Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology
Fall 2010
Tuesday/Thursday: 9-10:15 AM
JC 118

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Instructor: C.J. Eubanks Fleming
Email: cjfleming@clarku.edu
Phone: 252-725-5146
Office: JC 345
Office Hrs: Monday 11a-12p and Thursday 9-10a. If you are unable to meet during these times, or need assistance for any reason at another time, please feel free to contact me for an appointment.

Course Description: This is a general survey course intended to introduce students to a broad range of topics within the field of psychology. The course will cover topics including the different fields within psychology as well as the major areas of research including development, sensation, learning, and more.

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is open to majors and non-majors.

Course Objectives:
By the end of the course, students will be able to
a) identify and define the basic terms and theoretical frameworks essential to the foundation of psychology
b) use critical thinking skills to apply more basic information to real-world issues in psychology
c) analyze both media-based and research-based literature related to the field of psychology

Course Format:
Although I will spend parts of class periods lecturing, we will also spend time in EVERY class in both large and small group discussion as well as in small group activities. Also, it is important to me that everyone participates actively in class. Although you will not be graded specifically on your participation, sleepers and newspaper readers will not be tolerated.

Grading Policy:
In this course, you will be graded on 4 major assignments, in addition to attendance. The grade percentage break down will be as follows: 

Midterm Exam: 30%
Final Exam: 35%
Article Summary: 15%
"Psych in the News" Assignment: 15%
Attendance: 5%

Each assignment will be graded out of 100 points (with the exception of attendance), and you will be given assignment descriptions and grading rubrics shortly.

Exams: The midterm and final will consist of multiple choice questions, fill in the blank questions, and short answer questions. Multiple choice and fill-in questions will address the factual knowledge you have gained, primarily from the text, while short answer questions will more likely ask you to apply the knowledge you have learned at a higher level.

Response Paper: The response paper for this class will consist of you selecting, reading, and responding to a scholarly article relevant to the class. To help you prepare for this assignment, we will spend one class period in the library, where the librarian will show you how and where to find resources for academic work in Psychology. With her help and mine, you will select an article that is interesting to you that discusses a topic that we have covered in class. Then, I would like for you to respond to the article in 3-5 pages, telling me what you thought was interesting in the article, what you thought worked or didn’t work methodologically in the article, and what you thought the article added to the field of psychology.

Psych in the News Paper: For this paper, you will select an article in the news that you find interesting and that in some way addresses the material covered in this class. In addition to briefly summarizing the news article and then relating it to the class, you will examine how psychology is portrayed by the media and how this affects your views of psychology in the news.

Attendance: Your active and meaningful attendance to and participation in class discussion is critical. Attendance will account for 5% of your grade. 10 times during the semester, I will assign an in-class minute paper either at the beginning or end of class. These will serve both to a) get your thoughts and reactions to the subject matter, and b) as an attendance check. They will not be graded other than to give you a check for that day. Your score out of 10 will serve as your attendance grade.

Course Materials:
We will primarily use a textbook for most of our readings. It should be available both on Amazon and in the University Book Store. Our textbook this semester is:

Gleitman, H., Reisberg, D., & Gross, J. (2007).
Psychology (7th Ed. ) New York: Norton.

During several class periods during the semester, I will assign a supplementary reading related to the topic for that day. I have already noted the days these readings will be due, but the readings are still TBA and will be posted on blackboard no later than a week in advance of the due date. These will serve as discussion tools, and will help you prepare for your own discussion of an article in your response paper.

Class Schedule:
Date: Topic (Assignment)

9/1: Introduction and Overview (Chapter 1)
9/3
9/8: Evolution and biological roots of behavior (Chapter 2)
9/10: Library Day (Explore Library Website)
9/15: Brain and Nervous System (Chapter 3)
9/17: Supplementary Reading Due
9/22: Sensation and Perception (Chapter 4)
9/24: (Chapter 5)
9/29: Learning (Chapter 6)
10/1: Article summary due
10/6: Memory (Chapter 7)
10/8
10/13:
Paper Workshop and Midterm Review
10/15: MIDTERM
10/22: Fall break
10/27: Language (Chapter 9)
10/29
11/3: Cognitive Development (Chapter 10)
11/5
11/10: Social Development (Chapter 11)
11/12
11/17: Social Influences and Relationships (Chapter 12)
11/19: Psych in the News paper due
11/24: Intelligence (Chapter 14)
11/26: Thanksgiving
12/1
12/3: Psychopathology (Chapter 16)
12/8: Supplementary reading Due
12/10: Wrap Up, Catch Up, Review for Final
12/15: FINAL EXAM – 9 AM

Class Policies:

Instructor’s Policies: It is important to me to give you timely and useful feedback, and to receive feedback from you as well. All assignments will returned within 2 weeks of the due date. I encourage you to come by my office hours or to set up an appointment, and would much rather discuss any concerns with you as they arise rather than at the end of the semester. In addition to the typical end-of-semester evaluations, I will provide a second opportunity for you to provide your feedback after the first exam.

Academic Honesty: Please see this website for the university’s policies for academic honesty: http://www2.clarku.edu/offices/aac/integrity.cfm. Any breach in these policies will result in a referral for the initiation of a review by the University College Board.

Late/Missed Work: Missed in-class assignments (exams and projects) will not be allowed to be made up unless you quickly provide proof of serious personal illness or family emergency. Athletic events and other school sanctioned activities will be recognized, but students must approach me about making up the work well in advance of the event. Late work will be accepted for 24 hours after the beginning of the class period in which the assignment was due (so if the paper is due Tuesday at 12, I will take it until Wednesday at 12) with a 10% reduction in grade. Late work will not be accepted at all after this time.

Students with Disabilities:
I am more than happy to accommodate students with disabilities through the appropriate channels. To contact disability services, please see their website: http://www2.clarku.edu/offices/aac/ada/
or use their contact information which I have provided: The phone number is (508) 793-7468 and the email address is advising@clarku.edu. Typically, students notify and work with disability services, which then notifies me of the appropriate accommodations.
I look forward to working with you this semester! Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help you in any way.