8: June 26th 8AM – June 28th 11:30PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 11
  3. Defense Mechanism Assignment
  4. Chapter 11 Quiz

  1. Module 9: June 29th 8AM – July 1st 11:30PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 12
  3. Zimbardo Discussion
  4. Chapter 12 Quiz

  1. Module 10: July 2nd 8AM – July 4th 11:30 PM
  2. Read Chapter 13
  3. Chapter 13 Quiz
  4. EEOC Assignment
  5. Neurodiversity Discussion

  1. Module 11: July 5th 8AM – July 7th 11:30PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 15 & 16
  3. Ethics in Psychology Discussion
  4. Chapter 15 Quiz
  5. Chapter 16 Quiz

  1. Module 12: July 8th 8AM – July 10th  11:30PM
  2. Read/Watch Chapter 14
  3. Chapter 14 Quiz
  4. Excel Assignment #3 Due

Final Exam Date July 10, 2023 - 8:0 AM   Through  July 10, 2023 - 11:0 PM
Grading Scale
Chapter Quizzes 70 Points 28%
Discussions 70 Points 28%
Excel Assignments 60 Points 24%
Chapter Assignments 50 Points 20%
Total 250 Points 100%

Determination of
Final Grade
Chapter Quizzes 70 Points 28%
Discussions 70 Points 28%
Excel Assignments 60 Points 24%
Chapter Assignments 50 Points 20%
Total 250 Points 100%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies

Instructor Policies:

  • Assignment Availability Policy: Assignment Availability Policy: Assignments will be available from Module 1 at 8:00AM to Day 3 ( 11:30 PM.) All assignments scheduled for that module 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. 
  • 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 'Nonw'
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
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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