Introduction to Psychology Instructor:
Donette Steele, M.A.
– (562) 856-8122
Class Website: http://mysite.verizon.net/res0im1v/donettesteelepsychology/
REQUIRED TEXT: Introduction to Psychology by Dennis Coon Gateways 13th Edition
Chapter 1 Introduction to
Psychology and Research Methods
Feb 25, 27 and March
Chapter 2. Brain and Behavior March
6,11 and 13
Exam 1 Chapters 1 and 2 March 18
Chapter 5 States of
Consciousness March 20 and
Chapter 6. Conditioning and
27 and April 1
April 7 - 13
Chapter 7. Memory
Exam 2 Chapters 5, 6, and 7 April 17
Chapter 12 Personality
Chapter 14 Psychological Disorders April 24 and 29
Chapter 15 Therapies
Exam 3 Chapters 12, 14 and 15
Chapter 16 Social Thinking
8 and 13
Prosocial and AntiSocial Behavior
Chapters 16 and 17
Chapter 13 Health, Stress and Coping May 27
Chapter 3 Human Development May 29
Exam 5 Chapters 13 and 3
Final to be announced
Student Learning Outcomes
the focus of psychological
exploration, and analyze the elements of the scientific method employed by
2. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical approaches and research findings
in the fields of learning, social psychology, development, emotion, cognition,
motivation, sensation, biological psychology, abnormal psychology and
Describe the historical development of the field of psychology from its roots
in philosophy to its emergence as a behavioral science.
2. Comprehend basic psychological and physical milestones in the growth and
maturation of human beings.
Identify and describe three learning paradigms: classical conditioning, operant
conditioning, and social/observational learning.
4. Identify and differentiate the following mental processes and their
measurable behavioral expressions: sensation, intelligence, perception,
attention, decision making, problem solving, imagination, motivation, emotion,
states of consciousness, and memory.
5. Explain core research findings that show how individuals are influenced by
the presence of others.
6. Identify a variety of cross-cultural differences in human behavior.
7. Debate the relative contributions of heredity and the environment to personality
development, intellectual development, and development of mental disorders.
8. Demonstrate comprehension of the necessary background information needed for
subsequent courses in psychology.
9. State the basic assumptions underlying each major school of psychological
10. Identify contemporary theories of personality as well as their strengths
11. Identify the most common methods of personality assessment and their
OFFICE HOURS: I am available
each class and by appointment. I can also be reached at (562) 8568122. Leave a
return number and the best times to reach you. I will not return calls if you
have any type of call blocking on your line as I will not release my home number.
The best way to contact me and receive the quickest reply is to email me. My
email address is firstname.lastname@example.org I will return email promptly.
EMAIL: Email will not
be opened by the Instructor unless
the subject line includes your name, name of the college, course name and time
class meets. Email me at email@example.com. Do not email at the lahc.edu email address as I do not frequently check
this. Do not call the college with messages for the instructor as the
Department does not accept messages. Do not call me with a message that you
will not be in class, this is your responsibility and not mine. Again, do not
the email address at the college. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Always send a backup email to my alternate email address which is
ASSIGNMENTS: Do not call
me and ask
what the assignments are OR what chapter we are on OR when the exam is - pair
up with another student and work with them. Attend class so you have this
information. Do not ask me, if you miss class, if you missed anything important
as it is all IMPORTANT.
EXCHANGE PHONE NUMBERS/EMAIL ADDRESSES: You are required to write two other students phone numbers and email
addresses on the back of your first Exam Scantron. If you do not have this
information on the back of the Scantron, if you do not include this information
I will deduct 50% from your exam score. Use these contacts if you miss a class
or wish to discuss information from the lecture or text book. Make sure, if the
students you exchange phone numbers and email addresses with withdraws from the
course, you get new phone numbers and email addresses from other students. It
is your responsibility to have contact numbers and your responsibility to be
aware of information related to the class should you neglect to take notes or
miss a class. Do not contact me for basic information. I am available to answer
questions or explain concepts should you need further instruction but I am not
here to keep you organized. This is your responsibility.
EXAMS: You will be taking
four multiple choice exams; each
will cover the material from the assigned chapters of the text, readings, films
and lectures. You are responsible for all of the material in the assigned
chapters, readings, films and lectures. Your grade will be based on your four
highest exam scores. Each counted Exam is worth 20% towards your semester grade
for a total of 80%.
Written and Participation: In
and classroom activities counts as 20% towards your semester grade. Group or
Individual assignments will be given in class and returned by you at the end of
class. Participation will be based on your active participation in class and
your completion of in-class assignment. Missing classes may affect your class
grade as you will not be able to participate during those days. Excessive
absences will result in the lowering of your semester grade or being dropped
from the class.
Exams: Bring an 882
Scantron and a pencil. You may not
leave the classroom once you began the exam, unless you request to do so, and
are given permission to do so by the Instructor. All materials, if permission
is given, must be left with the Instructor. Leaving the classroom without
permission will result in the grade of F on the exam. The college does not
provide Scantrons or Pencils.
During an exam, the Exam must cover your Scantron. Any Scantron not
covered (except for the question you are working on) will be picked up by the
Instructor and a grade of (0) F will be given to the student for the exam.
