Dr. Linda L. Morrison

COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course is designed to give you an overview of the science of psychology. A secondary, but important objective in this course is to help you develop and/or refine your skills in analyzing evidence and the conclusions drawn from that evidence. Finally, it is also my hope that the material covered in this course will nurture an interest in pursuing advanced course work in psychology and an increased understanding of yourself and others.

PREREQUISITES: There are no prerequisites for this course.

TEXT: The textbook listed below is requiredreading for all students in this course. Lectures and discussions will assume that you have done the assigned reading prior to class. Outside reading may be required and will be assigned in class. The study guide listed is not required, but recommended if you have trouble with the concepts in the course. Both the study guide and the text are currently available in the UNE bookstore.

Zimbardo, P.G., & Weber, A.L. (1997). Psychology. (2nd ed.). New York: Longman Publishing.

Gram, P.C., Weber, A.L., & Zimbardo, P.G. (1997). (2nd ed.). Study Guide and Workbook. New York: Longman Publishing.


Date                                  Topic                                          Reading Assignment

F             Introduction & Course Overview

M           Psychology as a science                                               Chapter 1

W        Methods of Investigation                                             Appendix A

F          Short Paper # 1 DUE /Discussion of Papers

M        Biological Basis of Behavior                                         Chapter 2

W        Brain Localization of Function

F          Left Brain/Right Brain: What does the research say?

M        Theories of Consciousness                                          Chapter 3

W        Understanding Sleep Patterns

F          Exam I: Chapters 1-3 & Appendix A

M        Nature vs Nurture/ Short Paper # 2 Due

W           Theories of Development: Freud, Erikson, Kohlberg     Chapter 4

F             Cognitive Development: Piaget

M           Sensation and Perception                                             Chapter 5

W          Learning: Classical Conditioning                                 Chapter 6

F          Learning: Operant Conditioning / Short Paper # 3 Due


W        Applications of Learning Theory

F          EXAM II: Chapters 4-6

M        Cognitive Processes: Memory                                     Chapter 7

W        Eyewitness Testimony and Repressed Memory Research

F          Thinking: The Nature of Heuristics

M         Theories of Motivation                                               Chapter 8

W         Theories of Emotion

F           Relationships and Love Short Paper # 4 Due

M          Stress Research                                                           Chapter 9

W         Health Psychology: Mind over Medicine

F           Post-traumatic stress research

M       Personality Theories                                                  Chapter 10

W       Personality Assessment

F         EXAM III: Chapters 7-10

M       Psychological Assessment                                      Chapter 11

W      Reliability/Validity and IQ

F        Individual Differences Testing/Short Paper # 5 Due

M      Social Psychological Principles                               Chapter 12

W      Social Psychology applied to racism and discrimination


M         Conforming to Social Norms/Short Paper # 6 Due

W         Psychological Disorders and the DSM                  Chapter 13

F           Personality Disorders

M         EXAM IV: Chapters 11-13

W      Types of Psychotherapies                                      Chapter 14

F        Research on Psychotherapy Outcome and Process

Final Examination: ____________________________________________________________

EVALUATION: For your benefit, your final grade will be based upon several different measures of performance in this course. To be more precise, you will have four regular exams during the term and a comprehensive final. In addition, you will have the opportunity to write 6 short papers expanding on some of the ideas from the text.

Exams: There are four regular exams scheduled during the term. These exams will cover materials presented in class as well as any material assigned from the text. Please be aware that students regularly attending class perform, on average, a whole letter grade higher on my exams in Introductory Psychology. Exams will primarily consist of multiple choice, matching, True/False, and short answer items, although each exam will also have at least one essay question. Each of these exams will be worth 50 points toward your final grade. Your final exam is comprehensive, consisting of questions reflective of the entire term's work, with slightly more emphasis on Chapter 14. Your final exam will be worth 100 points toward your final grade, and will be similar in format to your other four exams.

Do not miss any scheduled exams.Only in an extreme case(which you will be
asked to document) can alternative arrangements be made for a make-up
exam. Please let me know PRIOR to the exam. Failure to adhere to these rules
will result in no grade and no possibility of a make-up exam.

In previous semesters, I have made myself available for review sessions if they are requested by students, and I think people have found these helpful. Ask me!

Short Papers: Throughout the term you will be required to hand in five short paper assignments relating to material we are discussing in the text. Actually, there will be six different short paper assignments, but you are only required to hand in five. Papers are worth 20 points each. You may choose to maximize your total points by handing in all six papers, however no student will receive more than 100 points toward their final grade from short paper assignments. Completed papers should be approximately 2-3 typewritten pages in length, and must be double-spaced with reasonable margins. Because you can disregard one of the short paper assignments if you choose, NO SHORT PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED LATE FOR ANY REASON.

Summary: The relative weight given to each course requirement is listed below.

Type # and points for each Total
Regular Exams 4 @ 50 points each 200
Final Exam 1 @ 100 points 100
Short Papers 5 @ 20 points each 100

                                                                                                       TOTAL: 400

Final course grades will be assigned as follows:

A = 92.5-100% or 370-400 points
A- = 90.0-92.4% or 360-369 points
B+ = 87.5-89.9% or 350-359 points
B = 82.5-87.4% or 330-349 points
B- = 80.0-82.4% or 320-329 points
C+ = 77.5-79.9% or 310-319 points
C = 72.5-77.4% or 290-309 points
C- = 70.0-72.4% or 280-289 points
D = 60-69% or 240-279 points
F = < 60% or at or below 239 points

IMPORTANT: While attendance and active class participation are not graded per se, at the end of the term, grades of "borderline students " (e.g. 358-359 points) will be raised if attendance and participation have been exemplary. Keeping this exception in mind, please note: I never curve exam scores or final grade point distributions. What you earn in this class is up to you and your performance on the point system.


Office: 325 Decary Hall

Office Hours: Tuesday's 10-11 am                              Wednesday's 2-3 pm (or by appointment)

Phone: Office: 283-0170 ext. 2865

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