INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 1021
Course Syllabus - Schiller International University
Fall 2009

Instructor: Laurence E. Heglar, PhD
Office hours: By appointment.
Meeting times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 16:30 to 17:45
Location: GRE
Mobil phone: 676.406.071
E-mail: laurence_heglar@schiller.edu
Web page: http://www.institutobios.org

Course Description:

Psychology is concerned with the study of human behavior. In this course we will be finding out what psychologists do, how they investigate human behavior, and what is known about the kind of creatures we are. We will be looking at our capacities and potentials, how we adapt to and create the physical and social environments in which we live, and how we change during the various developmental periods of our lives. The topics covered in this course will include how our biological form influences our behavior, our perceptions and different states of consciousness, the ways in which we communicate with each other, and the possibilities for changing our behavior by means of learning experiences. We will also consider the various issues we face as infants, children, adults and in old age, and the various perspectives on personality and current therapies for effecting change in ourselves and our relationships with others.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe the major perspectives and research methods in contemporary psychology.
  2. Describe physiological and psychological development.
  3. Discuss current findings in the areas of learning, memory and thinking
  4. Discuss the concepts of motivation and emotions and current research
  5. Describe the theory behind mental and personality measurement, andthe influence of developmental factors on both areas
  6. Identify different types of causal factors leading to abnormal behavior, and understand the basics of the current classification system for psychological disorders.
Basic Text: Wade, C. & Tavris, C. (2008). Invitation to Psychology. New Jersey: Pearson Education. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-175063-1

Purchase of the text is necessary. The instructor cannot guarantee that previous editions will be sufficient. If the bookstore is out of copies, students should attempt to purchase a used copy from another student.

Grading: The grading for the course will be based on two exams and three lab reports. All lab work must be turned in to receive a grade. The total points will be distributed as follows:

Midterm exam         100 points
Final exam               100 points
Lab reports             100 points

Total              =       300 points
Exams: The exams will consist of essay questions.

Lectures & readings: Class time will be spent discussing topics related to the text material assigned for that day, but students should not expect that all text material will be covered in class. Students are responsible for all assigned reading and should ask questions in class. Various handouts will be given out in class, which are also material for exams.

Lab Reports: Doing research and writing reports is an integral part of psychology and the other social sciences. During the course we will have several opportunities to conduct small experiments in class or at home. Three of these experiments will serve as the basis for short written lab reports by the students. The purpose of these write-ups is to give students the opportunity to learn the format of report writing in the social sciences, i.e. describing the methods used in an experiment, reporting the results, and interpreting the findings. No outside materials will be needed for these lab reports, other than the instruction booklets the instructor hands out in class. The lab report schedule is as follows:

DATE ASSIGNEDDATE DUEPOINTS
Lab report 1 Sept. 24Sept. 2910
Lab report 2 Oct. 15Oct. 2020
Lab report 3 Nov. 19Nov. 2630
The format to be followed in writing these reports will be discussed in class. Copies of the instructions for writing the reports may be downloaded as Word documents - Lab Format and Research Report. Lab reports must be typed.

Make-up work: Any student who finds it necessary to miss an exam should inform the instructor prior to the exam. Only official excuses will be accepted. Make-up tests will be considerably harder than the original, so it is in the student's best interest to take them at the scheduled time. Lab reports will be penalized 25% for each day they are late. All reports must be turned in before the end of the term, regardless of how many points they are worth for the student. No grade will be awarded to students who do not turn in all lab reports.

Attendance: Attendance: The Schiller faculty and administration believe that attendance is critical to understanding and applying knowledge and skills taught. My policy is that students must attend all classes. If a student has three absences the final grade will be lowered by half a grade (e.g., A to A-, A- to B+, B+ to B, B to B-, B- to C+ etc.). After every two additional absences, the grade will be lowered by another half a grade (e.g. after seven absences, the final grade will from a B to a C+)

Reading and Lecture Topic Schedule

DATETOPICREADING
Sept. 8 Introduction
What do psychologists do?
Psychology Knowledge Test
Ch. 1 - What is Psychology?
Sept. 10 A bit of history
Philosophical questions & the 5 schools
Ch. 1 - What is Psychology?
Introduction to Course (Word .doc)
Study Guide for Chapter 1 (Word .doc)
Sept. 15 Doing research in psychology Ch. 1 - What is Psychology?
Sept. 17 Personality - Freud Ch. 2 - Theories of Personality
Sept. 22 Personality - Freud Ch. 2 - Theories of Personality
Sept. 24 Personality - Freud Ch. 2 - Theories of Personality
Lab 1 assigned
Sept. 29 Personality - Humanists Ch. 2 - Theories of Personality
Lab 1 assignment due
Oct. 1 Personality - Humanists Ch. 2 - Theories of Personality
Oct. 6 Human Development
Genetics and Infancy
Ch. 3 - Development Over the Lifespan
Oct. 8 Human Development
Childhood social, emotional and cognitive development
Ch. 3 - Development Over the Lifespan
Oct. 13 Human Development
After childhood
Ch. 3 - Development Over the Lifespan
Oct. 15 Consciousness
Sleep & dreams
Ch. 5 - Consciousness: Body Rhythms and Mental States
Lab 2 assigned (download Word .doc)
Oct. 20 Consciousness Ch. 5 - Consciousness: Body Rhythms and Mental StatesLab 2 assignment due
Oct. 22 Intelligence Ch. 7 - Thinking & Intelligence
Oct. 27 Intelligence Ch. 7 - Thinking & Intelligence
Oct. 29 Midterm Exam
Nov. 3 Learning & Behaviorism Ch. 9 - Learning and Conditioning
The Behaviorist Manifesto by Watson (Word .doc)
Nov. 5 Learning & Behaviorism Ch. 9 - Learning and Conditioning
Nov. 10 Abnormal Behavior Ch. 11 - Psychological Disorders
Nov. 12 Abnormal Behavior Ch. 11 - Psychological Disorders
Nov. 17 Therapy Ch. 12 - Approaches to Treatment and Therapy
Nov. 19 Therapy Ch. 12 - Approaches to Treatment and Therapy
Lab 3 assigned
Nov. 24 Motivation Ch. 14 - The Major Motives of Life: Love, Sex, Food and Work
Nov. 26 Motivation Ch. 14 - The Major Motives of Life: Love, Sex, Food and Work
Lab 3 due
Dec. 1 Social Psychology Ch. 10 - Behavior in Social and Cultural Context
Dec. 3 Social Psychology Ch. 10 - Behavior in Social and Cultural Context
Dec. 10 Review
Dec. 14-18 Final Exam


Internet Resources:

This course syllabus is online at the instructor's web site: "http://www.institutobios.org". Students may click on "Course Materials." Also on this site students will find the instructor's Psychology Reference Page of internet sites in the field of psychology.