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PSYCHOLOGY 110, Summer '01
General Psychology



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Course Description

This course will introduce you to the field of psychology and its various sub-fields, such as biological and neuro-psychology, sensation and perception, personality and individual differences, social psychology, etc.

The subject matter is vast, and for that reason I will present to you the main points and ideas. I will use a lot of examples and visual material to make the course as engaging and interesting as possible.

There are two lecture sessions a week.  Class material will follow the text loosely, but will not duplicate it.  Thatís why it is important  to pay attention and TAKE NOTES!  I will lecture, but will often pause to ask you questions. Even if I don't stop, please feel free to  interrupt me whenever you don't understand something I have said or, even better, if you have had a good idea about the topic we are  discussing.

Grading Policy

Final grades will be based on a combination of two midterms and a final exam.

  1. Midterms: There will be two in-class midterms consisting of multiple-choice and short answer items (30% each = 60% total). 
  2. Final: The final exam will be a cumulative multiple-choice and short answer test to be  described in more detail later (40%).

The grading scale for each test and the final grading scale are as follows:

NOTE: final grades will take into account more that the sum of points!


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Required Readings

1. Gleitman, Fridlund, and Reisberg (2000), Basic Psychology, Fifth Edition.

2. Study Guide for Basic Psychology.

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Make-up policy

Make-up tests are not automatic that is they will be approved ONLY in the event of extremely unusual or urgent  circumstances. Make-up tests will be given only for two reasons:

  1. If it is approved and arranged at least one week before the test
  2. If there is a real emergence or documented illness.

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Extra Credit

The maximum number of extra credit points you can earn over the semester is 30.  Any papers written for extra credit can be turned in at  any time during the semester but no later than the beginning of the final.  The points can be earned in any of the following ways:

  • Find a newspaper or magazine article that you feel is related to our class material.  Write a 1-3 page  paper in which you briefly summarize the article and discuss how it is related to the particular class topic (10 possible points).
  • Find a newspaper or magazine article that reports the findings of a study. Briefly summarize the article and critique it (e.g. how was the sample collected?  How were the data analyzed; what conclusions were drawn (1-3 pages) (10 possible points).
  • Find a psychology journal article.  Summarize it and explain how it is related to our class.  This paper (3-5 pages in length) should be more detailed than option # 2. (10 possible points).

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Last Updated: September 2, 2001

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