Introduction to Psychological Science and
Principles of Psychological Science
Synopsis of Course Syllabus
(Download Complete Course Syllabus Below)
REQUIRED ONLINE PORTAL AND TEXTS:
Myers, David G. and DeWall, C. Nathan (2015). Psychology in Modules (11th Edition). New York: Worth Publishers,
Note: You are required to purchase the Psychology Portal only which entitles you to the
Online E-book and all Online Resources (**Required)
For Psychology 200-Thursday-Purchase at the campus bookstore or online at:
Myers, David G. and DeWall, C. Nathan (2015). Psychology (11th Edition). New York: Worth Publishers,
(and Access Card to the Psychology Launchpad Portal -both are required if you wish to have a hard copy of the textbook.)
Note: You may purchase the Psychology Portal only which entitles you to the
Online E-book and all Online Resources (**Recommended)
For Psychology 201-Purchase at the campus bookstore or online at:
PSY 200 & 201
Northey, Margot & Brian Timney (2012). Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing. Oxford.
** (Required for students developing a research paper or journal for final project.)
Duffy, Karen G. (2017). Annual Editions: Psychology 16/17. Conn: Dushkin Publishers. (*Recommended)
Introduction to Psychology surveys the field and the scientific methods of psychology and studies the dynamic factors
influencing human behavior. The course will provide an overview of the basic foundation of psychology, psychological
principles and the various psychological fields. It is a broad course pursuing every important area within the field.
The first phase of this two semester course will focus on history, physiological bases of behavior, sensory and perceptual
processes,development across the life span, motivation, emotion, human sexuality, careers in psychology, methodology and
statistics. The second phase of the course will focus on learning and memory, language, thinking, intelligence,
personality theories, altered states of consciousness, abnormal psychology and methods of therapy, social psychology
and careers in psychology.
To provide the student with a basic understanding of psychological concepts and principles and the major sub fields in psychology.
To gain an understanding of psychology as a science, and to appreciate the complexity, interdisciplinary focus and
comprehensiveness of psychology.
To become familiar with some of the great contributors to psychology and the theories they developed.
To gain an understanding of the physiological, biological and neurological underpinnings of behavior ( including, sensation,
perception, development, motivation and emotion) and the linkages to cognition (learning, memory, emotion, motivation,
intelligence, personality) and psycho-pathology, personality formation and social behavior.
To gain an understanding and knowledge of the role of psychology in everyday life and its practical
usefulness in one’s personal and professional life and how to apply or use psychological concepts.
To understand the professional and career potential of a major and advanced study in psychology.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: OVERVIEW OF REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS
EXAMINATIONS (Traditional or Portfolio)
There will be a total of 3 examinations in the form of a traditional exam or portfolio (your choice).
Traditional examinations will include multiple-choice or true-false and short essay questions. Exams also
may be in the form of a take-home version or complete essay. There are typically 2 versions of an exam for
you to choose from - a multiple-choice or true-false, with short answer essays.
You may substitute an exam with a creative portfolio or exhibit that demonstrates your learning in the areas
assigned for examination. You must get prior permission from your professor to substitute a portfolio
for an exam. This replacement assignment must cover the chapters to be covered during the examination
period and adhere to the guidelines set forth for portfolio development.
FINAL DIGITAL RESEARCH PAPER OR FINAL PROJECT OPTIONS
TYPES OF RESEARCH PAPERS YOU CAN SUBMIT
I. RELATED PAPER
A related paper is a written discussion that is an extension of a selected chapter in your text. The written
discussion is related to the text discussion, but is not a regurgitation of the text material. The related
paper will discuss questions, ideas or concepts that you would like to know more about, but are not
discussed in any detail in the text. You will introduce yourself and the class to new information on the
subject and this information will be an extension of what you learned in class or from reading the text.
Related papers also may include extended biographies of some of the great psychologists not discussed in
detail in your text.
You may also write a biography of one of the psychologists mentioned in the textbook or in class. Include the historical factors that influenced the person's work and the major contributions made by the scientists to the
field of psychology. Include some discussion about your assessment of these contributions relative to their
impact on the field of psychology. Finally, include a discussion of your opinion about the contributions or
theories of the psychologist. I will not accept a summary discussion of a chapter from the textbook or
any general psychology textbook.
II. SUMMARY OF RELATED READINGS
This can be a summary from a chapter or chapters of a book pertaining to a related psychological topic, or it
can be a review of a related journal article or articles, or materials from a popular psychology magazine. You
should briefly summarize your reading(s) and present an assessment of what you read. Also indicate your
views on what you read.
III. ANALYTICAL PAPER
This paper is designed to help you think productively and analytically about a topic. This can be a
reactionary, theoretical or evaluative paper. This paper should reflect your thinking and analyses on the
subject and evidence that you have read or consulted other sources.
