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Introduction to Psychology Fall 2018 PSYC 101 Sect 012 T/TH 4:25-5:40PM GAMBRELL RM 153 COURSE SYLLABUS Instructor Angela L. Nadeau, M.A., LCPC Instructor Contact Information Email: (preferred) Text/Phone: 843-603-1985 *Please indicate your full name & the course title in any correspondence Office Hours Barnwell College, Office 351B Tuesdays 2-4pm (online at Wednesdays 10-12 (online at Thursdays 2-4pm (on-campus) Available by appointment Graduate Teaching Assistant Aimee Rovane (Ph.D. candidate) GSA Office Hours Contact Aimee at to schedule an appointment Course Description: An introduction to and survey of the basic concepts and findings within the field of psychology Prerequisites: None. Note: Carolina Core: GSS Required Text: Required Text and Required Materials: Text: Coon, D., Mitterer, J. O., & Martini, T. (2018). Psychology: Modules for active learning, 14th Edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. th Access code: Mindtap access for Coon, Mitterer & Martini (2018, 14 Ed), Cengage. Textbook & Quizzes Textbook and access code ISBN # 9781337596961; Cost is $137.15 for bundled package of loose-leaf text + required access code for Mindtap i>Clicker 2 or Reef Polling App: You will be required to use an i>Clicker 2 or the Reef Polling App in this course. If you already have a remote, you do not need to purchase the Reef Polling App. Course Objectives: This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior and its applications to everyday life situations. Among the topics discussed are the biological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, child and life span development, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, health, stress, personality, abnormal behavior and the psychology of social situations. 1 | P a g e Learning Outcomes: 1. Define psychology and the major perspectives of psychology 2. Describe methods used in psychological research 3. Identify violations of ethical standards in psychological contexts 4. Describe common fallacies in thinking (e.g. confirmation bias, implying causation from correlation) 5. Describe the structure and functions of the brain 6. Discuss human growth in terms of physical, cognitive and social development 7. Define sensation and perception and describe how stimuli result in sensory experience 8. Describe examples of different states of consciousness 9. Differentiate between classical conditioning, operant conditioning and social learning 10. Describe the nature and functions of memory, cognition, and intelligence 11. Discuss the structure and development of personality 12. Recognize signs and symptoms related to different psychological disorders 13. Relate social psychology theory to specific examples in areas such as obedience and prosocial behavior 14. Recognize the power of the context and the influence of sociocultural factors in shaping human behavior Course Delivery This course will be delivered by lecture, brief in-class activities, online resources and multimedia resources. You are expected to attend class prepared for the topic (having read the chapter we are covering in class), take notes during lecture and participate in any in-class activities. Blackboard will be used as a companion in this course. In Blackboard you will find the syllabus, links to the Mindtap assignments, weekly content, course support, academic resources and the gradebook. Grade Calculation: Your final grade will be calculated as follows: Exams (average of 4 exams) 50% Reading Quizzes (online w/MindTap) 20% Mastery Training (online w/MindTap) 15% Attendance 5% i>Clicker Participation 5% Participation in Research Studies (see details) 5% 100% Grade Scale: 90-100 = A 70 - 76 = C 87 - 89 = B+ 67 - 69 = D+ 80 - 86 = B 60 - 66 = D 77 - 79 = C+ 0 - 59 = F Final grades will be rounded up (ex. 79.6 will be rounded up to an 80). 2 | P a g e Course Schedule Read Reading Quizzes Dates Topics Modules and Mastery Trainings Week Orientation to the Course -- Course Syllabus -- Course Schedule 8/23 1 iClicker, course expectations, Bb, questions Week 8/28 Study Skills, History of Psychology 1-6 2 8/30 Research Methods Week 9/4 Research & Start Brain & Behavior 1-6 Modules 1-6 3 9/6 The Brain and Behavior 7 – 11 Due 9/4 by 11:59pm Week 9/11 The Brain and Behavior 7 – 11 Modules 7-11 4 9/13 Lifespan Human Development 12 - 16 Due 9/11 by 11:59pm Week 9/18 Lifespan Human Development 12 - 16 Modules 12-16 5 9/20 EXAM #1: Modules 1-16 Due 9/18 by 11:59pm Week 9/25 17-22 Modules 17-22 Sensation & Perception 6 9/27 Due 9/27 by 11:59pm Week 10/2 Modules 27-31 Conditioning & Learning 27 - 31 7 10/4 Due 10/4 by 11:59pm Week 10/9 Modules 23-26 Consciousness 23 - 26 8 10/11 Due 10/11 by 11:59pm Week 10/16 EXAM #2: Modules 17-31 9 10/18 No Class – October Break Week 10/23 Modules 32-36 Memory 10 10/25 32 – 36 Due 10/25 by 11:59pm Week 10/30 Personality 50 – 54 Modules 50-54 11 11/1 Health Psychology 55 - 59 Due 11/1 by 11:59pm Week 11/6 No Class – Election Day Modules 55-59 12 11/8 EXAM #3: Modules 32-36; 50-59 Due 11/6 by 11:59pm Week 11/13 55 - 59 Modules 60-64 Psychological Disorders 13 11/15 60-64 Due 11/15 by 11:59pm Week 11/20 Special Topic 14 11/22 Thanksgiving Break – No Class Week 11/27 Modules 65-69 Therapies 65-69 15 11/29 Due 11/29 by 11:59pm Week 12/4 Modules 70-74 Social Psychology 70-74 16 12/6 Due 12/6 by 11:59pm Finals Week EXAM #4/Final Exam – DECEMBER 13 Modules 55-74 3 | P a g e Course Assignments Exams (50%): There are 4 exams in this course which will be conducted online using Blackboard. This will consist of approximately 60-75 multiple choice questions drawn from the textbook and you will have 75 minutes to complete each exam. You will have only one attempt for each exam. Exam #4 will be completed online during the finals period and it is not cumulative. Exams will open at noon on the day of the exam and close at 11:59pm. You can choose when you take the exam during the