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Course Text:

Kenneth Guttman
Office Hours: M 8:30-9:30; TWTh 8:00-9:30
Grison, S., Heatherton, T.F., & Gazzaniga, M.S. (2015).
Psychology in Your Life. Second Edition. W.W. Norton Publishing,
New York, New York

SpecificCourse Description: This is an introductory psychology course, and its goal is to introduce the student to
basic psychology. Students will be presented material that will give them a comprehensive understanding of
psychology. Both classical research and contemporary issues will be presented.
Catalog Course Description: An introduction to the field of psychology through a study of facts and principles
involved in learning, motivation, intelligence, personality, and adjustment. 3 units, CSU; UC
Students will also be asked to critique secondary materials such as essays and videos.

A better understanding of human behavior.

A higher knowledge of psychological issues, theories and interpretation.

The ability to comprehend and evaluate primary document, essay and video content.
The ability to comprehend and discuss assigned readings.
The ability to evaluate controversial interpretations in Psychology and challenge or
defend their validity through debate.
Research skills that include assessing proper sources, interpreting and organizing
information and relating individual research projects to course content and themes.
Demonstrate knowledge of reading assignments through participation in seminar-style
discussions and exercises.
Reviews of primary document assignments, essay readings or video screenings
Literature review paper that uses a minimum of ten sources.
Drop Date Responsibility: Should a student decide not to complete the class or
participate in the class (for any reason), he/she must take responsibility for processing drop
documents (available in Admissions and Records office) prior to the drop date. Failure to
drop the class formally will result in a grade of F for the class.
Plagiarism: Coping from articles or other students papers or exams will be considered
plagiarism. Students who are caught will be dismissed from the class with an F grade, and
will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Late: DONT BE!!! The instructor reserves the right to remove you from the class for being
Deadlines: You must take your examination and submit your papers at the time they are
due. If the examination is not taken or the paper is received late, you will receive no grade
for the missing or late assignment. All students must take the last examination (Final). If the
final is not taken, that student will receive an F in the class.
No cellular phone noise including texting will be tolerated.
Disabled Students: Special arrangements will be made for disabled student please
contact me immediately.
Note: The instructor reserves the right to make changes necessary during the semester to
respond to the special needs of the class.
Course Requirements
Examinations: There will be three examinations and one final given through the semester
worth 200 points each. These examinations will contain between 50-60 questions. Any
number over 200 will be extra points. The extra questions are added for the benefit of the
student and to assure validity of the exam. You need to provide your own answer sheet
(Scantron) and a number 2 pencil. Arrive on time because it is my own discretion whether or
not to allow you to take the exam if you are late. 80-90 percent of the examination questions
come from the book. NO MAKEUP EXAM will be given. A Final will be on the last day of class,
designed in the above method worth 200 points.
Activities and Papers: Four activities and or papers are required. A handout will give a
complete explanation of the assignment. Each activity or paper will be worth 100 points. All
papers must be typed, double-spaced, and single-sided, submitted by its due date. If late or
not typed, the paper will receive a zero. Also the phantom paper will be explained in the
middle of the semester.
Quizzes: There will be 10 assignments on various psychological topics in class during the
semester. No Makeups will be granted.
Disabled Students: please inform this instructor so appropriate accommodations will be
Exam Rules: It is your responsibility to have 100 question scantrons and #2 pencils. If you
do not use a scantron or a #2 pencil you will receive a zero. Anyone coming late to an exam
after one person completes the exam will not be allowed to take the test.
Three Examinations:
200 points each =
4 Activities
100 points each =
400 points
Ten Quizzes
10 points each =
100 points
quizzes (50 extra credit points)
200 points each =
200 points

* 5 extra

** Approximately 15 quizzes will be given, the extra points can be used for a paper or an
90%-100% =
1300-1171 points = A
70%-79% =
1040-911 points = C
80%-89% =
1170-1041 points = B
60%-69% =
910-781 points = D
59% & lower = 780 & lower =