IV. PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPERIMENT
You can create your own psychology experiment - empirical or qualitative. You can use any of the
methodologies outlined In your chapter on research methods: survey, laboratory research, case study,
field observation etc. You paper should be a detailed written description of the purpose of your study,
your hypothesis, your methodology , your findings and analysis. Remember that your experiment should
be clear enough for any member of the class to replicate and get similar results. Further, you must search
the research literature for similar studies and report on these in your review of the literature section of
OTHER TYPES OF PROJECTS YOU CAN DEVELOP FOR A FINAL SEMESTER PRODUCT
V. PORTFOLIO (PAPER OR DIGITAL)
You can be creative in illustrating what and how you are learning in this class. Instead of doing a formal
research paper you can choose to develop a portfolio collection of examples of your learning, illustrating
what you have learned and how what you illustrate is connected to what you have learned. This portfolio
can include articles, editorials, photographs, video clips, interviews, exhibits, etc.
You may substitute a portfolio instead of taking an examination. The portfolio must include items covering
the chapters to be included on the exam. You must also obtain special permission from your instructor.
If you are developing a portfolio as your final project (Product #4), you will be required to include items
covering at least 4 chapters covered during the semester. Each area included in your portfolio must have a
brief written narrative and you will be required to present your portfolios to the class. Again, if you are
interested in portfolio development, please download the written guidelines from the course website.
Digital portfolios must adhere to the same guidelines as for paper portfolios, including the citation of
references and the critical reflections on what was learned. Digital portfolios may be in the form of
PowerPoint or other multimedia presentations.
Group projects are acceptable based on permission from the instructor. The group should not exceed more
than 5 people.
VI. REFLECTIVE JOURNAL
You can choose to keep a reflective journal throughout the semester with critical reflections and reactions to
each chapter covered this semester, including lecture areas not covered in the textbook, with discussion of implications and examples from other related scholarly sources.
A journal is a collection of written reflections on the chapters from your textbook and lecture materials
covered in class during the semester. The written reflections should be integrated with observations from
related journal articles, media articles, combined with scholarly reflective analyses. All sources cited should
be appropriately notated using the APA format. The journal should not be a regurgitation of text material.
One journal entry is required for each topical area and chapters covered in this course over the semester.
For Psy 201, ten (10) entries total are required, including the overview of psychology and reflective summary
of the course. For Psy 202, eleven (11) entries total are required, including the overview and reflective
summary of 201 & 202 course. Each journal entry should be single spaced with a double space between
paragraphs. Journal entries should include no less than one typewritten page on each area. For any references
cited in the journal, you should also include a reference listing at the end of the journal.
Please note that if you decide to submit a journal as a final project, it is strongly recommended that you
keep an ongoing diary of reflections during the actual discussions on the topic. Download guidelines for
journal writing from the “lessons and handouts” page of the course website.
VII. PSYCHOLOGY-RELATED SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT
Instead of any of the above, you can perform 8 hours of community service in a psychology-related setting.
Service learning programs involve students in organized community service that address local needs while
at the same time develops your academic skills and sense of civic responsibility and commitment to the
You are responsible for finding and negotiating entry into an organization for your service. The Loudoun
County Office of Volunteer Services Office can also help you. They can provide you with a directory of
volunteer opportunities. You can contact them at (703)777-0113 or locate their web page at:
County at (703) 246-3460.
You are required to keep a journal write a descriptive paper of your service and its significance to your
personal,professional and academic development. Students must also address how the service provided
related to psychology content covered in class. Your selection of service should be related to the areas
covered during this semester. Please download written guidelines from the course website. Go to the
Service Learning page from the homepage of the course website. Group projects are acceptable based
on permission from the instructor. The group should not exceed more than 5 people.
VIII. WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT
You may develop a web site as a final project on some interesting aspect of psychology covered during the
semester. The web site must inform the public in detail about one or several areas or concepts in
psychology or some current issue. The web site can include text, animations, video and audio clips,
photographs, and links to other related material.
The site must adhere to ethical guidelines and copyright laws for paper and cyberspace. Please make sure
that you use a dictionary to check for the correct spelling of words before publishing your site to the web.
Please also proof for typographical errors.
Students are encouraged to think carefully about subject possibilities and to be as original and creative as
possible. Interesting web sites will be selected to be placed on the instructor’s course web site. See example
websites from former students on the “Student Projects” page of the course website.
IX. POSTER PRESENTATION
You may develop a formal poster presentation of a psychology subject or set of related areas. You may also
develop a poster presentation of a research question or area that you have investigated. The poster
presentation must be carefully planned and presented with references. All posters must adhere to
specifications offered by your instructor. To learn more about how to develop effective poster presentations,
please ask for the handout on how to develop effective poster presentations and see the sites listed on
the web course. You will find these sources on the course web site under “Related Links” - References,
Online Journals, Style Manuals and Study Guides. Look for “Effective Presentations.”
X. COORDINATING PSYCHOLOGY ACTIVITIES
As a final project, individuals or groups may develop, plan, coordinate and implement psychology activities.
These include: the psychology fair, psychology discussion group forums, meditation sessions and a
semester-long psychology study groups on a specific but related topic. You may also surf the
psychology website on a regular basis to track broken links and to identify new links and information
pertinent to psychology.
XI. GROUP PARTICIPATION IN SIMULATED GAME-“NEW WORLDQUEST”
As a final project, you can opt to form a group to participate in the game “New WorldQuest,” a new
global game developed by your professor. "New WorldQuest" is a problem-solving simulation and action
game. The game is designed to promote communication and global understanding between diverse student populations in the college classroom and other educational settings; and, build a new world community,
including new infrastructures through the formation of leaders and coalitions to cooperatively work together
to plan a world community. For more information on the game, please visit the page on the course website.
Criteria for Grading Research Papers
All papers will be read and evaluated based on a set of criteria and a point system totaling 100 points.
Criteria will include: organization and format (10 points); clarity/quality of content (25 points);
typed paper with cover page (10 points); documentation and citation of data sources in text, or
review and discussion of literature, or thinking/analysis displayed (25 points);
thoroughness/conciseness (20 points); and bibliography included with at least 6 sources (10 points).
Criteria for Grading Portfolios
Please read carefully the guidelines for portfolio development and the criteria for grading form which
must be included with your submission of a portfolio. Download guidelines and forms from course website.
Criteria for Grading Service Learning Projects
Please read carefully the guidelines for Service Learning and how journals and reports are to be structured.
Criteria for Grading Reflective Journals
Please read carefully the guidelines for developing reflective journals and how they are to be structured.
Criteria for Grading Poster Presentations
Poster presentations should adhere to the guidelines set forth in handout and web links on developing
good poster presentations. Posters should also include factual information with references.
OVERALL GRADING POLICY
For this class, you are responsible for 4 products (3 exams or 3 portfolios or any combination,
and 1 paper or project). Therefore, you will have a total of 4 grades, plus any bonus points that you earn.
If you opt out of the 3rd exam, you will have a total of 3 grades, plus any earned bonus points. Your course
grade will be determined by adding raw scores from these 3-4 products and finding the average score.
Every assignment is important. Therefore, it is important to make every grade. Missing any grade
assignment can result in your failing this course. The grading system is as follows: 100-90=A; 89-80=B;
79-70=C; 69-60=D; 59 & below=F. Extra credit opportunities outside of your options to earn bonus points
are not available in this course. Students should devote their time and energy in doing well on the course requirements.
You can receive a number of bonus points (up to 20) to be added to your final average at the end of the
semester for your participation in a variety of related class activities during the semester. The instructor
distributes bonus points for some of the following: perfect attendance (3 points); very good attendance(1 point);
class summary/motivator (2 points); participating in psychology discussion group forums (2 points per session); participating in psychology
study group meetings (2 points per session); meditation (2 points for every 3 sessions); outstanding and innovative class presentations
(unassigned) (2 points); assisting the instructor (5 points); psych simulation module worksheets (1 point each assignment).
See complete listing on student performance record.
Earning these points may also result in your being able to opt out of the third exam (Exam #3).
You will be responsible for keeping up with your activities and recording them on your student performance
record (which can be downloaded from course website) and discussing and presenting your cumulative
points to your instructor toward the end of the semester. Be sure to make an appointment early!
OTHER REQUIREMENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Class Summaries/One Minute Motivator at the Opening of Class
Students will be asked to volunteer (or randomly selected) to summarize the activities and discussion of the previous class based on their notes,
understanding or analysis. This summary takes place at the beginning of each class. The assigned student also will be responsible for providing
their own thinking and analysis of information covered in the previous class, and to discuss how the material discussed can be applied to everyday life.
Each student assigned to provide the summary should also be prepared to bring a one minute motivator to class to energize your classmates.
This one-minute motivator could be a poem, a game, a puzzle, some physical activity, a song, a quotation or something innovative and creative
from your imagination. The beginning of class also is a time that students may share an article or study they have read related to the area of
Students may be asked to make special presentations or share their thinking or written assignments with the entire class. All students are required
to make a presentation of their research paper/project to the class at the end of the semester. This is an opportunity for all to benefit from your
research through the exchange of information, knowledge and scientific data.
