Introduction to Psychology: SS - 510

Required Text: Morris & Maisto. Understanding Psychology. 6th Ed. Prentice Hall, 2003

Optional Material: Bishop & Mendoza. Study Guide for “Understanding Psychology” Prentice Hall.

Requirements: The requirements for the course include the chapters in the textbook indicated on the following pages, plus anything discussed in class.

Exams and Grade: Three exams are given during the semester. Each one has equal weight, with your final grade being the average of the three exam scores. Students should be aware that once a final grade is handed in it cannot be changed. It is up to each of you to earn the score you want. Dates for each exam are listed on the next two pages. It is important that you take each exam when given as make-ups will be allowed only in extreme circumstances. Based on the three test scores I should have for you at the end of the semester, your final grade will be determined by using the following grading scheme:

Final Numerical ScoreFinal Grade
89% or more A
86 – 88 A-
83 – 85 B+
79 – 82 B
76 – 78 B-
73 – 75 C+
69 – 72 C
66 – 68 C-
63 – 65  D+
59 – 62 D
56 – 58 D-
55% or less F


You are expected to attend every class and to be on time. Six (6) absences are allowed. Anything in excess of this will lower your final numerical grade by one (1) point per absence, or may result in an unofficial withdrawal with a grade of WU.

Course Content

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.