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Summer 2012 Tuesday – Wednesday - Thursday 9:00 AM -11:30 PM
Instructor: Office Location: E-mail address: Office Hours: Phone Number:
Mr. Nolan Rampy, MA
Dewey Hall, 304 email@example.com By Appointment 802-922-2373
Required Textbooks: Griggs, R. A., (2012). Psychology: A concise introduction. (3rd Ed.). New York: Worth. Harvey, M., (2003). The nuts and bolts of college writing. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett. **Reading assignments should be completed BEFORE the lecture for which they are assigned, unless instructed otherwise. This really helps you get the most out of the course.** I went to some effort to find a textbook that meets my high ideals for an introductory psychology text. This book is: • Portable • Comprehensive • Inexpensive • Permanently useful Therefore, I expect you to bring it with you to each class, to read it between class sessions, and to keep it forever. Regardless of your chosen profession, a good introductory psychology textbook is a great reference to have on your bookshelf. Also, the little book on writing is similarly universally useful. Bring it, read it, keep it. Blackboard: Probably won’t use it. I will email you anything I think you need. You can email me for anything you think you need related to the course. Course Description & Objectives: Psychology is arguably the most important course you will take as an undergraduate college student. It is a practical science, one with the aim of increasing our understanding of ourselves and those around us. This course has been designed to provide you with a broad, general introduction to psychology. As with any science, psychology relies on a strong experimental and empirical foundation. Therefore, this course emphasizes experimental methods, and results, as applied to the study of behavior. This course will provide a strong foundation for those pursuing a psychology major and non-majors will find the information and insights of great value to the pursuit of their professional lives. Additionally, students
will have opportunities to improve their written communication, an important skill regardless of profession. At the end of this course, you should have: • • • • An idea of the history of the science of psychology An increased understanding of how psychologists gather and evaluate information about behavior and mental processes An acquaintance with a broad array of basic subject matter and an increased appreciation for the variety of factors that may influence an individual’s behavior Some ideas for how to practically apply psychological principles in your own life
Course Requirements & Grading: Your grade will be based on your performance on 4 forty-five minute quizzes (50 pts each), 4 forty-five minute In Class Writing assignments (50 pts each), in-class participation/attendance (50 pts), and a COMPREHENSIVE two-hour final exam (150 pts) for a total of 600 points. There may also be homework occasionally that will count as extra credit. Quizzes: Quizzes will be primarily multiple-choice, with other kinds of questions including fill in the blank, select from a list, etc. Quizzes will usually be administered at the beginning of class. On each quiz you can expect to find at least one question from previous units. Quizzes are, therefore, “cumulative.” There is abundant research that shows without a doubt that students learn by preparing for testing. I do not want you to “learn” this material only until the quiz and then flush it. Quizzes consist of 25 questions and may sometimes include a bonus section. Final Exam: The final exam will be cumulative. It will cover all the material presented in class and the assigned readings up to that point in the course. The testing format for the final exam will be 75 primarily multiple-choice items, with other kinds of questions including fill in the blank, select from a list, etc. The majority of questions will be based on what was covered both in class and in the readings. However, some questions will be solely from the readings and some will be solely from lectures. The final exam will be worth 150 points. Keep track of your grades with this chart: My Points Quiz 1 Quiz 2 Quiz 3 Quiz 4 ICW 1 ICW 2 ICW 3 ICW 4 FINAL Chapters 1, 2, 5 3, 4 6, 7 8, 9 1 – 3, 5 3, 4 4, 6 7 - 10 Comprehensive