Psychology Discussion Group
The psychology discussion group will meet twice monthly, outside of class time, to discuss pertinent research or issues related to our topical discussions
in class. Since our class time is limited and because we have so much basic material to cover during this time, the discussion group is designed to give
you an opportunity to discuss in greater depth any related topic. The discussion group meeting time also can be used to clarify issues and information
discussed in class. From time to time, the discussion group also may include guest speakers or specialists in certain areas. Participation in all psychology
discussion groups will earn you bonus points toward your final grade. Students (or teams or groups of students) are encouraged to coordinate and run the
discussion group sessions and can opt to serve as coordinator for the semester and receive a grade in lieu of doing a final paper.
Students who develop portfolios, special exhibits, media presentations and other creative and innovative psychology projects will have the opportunity
to have their work on display in a half day psychology fair open to the campus and the public. This fair is structured much like a Science Fair, where the
students creating the exhibits are present to explain their projects to interested viewers. The instructor also will be making an assessment of each student’s
learning and the exhibits they enter into the psychology fair. The entries in the psychology fair will be judged by a panel. The outstanding project or
portfolio will receive a prize. A team of students can also opt to plan, coordinate, advertise and implement the psychology fair in lieu of the final
paper project. Each student will receive a grade based on the effective planning and implementation of the fair.
Psychology Special Topic Study Group
Your professor and students in psychology have created an ongoing study group on matters pertaining to parapsychology and altered states of
consciousness among other topics. These study groups meet once a week for an hour. Topics for study include: energy anatomy, levitation, Kabbalah,
mysticism, extrasensory perception, Yoga, Chi Kung and much more. For an array of topics and media, please see the Forum Topics on the course website.
Student volunteers can opt to coordinate study group sessions and receive a grade as a final project or bonus points.
Your professor and students in psychology meet weekly for a 2 hour session on meditation and its benefits. The first meeting includes a discussion,
followed by the practice of different forms of meditation. Each session thereafter involves the practice of meditation. Student participation is voluntary.
Students will earn bonus points for each session attended and are encouraged to continue the practice to see results once you begin the practice.
Creating an Ideal Learning Environment
We are confident that you will continue to make every effort to help create a warm, friendly, courteous, and positive learning environment for all in
the classroom. Please turn off cell phones and take your hat off when entering the classroom. Talking with classmates during class lectures and
discussion will not be tolerated. This also is disruptive and disrespectful to your instructor and your classmates. Regardless of the clock, please wait
until the instructor indicates that class has ended before closing books, gathering belongings, putting on coats, etc. This is disrespectful and disruptive
Students are encouraged to use the many services offered by the college to assist and support your academic work. This includes the library,
counseling center, the writing center, the tutoring center among others. The library staff is available to provide you with an orientation of resources
in the library and how to use them. These services are available to you at no cost to provide assistance and support. Make an appointment with
the appropriate resource based on your needs. Meetings may also be arranged with your instructor during office hours or by appointment.
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Psychology 200-Principles of Psychology
Course Syllabus-PSY 200
Attention Psy 200 Students!
Course syllabus and class schedule will be sent to you via your campus e-mail. You can also
e-mail Dr. Rosalyn M. King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Day Agenda- PSY 200
Overview of Graded Assignment-PSY 200
Requirements for Honors Students
Introduction to Psychology I
Course Syllabus-Psychology 201
Class Schedule-Psychology 201
Overview of Graded Assignment-Psychology 201
First Day Agenda- Psychology 201
First Day Handouts-PSY 200 & PSY 201
PSY 200 AND PSY 201
First Day Agenda- PSY 200
First Day Agenda- PSY 201
Who Am I? --First Day Activity-Psy 201
Introductions in Groups
Group Information Sheet-Psy 200-201
College Resources Information Sheet
Student Performance Record-Fall Semester (PDF)
Student Performance Record
Student Performance Record
Fall Semester (PDF)
Student Performance Record
Spring Semester (PDF)
Second Class Assignments for PSY 200 & PSY 201
Questions About Course Requirements and Syllabus (WORD Document)
Assignment-Concept Model: What is Psychology?--Psychology 200 & 201
Worksheet: APA and APS (PDF)
(Worksheet: American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science)
Diagram of Assignments-Psychology 200 & 201
Projected Assignment Form for Semester
(To Be Completed by all Students, Psy 200 & 201)
Opening Class Summary and One-Minute Motivator
Guidelines and Rubrics for Projects
Guidelines-Portfolio Development - Student Packet (PDF)
Guidelines-Poster Presentations (PDF)
Guidelines-Reflective Journal - Student Packet (PDF)
Guidelines - Service Learning - Student Packet (PDF)
Making the Grade in Group Presentations (PDF)