Introduction to Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 113 - 30294
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: W 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Dean, Debbie
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH204

    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.



    Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications
    Jeffrey S. Nevid
    5th Edition (Cengage Learning)
    ISBN: 978-1-305-96415-0



    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” 1600 points -
    200 points = Tests (Mid-Term & Final Exam)
    1400 points = Chapter assignments (14 chapters)

    The total number of points you “earn” will determine your final course grade:

    You will be given 2 tests- each consisting of 100 multiple choice questions covering the reading, homework, and class activities. Each test is worth 100 points. All tests will be taken in class on the scheduled date and time. This will result in a maximum of 200 points applied towards your final course grade.

    Chapter Assignments
    You will be given an assignment for each of the 14 chapters. Assignments are given for each chapter and are due the next class meeting. Assignments will consist of multiple choice and short essay type questions. Each chapter assignment is worth 100 points.


    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 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.


    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 distractive, disruptive, or off-task may result in dismissal from class, counseling, loss of class seat and/or point deductions on an upcoming quiz, writing assignment, or test.

    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. 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 test, quiz, or writing assignments.

    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 your absence is excused, such as you are a student-athlete or have a class field-trip, or otherwise represent NMJC in an official capacity in the community, you will not lose any points for that day. However, if a test is scheduled for that day you should take it early to avoid late penalties. Talk with me for more details.

    If your absence is unexcused, such as you are "sick" or "feeling ill", you will lose any points for that day. If a test is scheduled for that day you should talk with me immediately before or afterwards to arrange taking a makeup test.

    The Final Exam must be taken during Final Exam Week and cannot be taken ahead of time. 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 tests, and turn in your work 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.


    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.


    August 21- Introduction, Syllabus, Chapter 1 Discussion- Do Ch. 1 assignment for homework- Due August 28
    August 28- Chapter 2 Discussion- Do Ch. 2 assignment for homework- Due September 4
    September 4- Chapter 3 Discussion- Do Ch. 3 assignment for homework- Due September 11
    September 11- Chapter 4 Discussion- Do Ch. 4 assignment for homework- Due September 18
    September 18- Chapter 5 Discussion- Do Ch. 5 assignment for homework- Due September 25
    September 25- Chapter 6 Discussion- Do Ch. 6 assignment for homework- due October 2
    October 2- Chapter 7 Discussion- Do Ch. 7 assignment for homework- due October 9
    October 9- Mid-Term Exam- Chapters 1-7
    October 16- Chapter 8 Discussion- Do Ch. 8 assignment for homework- due October 23
    October 23- Chapter 9 Discussion- Do Ch. 9 assignment for homework- due October 30
    October 30- Chapter 10 Discussion- Do Ch. 10 assignment for homework- due November 6
    November 6- Chapter 11 Discussion- Do Ch. 11 assignment for homework- due November 13
    November 13- Chapter 12 Discussion- Do Ch. 12 assignment for homework- due November 20
    November 20- Chapter 13 Discussion- Do Ch. 13 assignment for homework- due December 4
    November 28- No Class- Thanksgiving Break
    December 4- Chapter 14 Discussion- Do Ch. 14 assignment for homework- due December 11
    December 11- Final Exam