Topics: Psychology, Sociology, Social sciences Pages: 10 (2446 words) Published: April 11, 2013
Cleveland State University
Department of Psychology
Spring 2013

Course: Introduction to Psychology, Section 3, 4.0 credit hours Instructor: Teresa Markis, M.A.
Classroom: Main Classroom 201
Class Time: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:45-10:50 AM
Telephone: (216) 687-3834 (leave a message – make sure to mention you are from Psy 101) Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 8:30-9:30 AM and by appointment Office: CB 250; Graduate Student Lounge CB 181 (mailbox)

Email:, (put ‘CSU Psy 101’ in the subject line for all emails)

Graduate Assistant: Jackie Deal
Office: Graduate Student Lounge CB 181
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:30 – 2:00


Required Text: Ciccarelli, S.K. & White, J.N. (2009). Psychology (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Course Description: This course will introduce you to basic principles and theories of psychology, as well as allow for discussion of important psychological phenomena relating to the study and understanding of psychology.

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 1. Describe psychological theories, principles and concepts relevant to the following topics: history and methods, physiology (biology of behavior, consciousness), perception, cognition (learning, thought, language), social, organizational, developmental, personality and psychopathology and its treatment. 2. Articulate knowledge of classic as well as contemporary research in each of the major subfields of psychology. 3. Apply basic psychological principles to human history, current events, and daily human experience. 4. Recognize diversity and individual differences and similarities in a variety of contexts. 5. Assess and critically analyze theories, research methods and findings (outcomes), and applications developed by psychologists and made available through textbooks, newspapers, professional and lay periodicals, and the internet. 6. Develop and apply the following skills, quantitative literacy and critical thinking, to course material.

By completing this course, you will partially fulfill the Social Sciences requirement of General Education. In this course, Quantitative Literacy and Critical Thinking will be promoted. To achieve the specific learning outcomes mentioned above and to fulfill the Social Science General Education requirement, two key areas will be promoted and continually assessed throughout the course and include: Quantitative Literacy and Critical Thinking. These two skill areas, Quantitative Literacy and Critical Thinking, will be used throughout the course in teaching methods, class discussions, and application of course content. Additionally, you will be evaluated on your understanding and application of each of these two skill areas through examinations. Please see the “From CSU website” section at the end of this syllabus for more information.

Class Policies (please read carefully):
1. Regular, on-time attendance is expected. However, you do NOT have to contact me if you must miss a regular class. DO contact me if you must miss a test due to an emergency. 2. Classroom etiquette: Any behaviors that disrupt the concentration of students and/or the instructor are inappropriate. For example, behaviors such as entering the classroom late (i.e., after 9:45 AM), eating in class, texting during class, facebooking, etc. These are disruptive and should not occur. Personal electronic devices (phones, laptops, tablets, etc.) are not necessary for this class and thus should not be used at any time during any class period or exam. 3. Questions and (respectful) comments are always welcome during class. Also, you should not hesitate to consult with me if you need any assistance related to class. I’m here to help! 4. Exams will begin promptly at the scheduled times. Please bring a #2 pencil and your CSU ID to each exam....
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