Psychology | Introductory Psychology I
P101 | 3345 | Frommer G.

Preparation:  Some background in biology and natural sciences in general
is helpful.  This course is an introduction to psychology as a natural
Format: This class differs from other sections of P101 by having
discussion/homework sections.  This is NOT additional work.  It is the way
you will do (part of) their weekly homework assignments.  Assistants who
are responsible for these sections will help you with the homework and
show you strategies of doing it that are more effective than the ones you
are likely to use.
Most of the material for this class is presented by computer on the World
Wide Web.  A workbook provides a paper version of the core material that
you need. You can take a look at the material for this semester by typing
the following address in a network browser like Netscape:  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 clear.
Students do about 100 "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
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 also help you
test your mastery of that material.
Important Areas:  P101 will cover biological bases of behavior, including
brain function and behavior genetics; sensory function and perception;
aspects of animal and human learning and memory, cognitive (mental)
function motivation, and emotion.  The questions "how do you know?" and
"what is the evidence?" are emphasized throughout.
Texts: Workbook for P101 (locally printed)
Tests and Grades: Grades will be based on four tests (about 55%), weekly
computer-based repeatable quizzes and exercises (about 20% of the semester
grade), and a comprehensive final exam (about 25%).  The tests will be
primarily multiple choice, but will also have some 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 and idea, its
definition, and an example.  Up to 12 points extra credit may be earned by
written reports on experiment participation or approved articles.  No test
will be dropped.
Availability of Instructor: My office hours will be after class, in the
early afternoon, and Tuesday evenings.  I am usually in my office much of
the day.  I strongly encourage use of electronic mail for communication.