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1 Psychology 100 Introduction to Psychology Summer 2013

Lecturer: Traci L Weinstein Email: Mailbox: Psychology Office (1009 BSB) Office: 1080 BSB Office hours: Tues. & Thurs. 10:30 – 11:30 Lecture Days, Time, & Location: Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00 – 10:30 am, LC C001

Teaching Assistants: Dorothy Addae Michelle Champagne Shannon Knoblauch
OH: W 12-1:00 pm Mondays: 10:00 – 11:40 (LH 115) OH: F 3-4:00 pm Mondays: 12:00 – 1:40 (LH 115) Wednesdays: 10:00 – 11:40 (LH 115) OH: M 2-4:00 pm

Required Text: Myers, D.G. (2010). Exploring psychology (8th edition). New York: Worth Publishers.

Suggested Text: American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: APA. ISBN: 1433805618. Course Description: This course is a general introduction to psychology, designed to expose students to the basic concepts and topics of psychology. Topics covered will include: the organization of the brain, biological and environmental bases of behavior, sensory and perception, learning and memory, and developmental psychology, social psychology and clinical psychology (psychopathology; psychological disorders). Course Goals:  To gain knowledge about what psychology is, including the diversity of areas of specialization within the field;  To develop a deeper understanding of what working with people entails and what kinds of issues psychologists must be aware of when working with diverse populations;  To think critically about the various issues raised in psychology and to understand major theories, terminology and methods in psychology. Expectations and Evaluation: Letter Grades: A = 90% - 100%; B = 80% - 89%; C = 70% - 79%; D = 60% - 69%; F = < 60%

Exams: Two exams will be given. The requirements for these assignments will be covered in separate handouts. Grade Breakdown:  Lecture Attendance: Attendance will be taken randomly throughout the semester. Each PEC you earn. The total possible points for PECs are 40. The total possible exam points will be 200. You can earn all 8 PECs by any one of these methods. Each of these will be cumulative and will count as 100 points. you will receive 32 points (4 points/lecture). comprise your semester project. if you miss a lecture. guide activities. Lectures will contain a good deal of information that will appear on exams. Discussion sections are a forum for you to voice questions about lectures or reading materials and to learn new material not covered in lecture in an atmosphere of small group discussion. the total number of possible points is summarized here: 16 + 32 + 200 + 40 + 100 = 388     . up to the maximum of 8. The schedule of topics is described in the semester calendar below and is open to change at the instructor’s discretion. cumulatively. There will be a teaching assistant (TA) assigned to each section to lead the discussion. The total possible points for the semester project will be 100. will count as 5 points toward your final grade. Discussion Attendance: Discussion attendance is mandatory. 2) Discussion Sections: All students are required to enroll in and attend a weekly discussion section in addition to the regular lectures. Thus. one midterm and one final exam. Your attendance will be collected through short assignments completed in lecture. 3) PECs: As part of this course. You will receive up to 16 possible points toward your grade for attendance in lecture (2 points/lecture). Thus. or you may earn some PECs by each method. be sure to get the notes from a classmate.2 1) Lecture: On Tuesdays and Thursdays. You must attend discussion for at least 60 minutes to earn any points. Semester Project: The University requires that all students in Psych 100 write a 5-7 page paper. Please note that you must have active participation to earn all 4 points in a given week. PEC’s: PEC credits will make up part of your final grade. you are required to earn EIGHT (8) Psychology Experience Credits (PECs) by one of two methods: (a) participating as a subject in IRB-approved research studies conducted under the supervision of Psychology Department faculty and/or (b) writing summaries of published empirical research using the resources of UIC's Daley Library. A separate document that explains each of these methods in great detail will be distributed and explained during an early-semester class meeting. along with a clear rubric that outlines how the assignments will be scored. If you attend the total possible 8 discussions. There will be ongoing assignments that. the course instructor will cover key topics across the curriculum. and answer questions.

