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PSY 201 v1 IS
General Psychology

University of Mississippi
Department of Psychology
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

psy311

Instructor name:

Jennifer Caldwell, Ph.D.

Instructor Information:

I received my undergrad psychology degree from Ole Miss, a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University in Atlanta, and my Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Ole Miss.

I also work in the research compliance department, overseeing the IRB and IACUC. I'm a double cancer survivor, and my husband and I just had our first child, a boy.

I enjoy teaching online classes because I get to know my students on a more personal level, as they seem to reach out more when it's email based. I've always found psychology interesting, because people are interesting!

jkmann@go.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.

Dr. Jennifer Caldwell: jkmann@olemiss.edu 662-288-1960 (This is my cell, please text only and be courteous.)

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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 discuss many different areas of psychology, including abnormal behavior, the brain, and states of consciousness.

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

Textbook Information:

PSY 311TEXTBOOK


Psychology: Modules for Active Learning, 13th* Edition; by Coon and Mitterer.

ISBN-13: 9781285739281 *Earlier Editions acceptable

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will:

  1. learn general psychology principles

  2. think critically

  3. learn how to apply knowledge to real life situations

Course Outline:

This course consists of 16 instructional modules (or lessons).  

Lessons

Reading Assignments

Required Assignments

1

Chapter 1: Introducing Psychology

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

2

Chapter 2: Brain and Behavior

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

3

Chapter 3: Human Development

Chapter test

4

Chapter 4: Sensation and Perception

Chapter test

5

Chapter 5: Consciousness

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

6

Chapter 6: Conditioning and Learning

Lesson assignment(s), Begin B-Mod project

Chapter test

7

Chapter 7: Memory

Chapter test

8

Chapter 8: Cognition and Intelligence

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

Midterm Exam

This proctored exam covers Chapters 1-8. It consists of multiple choice questions and one essay question.

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

9

Chapter 9: Motivation and Emotion

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

10

Chapter 10: Human Sexuality

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

11

Chapter 11: Personality

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

12

Chapter 12: Healthy Psychology

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

13

Chapter 13: Psychological Disorders

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

14

Chapter 14: Therapy

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

15

Chapter 15: Social Psychology

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

16

Chapter 16: Applied Psychology

Lesson assignment(s)

Chapter test

B-Mod project

Project begins after Lesson 6 and must be completed before you schedule your final exam

Final paper

Final exam

This proctored exam is a weighted comphensive test: 25% of the questions will come from Chapters 1-8, and 75% from 9-16. The test consists of multiple choice questions and two essay questions.

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Grading:

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

94-100%

A

Reserved for near perfection; exceeding all expectations; work of definitely superior quality

90-93%

A-

Awarded for work exceeding all expectations; work of definitely superior quality

87-89%

B+

Awarded for very strong performance; exceeds most expectations

84-86%

B

Awarded for strong performance; exceeds expectations

80-83%

B-

Awarded for better-than-average level of performance; exceeds some expectations

77-79%

C+

Recognizes achievement of all basic expectations; average level of performance

74-76%

C

Recognizes average level of performance; achieves all basic expectations

70-73%

C-

Recognizes acceptable fulfillment of basic expectations

60-69%

D

Assigned for minimal adequacy; barely satisfactory effort toward achieving most expectations; below-average performance

0-59%

F

Issued for egregious underperformance; inability or unwillingness to meet threshold requirements; unacceptable level of performance

GRADING INFORMATION:

The grading distribution is as follows:

  • Chapter tests: 35%

  • Lesson journals and assignments: 15%

  • B-Mod project Paper: 10%

  • Midterm Exam: 20%

  • Final Exam: 20%

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

 

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