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Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences Department of Psychology
PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology CRN 17848 – Online 2nd 8 Weeks, Spring 2017 3 hour lecture course / 48 hours per semester/8 weeks
HCC Online
Instructor: Joe Moon Instructor Contact Information: [email protected] Psychology Department Chair: Dr. Karen P. Saenz, [email protected]
Office Location and Hours The preferred mode of communication between instructors and students is by email. Please feel free to email me concerning any problems that you are experiencing in this course. You do not need to wait until you have received a poor grade before asking for my assistance. Office Location: Felix Fraga Campus Office Hours: Tuesday /Wednesday /Thursday- 10:30am- 11:30am and 2pm- 3pm
Email Policy HCCS policy requires instructors and students to communicate only through the HCCS email system. If you have not activated your HCCS student email account, you can do so here (http://www.hccs.edu/district/students/student-e-maileagle-id/).
Course Description PSYC 2301 is a survey course of the basic principles underlying human behavior. Emphasis is placed on major areas of study in the field of psychology, such as motivation, development, thought processes, personality.
Prerequisites PSYC 2301 requires college-level reading and writing skills. Research indicates that you are most likely to succeed if you have already taken and passed ENGL 1301. The minimum requirements for enrollment in PSYC 2301 include placement in college-level reading (or take GUST 0342 as a co-requisite) and placement in college-level writing (or take ENGL 0310/0349 as a co-requisite). If you have enrolled in this course without having satisfied these prerequisites,

you are at higher risk of failure or withdrawal than students who have done so, and you should carefully read and consider the repeater policy in the HCCS Student Handbook.
Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) for all PSYC Courses 1. Define, discuss, and apply key terms and concepts that are essential to success in upper division psychology courses (e.g., abnormal psychology, history and systems of psychology, advanced learning theory, developmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology). 2. Outline, define, discuss, and apply the steps of the scientific method. 3. Define, discuss, and apply key terms and concepts associated with descriptive and experimental research methods. 4. Define, discuss, and apply psychological terms and concepts that are commonly found in news reports, self-help literature, parenting literature, and psychotherapy.
Core Curriculum Objectives (CCOs) for all PSYC Core Courses PSYC 2301 satisfies the social science requirement in the HCCS core curriculum. The HCCS Psychology Discipline Committee has specified that the course addresses the core objectives as follows:
• Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information, and creative thinking by completing a written assignment such as a book report, research paper, or essay.
• Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication by completing a written assignment such as a book report, research paper, or essay.
• Quantitative and Empirical Literacy: Students will demonstrate the ability to draw conclusions based on the systematic analysis of topics using observation, experiment, and/or numerical skills by completing textbook reading assignments, completing assignments, and answering questions on quizzes and exams that pertain to Course Student Learning Outcome #2 above.
• Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate cultural self-awareness, intercultural competency, civil knowledge, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities by completing textbook reading assignments, completing assignments, and answering questions on quizzes and exams that pertain to Course Student Learning Outcome #4 above.
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs) for PSYC 2301 Upon completion of PSYC 2301, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge in multiple (8) areas of psychology, including concepts, facts, and theoretical perspectives.
2. Define and identify the basic research and evaluation methods used in psychology, including the strengths and weaknesses of each method.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of and identify concepts related to personal development and the development and behavior of others.

4. Apply psychological concepts to the solution of issues and problems including ethics, coping with stressful events, health and wellness, parenting, learning, memory, and /or evaluation of media presentations.
Learning Objectives for PSYC 2301
OBJECTIVES FOR CSLO #1: Discuss the major issues in at least nine areas of psychology. 1.1 Major schools of thought in psychology 1.2 Components of the neuron 1.3 Components of the synapse 1.4 Action potential 1.5 Major neurotransmitters 1.6 Medulla 1.7 Cerebellum 1.8 Hypothalamus 1.9 Limbic system 1.10 Components of the cerebrum 1.11 Plasticity 1.12 Endocrine system 1.13 Learning 1.14 Reinforcement 1.15 Punishment 1.16 Observational learning 1.17 Characteristics of short-term memory 1.18 Characteristics of long-term memory 1.19 Phases of prenatal development 1.20 Piaget's stages of cognitive development 1.21 Erikson's stages of psychosocial development 1.22 Alzheimer's disease 1.23 General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) 1.24 Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 1.25 Definition of personality 1.26 Conscious, unconscious, preconscious mind 1.27 Id, ego, and superego 1.28 Freud's psychosexual stages 1.29 Phobias 1.30 Panic disorder 1.31 Obsessive-compulsive disorder 1.32 Dissociative identity disorder 1.33 Schizophrenia 1.34 Major subtypes of schizophrenia 1.35 Major depressive disorder 1.36 Bipolar disorder 1.37 Personality disorders
OBJECTIVES FOR CSLO #2: Explain the scientific method and how it applies to psychological research. 2.1 Scientific method 2.2 Descriptive methods 2.3 Representative sample 2.4 Correlational method 2.5 Experimental method

