Introduction to Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 113 - 30295
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Journigan, Walter
    G. Office: Pannell Library (PL) 226
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2656
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Monday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 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 transferability to other colleges, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    Required: "Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications" by Nevid, Jeffrey S.
    5th ed (2018) Cengage Learning
    ISBN: 978-1-305-96627-7 [This is the Mindtap version and you buy an access code]

    A reliable home computer
    Good word processing skills
    Excellent communication skills on computer


    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:
    420 points = 12 Chapter Assignments @ 35 pts.
    200 points = 2 Tests @ 100 pts.
    200 points = 1 Final Exam @ 200 pts.
    100 points = 5 Discussion Boards @ 20 pts.
    20 points = 1 Syllabus Quiz
    20 points = 1 Student Profile @ 20 pts.
    20 points = 1 Contact Info @ 20 pts.
    20 points = 1 Academic Honesty @ 20 pts.

    The total number of points you “earn” will determine your final course grade:

    900+ = A
    800-899 = B
    700-799 = C
    600-699 = D
    <600 = F

    Chapter Assignments
    Most weeks you will be administered a chapter assignment early Monday AM. Each assignment consists of a few questions that you are to address based on the assigned reading and video lectures. The assignment will remain open and available for 5 days. This will result in a maximum of 420 points applied to your final course grade.

    Discussion Board Assignments
    Most weeks you will be administered a discussion board assignment based on current and recent readings and video lectures. It will open early Thursday AM IF YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED YOUR CHAPTER ASSIGNMENT. You should wait at least 24 hours after your original posting and then respond to at least one other classmate in the discussion. This will result in a maximum of 100 points applied to your final course grade.

    You will be given 2 tests each consisting of multiple choice/true-false/fill-in-the-blank/short answer and short essay questions at covering the reading, video lectures, and discussion board activity. Each test is worth 100 points and will be taken at the NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE TESTING CENTER a scheduled date and time. If you will not be traveling to NMJC for testing, you should contact me no later than 3 weeks before the test to discuss how to take the test at a local junior college. This will result in a maximum of 200 points applied towards your final course grade.

    Final Exam
    You will be given a comprehensive final exam consisting of multiple choice/true-false/fill-in-the-blank/short answer and short essay questions at covering the reading, video lectures, and discussion board activity. The test is worth 200 points and will be taken at the NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE TESTING CENTER a scheduled date and time. If you will not be traveling to NMJC for testing, you should contact me no later than 3 weeks before the test to discuss how to take the test at a local junior college. This will result in a maximum of 200 points applied towards your final course grade.

    Syllabus Quiz
    You will be given a syllabus quiz consisting of multiple choice/true-false/fill-in-the-blank/short answer and short essay questions at covering the readings for the first week. The test is worth 20 points and will be taken at your leisure on your home computer and is "open book". This will result in a maximum of 20 points applied towards your final course grade.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES New Mexico Junior College’s Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the core competencies as established by the State of New Mexico

    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 relevant 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.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    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


    This course is designed so that you work and learn throughout the week and do not attempt to study on just day or night. You must decide if your life situation will allow you to do that within the time frames outlined in this course. If not I would advise you to consider re-taking this class when you have more control over your schedule. Thank-you.

    Chapter assignments are due by 1159PM Friday but late work is accepted. A chapter assignment turned in by the following Saturday night is accepted with a 2-letter grade penalty; a chapter assignment turned in by the following Sunday night is accepted with a 50% deduction.

    However, if you turn in your chapter assignment later than Saturday afternoon, you may not have time to complete all requirements of the discussion assignment by Sunday night. Review those requirements. No late work is accepted on discussions.

    Study guides will be provided to help you prepare for tests and the final exam.

    You should refer to the Announcements on an almost daily basis to stay current. It is your responsibility to keep up with all your work and the due dates.

    Response Time Frames: The instructor will respond to student email within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of Tuesday each week.

    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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    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 Tuesday, November 20, 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.


    Subject to change at the discretion of the Professor


    Module Zero August 25

    Student Profile                                                                       August 25

    Contact Information                                                               August 25

    Academic Honesty                                                                 August 25

    Syllabus and Orientation Quiz                                               August 25

    Discussion 1                                                                           August 25


    Module 1 August 28 - September 15

    Chapter 01 “Introduction to Psychology”                              September 1

    Chapter 02 “Biology and Behavior”                                      September 8

    Chapter 03 "Sensation and Perception"                                 September 15

    Discussion 2                                                                           September 15 


    Module 2 September 18 - October 13

    Chapter 04 “States of Consciousness”                                   September 22

    Chapter 05 “Learning”                                                           September 29

    TEST1                                                                                     October 7

    Chapter 06 "Memory"                                                            October 13

    Discussion 3                                                                           October 13


    Module 3 October 16-November 19

    Chapter07 "Cognition, Language, and Intelligence"             October 20

    Chapter 08 “Human Development”                                       October 27

    Chapter 09 “Motivation and Emotion”                                  November 3

    Chapter 11 “Personality Theory and Assessment"                November 10

    TEST2                                                                                     November 18

    Discussion 4                                                                           November 18


    Module 4 November 28 - December 9

    Chapter 12 “Psychological Disorders”                                  December 1

    Chapter 13 “Therapies”                                                          December 8

    Discussion 5                                                                           December 8


    Module 5 December 11 - December 13

    FINAL EXAM                                                                        December 13