Jankowski - SS 510 - G124

Jeffery Jankowski, Ph.D.

Introduction to Psychology: SS - 510 (G124)

Term: Spring 2004

Time: Mon, Tues, Thurs 1-1:50pm

Textbook: Feldman, R.S. (2003). Essentials of Psychology (Fifth Edition). McGraw-Hill.

Course Goals:

  • Provide an overview of psychology
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Foster thought of psychological information in the marketplace

Requirements:

  • Exam I - 15% of Grade
  • Exam II - 25% of Grade
  • Exam III - 25% of Grade
  • Writing Assignment - 25% of Grade
  • Class Participation - 10% of Grade

Exams: The exams will have 40-45 multiple choice questions which will cover material presented in class and in the text. It is permissible to make-up one of the first two exams on May 13. In order to do so, please provide some evidence of illness or family emergency. All students are expected to be present for the final exam.

Attendance: Your presence in class is important – attendance will be taken. (Students are kindly asked to make every effort not to bring young children to class.)

Participation: Students are encouraged to join in class discussion and ask questions (during class, after class, or during office hours).

Dates Chapter Topics, Exams, Assignments
1-29 ---- Introductions
2-2, 2-3, 2-5 Ch 1 Introduction to Psychology
2-9, 2-10 Ch 2 The Biology of Underlying Behavior
2-12 ---- No Class - College Closed
2-16 ---- No Class - College Closed
2-17, 2-18 (M SC) Ch 2 The Biology of Underlying Behavior (continued)
2-19 (see below) Current Directions Article I
2-23, 2-24, 2-26 Ch 3 Sensation and Perception
3-1 ---- Review for Exam
3-2 ---- Exam I – Ch 1, 2, 3
3-4 ---- Return Exam
3-8, 3-9, 3-11 Ch 4 States of Consciousness
3-15, 3-16, 3-18 Ch 5 Learning
3-22, 3-23, 3-25 Ch 6 Memory
3-29 (see below) Current Directions Article II
3-30 ---- Review for Exam
4-1 ---- Exam II – Ch 4, 5, 6
4-5, 4-6, 4-8 ---- No Class – Spring Recess
4-12, 4-13 ---- No Class- Spring Recess
4-15 ---- Return Exams
4-19, 4-20, 4-22 Ch 7 Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
4-26, 4-27, 4-29 Ch 8 Motivation and Emotion
5-3, 5-4, 5-6 Ch 9 Development (Writing Assignment Due, 5-4)
5-10, 5-11 Ch. 11 Health Psychology: Stress, Coping, and Health
5-13 ---- Make-Up Exams
5-17 (see below) Current Directions Article III
5-18 ---- Review for Exam – Last Day of Class
5-20 to 5-28 Final Exam – Ch 7, 8, 9

Current Directions Articles:

  1. Allen, K. (2003). Are pets a healthy pleasure? The influence of pets on blood pressure. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12(6), 236-239.
  2. Claar, R.L. & Blumenthal, J.A. (2003). The value of stress-management interventions in life-threatening medical conditions. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12(4), 133-137.
  3. Garlick, D. (2003). Integrating brain science research with intelligence research. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12(5), 185-189.

Writing Assignment:

Prepare an essay of one of the following: B.F. Skinner, S. Freud, A. Maslow, or W. James. Include a brief history (birthplace, education, place of work, death) and explain some major contributions.

The paper should be:

  • 3-5 pages
  • Type-Written (Font size 11 with 1 inch margins)
  • Double-spaced
  • In your own words, please do not copy from references