PSY 201 General Psychology

PSY 201 IS Sec 1, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Melinda M. Redding, Ph.D., Instructor of Psychology

Instructor name:
Melinda M. Redding, Ph.D., Instructor of Psychology

Instructor Information:
Dr. Redding is a school psychologist practicing in a nontraditional mental health setting. She earned her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 1997 and have been licensed to practice in the State of Mississippi since 1998. She taught her first course at the University of Mississippi in 1997 and became a full-time instructor in the Psychology Department in 2001. After leaving briefly in 2016, she returned later that year to fulfill a departmental need for academic advising and continued to teach undergraduate students in the role of Instructor.  Areas of professional interest for her are in the fields of intellectual and academic assessment, behavioral assessment and intervention, and issues relating to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

email: mredding@olemiss.edu

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons page.

NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. Blackboard email correspondence is preferred. You can expect a turnaround time of up to 72 hours to any email you send.

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The University of Mississippi
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University, MS 38677

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Course Description

Welcome to General Psychology! Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. In this course, we will cover basic human development and normal functioning across many different areas of interest to psychologists, such as brain processes, states of consciousness, social relationships, personality, motivation, learning, sexuality, and wellness. The course will conclude with a brief introduction to disorders in psychological functioning.

Most people find psychology very interesting, since it is about us!

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will:

  1. Describe the emergence of psychology as a science
  2. Gain a basic understanding of research methods used by psychologists
  3. Learn general psychological principles related to areas of social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and sexual functioning
  4. Gain a basic understanding of human development, consciousness, motivation, personality, wellness, sensation, and perception
  5. Learn how to apply knowledge to real life situations

Course Outline:

This course consists of 12 instructional modules (or lessons). Please note that the suggested Pacing Guide to complete the course in a traditional semester is written for Fall and Spring. Full summer students need to make adjustments due to the significantly shorter time period involved. 

You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance. *  NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Lesson

Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

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Introduction

Discussion board

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Chapter 1: Introducing the World of Psychology

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

2

Chapter 2: The Role of Biology in Psychology

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

3

Chapter 3: Consciousness

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

4

Chapter 4: Development Across the Life Span

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

5

Chapter 5: Sensation and Perception

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

Course Exam 1

Covers chapters 1-5

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

6

Chapter 6: Learning

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

7

Chapter 7: Memory 
Chapter 8: Thinking and Intelligence

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

MIDPOINT OF COURSE

If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

8

Chapter 9: Motivation and Emotion

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

Course Exam 2

Covers chapters 6-9

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

9

Chapter 10: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
Chapter 11: Health and Well-Being

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

10

Chapter 12: Social Psychology

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

11

Chapter 13: Self and Personality

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

12

Chapter 14: Psychological Disorders

Video quiz, review quiz, written assignment

Final Exam

Comprehensive exam from all chapters (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit

Grading:

This course uses the University of Mississippi's Plus/Minus grading scale.

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

The grading format is as follows:
Written Assignments: 15%
Video Quizzes: 5%
Chapter Review Quizzes: 20%
Exam 1: 20%
Exam 2: 20%
Final/ Exam 3: 20%

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.