General Psychology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Office Hours


Zoom, Google Meet, Go to Meeting, and Skype Sessions by Appointment (Email me for an appointment)
My Skype address is:  jason.a.norman

Communicating With Your Professor

Anytime I have course announcements they’ll be posted under the Announcements section on the home page of the course with a concurrent email sent to the class.  Make sure to check your announcements/email at least every other day to ensure you don’t miss out on requests from me or other necessary information.  Your emails from me will go directly to your AC Gmail account. {For information on how to access your AC Gmail account go to and watch the instructional video on accessing your email.}

I strongly encourage you to contact me immediately with questions or problems, as communication with your professor is a vital component of effective learning in an online environment.   

To contact me via email, utilize the email system within the course site on AC Connect and follow the steps listed below:

Step 1| Click on the Email link under the COURSE MENU on the left sidebar of the course site.

Step 2| Scroll down and select the “Single/Select Users” option.

Step 3| Under the “Available to Select” box on the left scroll down to my name, “Norman, Jason” and click on it.

Step 4| Once you’ve selected the instructor’s name, click on the small arrow right key just to the right of the “Available to Select” box. You should then see my name appear in the “Selected” box on the right.

Step 5| Click on the larger message box and type your email.

Step 6| When you email me (or any of your professors), practice professional communication standards and use a greeting, body, and closing.

Step 7| Once your email is written as you would like it, click on the “Submit” box in either the upper or lower right corners.

I check my email daily. However, there may be instances when it will take some time for me to respond to your email. Generally speaking, you can expect an email response within 24 hours from the time you send your email.

If you need immediate assistance, I encourage you to call or text me at (806) 570-0210.  If you send a text, please include your name and which class you’re enrolled in. If you call and don’t receive an answer, please leave a message and I’ll call you back. You must leave a message if you want me to call you back.

In the event you are unable to contact me directly, there are some additional resources for assistance:

Option 1: You may contact the Academic Outreach & Support Services Office located in the same building, or via phone at (806) 371-5941.   


Option 2: You may contact the CTL Student & Faculty Help Center at (806) 371-5992. It’s available to students who are currently enrolled in academic or continuing education courses on a walk-in and/or appointment basis. Assistance is provided for: Logging-in to AC Connect, Password resets; How to use AC Online; Microsoft Office help/ Microsoft Office alternatives; General computer/software questions. They are located on the Washington Street Campus, Library, 2nd floor, Suite 205 and their hours are:

Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 5pm (WARE 205)

Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 5pm (Library Research Desk on the 4th Floor of WARE)

Friday, 7:30 am – Noon (WARE 205)


Option 3: You may access AC Connect Student Resources at:



Expected Courtesies - Course Communications

Students should make themselves knowledgeable regarding appropriate ‘netiquette’ practices. There are several internet resources explaining the facets of netiquette. One good source is located at:

Students will communicate with their professor in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Discourteous, rude and/or aggressive emails, text messages or phone conversations will absolutely not be tolerated.

When you have questions regarding the course, you should contact me FIRST. Students or other Amarillo College staff or faculty are not responsible for making determinations regarding my course policies.

In the event you have a complaint or issue regarding this course you should contact me first. If the situation cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, you may contact Dr. Beth Rodriguez for psychology courses.

Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

Recording Policy

Disability Statement

If you have a disability (learning, mental, physical) that affects your ability to participate effectively and have access to any program or service at Amarillo College please contact Disability Services at (806) 345-5639 . Our offices are located in the Student Service Center office 112. More information may be found at
Disability Services facilitates access to all programs and services according to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other federal and state laws.

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Amarillo College is committed to providing equal access to all programs and services, including all working, learning, and service environments that affect equal access for persons with disabilities. This commitment to provide equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities is in compliance with federal and state law. Amarillo College also strives to provide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) that are accessible to all authorized users.

If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the Disability Services Office at (806) 345-5639 . This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.

