Introduction to Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 113 - 30380
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    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 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 - 0 to 599 points.

    The 1000 total points is based on the following:
    *7 Weekly Assignments @ 100 points each = 700
    *6 Discussion postings @ 25 points each = 150
    *Two exams @ 75 points each = 150
    Total Grade Points 1000

    EXTRA CREDIT: The last Discussion (7) is for Extra Credit. This is helpful if a student needs an extra 25 points to bring their grade up. It is not make up work. It is simply a way to collect additional grade points. If one did poorly on a previous assignment or exam, an extra 25 points could mean the difference from one letter grade to another.
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    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 relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.


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

    -Examine the historical development of psychology, including current, major schools of emphasis
    -Examine research as applied to psychology
    -Study physical, psychological and social changes occurring across the lifespan
    -Understand the biological bases of behavior and mental processes
    -Understand the processes of sensation and perception
    -Examine variations in consciousness
    -Identify different types of learning
    -Study the process of human memory
    -Learn the types of memory and conditions affecting memory
    -Examine the process of cognition, language development and intelligence
    -Study motivation and emotion
    -Understand stress, coping and health psychology
    -Study personality theory, research and assessment
    -Examine psychological disorders and therapies
    -Examine social psychology

    Chapter 1-"Introduction to Psychology"
    1. Define the four goals of psychology
    2. Discuss the difference between basic and applied research
    3. Identify the different perspectives of psychology

    Chapter 2-"Biology and Behavior"
    1. Discuss the activity of a neuron
    2. Identify Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems responses
    3. Discuss the four lobes of the brain

    Chapter 3-"Sensation and Perception"
    1. Discuss the process of sensing and perceiving
    2. How does knowledge/expectation affect perception?
    3. Discuss unusual perceptual experiences

    Chapter 4-"States of Consciousness"
    1. Discuss consciousness and altered states of consciousness
    2. Recognize common sleep disorders
    3. Discuss NREM and REM sleep and dreams

    Chapter 5-"Learning"
    1. Discuss the different types of learning
    2. Understand classical and operant conditioning
    3. Compare positive vs. negative reinforcement

    Chapter 6-"Memory"
    1. Discuss the four processes of memory
    2. Explain how schemas affect memory
    3. Identify reasons for repressing and recovering memories

    Chapter 7-"Cognition, Language, and IQ"
    1. Explain the concept of imaging in helping us to learn and remember
    2. Describe the differences in nature and nurture theories about IQ
    3. Discuss the components of “emotional intelligence”

    Chapter 8-"Human Development"
    1. Discuss Piaget's stages of cognitive development
    2. Discuss Kohlberg's stages of morality
    3. Discuss Erikson’s stages of social development

    Chapter 9-"Motivation and Emotion "
    1. Describe intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
    2. Discuss Maslow's hierarchy of needs
    3. Know the basic theories of emotion

    Chapter 10-"Health and Stress"
    1. Discuss Type A, B and D behavior
    2. Explain Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD)
    3. Discuss reducing the impact of stress and illness

    Chapter 11-"Personality and Assessment"
    1. Discuss Freud’s structure of personality
    2. Explain Freud’s Defense Mechanisms by example
    3. Explain how Locus of Control contributes to personality

    Chapter 12-"Psychological Disorders"
    1. Describe the symptoms of anxiety disorders
    2. Describe the symptoms of mood disorders
    3. Describe the symptoms of schizophrenia

    Chapter 13-"Therapies"
    1. Discuss insight vs. relationship therapy
    2. Discuss behavior therapy vs. cognitive therapy
    3. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of biomedical therapies

    Chapter 14-"Social Psychology"
    1. Discuss situational vs. dispositional attributions
    2. Discuss the “halo” effect
    3. Explain the “bystander” effect


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    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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    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. 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.