window that the exam is open, however, late exams will not be available. We will not meet in class on the day of the exam. A note about exams: You will need to use Respondus Lockdown Browser to take exams. Students will not be able to access the internet while they take the test. More information and instructions on installing and using the lockdown browser is available in Blackboard. In order to use online exams, each exam will present different questions and cheating on exams is strictly prohibited (see academic integrity policies). While it is a technically an open-book exam (I can’t stop you from looking in your textbook) I expect that you will not misrepresent your work in any way. Any evidence of misrepresentation of work on exams will be reported to the Office of Academic Integrity. Quizzes (20%): There are 12 reading quizzes covering modules in your text book. These quizzes are accessed via Blackboard, using Cengage’s Mindtap application. You can view your quiz average in "My Grades" at Blackboard and it includes the lowest quiz grade that I drop. Quizzes have specific closing dates and will not be re-opened for any reason. These dates are listed in your course schedule as well as at Blackboard. Mastery Training Exercises (15%): There are 12 “mastery training” exercises that will help you prepare for your quizzes and exams. These exercises are accessed via Blackboard, using Mindtap. Due dates correspond with the quiz dates which are listed in your course calendar as well as in Mindtap. Please note that you cannot complete the training in one sitting, but instead you must return at different times in the week to complete the training. Students must attempt each exercise at least 3 times during the week in order to earn full credit – in other words, you will not receive full credit for completing this assignment in one attempt. I will drop the lowest score which is reflected in the gradebook. Attendance (5%) and Participation (5%): Participation in lectures will be assessed using a classroom response system called i>Clicker. This system will help me to evaluate what concepts you understand, as well as record participation and attendance. Approximately 5-8 questions will be presented during each lecture and you will provide your answer using the i>Clicker device. Questions will be drawn from lectures and the textbook and will help you to review important concepts for quizzes and exams. You will earn 2 points for every correct answer and 1 point for a wrong answer. The percentage based upon the total number of questions presented (and points earned) will be the participation portion of your grade. 4 | P a g e Attendance will be determined based upon your participation using the i>Clicker during class. Students who receive 85% or better on Attendance i>Clicker points will receive full credit (5%) for their final course grade - in other words, students who attend for 85% of scheduled classes will receive a “100” in attendance for the final grade. Students who receive 75-84% will earn a “75” and students who receive below a 75 will not earn any credit for attendance. Students are not required to attend class on exam days. The i>Clicker remote is required for this class. You must bring your own i>Clicker to class to receive participation and attendance credit. You must register your remote or REEF mobile account through Blackboard in order for credit to count towards your grade. If you attend class without your i>Clicker or mobile device, you cannot receive participation or attendance credit. I will not be able to lend you an i>Clicker for the class nor will I record your attendance in an alternative manner. I will begin to record participation and attendance through i>Clicker on Sept. 4. For this to work fairly and effectively, it is important for everyone to participate fully – each student should only have THEIR OWN i>Clicker remote or Reef polling app. I understand the desire to send your remote with a friend to preserve participation and attendance points, but this is CHEATING. Throughout the semester, there will be random attendance checks. If your i>Clicker is being used/has been used to participate but you were not there that day, you will be reported to the Office of Academic Integrity. Any student found dishonestly participating in class will also lose all participation points at a minimum in addition to sanctions imposed by the OAI. Participation in Research Studies (5%): See the last two pages of the syllabus. Weekly Modules: On a weekly basis, I will provide supplemental material in the weekly modules in addition to the reading in the textbook and lecture. It is your responsibility to read the textbook, watch any additional videos, review the lecture slides, and read any additional materials provided in the learning modules to help you learn the content for each week. Course Policies and Expectations Policy on late work and make-up assignments: There is no “make-up” work and there will be no “extra-credit” assignments created later in this course – instead there are numerous opportunities designed into the course for you to be assessed and to demonstrate your knowledge. All of the course credit assignments are noted for you in this document. It is your responsibility to know what the assignments are and when they are due. Technical difficulties are not adequate reasons for late work. Quizzes, mastery training assignments and exams will not be re-opened after their close date for any reason. Please keep in mind that policies apply regardless of the reason why your work is late or why you haven't been able to participate. Contact me if you face exceptional circumstances so that we can discuss them. Class Expectations for Students Classroom Etiquette Please be respectful of each other, the instructor, and others while in class. We are all here to learn! By being respectful, we can create an optimal environment that allows for learning. I 5 | P a g e expect you to keep