Introduction to Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 113 - 30375
    C. Semester: Fall 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.



    Required: "Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications" by Nevid, Jeffrey S.
    5th ed (2018) Cengage Learning



    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 Assignments @ 80 points each = 560 total points.
    7 Discussion postings @ 20 points each = 140 total points. Mid-term exam @ 150 points. Final exam at 150 points. (There are no extensions on Exams). This equals 1000 points. An extra credit essay, worth 25 points is also available for those who find themselves needing the extra grade points. Students will have a choice of various assigned topics. 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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    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 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
    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


    1) Modules for each week contain 1. weekly lecture notes highlighting the issues of each chapter.
    2. Discussion topics will be presented wither by video or by a specific question.
    Students are responsible for discussing the topics 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, replying to each individual student.
    3. Assignments will cover two chapters each. Assignment questions will range from fill in the blank to multiple choice answers.

    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) An "extra credit" essay will be provided toward the end of the course. If students need the extra grade points (25) they will be able to choose from a variety of assigned topics.
    The essay should show critical thinking on the student's part and knowledge of the chosen topic. Plagiarism is not tolerated and will result in a grade of 0. Use citations when indicated.

    If you have special needs or require special accommodations you should apply in the office of the Special Needs Counselor located downstairs in the Student Center. You should also let your online instructor know.

    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
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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
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    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 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 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.


    Module 1: Chapters 1 & 2
    Chapter 1 The Science of Psychology Pg. 3

    a. See "Read Me First" Icon
    b. Read Welcome & Syllabus
    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 Chapter Highlights
    f. Read Chapter 1

    Chapter 2 Biological Foundations of Behavior Pg. 41
    a. Print and Read Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 2
    c. Respond to Discussion Topic
    d. Complete and Submit Assignment 1 over first two chapters.

    Module 2: Chapters 3 & 4
    Chapter 3 Sensation and Perception Pg. 87
    a. Print and Read Chapter Hghlights
    b. Read Chapter 3

    Chapter 4 Consciousness Pg 133
    a. Print and Read Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 4
    c. Respond to Discussion Topic
    d. Complete and Submit Assignment 2 over
    chapters 3 and 4.

    Module 3: Chapters 5 & 6
    Chapter 5 Learning Pg. 175
    a. Print and Read Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 5

    Chapter 6 Memory Pg. 211
    a. Print and Read Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 6
    c. Respond to Discussion Topic
    d. Complete and submit assignment 3 over chapters 5 & 6.

    Module 4: Chapters 7 & 8
    Chapter 7 Thinking, Language, and Intelligence Pg. 243
    a. Print and Read Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 7

    Chapter 8 Motivation and Emotion Pg. 279
    a. Read and print Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 7
    c. Respond to Discussion Topic
    d. Complete and Submit assignment 4 over chapters 7 & 8.

    Mid-term Exam Covers Chapters 1 through 8.

    Module 5: Chapters 9 & 10
    Chapter 9 Human Development Pg. 323
    a. Read and print Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 9

    Chapter 10 Psychology & Health Pg. 377
    a. Read and print Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 10
    c. Respond to Discussion Topic
    d. Complete and submit assignment 5 over chapters 9 & 10.

    Module 6: Chapters 11 & 12
    Chapter 11 Personality Pg. 411
    a. Read and Print Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 11

    Chapter 12 Social Psychology Pg. 449
    a. Read and print Chapter Highlights
    b. Respond to Discussion Topic
    c. Complete and submit Assignment 6 over chapters 11 & 12.

    Module 7: Chapters 13 & 14
    Chapter 13 Psychological Disorders Pg. 487
    a. Read and print Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 13

    Chapter 14 Methods of Therapy Pg. 527
    a. Read and Print Chapter Highlights
    b. Read Chapter 14
    c. Respond to Discussion Topic
    d. Complete and Submit Assignment 7 over chapters 13 & 14.

    Final Exam. Dates TBA. Covers chapters 9 through 14,

    All assignments are due by 11:00PM(MST)on Sundays. Weekly discussions should be completed the week before the assignment. Exam dates will be posted by NMJC. Details and instructions will be presented in your Canvas course announcements.