Introduction to Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 113 - 10343
    C. Semester: Spring 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Abbott, Gayle
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 226
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2617
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This is an introduction to the science of human behavior and surveys topics including learning, motivation, physiological, personality, and abnormal psychology. This is basic to all succeeding courses in psychology. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of Psychology and is a foundation for all succeeding Psychology courses. This course has transfer-ability to Universities and other colleges, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    Mastering the World of Psychology 6th ed. ISBN:
    Authors: Wood, Wood & Boyd

    Do not buy an access code for this class.



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:
    Students can accumulate a total of 1000 points plus an extra 25 points for extra credit. Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
    A - 900 to 1000 points.
    B - 800 to 899 points.
    C - 700 to 799 points.
    D - 600 to 699 points.
    F - below 600 points.

    The 1025 total points is based on the following:
    7 Weekly Assignments @ 100 points each = 700 total points.
    7 Discussion postings @ 25 points each = 175 total points. Two exams @ 75 points each = 150 total points. There are no extensions on Exams. To obtain your best grade make sure all work is submitted on time. Ten points will be deducted when assignments are submitted late.

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    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the core competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should

    A. Identify, describe and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.

    B. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.

    C. Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

    D. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.


    Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

    1. List major developments in the history of psychology, including common modern perspectives of the field.

    2. Explain common research methods used in psychology.

    3. Explain the differences between physical, psychological, and social development across the lifespan.

    4. Name and describe biological bases of behavior and mental processes.

    5. Compare and contrast the explanations of the processes of sensation and perception.

    6. Predict how altered states of consciousness in the areas of sleep, hypnosis, and drugs will affect a personís behavior.

    7. Explain common types of learning and how to apply them in real-world situations.

    8. Identify the structure and processes of memory.

    9. Predict what factors can improve or worsen memory.

    10. Explain the differences between heuristics and algorithms in problem-solving.

    11. Describe the elements of language.

    12. Define intelligence and describe current controversies about the nature of intelligence.

    13. Classify and describe common theories of motivation.

    14. Explain common theories of emotion.

    15. Recognize common sources of stress and how to apply coping strategies to maintain health and wellness.

    16. Appraise major theories of personality.

    17. Differentiate common psychological disorders from one another in real-life situations.

    18. Categorize common psychological therapies from one another in real-life situations.

    19. Describe and evaluate how social factors can affect behavior.


    Student Requirements
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    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    1) Modules for each week contain 1. weekly lecture notes, 2. a weekly assignment over specific chapters which must be completed or before 1100PM (MST) at the end of that week, and 3. a discussion topic (usually with a video link) which you to respond to each week. Assignment questions are most beneficial since they are review questions to be included in exams. If you believe special circumstances apply in your case you should immediately contact this teacher.

    2) Each week a discussion topic will be posted. Students are responsible for discussing the topic on the discussion board. Every effort should be made to avoid grammatical errors and make your response clear. The student will make original posts and comments. The teacher will participate in and monitor discussions.
    5) There will be two examinations. The first exam will consist of 25 questions (chapters 1 - 8. The second exam will consist of 25 questions on chapters 9 - 14. You will have 60 minutes to complete each exam. There are no extensions for exams. Details are provided by announcement and again when exam is opened.

    6) There are no extra-credit assignments, however there are 7 discussion topics and students are only required to respond to 6. If student respond to all 7 they will receive the extra points.

    All assignments due will be graded as soon as possible, usually within a 48 hour period. The teacher will usually respond to emails within a 24 hour period. If an immediate response is required students should contact the instructor by phone or call the Canvas 24 hour hotline.


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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
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    Online Learning Environment
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    Offering the work of another as oneís own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week 1: Chapt. 1 Intro to Psychology & Chapt. 2 Biology and Behavior.

    a. See "Read Me First" Icon
    b. Read Sylabus
    c. Introduce yourself on the Discussion Board
    d. Complete module 0. Make sure that your contact information is up to date (phone number especially).
    e. Print and Read Week 1 Lecture Notes
    f. Complete and Submit Assignment 1
    g. Watch video on discussion topic and respond with your own experience.

    Week 2: Chapt. 3 Sensation and Perception & Chapt. 4 Consiousness.
    a. Print and Read Week 2 Lecture Notes
    b. Complete and Submit Assignment 2
    c. Watch video and respond to Discussion Topic

    Week 3: Chapt. 5 Learning & Chapt. 6 Memory.
    a. Print and Read Week 3 Lecture Notes
    b. Complete and Submit Assignment 3
    c. Watch video and respond to Discussion Topic

    Week 4: Chapt. 7 Cognition, Language and Intelligence & Chapt. 8 Human Development.
    a. Print and Read Week 4 Lecture Notes
    b. Complete and Submit Assignment 4
    c. Respond to Discussion Topic
    d. Complete and Submit Exam 1

    Week 5: Chapt. 9 Motivation and Emotion & Chapt. 10 Health and Stress.
    a. Print and Read Week 5 Lecture Notes
    b. Complete and Submit Assignment 5
    c. Watch video and respond to Discussion Topic

    Week 6: Chapt. 11 Personality Theory and Assessment & Chapt. 12 Psychological Disorders.
    a. Print and Read Week 6 Lecture Notes
    b. Complete and Submit Assignment 6
    c. Respond to Discussion Topic

    Week 7: Chapt. 13 Therapies & Chapt. 14 Social Psychology.
    a. Print and Read Week 7 Lecture Notes
    b. Complete and Submit Assignment 7
    c. Extra Credit: Watch video and respond to discussion Topic

    Week 8: Finals Week
    a. Review lecture notes and assignments for Chapter 8 Human Development (covered in Week 4)through Chapter 14 Social Psychology (covered in Week 7)
    b. Complete and Submit Final Exam
    All assignments are due by 11:00PM(MST) of the first Sunday in the week. Weekly discussions should be completed each week before the assignment. Final Exam due dates are generally due on Saturdays. Details can be found on the exam page and an announcement will be posted.