Statement for Mental Health and Advocacy & Resource Center:

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is

Amarillo College Tutoring for Success Policy:

The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Administrative Drop Policy

Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

Student Withdrawal Procedures

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.

NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.

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The Amarillo College Privacy Policy is found at , and applies to all Amarillo College students.  If you have questions about this privacy statement or you believe that your personal information has been released without your consent, send email to .


PSYC-2301-DC001 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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Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information


It is imperative that you have the textbook by the FIRST day of class, June 6

Exploring Psychology, Myers 
Myers Binding Shrink Wrapped
Copyright 18 Edition 11
ISBN 1-3192-8089-7


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Textbook, syllabus, pencil, pens, spiral notebook, and access to a computer on a regular basis. It is very important to have reliable internet service on your computer as well.  If you do not have your own computer, you will need to make arrangements at your high school to have access to a computer or use the AC computers located on the 4th floor of the Ware Student Commons Building on the Washington Street Campus.

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

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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

Expected Student Behavior


My first expectation for this course is that you do well, and enjoy your learning.  This is a college-level course, and is taught as such.  This is a high content based course, and there are assignments and tasks that need to be done each week.  If you are planning a "vacation", and are going to be out for any amount of time, you need to plan to take your computer and supplies with you. Assignments must be completed BEFORE the absence.  If not a ZERO will be recorded in the gradebook for assignments missed during those times. If you re going to be away from Wifi for an extended period of time I recommend that you take this course another semester.

I have very high-performance expectations for you as college students.  I expect you to attend class online, read and study your textbook, participate in class discussion boards with QUALITY writing, be prepared for class discussion and exams, and respect everyone else who is in the class. I cannot tell you how important reading your textbook is in this course.  You will have a Reading Quiz over every chapter, so you will be accountable for your reading.  I suggest going through your textbook doing pre-reading (scanning the chapter), then read the chapter, go through and make notes of important concepts and terms, and make notes/flash cards/reading logs from the chapter. Each chapter contains a large amount of content.  This is a fun and interesting course, but this is an overview course.  In psychology, there is usually a stand-alone course for each of the chapters we will be studing...Human Development, Child Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychology of Human Sexuality, etc.

Each student is expected to engage in academic honesty and refrain from cheating and/or plagiarism. This means that although 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. Each quiz and exam is timed, so you must already have a very strong grasp of the content we have learned during that unit.The point of college and college courses is to prepare you for your “real life” and “real career”. If you cheat your way through college then all you have learned is how to cheat and that is not very useful. Plagiarism and cheating is not tolerated.  If there is any hint of plagiarism or cheating you will receive a zero for that assignment(s), and risk being suspended from the course.  Collusion of cheating between one or more students in the course will result in all of the involved students receiving a failing grade for the assignment, and possibly the course.

Many of the topics we will be discussing this semester are adult in nature, and you must conduct yourself as an adult.  All students are expected to be tolerant and respectful of other students’ responses and discussions 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!! Any hint of cyber bullying ot hateful comments will be discussed with each student and a school administrator at your respective high school.

I need to address late assignments…I do not accept late work.  In college, late assignments are not usually accepted and automatic zeroes will be recorded in the gradebook.  Now saying that, I am a compassionate person.  I am "somewhat" lenient if you need some extra time for illness or an abundance of school activities at once.  You need to email me immediately, and let me know what is going on and if I can help.   It just cannot become habitual.  If I hear nothing from you zeroes will be recorded in the gradebook.

Grading Criteria

You will be able to check your grade on AC Online. Written assignments will be graded within 24-48 hours of submission (I do reserve the right to amend this as needed)  Grading will be on the standard grade scale:


100-90%         =  A

89-80%           =  B

79-70%           =  C

69-50%           =  D

Below 50%     =  F


The percentage points will be as follows: (all categories are color-coded throughout the syllabus & online). Assignments in the calendar below are color-coded per category.

