An introduction to the fields and research methods of contemporary psychology, including such topics as biological and social bases of behavior, human development, perception, memory, learning theory, intelligence, and abnormal behavior. Lecture and discussion format.
Lahey, Benjamin B., (1995) Psychology: An Introduction, 6th Edition. Brown amp; Benchmark publishers (includes study guide)
Course Requirements and Grades Examination #1 20% Examination #2 20% Examination #3 20% Final examination 40% Total= 100%
* Material discussed in class, and not in any of the readings, may form the basis for questions on the examinations. One grade reduction for over three absences. Sign in at each class. Students are responsible for anything covered in class during their absence, including material presented in films. Readings must be completed by the session to which they are assigned. All examinations must be taken on the dates scheduled. Note: Failure to show up for the final examination will result in a grade of "F" for the course. All examinations are multiple-choice format.
If Dr. Schaler is absent, please complete the pre-identified assignment, or start the film/video which is available in your classroom. Expect that material on films will be on the examinations.
CLASS SCHEDULE January 27 Chapter 1 What is Psychology? Appendix (pp. 593-605) Measurement, Research Design and Statistics February 3 Chapter 2 Biological Foundations of Behavior February 10 Chapter 3 Sensation and Perception (Skip the section on sensation. Read the prologue and pp. 118-132 on perception.) Chapter 4 States of Consciousness February 17 Chapter 5 Basic Principles of Learning February 24 First examination Chapters 1 to 5 Note: Examination runs from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Lecture begins at 7:45pm Chapter 6 Memory March 3 Chapter 6 Memory Chapter 7 Cognition, Language and Intelligence (Note: Don't need to read pp. 297-303 on language) March 10 Chapter 8 Developmental Psychology March 17 Chapter 9 Motivation and Emotion March 24 Second examination Chapters 6 - 9 Note: Examination runs from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Lecture begins at 7:45pm Chapter 10 Gender and Sexuality March 31 Chapter 10 Gender and Sexuality Chapter 11 Personality Theories and Assessment April 7 Chapter 11 Personality Theories and Assessment Chapter 12 Stress and Health April 14 Third examination Chapters 10-12 Note: Examination runs from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Lecture begins at 7:45pm Chapter 13 Abnormal Behavior April 21 Chapter 13 Abnormal Behavior April 28 Chapter 14 Therapies May 5 Chapter 15 Social Psychology (Note: Skip Chapter 16) May 12 Final examination Cumulative -- All readings
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