FIRST EXAM: On the back
of your Scantron
for the first exam you must list two other students, their phone number, and
their email addresses. Failure to do this will lower your first exam score by
MISSED EXAMS: There are NO
makeup exams for the course for any reason. I am enforcing this and I will
not allow any makeup regardless of your explanation or excuse. If you miss
more than one exam it will significantly lower your semester grade and you may
not be able to pass the class. You are allowed to drop your lowest exam score,
if you miss an exam that will constitute your lowest exam score and will be
EXTRA CREDIT: There will be
extra credit assignments for out of class completion. These are due the day of
the corresponding Exam and late submissions will be given zero credit. No
emailing of extra credit to the instructor. Bring it to class. Only typed
submissions will be accepted for all out of class assignments. Do not hand
write anything for submission to the Instructor unless you are specifically
directed to do so. Handwritten assignments will not be accepted.
WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: There
be a minimum of four writing assignments involving extra credit and/or class
participation. These are to help you grasp the concepts you will be tested on.
Each writing assignment must be a minimum of one page, two paragraphs minimum,
each paragraph needs to consist of a minimum of six sentences, single space.
Topic will be announced and writing assignments will be due the day of the
corresponding exam. These assignments may vary and the Instructor will announce
topic during class meetings.
ADDITIONAL EXTRA CREDIT: There
be no additional Extra Credit other than what is announced for the entire
class. Do not ask me at the end of the semester if there is any extra credit
that may help you pass the course - The answer is No. If you are absent the day
in-class extra credit is given you will not be able to make it up and you will
receive zero credit. If you cannot pass the exams, you do not have the basic
knowledge of the subject in order to pass the course.
GRADING: The scale for
assigned letter grades is as
follows: 90%+ = A, 80%+ = B, 70%+ = C, 60% + = D, below 60% = F.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance is
according to academic policy. The policy states: Attendance is the student's
responsibility. In the event of excessive absences (20% or more of course
meetings), the instructor may drop a student from the course or lower the
LATENESS TO CLASS: If
late to class, enter through the back door. Do not walk in front of the
Instructor during lecture. Keep disruption to a minimum. If role has been taken
and you are not present you must (hand write) the Instructor include your name,
class and the reason for being late and how you will avoid being late in the future
or you will be counted as absent. The Instructor monitors absences and late
students and this may lower your semester grade.
WITHDRAWING FROM COURSE: It
responsibility to withdraw from the course should you decide to do so. It is
your responsibility to complete and submit the paperwork to withdraw from the
course. Failure to do the required paperwork by the required date will result
in a Semester Grade being assigned by me. Usually not officially dropping a
course due to poor grades will lead to the assignment of a failing grade in the
CLASS DECORUM: I
enjoy and encourage
participation during the class. No question or comment is irrelevant and no
question is stupid. If you choose to speak, please speak to the whole class.
Aside conversations are not permitted. If you choose to speak and not address
the entire class, or engage in private conversations, you will be asked to
leave. If a student is directed to leave the class more than once, the student
may not be allowed back into the class and a grade of F may be recorded for
their semester grade. If you talk and distract me during lecture I know you are
distracting students who may wish to get an education. Respect their right to
do so and do not behave in a disruptive or distractive manner during class. I
take this seriously and, if you do disrupt or distract, you and I will be
having a private chat regarding your behavior and its consequences. Do not sit
with your conversation buddies if you cannot control your behavior or their
Cell Phones/ Pagers/Texting: Cell
and Pagers are to be turned off during class. No texting is allowed during
class. The devices may also be set to Silent Mode. If it is an emergency and
you must return a call, leave the classroom to do so. If you must leave class
due to an emergency do so with the least amount of disruption possible. Do not
interrupt a lecture to explain the situation to me, do this at the next class
during break or at the end of class. Do not use your cell phone in the
classroom during class or break - go outside of the classroom to do so. Cell
phones are a great way to communicate with others but not during class. Again,
do not text during class and turn your phone ringer off during class.
GROUP/INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY IN CLASS: Read
your assigned chapter before you get to class. We will be working
in groups to demonstrate many of the concepts in the text. There will also be
individual classroom projects designed to aid you in understanding the text and
concepts. It will benefit you to participate in all activities. Class
participation will play a factor in determining your semester grade. It can
decrease (if you do not participate) or increase (if you participate) your
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Cheating
an exam will result in a grade of F on an Exam may lead to expulsion from my
class. Cheating may also lead to further disciplinary action by the college and
you may be barred from attending any California supported institution.
HANDOUT MATERIALS: Extra
Credit Materials are available on the course website. Study guides are also
available on the course website. If you are missing any supplemental materials,
such as study guides etc. because of loss or not downloading them, it is you
responsibility to obtain them from another class member or from the course
TEXTBOOK: The syllabus chapter numbers are based on the latest version of
the Textbook. If you decide to use an earlier edition please note the chapter
numbers may be different. In that case you will need to match the chapter
titles to the version you purchase. Earlier editions may be used but it is the
student’s responsibility to attend to all information presented in each
lecture. The Instructor has no responsibility if a student decides to purchase
an alternate book or edition of the required text.