  • 20% of overall grade – Exams (4) 
  • 15% of overall grade -- Social Responsibility Assignment
  • 50% of overall grade – Discussion Questions & Written Assignments
  • 15% of overall grade – Reading Quizzes

Exams (20%):

  • You will have 4, 75-question multiple-choice timed exams (60 minutes) online.  You can use your text and notes on your exams, but they are timed exams. You may not use your classmate or another person as a resource when taking your exam.  
  • There will NOT be a comprehensive final exam.  Exam #4 is over the last unit of four chapters.

Online Discussion Questions &  Written Assignments (50%):

  • You will be required to respond to different discussion topics on-line
  • The discussion will need to include relevant information discussed in class lecture notes, web links, YouTube videos, online diagrams, internet research, and in your textbook.
  • 50% of your overall grade will be made up of your writing.  There will be points for your initial response and points for your responses to your classmates (academic critiques).  It is imperative that you provide QUALITY writing in a college-level course because that is how you demonstrate your learning competencies.  
  • The initial response for every Discussion Question must be 3-5 paragraphs.  Always write your Discussion Questions like you are writing a paper in an English class.  An introduction, three supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion. Any paragraphs with many spelling/grammatical errors will receive a deduction of points as it detracts from the reading of the assignment, Each Discussion Question/Paper is graded with a rubric that breaks down percentages for each domain.  A 5 paragraph written submission will obviously get more points than a 3 paragraph submission.
  • You will be required to respond to at least 2 classmates’ responses using academic critique. See the top of the Discussion Questions tab in your course for FAQ and guidelines about writing Discussion Questions & Academic Critiques.  Your comments/academic critiques to classmates need to be relevant responses that show that you have read and understood what your classmates have posted and their point of view. "Nice job" or I agree" is not enough. Responses to classmates should be 1-3 paragraphs.  As per above...a 3 paragraph academic critique response will receive more points than a 1 paragraph response.

Reading Quizzes (15%):

*  It is essential, and required, that you read the chapters of the textbook each week.  You will not do well if you do not read the chapter content.

*  You will be tested on that material in the exams, but you will also be tested on your reading each week.  There is a Reading Quiz at the bottom of each Chapter folder.  These quizzes are 10 questions, and worth 10 points each…equaling 100 for each.  You can use your text and notes, but the Reading Quizzes are timed, and you will have only 12-minutes to answer the questions.  If you are not finished at the end of the 12-minute period, the quiz will close and auto-submit what you had completed.

*  These reading quizzes can help, or hurt, your grade. Keep on top of the reading and you will be successful.  I do drop your lowest Reading Quiz score at the end of the term.


Social Responsibility Assignment (15%):

  • Due July 17, 2022 by midnight
  • You must do at least 4 hours of community service in a community service agency.  If it is not in a local community service agency (i.e. The High Plains Food Bank, Downtown's Women's Center, Amarillo Habitat for Humanity,  Amarillo SPCA, etc.) you must have my approval.  A church youth group activity is not approved.  You must volunteer at a local community service agency that serves the entire community.
  • See the folder in Blackboard labeled Common Assessment-Social Responsibility Assignment.  Everything you need is in there, and this is where you will submit your community service verification form and the project paper template.



You will need to check online every day, at least once, for updates and assignments. You need to check your AC email at least 2 times a day.  Enter due dates for assignments, quizzes, and exams into your phone, tablet, computer, planner, etc.  If you miss an assignment and exam due dates then that will negatively affect your grade.  It is your responsibility to follow your syllabus, and submit your all assignments by the deadline.