2.6 Causal hypotheses 2.7 Independent variable 2.8 Dependent variable 2.9 Experimental group 2.10 Control group 2.11 Random assignment 2.12 Placebo effect 2.13 Placebo 2.14 Double-blind procedure 2.15 Methods of studying the brain 2.16 Methods used by Pavlov, Watson, and Skinner
OBJECTIVE FOR CSLO #3: Demonstrate knowledge of and identify concepts related to personal development and the development and behavior of others.
3.1 Differences among the major theoretical perspectives in psychology 3.2 Processes that occur when a neuron is activated 3.3 How neurotransmitters affect behavior 3.4 Functions of the frontal lobes 3.5 Difference between the central and peripheral nervous systems 3.6 Functions of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems 3.7 How the pituitary gland affects behavior 3.8 How the adrenal glands affect behavior 3.9 How classical conditioning modifies an organism's responses to stimuli 3.10 How operant conditioning modifies an organism's responses to stimuli 3.11 Difference between positive and negative reinforcement 3.12 Factors that influence the effectiveness of punishment 3.13 Information-processing approach to memory 3.14 Reconstructive memory 3.15 The function of schemas 3.16 Causes of forgetting 3.16 Effects of teratogens and other negative factors on prenatal development 3.18 Relationship between contact comfort and attachment 3.19 Differences among the various patterns of attachment 3.20 Difference between the social learning theory and gender schema theory explanations of gender role development 3.21 Process of cognitive development as Piaget explained it 3.22 Proposed causes of Alzheimer's disease 3.23 Effects of stress on the immune system 3.24 Effects of daily hassles on stress 3.25 Factors that influence individual's capacity for resisting the effects of stress 3.26 Function of defense mechanisms in Freud's theory 3.27 Views of humanistic theorists regarding the personality 3.28 Bandura's concept of reciprocal determinism 3.29 Criteria for abnormal behavior 3.30 Possible causes of schizophrenia 3.31 Symptoms of major depressive disorder. 3.32 Symptoms of bipolar disorder
OBJECTIVES FOR CSLO #4: Apply psychological concepts to the solution of issues and problems including ethics, coping with stressful events, health and wellness, parenting, learning, memory, and /or evaluation of media presentations.
4.1 Ethical standards for psychological research 4.2 Principles of behavior genetics

4.3 Principles of behavior modification 4.4 Improving memory 4.5 Effects of the authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive parenting styles on children's development 4.6 Differences between problem-focused and emotion-focused coping 4.7 Views of Abraham Maslow regarding self-actualization 4.8 Differences between psychologists and psychiatrists
Instructional Methods
Success in the Course As with any three-hour course, you should expect to spend at least six hours per week outside of class reading and studying the material. I will provide assignments to help you use those six hours per week wisely. Additional time will be required for the written assignment. Successful completion of this course requires a combination of reading the textbook, using the study helps that are posted in your online course, as well as completing online quizzes, exams, and assignments. There is no short cut for success in this course; it requires reading (and probably rereading) and studying the material using the course objectives and study helps as your guide.
Instructional Materials “Introduction to Psychology” Charles Stangor 1st edition http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/robert.morecook/free-psychology-2301-textbook-dsm-5-version2013/free-introduction-to-psychology-textbook-rev.-2013-dsm-5-version/at_download/file
Student Supplementary Handbook http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/robert.morecook/psyc-2301-student-supplements-for-stangortext/student-supplementary-handbook-for-stangor-text-with-final-exam-learning-objectives/view
Core Objective Practice Quiz http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/robert.morecook/psyc-2301-student-supplements-for-stangortext/core-objective-key-concept-practice-quizzes-chapters-1-10-good-for-final-exam-reviewalso/view
Free Flashcards http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/robert.morecook/psyc-2301-student-supplements-for-stangortext/free-flashcards-key-term-quizzing-good-for-final-exam-review
Final Exam Handbook Posted on Eagle Online Canvas and the Learning Web

