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Ψ  Syllabus
• General Psychology •
Psyc 2301

Cisco College - 2018

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.

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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 or 5/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.

Learning Outcomes: 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

New  Average of Major tests - 50%

Major test format: multiple choice - Time limit: 30 minutes

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New  Student project - 25%

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

New   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.

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

Student Conduct, Notices and College Policies Students are expected to follow all classroom policies listed in the course syllabus. College-wide policies can be found in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, at a minimum, in a request to leave class. The Student Handbook contains a list of specific prohibitions. (Faculty may add reference to program handbooks.)


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.

Academic Integrity It is the intent of Cisco College to foster a spirit of complete honesty and a high standard of integrity. The attempt of students to present as their own any work they have not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense and subjects the offender to disciplinary action. The Student Handbook contains a list of academic integrity definitions and violations.

Cross-Listed Course Sections For reasons of pedagogy and course management, this course may be cross-listed with one or more other course sections on Canvas. Cross-listed course sections may interact. (Applicable to cross-listed sections of any format.

Changes to the Syllabus The schedule and procedures in this syllabus are subject to change if deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Students with Special Needs Students who qualify for specific accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should notify the instructor the first week of class. It is the studentís responsibility to provide the necessary documentation to the Special Populations Coordinator.

Title IX Harassment of any nature occurring on the premises of Cisco College will not be tolerated. Should a student be subjected to any form of harassment, the matter may be reported to the Title IX Director (254-442-5022 or 325-794-4439), Dean of Students (254-442-5173), Provost (325-994-4401) or any counselor.

HB 1508 For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency. (Applicable to courses in programs that lead to state licensing.)

Attendance Policy

•  Prompt & regular class attendance is considered necessary for satisfactory work. See College Catalog for full class attendance policy.

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

Late Work/Extra Credit Policy

    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 in the classroom, by appointment only!  A Doctorís written excuse for the class day of the scheduled exam must be presented in order to take the make-up test.

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    Note: Makeup tests may 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.

Student Technology Use in Classroom Use of communication devices is prohibited during class. Exception to this policy may occur due to college-wide emergency notification or at the discretion of the instructor. In order to protect the privacy of other students and to encourage open discussion, covert digital recording is prohibited in the classroom. Students are expected to follow the Student IT Policy as stated in the Student Handbook

Student Help & Resources Students are encouraged to utilize the Canvas and online learning resources provided on the Distance Education webpage and the Student Resources provided on Canvas. Students may contact or call 325-794-4480 for Canvas assistance, or email for assistance with college computers, software and email.

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General Psychology
Robert C. Gates