Introduction to Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 113 - 10342
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    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: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Monday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 11:00:00 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: 978-133-759-8156 (This is a shrink-wrap packet featuring a loose-leaf hole punch book and the MindTap 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” learning activities that add up to 100% of your course grade:

    Mastery Training = 10%
    Writing Assignments = 40%
    Quizzes = 25%
    Final Exam = 25%

    Mastery Training
    You will participate in a programmed instruction approach that tests and builds your knowledge of core concepts from the chapter that week. You are only allowed to do one-third at a time. The first third covers content from the first third of the chapter, the second third covers material from the second third of the chapter, and so forth. This is weighted to be 10% of your final course grade.

    Chapter Writing
    You will do an assignment that helps to build your knowledge of core concepts from the chapter and to the application of psychological ideas into your daily life. This is weighted to be 40% of your final course grade.

    You will do a 25 item multiple-choice quiz to assess your mastery of learning core content and skills in psychology. This is weighted to be 25% of your final course grade.

    Final Exam
    At the end of the course, during finals week, you will take a final exam that includes multiple-choice questions that assess your mastery of learning core content and skills in psychology. This is weighted to be 25% of 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.



    This course will introduce students to the concepts, theories, significant findings, methodologies, and terminology that apply to the field of psychology.

    Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

    1 Explain how the scientific method and psychological research methodologies are used to study the mind and behavior.

    2. Recall key terms, concepts, and theories in the areas of neuroscience, learning, memory, cognition, intelligence, motivation and emotion, development, personality, health, disorders and therapies, and social psychology.

    3. Explain how information provided in this course can be applied to life in the real world.

    4. Identify the major theoretical schools of thought that exist in psychology as they relate to the self, the culture, and the society.


    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 one 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.

    Chapter work is due by 1159PM Sunday and no late work is accepted.

    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 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 Thursday, April 18, 2019. 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 Chapter 1 "The Science of Psychology"

    January 18-27

    Module Chapter 2 "Biological Foundations of Behavior

    January 28-February 3

    Module Chapter 3 "Sensation and Perception

    February 4-February 10

    Module Chapter 4 "Consciousness"

    February 11-February 17

    Module Chapter 5 "Learning"

    February 18-February 24

    Module Chapter 6 "Memory"

    February 25-March 3

    Module Chapter 7 "Thinking, Language, and Intelligence"

    March 4-March 10

    Module Chapter 8 "Motivation and Emotion"

    March 11-March 17

    Module Chapter 9 "Human Development"

    March 18-March 24

    Module Chapter 10 "Psychology and Health"

    April 1-April 7

    Module Chapter 11 "Personality"

    April 8-April 14

    Module Chapter 12 "Social Psychology"

    April 15-April 21

    Module Chapter 13 "Psychological Disorders"

    April 22-April 28

    Module Chapter 14 "Methods of Therapy"

    April 29- May 5

    Module Final Exam

    May 4-May 8