side conversations to a minimum, focus on the lecture and/or activity and I respectfully to not use cell phones in class (except for REEF polls). While it may not be distracting to you, using cell phones or other devices may be distracting to others. While you are allowed to use laptops to take notes in class, I ask that you do not work on Blackboard, use social media or work on other courses during class time. At any point, if a student demonstrates disrespectful or disruptive behavior, it may result in a referral to the Office of Student Judicial Programs. Communication If you have questions please feel free to contact me by email, phone or text. With any communication, please indicate your FULL NAME, the class and section that you are in and describe the question(s) that you have. I guarantee that I will respond within 24-48 hours. Study and Preparation Students who do well in this course usually spend between 5-8 hours each week by reading the textbook, taking in-class notes, taking notes from the textbook, taking the reading quizzes, studying for exams, etc. Students who do well also read the textbook prior to class. Lastly, if you are finding the content difficult, it is always important to get academic support through academic support services or speak with me directly. Class Expectations for the Instructor Preparation and Organization As your instructor, I have made a commitment to be prepared for class lecture and provide an organized course with clear expectations. I will provide multiple ways to assess your understanding, provided distributed learning assignments to support retention of the course material and I will do my best to deliver the content in a way that will aid in your learning. Fairness and Consistency I will defer to the policies and procedures outlined in the syllabus and in class to conduct this course. Out of fairness to all students, I will consistently use the syllabus to address issues that arise and adhere to the expectations that have been established. Additionally, I will not change final grades at the end of the semester for “effort” or “scholarship needs” or other reason unless there is a clear calculation error. Availability and Access Please feel free to contact me or meet me during my scheduled office hours so that I can address any of your questions about the course material or assignment expectations. I am also available for office hours and online office hours to be of help to you. I will be online during the office hours and all you need to do is click on the link provided in Blackboard. I don’t mind questions about assignments, content or plain curiosity. I am available by email, phone or text until 7pm. If students contact me after 7pm, I will contact you the next day after 9am. 6 | P a g e Learning Environment I care about your learning and I will always attempt to create an optimal learning environment for all students. As such, I will do my best to create a respectful, inquiry-based culture to inspire your curiosity and provide students with a positive learning experience. Your Grades Grades for quizzes, exams and mastery trainings will be immediate in Blackboard. Grades for participation and attendance will also be available in Blackboard. Research participation will be calculated at the end of the semester. If you have specific questions about any of the questions, please email me or see me after class. Student Success Center In partnership with University of South Carolina faculty, the Student Success Center (SSC) offers a number of programs to assist you in better understanding your course material and to aid you on your path to success. SSC programs are facilitated by professional staff, graduate students, and trained undergraduate peer leaders who have previously excelled in their courses. Resources available to students in this course may include:  Peer Tutoring: You can make a one-on-one appointment with a Peer Tutor by going to Drop-in Tutoring and Online Tutoring may also be available for this course. Visit our website for a full schedule of times, locations, and courses.  Supplemental Instruction (SI): SI Leaders are assigned to specific sections of courses and hold three weekly study sessions. Sessions focus on the most difficult content being covered in class. The SI Session schedule is posted through the SSC website each week and will also be communicated in class by the SI Leader.  Peer Writing: Improve your college-level writing skills by bringing writing assignments from any of your classes to a Peer Writing Tutor. Similar to Tutoring, you can visit the website to make an appointment, and to view the full schedule of available drop-in hours and locations.  Success Consultations: In Success Consultations, SSC staff assist students in developing study skills, setting goals, and connecting to a variety of campus resources. Throughout the semester, your instructor may communicate with the SSC via Success Connect, an online referral system, regarding your progress in the course. If contacted by the SSC, please schedule a Success Consultation. Success Connect referrals are not punitive and any information shared by your professor is confidential and subject to FERPA regulations. SSC services are offered to all USC undergraduates at no additional cost. You are invited to call the Student Success Hotline at (803) 777-1000, visit, or come to the SSC in the Thomas Cooper Library on the Mezzanine Level to check schedules and make appointments. Accommodating Disabilities Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and may need accommodations to fully participate in this class, contact the 7 | P a g e Office of Student Disability Services: 777-6142, TDD 777-6744, email, or stop by LeConte College Room 112A. All accommodations must be approved through the Office of Student Disability Services. If you completed the approval process and have a letter, please feel free to discuss the accommodations with me directly after