Ψ  Syllabus      • General Psychology •   Psyc 2301  Cisco College - 2017

Professor: Robert C. Gates

This course is normally taught on the Cisco campus of Cisco College as a face-to-face class with Canvas 
and Web page support

Use this e-mail address to contact the Professor:

Web Page: rcgates.com
     
Course Description: General Psychology is a survey of the major psychological topics, theories and 
approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.  Three lecture hours per week.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours 	Prerequisite: none        Transferability: Yes

Course Structure: This course will meet for 1.5 hours twice a week or for 3 hours once a week for 16 weeks 
in a standard semester.

Required Textbooks & Materials: Psychology - Ciccarelli 4/e 

Recommended Optional Materials & Library Resources: Internet search for current concepts

Purpose & Goal of the course as related to the College Mission: To offer a transferable comprehensive 
course in the social sciences which helps the student to form the basis of an understanding of 
individual human behavior.

Course Objectives: The student should be able to:

• 1. Identify various research methods and their characteristics used in the scientific study of psychology. 
• 2. Describe the historical influences and early schools of thought that shaped the field of psychology 
• 3. Describe some of the prominent perspectives and approaches used in the study of psychology. 
• 4. Use terminology unique to the study of psychology. 
• 5. Describe accepted approaches and standards in psychological assessment and evaluation. 
• 6. Identify factors in physiological and psychological processes involved in human behavior 

Core Objectives: 

 • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and 
 synthesis of information 
• Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through 
written, oral and visual communication 
• Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or 
observable facts resulting in informed conclusions 
• Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others 
to support a shared purpose or goal 
• Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to 
ethical decision-making 
• Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the 
ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities 

Methods of Assessment / Grading Policy

Major test: chapters 1 - 5 
Major test: chapters 6 - 10 

Average of Major tests - 50%   Major test format: multiple choice - Time limit: 30 minutes 
 
Student project - 25%

Final exam (chapters 11 -15) - 25% All required Major tests must be completed before a 
student can take the final.

Doing the practice testing on the instructor's web site is an integral part of this course! Always 
take the practice tests provided for you, it will enhance your chance of doing well on course's tests.

There is not, nor will there be made any provision for extra credit work in my classes.

Attendance Policy

•  Prompt & regular class attendance is considered necessary for satisfactory work. It is the responsibility of the 
professor to keep an accurate & comprehensive record of attendance.
•  Cisco College recognizes that absence from class may occur due to illness, death or illness in the immediate 
family, observance of a religious holiday, or participation in a college-sponsored activity. (Absences due to participation 
in a college-sponsored activity must be authorized by the Vice President of Instruction.) When absences occur due to 
the above-stated reasons, the student is allowed to make up work missed; the professor may require the work to be 
made up within two weeks from its original due date.
•  During a regular Fall or Spring semester, the following requirements apply for face to-face classes. For a class that 
meets three times per week, a student is allowed six absences. For a class that meets two times per week, a student 
is allowed four absences. For a class that meets one time per week, a student is allowed two absences. If a student 
misses one more than the allowed number of absences, he/she may be dropped from the class if the professor deems 
the student to be failing due to excessive absences and/or failure to make up work due to absences.
•  For online or hybrid courses, a student may be dropped after he/she fails to access the course web site and/or 
participate in the class for a two-week period, and the professor deems the student to be failing.
•  During a Summer I or II regular face-to-face class, a student is allowed two absences. Upon the third absence, 
he/she may be dropped from the class if the professor deems the student to be failing due to excessive absences and/or 
failure to make up work due to absences.
•  For any Minimester or Summer night class, a student is allowed one absence. Upon the second absence, he/she may 
be dropped from the class if the professor deems the student to be failing due to excessive absences and/or failure to make 
up work due to absences.
•  Any student who ceases to attend class without officially withdrawing through the Admissions Office is subject to a grade of F.
•  The student will receive a grade of W for the course if withdrawn before the last day to drop with a W, and an F if withdrawn 
after the last day to drop with a W. Three tardies may constitute an absence. Absences immediately before or after a holiday 
may be counted as double absences.

Ψ  IF you leave class without prior permission while it is in session, you will receive an unexcused absence!

 Policy on make-ups, re-tests & extra credit work:

 If a student has an absence on a test day, the student will make up the test before the next test is given or receive a zero 
 for that test grade.
No makeups will be allowed during final test week!  
Make up tests will be taken by appointment only!
A documented authorized absence for the class day of a missed scheduled exam is required in order to take the make-up test. 
 
    Note: Makeup tests will always be alternate versions of the test given to the class.
    There is not, nor will there be made any provision for re-tests in this class. 
    There is not, nor will there be made any provision for extra credit work in this class. 

Major Units of Study
 
   The Science of Psychology, The Biological Perspective, Sensation & Perception, Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams, Hypnosis,
and Drugs, Learning, Memory, Cognitive Psychology: Thinking, Intelligence, and Language, Development across the, Motivation 
& Emotion, Stress and Health, Social Psychology, Theories of Personality, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Therapies

Notices

    Course Content: College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are expected to 
    have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.
       
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    attempt of students to present as their own any work they have not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty & 
    administration as a serious offense & renders the offender liable to serious consequences, possibly suspension. 
    All student conduct will support academic honesty. Any student who is cheating on an exam or uses thoughts or words or 
    works of others without proper citation will receive an F or zero for that work & may fail the course. The instructional goal is 
    that each student completes his or her own work in order to master the skills needed to compete in the job market. - Don't Cheat! -

    Student Conduct: Students are expected to take responsibility in helping to maintain a classroom environment that is conductive 
    to learning. In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from the time spent in class, students are prohibited
    from making offensive remarks, reading material not related to the class, sleeping, or engaging in any kind of distracting behavior. 
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    and laptops. No communications devices should be visible on desks during class unless otherwise directed by the instructor as 
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    notification. If a pressing situation requires communication during class, notify the instructor before class begins, sit near the door and 
    quietly exit the classroom before answering any communication. In testing situations, use of any communication, electronic, or data 
    storage device for a reason other than college emergencies or a use specified by the instructor, may lead to a charge of academic dishonesty.
    
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