Introduction to Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 113 - 30291
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 12:00:00 PM - 12:50:00 PM
    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: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Summer 2019 office schedule work phone , 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.



    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.)

    Man’s search for meaning
    Author: Frankl, Viktor E.
    Publisher: Beacon press, Boston
    ISBN- 978-0-8070-6010-0

    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 (Mindtap) = 10%
    Applied Psychology (Mindtrap) = 10%
    Discussion (10) = 10%
    Man's search for Meaning Essay = 15%
    Quizzes =25%
    Exams = 25%
    Attendance = 5%

    Mastery Training
    After you study the assigned reading each week, you will participate in a programmed instruction approach that tests and builds your knowledge of core concepts from the chapter that week. You will have three attempts to take this practice quiz and I will include the highest score from these attempts towards your course grade. This is weighted to be 10% of your final course grade.

    Apply Psychology
    After you study the assigned reading each week, you will participate in a lab or research activity that helps to build your knowledge of core concepts from the chapter through the application of psychological ideas into your daily life. You will have three attempts at the lab activity and I will include the highest score from these attempts towards your course grade. This is weighted to be 10% of your final course grade.

    After you study the assigned reading each week, you will do an assignment and/or participate in a discussion that helps to build your knowledge of core concepts from the chapter to the application of psychological ideas into your daily life. This is weighted to be 10% of your final course grade.

    You will be required to complete an essay on the book " Man's search for Meaning." It will be 5 pages in length. This is 10% of your semester grade

    After you study the assigned reading each week, 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.

    There will be 5 exams throughout the semester. These will be taken in class. This is worth 25% of your semester grade.

    Students start with 100 points at the beginning of the semester. When student has an unexcused absence 10 points will be deduced. Attendance is required in order to be successful in this course


    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.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    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.


    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
    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 at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    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 19, 2019. 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