class or via email to ensure that your accommodations are planned in advance. Academic Integrity You are expected to practice the highest possible standards of academic integrity. Any deviation from this expectation will result in a minimum academic penalty of your failing the assignment, and will result in additional disciplinary measures including referring you to the Office of Academic Integrity. Violations of the University's Honor Code include, but are not limited to improper citation of sources, using another student's work, allowing another student to complete your work, and any other form of academic misrepresentation. Remember that the first tenet of the Carolinian Creed is, "I will practice personal and academic integrity." If there is any issue related to academic integrity, I will speak with you directly about the concern and address it with you. I will determine that course of action and/or refer the issue to the Office of Academic Integrity. For more information, please see the Honor Code. Participation in Research Studies: Participation in Research Studies: As a student in Introduction to Psychology, research experience will count for 5% of your final grade. You can fulfill this requirement by participating in two (2) psychology research experiments. You must complete 2 psychology experiments in order to earn this 5% of your final grade. This is an all-or-nothing policy. If, for example, you only participate in one experiment, you will receive a grade of “0” for research participation. These experiments will be conducted on campus or online and they can be done at any point during the semester. All research experience activities must be completed by December 8 by noon. INFORMATION for PARTICIPANTS/STUDENTS How do I get started? Students will access the web site at: Registration To register as a Participant in the system you will need to self-register. In order to self-register, click the NEW PARTICIPANT link at your site's main page to request an account. Enter the information requested. Your email should be the one issued by your institution if possible. You will also select the class(es) that you are currently enrolled in upon registration in order to receive participation credits towards a particular class. You will be able to change the allocation of credits to courses throughout the semester. After pressing SUBMIT, an email will be sent to you with your username and a temporary password to login to the system. Once you have used that information to login to the Sona website, you should change the password to something unique that you will be able to remember. If you have lost (or don't know) your password, simply enter your email in the Retrieve Password field. 8 | P a g e Your password will be sent to your email address. How do I sign up for Experiments? First, go to the same web site as listed above and fill in your user name and password. After you login, click on the tab labeled "Study Sign Up." You will then see a list of all the available, as well as the number of credits they offer, for the date that appears in the upper right corner. You can search for available studies on any day that you choose. Find an experiment from the list that interests you and click on it. You will then see all the information associated with that experiment, as well as times that are available. If you wish to sign up for an experiment time simply click "sign up," located to the right of the experiment time. You will then see a confirmation screen. At this point, be sure to select the class to which you want credit assigned. Make sure you make a note of all the information that this screen provides, and click "confirm" to sign up or "cancel" if the time will not work for you. Note that the system will not allow you to sign up for the same experiment twice. The web will send you an email reminder about the experiment within 24 hours of the experiment. Alternative for Students not wishing to Participate in Experiments The Human Participant Pool offers a written alternative for Psyc 101 students not wishing to participate in experimental research. The purpose of participating in experiments is to gain hands on experience concerning how experimental research is conducted. Therefore, if you do not wish to participate, the next best way to gain insight into experimental research is by reading articles published in professional psychology journals. Here's what to do. Select an article from a recent issue of a psychology journal (2000’s or later). The article must be at least 2 pages and the journal must be one that is available as a pdf through the electronic collection in the Thomas Cooper Library. Read the article and write a short, one page synopsis. The synopsis should state directly the major hypothesis being investigated, the method used by the researchers, and how the results supported or did not support the hypothesis. This should be a one page, double-spaced paper saved as a Microsoft Word document. Then submit the word file along with the pdf file of the article to the participant pool TA at as attachments, with your email stating your participant pool user name and indicating which Psyc 101 section you are adding the credit to. Note that University policy on plagiarism prohibits you from using text of the article without proper citation. Each paper will constitute one hour of research credit. Thus, in this course, you are required to complete two hours of research papers so you need to write two such papers. Copying from another student's paper is also considered plagiarism. To discourage plagiarism, these papers are filed by the last name of the article's author. All papers for a particular article will be compared to make sure that students are using their own words. Contact the TA at for further questions. The last day to turn in papers for credit is December 8 at noon. For additional information go to: 9 | P a g e
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