Online Format All instruction in this section of PSYC 2301 will take place online. HCCS Open Lab locations may be used to access the Internet and Eagle Online Canvas. To access Eagle Online Canvas, visit www.hccs.instructure.com and follow the on-screen instructions.
Exams and Assignments

Test 1


Test 2


Test 3


Written Assignments Total


Final Exam





 Discuss, utilizing your personal experience and / or other life applicable examples as your source. This is not a research paper. It is more of an introspective personal reflection.

 You are to choose a moment in life that was profound or proved to be challenging. Explain that moment or event concisely, without using more than a paragraph or two.

 Then, you are to explain why that posed a psychological challenge for you or how it was such a profound moment in your life. How did it change your life hence forth?

 Conclude by describing how you would do things differently for a better outcome if you could re-live that moment. Or, tell me how this moment can be a benefit to others in your life.

 Please have a relevant and creative title.

 I appreciate more of your insight and personal understanding rather than telling me vocabulary definition. Thus, avoid doing such.

 Your grammar should reflect a college level writing. Thus, you will be deducted for grammatical and spelling errors. Please proofread!

 Don’t get too wordy by beating around the bush. Stay concise and get to your point.

 Please limit the discussion to a 500 word maximum per discussion assignment. If it is over the maximum, the assignment will not be graded.

Departmental Final Exam All students will be required to take a comprehensive departmental final exam. The exam will be given on Eagle Online Canvas. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions presented one at a time with no back-tracking to change answers. The time limit is two hours. Each question counts two points, so the exam will count 20 points.

All the information you need to prepare for the exam is in the Final Exam Handbook that is posted in the “Departmental Final Exam” module. There are other study helps in the module as well.

The final exam may not be taken early under any circumstances. You must get at least 50% of the items correct on the final to pass the course. Students who are absent from the final exam without discussing their absence with the instructor in advance or within 24 hours afterward will receive a course grade of Incomplete. Any student who does not take a makeup exam by the end of the following long semester will receive a final exam grade of zero and a course grade of F.

HCC Grading Scale












Failure due to non-attendance

IP (In Progress)

W (Withdrawn

I (Incomplete)

AUD (Audit)

4 points per semester 3 points per semester 2 points per semester 1 point per semester 0 points per semester 0 points per semester 0 points per semester
0 points per semester
0 points per semester
0 points per semester

IP (In Progress) is given only in certain developmental courses. The student must re-enroll to receive credit. COM (Completed) is given in non-credit and continuing education courses. To compute grade point average (GPA), divide the total grade points by the total number of semester hours attempted. The grades “IP,” “COM” and “I” do not affect GPA.
Makeup Policy Time is set aside at the end of the term for makeup work. A 20% late penalty will be applied to all makeup assignments. Students may make up no more than one assignment, quiz, or exam. (Not one of each; just one). Note: A “makeup” is not a “retake.” Students are not permitted to retake quizzes or exams or resubmit assignments.

Incomplete Grades In order to receive a grade of Incomplete (“I”), you must have completed at least 85% if the work in the course. In all cases, the instructor reserves the right to decline a student’s request to receive a grade of Incomplete.

Syllabus Modifications The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus at any time during the semester and will promptly notify students in writing, typically by e-mail, of any such changes.

