STUDENT SYLLABUS GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 2301 VICTORIA COLLEGE GONZALES CENTER Spring 2016 Course: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 2301 Time: Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-7:15 PM GCVC Room 119 Course Name Section Number: PSYCH 2301-G1 CRN: 20254 Instructor Name: Jennifer Jennings, MA. Division/Dept.: Humanities and Fine Arts, Behavioral Sciences Department Instructor’s email: [email protected] Please use Blackboard for course mail. If you send the instructor an email you should receive a reply within 48hrs unless it is over the weekend. Keep a copy of the sent email in your outbox or sent box in case you need proof that you sent it. If you do not receive a reply within 48hrs it means that your email wasn’t received by Ms. Jennings. In that case, be sure to re-send the email. Ms. Jennings typically checks Blackboard (if applicable) and VC email several times each weekday during office hours. OFFICE HRS: .... TR: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:00 at noon or by appointment. Gonzales Center, phone 830.672.6251. For night students, I will be here at 5 pm and sometimes earlier. As you go through the kitchen, you will see the office with the sign, Faculty Adjunct Office. I share this office with other Adjunct Instructors. So, I may be there or in the main office or the classroom. Don’t give up looking. Prerequisite(s) (AMS): Texas Success Initiative complete in Reading and Writing Required Textbook(s), Supplies, and Materials: TEXT: Introduction to Psychology, Gateways to Mind and Behavior Authors: Dennis Coon and John O. Mitterer Other: Scantron #882 (long green and white) with pencil for exams. Instructions on Mindtap. https://login.cengagebrain.com/course/MTPNW6CPG630 COURSE DESCRIPTION (AMS) A survey of the theories, concepts and principles related to human behavior and mental processes. The course introduces the various areas of study and research included in the field of psychology. Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus as deemed necessary and appropriate. Page |2 COURSE OBJECTIVES/LEARNING OUTCOMES This course is designed to introduce the student to the science of psychology. It identifies and defines the theories, terms, methods, and various fields of psychology. This course can be used as a foundation towards continued education in more specific areas of psychology. Because many topics are covered in this course, the student should be prepared to devote ample time to each assignment. Upon completion of this course students are expected to know the major personalities important to the field of general psychology and the ideas, theories, and schools with which they are associated, the major terms and major concepts associated with the area of general psychology. Course Area Exemplary Educational Objectives/Learning Outcomes: 1. To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition. 2. To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories. 3. To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view. Teaching Strategies: This course will be taught using lectures, slideshow presentations and other interactive learning aids. ATTENDANCE POLICY: In general attendance is defined as being physically present in a face-to-face class and/or a hybrid class at the time attendance is taken. Attendance will be taken at each class meeting.. Regular and prompt class attendance is expected of every student. A student’s absence means that the student is not able to participate in the class. Also, if an absence occurs, I will deal with questions concerning the absence through email only. Please do not take up class time dealing with your absence. Instructor-Initiated Withdrawals (Drops) While it is the final responsibility of the student to drop a class that she/he is no longer attending, instructors 1. must drop a student who has not logged into an online class or physically attended a face-to-face or hybrid class prior to the ORD. Instructors must initiate ORD drops by the published deadlines. 2. cannot drop a student with an average of D/UD or better. Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus as deemed necessary and appropriate. Page |3 3. after following established division retention practices, may at their discretion drop students without consultation with the student when absences exceed 20% of the scheduled class meetings. For classes that include a separate laboratory, a student may be dropped when absences exceed 20% of the laboratory meetings or 20% of the lecture meetings. 