General Psychology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PSYC-2301-006 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, or if you do not have access to a computer at some other facility, you will need to use AC computers located on the 4th floor of the Ware Student Commons or the Underground. Quizzes and an assignment will be online so please make to use reliable internet.

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, check-up online, participate in class, be prepared for class discussion and exams, and respect everyone else who is the class. It is your responsibility to let me know if you are going to miss class and/or an assignment. I do not take make-up work, so waiting until after you are already missed will hurt you grade. Contact me the same day you have missed so we can get something worked out. After the fact leaves me little room to work with you. 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 quizzes, you just may not use your friend or classmates. All students are expected to be tolerant and respectful of other students’ responses within class. 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

69-60% = 594-510= D

Below 60% Below 510= F

The points will be earned:

400 points for exams

150 points for in-class assignments and attendance

150 chapter reading quizzes

150 points for Social responsibility learning project and volunteer verification (you will need to answer the essay online and submit your verification online.)

Total points possible: 850 points

  • 4 50 question multiple choice exams in class; 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. If you are caught cheating you will be reported and possibly kicked out of college. It is not worth it!!
  • 150 points in class assignments attendance. We will randomly do in class and out of class assignments that will count for differing amount of points
  • 15 chapter reading quizzes worth 10 points each. You should complete the reading quiz the day before or the day after we cover the chapter in class. The reading quizzes will close the day before the exam that covers that particular chapter.
  • 150 points for social responsibility serving learning project
    • You will be required to complete 4 hours of community service. You will have the location sign a volunteer verification which will be turned in online in order to earn the 50 points.
    • You will answer 5 questions with short essays and reading a graph exercise. Each question has a rubric which will be used for grading. 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.


Attendance policy:

You will need to check online every day for updates and assignments. If you miss assignment and exam due dates, then that will negatively impact your grade. I do not take make-up work. It is extremely important to come to class. If you miss a class in the 8 week format you get behind very quickly. I will be taking attendance every day.


Class Schedule/Outline:

The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus and/or calendar if needed.

Date                                         Lesson/Lecture

Monday Jan 17th               No class- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

**Chapter 1-3 reading quizzes due Wednesday Jan 26th by 11:59 pm 

Tuesday Jan 18th                Chapter 1- Thinking Critically with Psychological Science

Wednesday 19th                 Chapter 2- The Biology of Mind

Thursday Jan. 20th             Finish Chapter 2 and start Chapter 3 Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind Neuroscience and Behavior  

Monday Jan. 24th               Finish Chapter 3

Tuesday Jan. 25h                Chapter 3 assignment this presented in class but turned in online

Wednesday Jan. 26th        Chapter 3 Drugs

Thursday Jan. 27h               **Exam 1 covering chapters 1-3. It will in class. You will have the entire class time to take the exam, but you can leave when you have finished .

**Chapter 4-7 reading quizzes due Wednesday Feb 9th by 11:59 pm

Monday Jan 31st                Chapter 4 Development

Tuesday Feb 1st                  Finish Chapter 4 

Wednesday Feb 2nd          Chapter 4 class assignment

Thursday Feb 3rd                 Chapter 5 Gender and Sexuality     

Monday Feb 7th                 Chapter 6 Sensation and Perception

Tuesday Feb 8th                  Finish chapter 6 

Wednesday Feb 9th          Chapter 7 Learning Chapter 8 Memory

Thursday Feb 10th               *** Exam 2 covers Chapter 4-7. It will be in class. You will have the entire class time to take the exam, but you can leave when you have finished .

** Chapter 8-11 reading quizzes due Wednesday Feb. 16th by 11:59 pm

Monday Feb 14th               Chapter 8 Memory

(Chapter 9 Thinking, Language and Intelligence you will need to read and take notes on your own) 

 Tuesday Feb 15th               Chapter 10 Motivation

 Wednesday Feb 16th        Chapter 11 in class assignment

Chapter 11 Emotions, Stress and Health

Thursday Feb 17th               ***Exam 3 covers chapter 8-11. It will be in class. You will have the entire class time to take the exam, but you can leave when you have finished .

**Chapter 12-15 reading quizzes due Thursday March 4th by 11:59 pm

Monday Feb 21st                    Chapter 12 Social Psychology

Tuesday Feb 22nd              Finish chapter 12 In class assignment chapter 12

Wednesday Feb 23rd        Chapter 13 Personality

Thursday Feb 24th               Social Leaning Projects are due Thursday Feb 24th by 11:59 pm

Monday Feb 28th               In class assignment over Chapter 14 and 15

Tuesday March 1st             Chapter 14 Psychological Disorders

Wednesday March 2nd    Finish Chapter 14

Thursday March 3rd            Chapter 15 Therapy

Monday March 7th          ***Exam 4 covers Chapters 12-15. It will be in class. You will have the entire class time to take the exam, but you can leave when you have finished .

Good luck on your finals and have a safe spring 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 make-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:

12/08/21 11:54 AM

Last Edited on:

03/07/22 11:19 AM