Psychology | Introductory Psychology
P101 | 4604 | J. Farley

Introduction to psychology; it's method,data and theoretical
interpretations in areas of the biological bases of behavior,
learning, sensory psychology, and cognition. Text: Psychology by
Benjamin,Hopkins, & Nation. This text was published in 1994 by
Exams: The course is divided in 6 sections. There will be 3
multiple-choice exams administered after Sections 1-2,3,4-6. As part
of the requirements for P101, you must participate in two, one-hour
experiments. If you do not want to participate in these experiments,
you must write a short paper for each experiment. If you choose to
write papers rather than participate in experiments, please see me
within the first two weeks of class to discuss possible topics. If you
fail to complete the experimental requirements, you will receive a
grade of "incomplete". The only exception to this is if you are
receiving a grade of "D" or below. In this case, you will not receive
an incomplete. Consult the experimental participation sheet for more
Instructor Availability: Office hours are after class daily in the
Psychology building room 370. If you cannot see me during office
hours, please call or e-mail for an appointment. Also, I will
generally be in the lecture hall for a few minutes after class. This
is a good time to ask a brief question or make an appointment. My
office phone number is 855-6828 or e-mail at
Course assistant: The teaching assistant will handle most of the
bookkeeping chores for the course and is the person you should see to
check on exam totals,missing grades, and so forth.
Grading: by the end of the semester you will  have taken 3 exams (25
points each). Your exam grade for the course will be based on these
three exams. If you miss an exam, see the instructor immediately. In
addition you will complete a series of computer quizzes worth a total
of 25 points.
Your final grade will be based on the total number of points. (In the
past, a failure to complete all quizzes and lecture responses has
resulted in a number of students receiving much lower final grades).
Computer Assignments: In this class you will frequently be using the
terminal clusters that are located around campus. You will need to
learn how to use these terminals to access the computer that is used
with this course. You will be given instructions in class as to how to
access the computer, and your instructor's home page on the World Wide
Web, which is where you will find the quizzes. The computer quizzes
are designed not only to help you learn the material better, but also
to keep you focused on your psychology assignment. One of the main
problems that students have is failing to begin assignments promptly.
To do the computer assignments you must keep up with the reading. Poor
performance on exams often results from waiting until a day or two
before the exam is scheduled to read the material. There will be three
quizzes based on the six sections of the course described earlier.
Questions from the quizzes often appear on examinations. These quizzes
consist of a series of questions, generally 60-70 questions, relted
primarily to the textbook. Each quiz is worth 8 points.