NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

Introduction to Psychology

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 113 - 30292
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 8:00:00 AM - 9:15:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Journigan, Walter
    G. Office: Pannell Library (PL) 226
    H. Email Address: WJournigan@nmjc.edu
    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: BUC241
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    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.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    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.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:


    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.)

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    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” 100 percentage points –

    Final Exam = 30%
    Assignments = 25%
    Discussions = 25%
    Quizzes = 20%


    Your “percentage” at the end of the semester will determine your final course grade:

    90-100% = A
    80-89% = B
    70-79% = C
    60-69% = D
    0-59% = F


    Quizzes
    You will be given a quiz consisting of up to 30 multiple-choice questions covering the reading and class activities at the end of each week. The quiz will assess your recognition, recall, and remembering of key concepts, ideas, and theories for that week. Each quiz will be taken in class at a scheduled date and time. The total number of quizzes over this semester is worth a maximum 20% of your final course grade.

    Discussions
    You will be given a discussion topic covering the reading, class activities, and/or your own research each week. The discussion will assess your ability to apply, evaluate, and synthesize key concepts, ideas, and theories for that week. The discussion will assess your ability to communicate and interact and work well with others including “peer-review” tasks. This is a homework activity that you will complete and submit “online” in Canvas at a scheduled date and time by the end of the week. Scoring rubrics will be provided for each discussion. The total number of discussions over this semester is worth a maximum 25% of your final course grade.

    Assignments
    You will be given a writing assignment covering the reading, class activities, and/or your own research each week. The assignment will assess your ability to apply, evaluate, and synthesize key concepts, ideas, and theories for that week. This is a homework activity that you will complete and submit “online” in Canvas at a scheduled date and time by the end of the week. Scoring rubrics will be provided for each assignment. The total number of assignments over this semester is worth a maximum 25% of your final course grade

    Final Exam
    You will be given a final exam consisting of at least 100 multiple choice questions covering the reading, class activities, and previous discussions and assignments over the entire semester. The final exam will assess your recognition, recall, and remembering of key concepts, ideas, and theories over this semester as well as your ability to apply, evaluate, and synthesize these key concepts etc. The final exam will be taken in class at a scheduled date and time. The final exam is worth a maximum of 30% of your final course grade.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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. 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 issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

    Selected specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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.

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    The most important job I have as your professor is to maintain 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. Behaviors that are off-task, distractive, or disruptive may result in dismissal from class, counseling, loss of class seat or point deductions on an upcoming quiz or final exam.

    You should demonstrate a high standard of personal responsibility and self-expression of thoughts and feelings related to the subject manner.

    You should demonstrate an attitude of tolerance for different points of view that may be expressed by other members in the class.

    You should bring your book, pen or pencil, and writing paper to class each day and keep those on your desk. Backpacks and other articles should be kept under your chair or seat. Cell phones or other portable electronic communication devices should be turned off and stowed away out of sight in class unless allowed in advance by the professor for a class activity or other purpose.

    The use of a personal computer or other technology is not allowed in this class for note-taking unless medical necessity can be documented.

    You should have good computer and word processing skills and have access to a reliable computer outside class.

    If you must step out of class for any reason, you may not return to class that day. This becomes a distraction and disruption to others. You should bring kleenex, cough drops, water bottle, etc. as needed.

    If the class is "light" in attendance on any particular day, be prepared to "fill in the ranks" from the rear and sides and move towards the front.

    There are no makeups for an "unexcused" missed quiz. You will receive a zero for an unexcused quiz. Examples of an unexcused absence include: a student who is feeling "sick" without medical documentation, a student who has transportation difficulties, babysitting difficulties, etc.

    If you are going to have an excused absence on the day of a scheduled quiz, you should make arrangements with me to take the quiz early at the Test Center in order to avoid a late penalty. Examples of an excused absence include: a student-athlete playing a ballgame, going on a class field-trip to Carlsbad Caverns, medical documentation of hospital stay at Lea Regional Hospital or doctor visit, legal documentation of a Magistrate Court appearance or incarceration, or otherwise represent NMJC in an official capacity in the community.
    If you miss a quiz and want to make a case that it was excused, you should first go straight to the Test Center to take a makeup, and then contact me afterwards with documentation. The penalty schedule is loss of 1 letter-grade if you take the quiz later that same day, and loss of an additional letter grade for each day afterwards. The quiz will be available for 1 week as a makeup opportunity after it was originally scheduled in class and then that "window" closes. If you miss a quiz, you may not return to class until you have taken a makeup quiz.

    When you present to the Test Center to take a makeup quiz say, "Journigan PS113 paper and pencil quiz". You must also present a photo ID, surrender your cell phone or other portable electronic devices. books, notes, or other study aides to the staff.

    The Final Exam must be taken during Final Exam Week and cannot be taken before then. Failure to take the Final Exam results in a 0 on the exam.

    It is your responsibility to stay informed, attend class, participate in discussions and other spontaneously announced events, take quizzes, and turn in your homework at scheduled times.

    If you are experiencing difficulty, please consult me in enough time so that we can try to solve the problem.

    There is no extra credit in this class.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    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 specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    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.

    Plagiarism
    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 www.nmjc.edu, 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.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE