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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 101
Course Title: General Psychology
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon 
5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Introduction to the field of psychology and the major sub-areas including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, stress, as well as abnormal, developmental and social psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. G.E.


Psychology 5th edition
Author: Ciccarelli, S. K. & White J. N.
ISBN: 9780134477961

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Recognize the necessity for ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology.
  3. Recognize the relevance of psychological knowledge in occupations and other settings.

Special Course Requirements

READING YOUR TEXT!  Yes, it IS your responsibility!  There will always be a significant number of test questions taken only from your readings.
This is a web enhanced class.  You will also need to access the course website through your CougarTrack account using the online course link. The D2L site contains links to several resources as well as all instructional materials, PowerPoints, and grades.
AND THE SURVEY SAYS:  Students who access the course website get much better grades than those who do not!

Instructional Methods

This class follows the Constructivist Learning Model, which means the class is student centered and relies on a 'learning by doing' experiential learning environment. The role of the instructor will be that of a facilitator as you construct your learning experience. Regular attendance is not only important to your learning but to that of your classmates as well. We will learn through Lecture, PowerPoints, videos, and discussions.

Out of Class Activities

This is a web-enhanced class.  Resources for the class can be found in your CougarTrack under Desire to Learn of D2L.
There are weekly quizzes over the material covered in reading and lecture. Quizzes administered through D2L.
Lectures do not always follow the text.  YOU are responsible for all reading assignments.

Graded Activities

In Class Activities80 Points
Description -

We will be engaging in a series of in-class, hands on activities that illustrate the concepts discussed in class.

Weekly Quiz120 Points
Description -

The learner is expected to complete all readings before class. To encourage learning,students will complete brief 15 point quizzes in D2L before coming to class. Quizzes will be due before class each week.

Method of Evaluation -

Multiple Choice questions - Administered on D2L

Final Exam100 Points
Description -

During Week 8, there is a comprehensive final exam given on D2L covering the material covered the entire class.

Method of Evaluation -

50 pts. Multiple Choice questions - Administered on D2L.
50 pt Essay Exam due before class Week 8.

Weekly Reflection on D2L80 Points
Description -

After completion of each week's readings and lectures, you will post a short reflection on D2L about something that was new, exciting, or significant from that week. The content should be at least 3 paragraphs long and include not only what was important, but also why it was important or how you will apply the material. Cite the reference from the readings. 

Class Presentation50 Points
Description -

You will present a brief (5-7 minute) presentation about a topic in psychology that you would like to learn more about. This can cover any psychology related topic, such as research, career opportunities, psychopharmacology, ethics, therapies, mental illness, etc. 

Method of Evaluation -

Grading rubric will be provided in class. 

Movie Madness70 Points
Description -

Watch one of the following films and write a 2 page reflection on the film and link this film to the broad realm of psychology (Sybil, What About Bob?, Crash (2004 film), Momento (2000 film), Rain Man, As Good As it Gets, A Beautiful Mind, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Hours, & Good Will Hunting). Please note that some of these films are R rated--please be discerning when selecting your film.

Method of Evaluation -

A rubric will be handed out in Week Three


Grading Scale

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

Additional Information / Instructions

With a course which only meets once a week and will involve a lot of discussion, there will be no way to cover all of the material in class.  Therefore, you must read the textbook. There will always be a significant number of test questions taken only from the readings.
Please, please, PLEASE read your text!  You will be glad you did!
Class participation is an important part of the learning process. You are expected to read the week's material prior to coming to class. PowerPoint slides will be available on D2L to aid in taking notes.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introductions / Neuroscience
  • Class Discussion and Activities
  • Weekly Reflection, posted on D2L
  • Psychology in Action: Secrets for Surviving College and Improving Your Grades
  • Chapter 1: The Science of Psychology
  • Chapter 2: The Biological Perspective

D2L Quiz over Reading Material - (Chapters 1 & 2 + Ethics) - Due before start of class for Week Two.

Week 2
Sensation, Perception, & Consciousness
  • Class Discussion and Activities
  • D2L Quiz
  • Weekly Reflection, posted on D2L
  • Chapter 3: Sensation and Perception
  • Chapter 4: Consciousness

D2L Quiz over Reading Material - (Chapters 3 & 4) - Due before start  of class for Week Two.