Make-Up Tests: Make-up tests will ONLY be given in the case of a documented emergency. Make-up tests may be a different format than the exams given during class time (that is, you may get fill in the blank and/or short answer instead of multiple-choice). You should make every effort to attend the scheduled exams and contact me (that’s why I’m giving you my cell phone number) ahead of time if possible when an emergency arises. Make ups will be taken on my schedule (typically during office hours). Writing Assignments: There will be four in-class writing assignments (ICWs). Note that you must be present to get the assignment and to hand in your completed writing assignment. Assignments will be based on topics I give you in class and will be graded based on the style and effectiveness of your writing (as discussed in The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing) and not on the opinions you express. These exercises will take approximately 45 minutes and be worth 50 points each. You cannot make up a missed in-class writing assignment unless you have an extraordinary excuse for missing class. Assuming you have such an excuse, you will be required to write the assignment during my office hours (not as a homework assignment). Final Grade: To calculate your grade: Add the number of points (exams, writing assignment) you earned and divide by the total number of possible points (600); multiply that number by 100 to get the percentage. Use chart to find your letter grade by points. + 0 – 2% 540 – 557 = A480 – 497 = B420 – 437 = C360 – 377 = D+ 3% - 8.4% 558 – 590 = A 498 – 530 = B 438 – 470 = C 378 – 410 = D + 8.5% - 9% 591 – 600 = A+ 531 – 539 = B+ 471 – 479 = C+ 411 – 419 = D+
A = 90% (540) B = 80% (480) C = 70% (420) D = 60% (360) F = < 60% (359)
Attendance & Participation: Although attendance is theoretically voluntary, perfect attendance is strongly encouraged. Students who do well in this (and any) class attend regularly (that is, always), as some of the material presented in the lectures will not be found in your textbook. Obviously if you miss class, you are responsible for the information (including announcements) you missed. By “participation” I mean you will be engaged with the material, and that when I ask questions, you will respond. There will also be activities where I will expect you to play. Even though this is primarily a lecture-style class, it is not nap time. You can’t get the maximum number of participation points if you have less than perfect attendance. Summer classes are short, and you really can’t afford to miss one. Come to class, I promise it will be worth it! Academic Dishonesty: Accumulating academic credit dishonestly is cheating. In our society cheaters sometimes seem to do just fine. This is an illusion. In real life, cheaters get caught… either directly and obviously or subtly (like having your boss notice that you can’t make a sentence in spite of your bachelor’s degree). The general rule is that you should not do things that cause you to take credit for the work of others, nor should you do things that let others take credit for your work. Please take time and review the University’s policy on Academic Integrity (http://www.uvm.edu/policies/student/acadintegrity.pdf).
Special Needs: I would appreciate hearing from anyone in this class who has a special need that may be the result of a disability. I am reasonably sure we can work out whatever arrangement is necessary, be it special seating, testing or other accommodations. See me after class or during my office hours as soon as possible.
Extra Credit: Yes, I will give you extra credit opportunities. There will occasionally be short homework assignments which will count as extra points on your average. There are several research projects operating over the summer and I will reward participants with bonus points (to be determined based on length of time you spend as a participant. I will also suggest various optional projects in the course of lectures that you may undertake for bonus points (examples include reading and reviewing certain books, peer reviewed articles, watching and reviewing certain movies, etc.). If you have an idea for extra credit, let me know.
TOPICS & READINGS BY CLASS (Subject to Change) CLASS May 22 23 24 29 30 31 June 5 6 7 12 13 14 19 20 21 26 27 28 TOPIC Memory / Methods The Neuron / Nervous & Endocrine The Brain S&P: Physical and Psychological S&P: How We See/Making Sense of it Classical Conditioning Operant Conditioning Problem Solving Thinking & Intelligence Developmental Moral/Social Development Personality Personality Social Psychology Social Psychology Abnormal Psychology Abnormal Psychology FINAL EXAM READINGS / ASSIGNMENTS Syllabus / Chapter 5, 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 2 QUIZ 1 / Chapter 3 Chapter 3/ In Class Writing 1 Chapter 4 Chapter 4 / ICW 2 QUIZ 2 / Chapter 6 Chapter 6 Chapter 7/ ICW 3 Chapter 7 QUIZ 3 / Chapter 8 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 9 / QUIZ 4 Chapter 10 Chapter 10/ ICW 4 Comprehensive
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