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


Week # - Date                               Lesson/Lecture/Assignment (Listed Below)


Week 1 - Week of June 6:

       Chapter 1 - Intro to Psychology Thinking Critically with Psychological Science

       Chapter 2 - The Biology of the Mind

       Read the article: Back to School in a Pandemic: Tips to Foster Mental Health 

       Read the article:  Linking Mind, Brain, and Behaviour   

                     Reading Quiz: Chapter 1 – Due Sunday, June 12 by Midnight

                     Reading Quiz:  Chapter 2 – Due Sunday, June 12 by Midnight 

                         Syllabus Quiz: Due Sunday, June 12 by Midnight
                                        (located in the START HERE folder at the bottom)

                         Discussion Question #1 – Initial Response Due Tuesday, June 7

                                           Respond to Two Classmates Due Wednesday, June 8

                          Discussion Question #2 – Initial Response Due Saturday, June 11

                              Respond to Two Classmates Using Academic Critique - Due Sunday, June 12


Week 2 - Week of June 13:   

       Chapter 3 - Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind, Neuroscience & Behavior

       Read the article:  The New Science of Sleep         

       Read the article:   The Trouble with Hypnosis

                 Reading Quiz: Chapter 3 – Due Friday, June 17 by Midnight

                 Study Guide - Exam 1  (located in the Study Guide folder in Blackboard)

                     Exam #1:  Chapter 1-3 – Opens on Wednesday, June 15

                                     **Due Sunday, June 19 by Midnight**

 Please do not wait until 11:00 Sunday night to test.  It will be too late for me help if you have technical problems.


Week 3 - Week of June 20:             

            Chapter 4 – Developing Through the Life Span

            Chapter 5 -  Gender & Sexuality

            Read the article:  Jean Piaget's Theory and Stages of Cognitive Development 

            Read the article:  The Truth About Sex Differences

                               Reading Quiz: Chapter 4 – Due Sunday, June 26 by Midnight

                               Reading Quiz:  Chapter 5 – Due Sunday, June 26 by Midnight

                                Discussion Question #3 – Initial Response Due Wednesday, June 22

                                      Respond to Two Classmates Using Academic Critique - Due Thursday, June 23

                                   Discussion Question #4 – Initial Response Due Saturday, June 25

                                       Respond to Two Classmates Using Academic Critique - Due Sunday, June 26


Week 4 - Week of June 27:               

           Chapter 6 – Sensation & Perception

           Chapter 7 – Learning 

           Read the article: Sense & Sensitivity

           Read the article: The Psychology of Learning Environments

                      Reading Quiz: Chapter 6 – Due Friday, July 1 by Midnight

                           Reading Quiz:  Chapter 7 – Due Friday, July 1 by Midnight

                       Exam #2:  Chapters 4-7 – Opens Wednesday, June 29

                                              **Due Sunday, July 3 by Midnight**

 Please do not wait until 11:00 Sunday night to test.  It will be too late for me help if you have technical problems.


Week 5 - Week of July 4:

             Chapter 8 – Memory

             Chapter 9 – Thinking, Language, and Intelligence  

            Read the article:  What is the Difference Between Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease?

            Read the article: Intelligence- Definition, Theories, and Testing

                          Reading Quiz: Chapter 8 – Due Sunday, July 10 by Midnight

                           Reading Quiz:  Chapter 9 – Due Sunday, July 10  by Midnight

                                Discussion Question #5 – Initial Response Due Friday, July 8

                                    Respond to Two Classmates Using Academic Critique - Due Saturday, July 9


Week 6 - Week of July 11:             

          Chapter 10 – Motivation

          Chapter 11 – Emotions, Stress, and Health

          Read the article:  Theories of Motivation

          Read the article:  Protect Your Brain from Stress

                    Reading Quiz: Chapter 10 – Due Friday, July 15 by Midnight

                        Reading Quiz:  Chapter 11 – Due Friday, July 15 by Midnight

                           Discussion Question #6 – Initial Response Due Thursday, July 14

                                Respond to Two Classmates Using Academic Critique - Due Friday, July 15

                         Exam #3:  Chapters 8-11 – Opens Wednesday, July 13

                                               **Due Sunday, July 17 by Midnight**

                       **Social Responsibility Assignment - Due Sunday, July 17**

 Please do not wait until 11:00 Sunday night to test.  It will be too late for me help if you have technical problems.