beliefs. Please take care to behave in a respectful and courteous manner towards all classmates. as there is a lot of information covered in this course. Office hours are listed on the syllabus—I encourage you to use them as soon as you are having trouble. or via Safe Assignment will be penalized 3 points for each day they are late. Disruptive students may be asked to leave class. it is important that you arrive to lecture on time and remain until the end. Please also note that your final grade will be computed using the information available on Blackboard. I am also readily available via email. Late Assignments: There will be no chances to make up exams. June 21.3 Attendance: Attendance is extremely important. Safe Assignment: you will be required to submit writing assignments electronically through Safe Assignment. Therefore. Important Dates: All students must be officially enrolled in this course in order to attend lecture and to turn in assignments. you still are responsible for the content of that e-mail. It is your responsibility to check your assignment grades on Blackboard throughout the course. please allow 24-48 hours for either myself or TA’s to respond to emails. These assignments may be assigned individually or in groups. please have it date stamped and signed by Rita Gray-Marsh. I am here to assist you. Please turn off all cell phones before class begins. Help: If you have any problems or concerns throughout the course. Furthermore. respect for each other’s values. Academic Dishonesty: No form of cheating will be tolerated. For this reason. If you do turn in a hard copy of an assignment late. and will take place at any point during the assigned lecture time. you may miss one of these assignments. which refers to intentionally or unintentionally taking credit for others’ writing. If you must eat in class. please do this without disruption. Leave your assignment in your TA’s mailbox. 2013 is the last day to complete late registration. Assignments handed in late either via hard copy. Due to the tight semester calendar. in addition to submitting a hard copy. If an e-mail sent to you via Blackboard is returned as undeliverable. however. Students who are . Respect: The majority of students take their academic careers very seriously. the Psychology department secretary. If you don’t. late assignments will not be accepted past the last day of class (8/7/2013). As a matter of courtesy. Cheating includes plagiarism. disruptions of lecture will not be tolerated. and notify me immediately of any missing or inconsistent grades. NO MAKE-UPS of attendance assignments will be allowed under any circumstances. There are NO exceptions allowed for missed exams. Further attendance in lecture will be documented randomly throughout the semester with some form of short assignment to be completed in class. 2013 is the last day for undergraduate students to use the optional late drop to receive a grade of W on their academic record. June 19. before it’s too late. It is also the last day to add a course(s) or to drop individual courses without receiving a W (Withdrawn) grade on your academic record. As a courtesy. both in class and via all out-of-class communications (including electronic communications). also in room 1009. you also should e-mail your TA to check their mailbox for your late assignment. Attendance in discussion section is mandatory. electronic copy. and opinions is mandatory. Blackboard Policies: It is your responsibility to update your Blackboard e-mail address to one that you check on a regular basis. in room 1009 BSB.

You may need to adjust your level of effort. take responsibility and develop an action plan. Those who require accommodations for access and participation in this course must be registered with the Disability Resource disability_notification. and Mike Rosanova. You may need to do all of these things.html Note: Special thanks to Gary Noll. Furthermore. Generally speaking. and/or your attendance record.uic. Please note that the writing center operates by individual appointments only. Do not request an incomplete unless you are making satisfactory progress in the course but are unable to complete its requirements for reasons that I agree are beyond your control. keep up the good Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities must inform the instructor of the need for accommodations. whose staff are skilled in handling these problems. If not. http://www. you will be reported immediately to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. from whom parts of this syllabus has been adapted. or http://www. or tutoring. .edu/depts/dos/studentconduct. Midterm Grades: For introductory courses.” More resources available at: http://tigger. if you cheat on any assignment in this class. academic support services. your reading comprehension. You may need to seek outside help in the way of a study group. The Writing Center: The Writing Center is located in 105 Grant Hall. Susan Morriss. You can view these grades on Blackboard. not just those who struggle with grammar. Please contact ODS at 312/413-2183 (voice) or 312/413-0123 (TTY). Midterm Grades should be available by the beginning of the 5th week for the current Summer Session II.4 caught cheating in any way will immediately fail this course. University policy on incomplete grades is very strict. I will not grant an incomplete grade except under the most extreme circumstances.uic.uic. More information about the this process can be found at the Student Judicial Affairs page of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs website: http://www. so please plan accordingly. your study skills. more of the same will not improve your performance in a course.html. A message from the Advising Office: “Are you satisfied with your performance in all of your courses? If so.uic. The Writing Center staff are happy to assist all students who are interested in improving their writing student_midterm. Their phone number is 312-413-2206.html Incomplete Grades: A grade of “incomplete” will not be given unless you meet all requirements as stated in the UIC Undergraduate Catalog. which tend to become scarce toward busy times of the semester.

July 23 Thursday. August 6 8/9 or 8/10 Discussion Sections Chapter 15 ------------------------- Final Paper (8/5 @ noon) *All Assignments Due* Final Exam **note that Chapter 10 will not be covered** . July 25 Discussion Sections Tuesday. July 18 Discussion Sections Tuesday. June 27 Discussion Sections Tuesday. August 1 Discussion Sections Plan of Lectures Chapters 1 & 2 Chapter 3 Exams/Major Assignments Syllabus Review PEC Presentation 2 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 PEC 1 PEC 2 3 Chapter 6 NO LECTURE: HOLIDAY PEC 3 Draft 1 4 Chapter 7 ------------------------- PEC 4 Midterm Exam 5 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 PEC 5 Draft 2 6 **Chapter 11 Chapter 12 PEC 6 PEC 7 Draft 3 PEC 8 7 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 8 Tuesday. June 20 Discussion Sections Tuesday. June 25 Thursday.5 SEMESTER CALENDAR ****Please note that this may be subject to change at any time**** Week in Semester 1 Date Tuesday. July 9 Thursday. July 16 Thursday. July 11 Discussion Sections Tuesday. July 4 Discussion Sections Tuesday. July 30 Thursday. June18 Thursday. July 2 Thursday.