Week 3
Learning & Memory
  • Class Discussion and Activities
  • D2L Quiz
  • Weekly Reflection, posted on D2L
  • Chapter 5: Learning
  • Chapter 6: Memory

You will write 3 goals and objectives for this class.  What do you want to learn in this class more than anything else?  Make sure they are SMART goals. What's a smart goal? You will find out in class! The goals and objectives are due in the drop box before class in week 3.


D2L Quiz over Reading Material - (Chapters 5 & 6) - Due before start of class for Week Three.

Week 4
Cognition and Development
  • Class Discussion and Activities
  • D2L Quiz
  • Weekly Reflection, posted on D2L
  • Chapter 7: Cognition: Thinking, Intelligence, and Language
  • Chapter 8: Development across the Life Span

D2L Quiz over Reading Material - (Chapters 7 & 8) - Due before start  of class for Week Four.

Week 5
Motivation, Emotion & Sexuality/Gender
  • Class Discussion and Activities
  • D2L Quiz
  • Weekly Reflection, posted on D2L
  • Chapter 9: Motivation and Emotion
  • Chapter 10: Sexuality and Gender

D2L Quiz over Reading Material - (Chapters 9 & 10) - Due before start  of class for Week Five.

Week 6
Stress/Health & Social Psychology
  • Class Discussion and Activities
  • D2L Quiz
  • Weekly Reflection, posted on D2L
  • Chapter 11: Stress and Health
  • Chapter 12: Social Psychology

D2L Quiz over Reading Material - (Chapters 11 & 12) - Due before start  of class for Week Six.

Week 7
Theories of Personality and Psychological Disorders
  • Class Discussion and Activities
  • D2L Quiz
  • Weekly Reflection, posted on D2L
  • Chapter 13: Theories of Personality
  • Chapter 14: Psychological Disorders

Movie Madness Assignment due before class in Week 7.  Rubric can be found in Week 3 Content in D2L.


D2L Quiz over Reading Material - (Chapters 13 & 14) - Due before start  of class for Week Seven.

Week 8
Psychological Therapies
  • In-Class Topic Presentation
  • D2L Quiz
  • Final Exam
  • Weekly Reflection, posted on D2L
  • Chapter 15: Psychological Therapies

In-Class Topic Presentation - Student will present a  presentation covering a psychology related topic of interest. This topic will be taken from the goals and objectives that you turned in during week three.

  • Final Exam, Comprehensive (Chapters 1-15) - Due Saturday of Week Eight before 11:59 PM
  • D2L Quiz over Reading Material - (Chapter 15) - Due before start  of class for Week Eight .

Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Instructor Policy - BE THE DRIVER OF YOUR OWN BUS!

Class preparation and participation is important to YOUR success. Students who miss more than two classes may have their final grade reduced by one letter grade. Students who come to class late or leave early may be counted as absent on that day for purposes of this class attendance/grading policy. This may be done at the discretion of the instructor.

This is an interactive and experiential class where we learn much from each other. Regular attendance is required.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy -

All papers must be submitted with complete paragraphs with proper sentence structure and adhere to all the rules of punctuation, grammar, citation, etc. Papers should be in your own words, not directly copied from segments of the course material and/or other scholarly sources. All work for this class must be original; no work is accepted if it was originally composed for another class. In the Dropbox each paper is automatically submitted to to detect plagiarism. Documentable plagiarism results in zero points for the assignment.

Please read the policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism. Students who choose to cheat are students who choose to flunk. When writing your APA paper, if?in doubt....use a citation!??If still in doubt, please come see me and ask!??I will be happy to help you sort it out.??The writing center is also a wonderful resource!

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy - We discuss many aspects of psychology in this class. We won't always agree with each other. At least I hope we won't! That's when we learn from each other!

It is my strong belief that we learn best from each other in a variety of formats. I ask that you keep an open mind and allow each of your peers to safely express his/her own thoughts and beliefs without judgment or criticism. That being said, it's fine to disagree as long as we remember to use civility and respect.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.


Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Instructor Policy - I am not inclined to give incompletes.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Instructor Policy - Please turn your cell phones to vibrate during class. Cell phone Karma. Don't let it happen to you!

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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