Go ahead and look at the Chapter 14 & 15 Essay. (It is located in the Chapter 15 folder)  This will give you time to choose a film on the list that I provided in the assignment (you MUST choose a film from the comprehensive list that I provided)watch the film, and write a quality essay according to the assignment requirements.  The essay must be submitted online (there is a assignment dropbox in the Chapter 15 folder for this assignment) by the deadline of Wednesday, July 27.   No late assignments will be accepted.


Week 7 - Week of July 18:

              Chapter 12 – Social Psychology

              Chapter 13 – Personality

              Read the article:  How to Handle the Most Toxic People in Your Life

              Read the article: Introvert vs Extrovert: A Look at the Spectrum and Psychology 

                             Reading Quiz: Chapter 12 – Due Sunday, July 24 by Midnight

                             Reading Quiz:  Chapter 13 – Due Sunday, July 24 by Midnight

                             Discussion Question #7 – Initial Response Due Friday, July 22

                                  Respond to Two Classmates using Academic Critique - Due Saturday, July 23  


Week 8 - Week of July 25:

               Chapter 14 – Psychological Disorders

               Chapter 15 – Therapies

               Read the article: The Challenges of Bipolar Disorder in Young People

               Read the article: Eating Disorders and Adolescents

               Read the article: Different Types of Mental Health Treatment

                             Reading Quiz: Chapter 14 – Due Wednesday, July 27 by Midnight

                             Reading Quiz:  Chapter 15 – Due Wednesday, July 27 by Midnight

                Chapter 14 & 15 Movie Essay – Essay to be Submitted in Chapter 15 Assignment 
                        Dropbox by Wednesday, July 27

                               Exam #4:  Chapters 12-15 – Opens Monday, July 25

                                           **Due Wednesday, July 27 by Midnight**

  Please do not wait until 11:00 Wednesday night to test.  It will be too late for me help if you have technical problems.

**Grades are due to the Registrar’s Office on Thursday, July 28 by noon.  There will be no assignments accepted after midnight on July 27**

Additional Information

The best way to reach me is my e-mail:  janorman@actx.eduWe can also setup a video conference if you would like.  Just email and I will send you an appt with a link for a video meeting.  Here is my cell phone # as well:  806.570.0210  Feel free to call if you need any assistance. 

If you email me within the AC Connect class then when I reply it will go to your gmail account that is connected with this course. If you do not check your gmail then make sure to email me from the email you use most with your section number so I know what class you are enrolled in.


Makeup Policy:  Please review the exam and assignment dates for this course.  If your schedule cannot accommodate these dates and times, you will need to drop this course and find a course that does fit your schedule.  You will need to have arranged your affairs to accommodate keeping up with reading the textbook and completing all assignments.  More than likely I will not allow you to make up any of the four unit exams. If there are extreme circumstances, please contact me, so we can figure something out. We both want you to be successful.  All exams or assignments turned in after the deadline will have points deducted.  The highest grade given will be 70% of the available points for the exam or assignment.


Dropping the Class: The last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” on your transcript is July 20.  Please visit with me about your concerns regarding completing the class and desire to withdraw.  As part of the process to withdraw, it will be your responsibility to email me prior to the date listed above for you to be dropped from the course. I will officially drop you from the course if you have emailed me properly prior to the drop date above.  If you simply stop attending, and do not email me with a request to drop the class, a grade of F will appear on your transcript.


Technical Problems:  If you experience a technical problem with some online aspect of the course, you may contact the Student & Faculty Help Center at 806.371.5992 or by email at  The Student & Faculty Help Center staff can be located at the Washington Street Campus, WARE, Room 111 or after 5pm on the 4th floor of WARE.


Mental Health Services and the Advocacy & Resource Center:  As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student’s ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806.371.5191.  The AC Counseling Center website is  Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806.371.5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is

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05/10/22 1:46 AM

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06/06/22 9:12 AM