Course Calendar




Week 1


Introduction to Class

Ch 1 & 2 History & Theories of Psychology

Week 2


Ch 3


Week 3


Ch 4


TEST #1 50 questions multiple choice (open for 7 days)

Week 4


Ch 5


Week 5





Lifespan Development


TEST #2 50 questions MC (open for 7 days)

Week 6


Ch 7

Stress & Health

Week 7


Ch 8

Personality & Assessment

TEST #3 50 questions MC (open for 7 days)

Week 8


Ch 9

Psychological Disorders

FINAL EXAM BY 5/12 All 9 chapters covered (open for 3 days)

Instructor and Student Responsibilities
As your Instructor, it is my responsibility to: • Provide the grading scale and detailed grading formula explaining how student grades are to be derived • Facilitate an effective learning environment through class activities, discussions, and lectures • Description of any special projects or assignments • Inform students of policies such as attendance, withdrawal, tardiness and make up • Provide the course outline and class calendar which will include a description of any special projects or assignments • Arrange to meet with individual students before and after class as required
To be successful in this class, it is the student’s responsibility to: • Attend class and participate in class discussions and activities • Read and comprehend the textbook • Complete the required assignments and exams: • Ask for help when there is a question or problem • Keep copies of all paperwork, including this syllabus, handouts and all assignments • Attain a raw score of at least 50% on the departmental final exam • Be aware of and comply with academic honesty policies in the HCCS Student Handbook
Attendance In online courses, attendance is defined as logging in to the course and completing online assignments. Be advised that instructors must drop students who fail to attend class by the official date of enrollment (“Census Day”). In addition, instructors may drop students who miss six hours of class time.
Withdrawal If you decide to withdraw from the course, it is your responsibility to do so online via the PeopleSoft student management system. If you need assistance, visit the counselors’ office on your campus. You may wish to discuss your decision to withdraw from the class with your instructor beforehand.
Classroom Conduct I expect students to conduct themselves professionally in their communications with me, their classmates, and college staff and administration. Behavior inappropriate to the collegiate setting (including but not limited to abusive/derogatory/threatening/harassing language directed at the instructor or towards other students, staff or administrators) will not be tolerated, and may result in removal from the course if severe and/or repeated. For information about how this policy applies to online behavior, consult HCC Online Student Handbook.
Student Organizations

Psi Kappa All students are invited to join Psi Kappa, an organization that can help students learn about psychology outside the classroom, serve the community, meet students in other PSYC classes, interact with PSYC faculty, and learn leadership skills. For more information, visit the Psi Kappa page on the HCC Learning Web, the Psi Kappa blog, and the Psi Kappa Facebook page.
Psi Beta HCC has an active chapter of Psi Beta: National Honor Society in Psychology for Community and Junior Colleges. To learn more about this organization visit the Psi Beta website. For information about the HCC chapter, visit the Psi Beta page on the HCC Learning Web.
Psychology Achievers Scholarship To be eligible for the $125 per semester Psychology Achievers Scholarship, a student must (1) meet all HCC Foundation criteria for scholarship eligibility, and (2) make an A in either PSYC 2301 or PSYC 2314. For more information, visit the HCC Foundation scholarship website.
Tutoring AskOnline provides free, confidential, and convenient academic support to HCC students in an online environment. Tutoring is provided by HCC personnel in order to ensure that it is contextual and appropriate.
HCCS Student Policies All students are responsible for reading and understanding the HCCS Student Handbook, which contains policies, information about conduct, and other important information. Access the handbook at http://central.hccs.edu/students/student-handbook/
EGLS3 Evaluation for Greater Learning Student Survey System The EGLS3 (Evaluation for Greater Learning Student Survey System) will be available for most courses near the end of the term until finals start. This brief survey will give invaluable information to your faculty about their teaching. Results are anonymous and will be available to faculty and division chairs after the end of the term. EGLS3 surveys are only available for the Fall and Spring semesters. There are no EGLS3 surveys during the Summer semester due to logistical reasons.
Office of Institutional Equity Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires that institutions have policies and procedures that protect students’ rights with regard to sex/gender discrimination. Information regarding these rights are on the HCC website under Students-Anti-discrimination. Students who are pregnant and require accommodations should contact any of the ADA Counselors for assistance. It is important that every student understands and conforms to respectful behavior while at HCC. Sexual misconduct is not condoned and will be addressed promptly. Know your rights and how to avoid these difficult situations. Log in to www.edurisksolutions.org. Sign in

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