General Psychology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PSYC-2301-004 General Psychology


Course Description

General Psychology is a survey of the major psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Exploring Psychology, 11th Edition, loose leaf David G. Myers & C. Nathan DeWall with access code. You do need the access code


Supplies: pencil, pens, spiral notebook, and access to a computer. If you do not have your own computer, you will need to use AC computers located on the 4th floor of the Ware Student Commons or the Underground. Your exams will be given online so you need to make sure you have reliable internet access. You will also have chapter quizzes online. Because of the restriction on the number of students in class, you will need access to the internet on your designated days for online attendance.

Student Performance

These are the MINIMUM competencies. After studying the material presented in this course, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:

1. Identify various research methods and their characteristics used in the scientific study of psychology.

2. Describe the historical influences and early schools of thought that shaped the field of psychology.

3. Describe some of the prominent perspectives and approaches used in the study of psychology.

4. Use terminology unique to the study of psychology.

5. Describe accepted approaches and standards in psychological assessment and evaluation.

6. Identify factors in physiological and psychological processes involved in human behavior.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

I expect you all to attend class, participate in class, be prepared for class, and respect everyone else who is the classroom. No cell phones ringers on. If you are waiting on an important call you must talk with me before class so I am aware. If you decided to leave the classroom to answer the phone please do not return. If you leave and come back, you have interrupted my class twice and that is unacceptable. NO texting! If it is so important that you have to text right away, you may leave and please do not return. If you do miss class it is your responsibility to get the material you missed. I will be giving assignments during class that will be due the next class so if you miss you will miss that assignment unless you contact me or someone else in the class. It is your responsibility!! I do not take make-up work.  Each student is expected to engage in academic honesty and refrain from cheating and/or plagiarism. This means that although that some of this class is online you should be doing your own work. I whole heartedly expect you to use your notes and books on all assignments and exams, you just may not use your friend or classmates. All students are expected to be tolerant and respectful of other students. There will be zero tolerance for any type of harassment!! I want this to be an environment everyone can learn and feels safe!!

Grading Criteria

Grading criteria:

            There will be a total of 850 possible points for the semester. You will be able to check your grade on AC connect. Grading will be on the standard grade scale:

100-90% 850-765= A

89-80% = 764-680= B

79-70% = 679-595= C

69-50% = 594-425= D

Below 50% below 425= F

The points will be earned:

400 points for exams (4 100 points exams)

150 points for reading quizzes

150 points for in-class assignments

150 points for Social responsibility learning project (you will need to answer this essay and turn your volunteer verification in online)

Total points possible: 850 points

  • 4 50 question multiple choice exams on online; each exam is worth 100 points. The exams will be taken from notes and the chapters in the book. These exams will be taken online.
  • There is a reading quiz for each chapter. 15 quizzes and each is worth 10 points for a total of 150 points. All quizzes will close right before the exam on those chapters is opens
  • 150 points for attendance and in class assignments. We will randomly do in class assignments that will count for differing amount of points.
  • 150 points for social responsibility serving learning project
    • You will be required to volunteer for 4 hours. You will need verification that you volunteered, this verification will be turned in online for 50 points.
    • You will answer 4 questions with short essays and one question reading a graph exercise. There is a rubric which will be used for grading that is available to you before you complete the assignment so you know exactly what is expected of you. The questions are worth a different amount of points for a total of 100 points.  You will be able to access the rubric when you are completing the assignment.


It’s college; I know you want to skip, but if you just show up you will do better in the class. It’s an 8 week class so if you miss you will get behind very quickly. You will be required to sign attendance each day in class on the days you attend and I will take attendance for the days you sign in to Blackboard connect.. We will also be doing assignments in class if you miss them there is no make-up assignment. If you contact me before the class if you miss, we may be able to work something out. I understand that things come up, but please try you best to be in class and be on time!! If you contact me after missing class about an assignment you leave little room for me to work with you. I do not allow make-up work or exams.


Class Schedule/Outline:

The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus and/or calendar if needed. Some chapter titles have changed and will be updated.

