Psychology | Introductory Psychology 1
P101 | 3742 | G. Frommer
Preparation: Some background in biology is recommended. This course
is an introduction to psychology as a natural science.
Format: Most of the material for this class will be presented by
computer on the World Wide Web. You can take a look at the material
for this semester by typing the following address in a network browser
This opens the home page for this class. The first item on the menu
(Information for Visitors) gives instructions to see sample exercises,
which take the place of a conventional textbook. I hope they are
Students do about 90-95 "exercises" (2 to 10 per week) on any computer
that can be connected to the World Wide Web. These exercises are like
sections of chapters in a textbook; they have text and graphics to
present the material.
In addition, they contain 5 to 10 quiz questions about the preceding
material. These questions are intended to help you pay attention to
the material and think about it. They encourage you to use "deep
processing," to use the jargon of cognitive psychology. The questions
will also help you test your mastery of that material. Two or more
weekly help sessions will be scheduled to give you help on how to do
the exercises due for that week. An assistant will help you work on
them by showing you stragegies for doing the questions most
Important areas: P101 will cover biological bases of behavior,
including brain function and behavior genetics; sensory function and
perception, aspect of animal and human learning, motivation, emotion,
and cognitive (mental) function. The questions "how do you know?" and
"what is the evidence? are emphasized throughout.
Texts: None required, but a paper version of the exercises will be
available in the bookstores. Some people may find a standard text,
for example, Carlson & Buskist, Psychology, useful.
Tests and Grades: Grades will be based on four tests (about 55%), the
weekly computer-based repeatable "exercises" described above (about
20% of the semester grade), and a comprehensive final exam (about
25%). The grades are NOT curved and no test will be dropped. The
tests will be primarily multiple choice, but will also have some
matching, fill-in-the-blank and short answer questions. Many of the
multiple-choice questions will ask you to recognize examples of an
idea or the relation between an idea, its definition, and an example.
Up to twelve points extra credit may be earned by written reports on
experiment participation or approved articles.
Availability of instructor: My office hours will be MWF 1:30-2:30 and
Tuesday evenings. I am usually in my office much of the day. I
strongly encourage use of electronic mail for communication.
Gabriel P. Frommer e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dept. of Psychology phone: (812) 855-1279
Indiana University message: (812) 855-2012
Bloomington, IN 47405 fax: (812) 855-4520