General Psychology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PSYC-2301-021 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)

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Exploring Psychology, 11th Edition, David G. Myers



 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 campus.



Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

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.

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COVID 19----All students are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while on Amarillo College campuses, properties and instructional sites. Students with a documented health risk for which they wish to request an exemption under this policy must contact the office of Student Affairs to discuss potential alternative instructional delivery options.

Students working alone in an enclosed space are permitted to remove the mask. However, they must wear the mask at all other times. Should a student wish to eat or drink, he or she may remove the mask to do so provided they stay at least six feet from others.

This policy will be strictly enforced. Failure to follow the policy may result in student discipline.

The college President has the authority to suspend or reenact this policy as the pandemic conditions and data warrant without the necessity of board action.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: It is expected that each online student will do their own work. Assisting a student while they are taking an online exam is cheating - don't do it and don't let others help you! Not only could you be caught (and the methods of catching cheaters are becoming more sophisticated daily) but you are cheapening your own education. The only purpose of grading this course (in this instructor's opinion) is to show your level of understanding the material. Education is your investment in YOURSELF - why would you want to cheat yourself?


We will not be meeting on campus, but virtually on zoom or google meet. I realize this is difficult for many of you and is not what you were expecting. We will work together to make it as easy as possible. I will be sending emails and announcemens on a regular basis. Please check daily and stay in contact with me.  It is important that you attend all of these meetings. You need to be in a place with little distractions.Riding in a car or meeting while at work has been an issue, as well as being on a cell phone. We will be presenting projects in groups. I will assign the groups and it will be your responsibility to contact the members and exchange pertinent information.  Please be respectful of the presenters. After each presentation we will have time for comments and questions. 



Grading Criteria

There will be four to six exams and an oral project which are worth 80% of your final grade. There is a social responsibility required. This assignment will be discussed in class according to covid restrictions at that time. There will also be graded quizzes, short essays, social responsibility assignment, etc. worth 20% of your final grade.  Some of the projects will include group work. All quizzes and major exams will be online.  All graded work will go towards the final grade. You will also have an opportunity for extra credit.  This instructor reserves the right to alter the exam schedules and grading opportunities.

The grading criteria is as follows:






All incomplete work and late assignments will be dealt with on an individual basis; however, all missed assignments will be initially recorded as a 0.  This will keep your grade average updated at all times.  It is your responsibility to contact your professor concerning make-up work. Points will be deducted from all late assignments. All assignments are open for lengthy periods to give everyone a chance to complete them, regardless of work schedules, etc. This is the only fair policy for those students who come to class and complete all assignments. I recommend that you do not take your quizzes and major exams on your cell phones due to many issues in the past. Because of unknown situations due to COVID, we will be more flexible as a a class but will be successful and have a great semester.

The oral projects will be assigned during the first or second class meeting.


It’s college; I know you want to skip, but if you join meetings you will do better in the class. I will take attendance during the semester.  If you have over 1 absence, you may be dropped a letter grade.  Three tardies will count as one absence. If you do not have more than one absence, I will add two points for your final grade.  I understand that things come up, but please try you best to attend online meetins and be on time!!!




Class Schedule/Outline:

(chapter 1) -Thinking Critically With Psychological Science
(chapter 2)- The Biology of Behavior
(chapter 3)- Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind




(chapter 4)- Developing Through the Life Span

(chapter 5)- Gender and Sexuality

(chapter 6)- Sensation and Perception

(chapter 7)- Learning




(chapter 8) - Memory

(chapter 9)- Thinking, Language, and Intelligence

(chapter 10)- Motivation and Emotion

(chapter 11)-Stress, Health and Human Flourishing





(chapter 12)- Personality

(chapter 13)- Social Personality

(chapter 14)- Psychological Disorders

(chapter 15)-Therapy




Instructor reserves the right to modify this outline.  Students will be notified  if changes occur.   


Additional Information

I will hold office hours by appointment.

The best way to reach me is my e-mail: or through e-mail in blackboard (online component of class) or cell phone 806-570-3183. If you call or text me, please leave your name and best way to reach you.

You can call 806-934-7223 or 934-7230 -and leave a message for me.

If you feel you need to meet with me in person, I can meet with you individually on campus.

More than likely I will not allow you to make-up any exam or quiz ; but if there are extreme circumstances please come talk to me so we can figure something out!! I do want you all to be successful!!

Syllabus Created on:

08/22/21 7:43 PM

Last Edited on:

08/22/21 7:47 PM