Date                           Lesson/Lecture

Monday August 23rd            Introduction

**Chapter quizzes 1-3 are open and will close Thursday Sept. 2nd  at 11:59 pm.

Tuesday August 24th           Chapter 1- Thinking Critically with Psychological Science

Wednesday August 25th     Chapter 1 Scientific Method

Thursday August 26th          Chapter 2- The Biology of Mind

Monday August 30th            Chapter 3 Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind Neuroscience and Behavior

Tuesday August 31st              Finish Chapter 3

Wednesday Sept. 1st           Chapter 3 in class assignment

Thursday Sept. 2nd              Chapter 3 Drug Use

***Exam 1 covering chapters 1-3. It will open Thursday Sept. 2nd and you will need to take it by Sunday Sept. 5th. It will close at 11:59 pm. Do not wait until 10:00pm on Sunday to take the exam. If you run into issues that late I will not be able to help before the exam closes.    

Monday Sept. 6th                  No class Happy Labor Day

**Chapter quizzes 4-7 are open and will close Thursday Sept. 16th at 11:59 pm.

Tuesday Sept. 7th                Chapter 4 developing through Life Span

 Wednesday Sept.8th           Finish chapter 4 and in class assignment

Thursday Sept.9th                Chapter 5 Gender and Sexuality   

Monday Sept. 13th               Chapter 6 Sensation and Perception

Tuesday Sept. 14th              Chapter 7 Learning

Wednesday Sept. 15th        Chapter 8 Memory

**Chapter quizzes 8-11 are open and will close Thursday Sept. 23rd at 11:59 pm.

Thursday Sept. 16th             Finish chapter 8

**Exam 2 covers Chapter 4-7. It will open Thursday Sept. 16th and you will need to take it by Sunday Sept. 19th. It will close at 11:59 pm. Do not wait until 10:00pm on Sunday to take the exam. If you run into issues that late I will not be able to help before the exam closes.

Monday Sept. 20th               Chapter 9 Thinking, Language and Intelligence

Tuesday Sept. 21st              Chapter 10 Motivation

Wednesday Sept. 22nd        Finish Chapter 10 Motivation Start Chapter 11 Emotions, Stress and Health

Thursday Sept. 23rd             Finish Chapter 11 in class assignment

** Exam 3 covers chapter 8-11. It will open Thursday Sept. 23rd and you will need to take it by Sunday Sept. 26th. It will close at 11:59 pm. Do not wait until 10:00pm on Sunday to take the exam. If you run into issues that late I will not be able to help before the exam closes.

Monday Sept. 27th                    Chapter 12 Social Psychology

**Chapter quizzes 12-15 are open and will close Thursday Oct. 7th at 11:59 pm.

Tuesday Sept. 28th              Finish chapter 12

Wednesday Sept. 29th        Chapter 13 Personality

Thursday Sept. 30th             In class assignment over Chapter 14 and 15

Monday Oct. 4th                  Chapter 14 Psychological Disorders

Social Leaning Projects are due Tuesday Oct. 5th  

Tuesday Oct. 5th                 Finish Chapter 14

Wednesday Oct. 6th             Chapter 15 Therapy

Thursday Oct. 7th                 Will be reserved for any information we have not covered.

**Exam 4 covers Chapters 12-15. It will open Thursday Oct. 7th and you will need to take it by Monday Oct.11th.  It will close at 11:59 pm. Do not wait until 10:00pm on Monday to take the exam. If you run into issues that late I will not be able to help before the exam closes.

Monday Oct. 11th –Thursday Oct. 14th Finals week: no in class assignments

Good luck on all of your finals!! Enjoy your Fall Break.


Additional Information

Office Hours:

I will hold office hours Monday-Thursday 8:00-8:50 am .

The best way to reach me is my e-mail:

If you email me from within the class when I respond it will go to your gmail account. If you do not use your gmail account, please email me form the email you check. Make sure to include which class you are in and your name as it appears in the class.

You can try and contact me on my office phone (806)371-5192

Most issues can be resolved before or after class, however we can always set-up an appointment that will work for both of us if more time is needed. 

I do not allow ake-up exams or make-up assignments. Please contact me as soon as you know you will miss class and we can work something out. Do not wait until after th fact, waiting shows that you don't care and it leaves me little room to work with you on a resolution.

Syllabus Created on:

08/19/21 11:56 AM

Last Edited on:

08/19/21 12:00 PM