Introduction to Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 113 - 30290
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 11:00:00 AM - 11:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Reed, Kenneth
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 212
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2810
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Summer 2018 office schedule work phone 575-492-2810, C-575-441-4817 PLEASE leave a voice mail! as NMJC Student & canvas e-mail I will respond within a 24 hr period.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH205

    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 transferability to other colleges, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    Wood, S.E., Wood, and Boyd
    Mastering the World of Psychology
    6th. Edition

    Frankl,Viktor E.
    Man's Search for meaning
    Beacon Press
    ISBN 978-0-8070-6010-0


    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

    Evaluation Breakdown
    you will be "offered" 1000 points for the semester.
    600- 6 Exams
    250- 10 Discussions
    100-1 Essay paper

    900+= A
    800-899= B
    Below 600= F

    The total number of points you "earn" will be your semester grade.

    This course is Web Enhanced. There will be course work to be done online.

    The instructor reserves the right to determine which of the exams will be on online/canvas and which ones will be presented in the classroom. There will be six exams including the final throughout the semester. These exams are taken from classroom lectures.Exams are worth 100 points each worth 600 points for the semester.

    There will be 10 pertinent topics throughout the semester that will be used for online discussion. Students will provide meaningful dialogue with one another through quality contribution that delivers more than mere agreement or disagreement but provides ideas, thoughts and perceptions that add to the discussion. For full credit, students will respond to the topic and then comment on at least two other student's remarks. Discussions are worth 25 points each worth 250 points for the semester.

    There will be 1 essay paper expected during the semester. 5 page resourced APA Format. Cover Page and reference page, (not counted as part of the five pages.)This paper will be turned in online (Canvas)
    Essay is worth 100 points.

    Each student starts the semester with 50 points for attendance. Points are deducted 5 points at a time for each absence. Roll sheet is signed each class period.


    New Mexico Junior College’s 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 College's 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 issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

    Selected specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    Upon completion of the course a 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 person’s 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.


    The most important job I have as your professor is to maintain a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Behaviors that are distractive, disruptive, or off-task may result in dismissal from class, counseling, loss of class seat and/or point deductions on attendance or an upcoming quiz or test.

    You should demonstrate a high standard of personal responsibility and self-expression of thoughts and feelings related to the subject manner. You should demonstrate an attitude of tolerance for different points of view that may be expressed by other members in the class.

    You must sign in for yourself on the daily attendance sheets to earn points for coming to class.

    You should bring your book, pen or pencil, and writing paper to class each day. Cell phones or other portable electronic communication devices should be turned off and stowed away out of sight in class. The use of a personal computer or other technology is not allowed in this class unless medical necessity can be documented.

    You should have good computer and word processing skills and have access to a reliable computer outside class.

    If the class is "light" in attendance on any particular day, be prepared to "fill in the ranks" from the rear and sides and move towards the front.

    If your absence is excused such as you are a student-athlete or have a class field-trip, you will be counted as present and not lose attendance points for that day. However, any work that is due or to be done that day should be turned in or completed early to avoid late penalties. If you miss class due to a medical issue and have a doctor’s note or are serving on a jury and have documentation you will not lose attendance points for that day.

    When taking a quiz or test in the Testing Center you must present a photo ID, surrender your cell phone or other portable electronic devices to the staff, tell them the name of the class and my name as your professor and not use any notes or study materials on the assessment.

    The Final Exam must be taken during Final Exam Week and cannot be taken before then. Failure to take the Final Exam results in a 0 on the exam as well as an additional 100 point deduction on your course points.

    Student-athletes or others who need an official “grade check” should see me in the office to complete that task.

    It is your responsibility to stay informed, attend class, participate in discussions and other spontaneously announced events, take tests and quizzes, and turn in your work at scheduled times.

    If you are experiencing difficulty, please consult me in enough time so that we can try to solve the problem.

    There is no extra credit in this class.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    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.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s 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.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. 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 Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.
    Week 1 Syllabus review -Life motivation
    Week 2 Chapter 1&Chapter 2 Discussion
    Week 3 Chapter 3 Review & Exam I
    Week 4 Chapter 4 Discussion
    Week 5 Chapter 5 Discussion
    Week 6 Chapter 6 Review & Exam II
    Week 7 Chapter 7 Discussion
    Week 8 Chapter 8 Discussion
    Week 9 Chapter 9 Review & Exam III
    Week 10 Chapter 10 Discussion
    Week 11 Chapter 11 Discussion
    Week 12 Review & Exam IV
    Week 13 Chapter 12 Discussion
    Week 14 Chapter 13 Discussion,Essay Due
    Week 15 Chapter 14 Review & Exam V
    Week 16 Discussion,Review vignettes for final
    Finals- Exam VI (Dec. 11-13 2017 finals week)