4. must drop a student when absences exceed 40% of the scheduled class meetings unless said excessive absences accrue after the 65% drop date. 5. cannot drop a student after 65% of class instruction has been completed. This practice applies to all modes of instruction. Under special circumstances, an instructor may drop a student sooner than outlined above if the special circumstances are clearly noted in the syllabus or program handbook and have been approved in advance by the appropriate division dean. Selective admission programs define their attendance and instructor-initiated withdrawal procedures in their syllabi and program handbooks. Instructors will initiate withdrawals by completing the electronic drop form and forwarding it to the Advising and Counseling Office. The electronic drop form can be found on the faculty tab of the VC portal. The grade at the time of the drop as well as the last day of attendance must be included on the electronic drop form. Instructors will set their own make-up policy as outlined in the course syllabus for work missed due to absence(s). The Vice President of Instruction can make exceptions to the above rules. 16 Week Classes # of class meetings per week 4 3 2 1 Number of Number of class meetings class to exceed 20% meetings to exceed 40% 13 26 10 20 7 13 4 7 Official Reporting Date (ORD) February 3, 2016 Last day to DROP: April 6, 2016 Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus as deemed necessary and appropriate. Page |4 Attendance will be taken into consideration when a student's score is on the borderline of the next letter grade after all work has been completed. Important Note: Never just stop work on any course. Always go through the standard drop process. Failing to do so may lead to a grade of "F" rather than a "W". The student must protect his or her own academic record by completing the drop procedure in order to avoid a possible failing grade at the semester's end. Students with disabilities: The College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. These students must notify Counseling Services, Administration Building, before accommodations can be provided. Please remember these items… 1. When you are absent or before (better), write an email (BB) to me to explain why. I will tell you what you missed and if there is anything to make up. If you missed a major exam, you will have to make an appointment with the Testing Center on Gonzales V. C. campus. You will have one week to make it up. 2. If you need to go to the RR, please go. 3. Food is fine because our class is during the dinner hour!! Please clean up after yourself. 4. Cell phones are a problem sometime. I consider it rude and not studious on your part to text during class. We want to make as many neuron connections as possible in this class. (enrichment increases the length of the dendrites and makes more glial cells in your neurons) We need to build neurons in your college classes! I know some of you are waiting for a call from the babysitter and that can be urgent. Have it on “Buzz” and leave it where it cannot disturb your fellow classmates. Then, dismiss yourself from class to take the call. They paid to be here too. Laptops are fine as long as they pertain to this class and not Facebook. 5. I consider myself to be a very fair instructor. You have to work with me and not against me. If you are having a problem with any part of this course, please come to me and we will talk about it. Both of us can solve many problems. 6. Please check announcements and calendar on Blackboard. 7. Academic honesty: Plagiarism and Cheating (See pg. 31 Sections 7.1 and 7.2 of the Student Handbook). “We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.” Cadet Honor Code USAFA (United States Air Force Academy) Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus as deemed necessary and appropriate. Page |5 Course Requirements: Exams and Assignments listed below. GRADING Criteria GRADING Final Grade Scale: 4 unit exams ……………..... 40% 1 Final.....................................20% Activities (quizzes, HW, reports, essays, and activities during class.............................20% Movie Project in place of an Exam Grade. Final Presentation……………20% A=90-100% B= 80-89% C= 70-79% D= 60-69% F= 00-59% Assessments (AMS): ALL EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN IN CLASS Exams will be multiple choice and 50 questions each. You will need a Scantron and and a pencil. The Final Exam has 100 questions. It will be multiple choice and over selective chapters covered this semester. You will need a Scantron. In order to pass this course, you must READ!! There is a lot of information to learn. This Syllabus can be changed during the course. Please keep up online and in class. Check our class calendar on Blackboard. I provide an agenda every class period. Please keep up with the latest in class on the agenda. No Extra Credit. Please be on time and turn any work in on time. Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus as deemed necessary and appropriate. Page |6 Psychology 2301 Class Schedule 1/19/16 Introduction to Tuesday Syllabus, Course Description MindTap/Connect Yard Books . 1/21/16 Cont’d Unit 1 Thursday Chapter 1 Sign Up for your psychologist for a report. 1/26/16 Psychologists Tuesday Reports Due Read Unit 1 Chapter 1 Power Points for chapters are on Blackboard Assignment: Please type an essay of 250 words on a psychologist Include your references Oral Reports when called on. You will choose from a list of psychologists. Research his/her life. Explain his/her specialty field and contribution to psychology. Be prepared Lesson over Chapter 1. Read Chapt.2 to tell the class Due: 1/26/16 five minutes of interesting facts about your psychologist. 1/28/16 Lesson Chapter 2 Movie Project Due: 4/21/16 Thursday Finish Psychologist No Late Papers Reports 2/2/16 Finish Chapter 2 Read Chapter 3 Tuesday 2/4/16 Chapter 3 Lesson Read Chapter 4 Thursday 2/9/16 Chapter 4 Lesson Tues. 2/11/16 Finish Chapter 4 Thursday Review for Exam 1 Chapters 1-4 2/16/16 Exam 1 Chapters 1,2,3,& 4 HW: Unit 2, Read Chapter 5 Tuesday Multiple Choices with 50 statements. Bring Scantron and pencil 2/18/16 Lesson Chapter 5 Read Chapter 6 Thursday Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus as deemed necessary and appropriate. Page |7 2/23/16 Chapter 6 Lesson Essay on Learning Essay due: 3/1/16 Tuesday Styles-250 words Include Read Chapter 7 References and Typewritten 2/25/16 Chapter 7 Thursday 3/1/16 Finish Lesson Essay on Tuesday Chapter 7/Review Learning Style Due For Exam 2 today!! (Chapters 5,6,&7) 3/3/16 Exam 2 over Read Chapter 9 Thursday Chapters 5,6,& 7) Scantron and pencil 3/8/16 Chapter 9 Professor Roger’s Trial Read Chapter 10 Tuesday Form groups for presentations at the end of the semester. 3/10/16 Work on Group Thursday Presentations! 3/13/163/19/16 Spring Break 3/22/16 Chapter 10 Tuesday Read Chapter 11 3/24/16 Chapter 11 Thursday Read Chapter 12 3/29/16 Chapter 12 Tuesday 3/31/16 Finish Chapter 12 Study for Exam. Thursday Review for Exam 3 over Chapters 9, 10, 11, & 12 4/5/16 EXAM 3 Read Chapter 14 Tuesday Over Chapters 9, 10, 11, & 12 4/7/16 Chapter 14 Thursday Read Chapter 16 4/12/16 Chapter 16 Tuesday 4/14/16 Review for EXAM 4 over Chapters 14 & Thursday 16 Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus as deemed necessary and appropriate. Page |8 4/19/16 Tuesday EXAM 4 over Chapters 14 & 16 4/21/16 Movie Projects DUE Thursday Work on group presentations 4/26/16 Group Presentations Tuesday. 4/28/16 Group Presentations Thursday 5/3/16 Group Presentations Tuesday 5/5/16 Group Presentations Thursday FINALS WEEK 5/9/165/12/16 Week of Victoria College Finals This is a two Check the Also, Ms. Bring This will be an and a half hour Final Schedule Jennings will Scantron open-book final. For date and let you know book, pencil final. You will Come time of your date and time There are work very prepared. final of your final. 100 hard. questions on the exam.MC. 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Page |9 The KEY Center is a federally funded program providing support services for eligible students. ** Student Services Building, Pre-College Programs/Dual Credit and Recruitment Recruitment and TexPREP (summer program) www.VictoriaCollege.edu/DualCredit Suite 105 361.485.6823 www.VictoriaCollege.edu/PreCollegePrograms Student Activities Office Student Government Association, Student Clubs, Activities, Halloween Carnival, Welcome Information Booths Student Center 361.485.6838 www.victoriacollege.edu/studentactivities 361.582.2589 www.VictoriaCollege.edu/TestingCenter Continuing Education Center, Student Testing Services TSI, GED, ACT, Online Testing Room 202/Testing Room 201 Tutoring Services Individual and Group Tutoring Main Tutor & Study Center Johnson Hall 106 & 108 361.572.6473 Science Tutoring Center Health Science Center 121C Gonzales Center Tutoring Room 361.573.3291 ext. 3282 830.672.6251 Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus as deemed necessary and appropriate.