|Psychology 110 - Fundamentals of Psychology|
Course Catalog Description
|According to Illinois State University's
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog, Psychology 110-Fundamentals of
Psychology is "A review and critical analysis of psychology's most influential
explanations of human behavior." Students may be expected to
participate in experiments. Not for credit if had PSY 111. Not for
credit in PSY major. May not be taken under the CT/NC option. Formerly
EXPLAINING HUMAN BEHAVIOR. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or COM 110 or
If there are ever any announcements related to the class (e.g., if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather) I'll post them here.
|My Office Hours|
Each week I will hold regularly scheduled office hours (444 DeGarmo) at
the following times:
You are welcome to stop by during those times with no appointment needed. If those times don't work, please send me an e-mail with some times you're free, and I'll let you know what other times I could meet with you.
Mike, and Sara will help with
the course this
semester. Each will hold a weekly office hour during which
you may stop by to discuss course material, seek help with exam
preparation, look at exams you've taken, or copy notes if you missed a
class. Their office hours will be held at a desk in the hall across
from DeGarmo 444 (4th floor) during
the following times each week:
Sara: Mondays 11:30
Laura: Mondays 12:30
Mike: Tuesdays 2:30
course syllabus is the same as the one we distributed on the first day of
|Click this link to
get to your Psychology 110 gradebook. This will allow you to check your
grades any time throughout the semester. I try to be as accurate as
possible when recording grades, but if you think there is a mistake,
please let me know. You will need to enter your ULID and ULID password
in order to access the gradebook. I do not know your ULID password, so
if you forget yours, you will need to re-set it
Scores for the second exam have now been posted. The class did fine overall. The scores ranged from 38% to 100%, with a class average of 74%.
As before, please feel free to stop by any of my or the TAsí office hours if youíd like to see your exam. Anyone is welcome to do this, but itís especially a good idea if your score wasnít as high as you expected it to be. We may be able to figure out the source of difficulties so that you can prepare differently for future exams. Weíd like to help, but we can only do that if people come to see us.
At this point, exactly half of your course grade has been determined. That means thereís still plenty of time to bring your grade up if itís not where you want it to be. If you determine, however, that itís not going to be possible for you to get a grade you want or need for the course, tomorrow (Friday, March 7) is the last day to withdraw. Before making a decision about whether to withdraw from any course, I would encourage you to speak with an academic advisor to be sure it is a wise move for you.
Extra credit scores for the second unit were also added to the gradebook, so everything in the gradebook should now be up to date.
Best wishes for a relaxing and safe spring break!
|Study Guides and Exam Review Sessions|
For each exam, I have developed a study guide telling you what I think is most important for you to know from the text. You can download the study guides here. Information about review sessions will be posted here once times and locations have been set.
Study Guide for Exam 1 (PDF)
Study Guide for Exam 2 (PDF)
The TAs have agreed to hold a review session prior to the second exam. They will tell you how they prepared for exams, will answer your questions, and will have practice questions for you to try. They will not be presenting new information, so attending the review session is completely optional. If you'd like to attend, here is the time/location:
Wednesday, March 5 7:00 p.m. - Williams 111
You can also attend any of our office hours to ask questions and try practice questions.
Study Guide for Exam 3 (PDF)
Study Guide for Exam 4 (PDF)
You may earn up to 5 optional extra credit points during each unit of the course. See the syllabus for the deadlines; once a deadline has passed, no additional extra credit may be earned for that unit. You may earn extra credit anytime before the deadline. If you earn more than 5 points for one unit, the remainder will be applied to the next unit.
There are two ways to earn extra credit (you can do one or both for each unit if you choose):
(1) Participate in psychology research studies.
Start by going to this website to read about your rights and responsibilities as a participant: http://psychology.illinoisstate.edu/research/instructions.shtml.
Then, sign up for studies using the Sona Systems on-line program: https://ilstu.sona-systems.com/. The user id is the same as your ULID. The password will be generated by the Sona Systems program early in the second week of the semester and sent to your ISU e-mail account. Please check your ISU e-mail and let the Experiment Coordinator (email@example.com) know if you do not receive a password from Sona Systems by the end of the second week of the semester. When contacting him, please supply the following information: First Name, Last Name, Course(s) you wish to use your credits in, and your User ID (your ULID).
Once you sign up for a study, you will show up at the appointed time and location, and the researcher will describe the study. You always have the right to choose not to participate in a study once you hear about what it involves. Following your participation, researchers will award you the appropriate credit for the study. Credit is awarded based on time (e.g., a one-hour study = 1 credit; a half-hour study = .5 credits, etc.). You will receive an automated e-mail notification of the credit you were awarded for each study. For this course, you will earn 2 extra credit points per hour of research participation. I will update the course gradebook with your extra credit points shortly after each deadline.
(2) Summarize research studies from journal articles.
For each unit of the course you may choose one of two articles to read
After choosing the article you want to summarize, you will need to obtain a copy of the article by going to Milner Library or by downloading it from Milnerís website. Click here to see a tutorial on how to find the articles from Milner (and make sure your computer's volume is not muted).
Summaries should be 2 double-spaced, typed pages and should include a description of the purpose of the study, a description of the method, and a description of what the findings were. Only thorough and well-written summaries will receive full credit; typos, grammar errors, or less thorough work will result in less than full credit. Each summary may earn a maximum of 5 points. Be careful not to plagiarize. Use your own words.
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