Introductory Psychology (Psy 100)
Syllabus- Summer 2008
Dr. David E. Hogan
Office location: BEP 365
Office hours: 1:30-2:00 Monday through Thursday and by appointment
Phone: (859) 572-5117
Meyers, David. (2007). Exploring Psychology. (7th ed.). Worth Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0-7167-7141-8.
A tutorial/study guide for each chapter of the main text can be found at the publisherÕs website: http://www.worthpublishers.com/meyers/. Go to the study guide now and browse around. Students should use the website as needed.
Home page: http://www.nku.edu/~hogan
This course surveys the major areas of the science and profession of psychology. The topics include research methods, psychobiology, learning, intelligence, perception, development, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, social psychology and other topics as time permits.
Your course grade will be based on the percentage of course points earned over the term. Course points are based on exam and quiz performance, a writing assignment, and extra credit projects. Failure to take all of the exams and to turn in all of the writing assignments may result in a failing grade in the course.
In all probability, there will be five examinations administered during the five-week term. Each exam will consist of approximately 40-50 multiple choice questions drawn from textbook readings and supplementary lecture material. The total number of course points associated with all exams will be approximately 200-250 points. There will also be quizzes consisting of short answer identify and describe items, fill-in-the-blank or multiple choice items. The quiz dates are not indicated on the syllabus, but IÕll announce them in plenty of time for you to be prepared.
You will also have to submit a written report on two magazine articles during the term. Each report is valued at 10 points; the whole assignment is valued at 20 course points. One reports is due roughly at mid term and the other is due on the last class day (see schedule of lecture topics below). Each report will be graded on how clearly you express your ideas, how closely the assignment conforms to style, length, due date requirements, and your apparent level of understanding of the articles. Details concerning the format of the assignment and the reading list are provided on a separate handout on Blackboard.
There may be opportunities for you to earn extra credit points by participating in psychological research projects, or by doing other activities that I offer during the term. The failure to participate in extra credit projects will not count against you, but I strongly urge you to participate in them because they involve a meaningful learning experience and because the more course points you accumulate, the better your final letter grade is likely to be.
Letter grades will be based on the following percentages:
< 59 F
Attendance at every class meeting is strongly urged; frequent, unexcused absences may result in you being dropped from the class. Inform the instructor through e-mail or telephone if you will miss class.
Students requiring special accommodations for note-taking or testing should see the instructor at the beginning of the course or any time the need arises.
Perspectives and Research Methods
Ch. 1 Probable day of Exam 1:
The Nervous System & Behavior
Ch. 2; Ch 3 (74-76) Probable day of Exam 2: June 13
Learning and Perception
Ch. 7 & Ch. 5
Reports on first article due June 20
Probable day of Exam 3: June 20
Consciousness and Memory
Ch. 6 (p. 186-203); Ch. 8
Probable Day of Exam 4 June 27
Intelligence, Mental Disorders, and
Ch. 9 (pp. 310-384), Ch. 13 & Ch. 15
Probable day of Exam 5: July 3 (Friday)
Report on 2cnd article due (resubmit the first article along with the last article)