General Psychology

PSYC 2010

Course Description from catalog (see pages 203 & 204)
Text: Exploring Psychology – 10th Edition – David G. Myers
Kevin S. Salisbury
Office: Athletic Fieldhouse, Flanagan Campus
Tel: 401.333.7313 or 401.333.7339
Office Hours: By appointment (usually in office 45 minutes prior to class)
Click here to download “PowerPoint viewer”(once on the download page, type in “PowerPoint”)
Class Date Chapter/Exam Reviews Chapter
1 Thinking Critically with Psychological Science
Chapter 1
American Psychological Association
2 Memory
Chapter 8
Test Your Memory
3 Biology of Behavior
Chapter 2
3D Brain Anatomy Web
4 Test 1

5 Psychological Disorders
Chapter 14
Link to JAMA Article
Developing through the Lifespan
Chapter 4
Web site on Disorders
Web links on Aging
Hospice and the Dying Process
6 Test 2

7 Personality
Chapter 13
8 No Class – Spring Break

10 Test 3

11 Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 10
Article on College Success Predictors

Social Psychology
Chapter 12



12 The Car Vandals  cc
Sanford Prison Exper.  cc
Photoshop  cc
Article by Peggy McIntosh
Racism: Gardner’s Tale

The Doll Experiment  cc
Stress, Health, & Human Flourishing

Chapter 11
13 Test 4 

14 Final Test – Click for Review
Discovering Psychology – David Myers 9th Edition

Module 1         History and Scope of Psychology
Module 2         Research Strategies
Module 21       Studying and Building Memories
Module 22       Storage and Retrieval
Module 23       Forgetting Memory Construction
Module 3         Neural and Hormonal Systems
Module 4        The Brain
Module 5         Genetics Evolutionary Psychology and Behavior

Exam 1

Module 39      Basic Concepts of Psychological Disorders
Module 40      Schizophrenia
Module 41       Other Disorders
Module 9         Developmental Issues-Prenatal Development
Module 10       Infancy and Childhood
Module 11        Adolescence
Module 12       Adulthood

Exam 2

Module 34      Classic Perspectives on Personality
Module 35      Contemporary Perspectives on Personality
Module 18      Basic Learning Concepts and Classical Conditioning
Module 19      Operant Conditioning
Module 20     Biology Cognition and Learning

Exam 3

Module 28      Basic Motivational Concepts
Module 29      Hunger
Module 30      Theories and Physiology of Emotion
Module 31      Expressing and Experiencing Emotion
Module 36      Social Thinking and Social Influence
Module 37      Antisocial Relations
Module 38     Prosocial Relations
Module 32     Stress and Illness
Module 33     Health and Happiness

Exam 4

Other Psychology Links

Student Responsibilties:
Reading: Students are responsible for all reading assignments. Some of the material in the book may not be covered in class but will appear on the exam.
Grading System  (link to CCRI grading system)
Exams 1-4 will be worth 25% each=100%
Final Exam  –
***The Final will be discussed more in class session
Extra Credit – There is an extra credit project.
Each exam will be 50-100 multiple questions. Final exam may be more questions.
MyCCRI (Knight Account) available to all students. You should have received your PIN in the mail. If you did not, you must go to enrollment services to receive your PIN. I will be posting course information on Pipeline and e-mailing the class from this page.
JOURNAL (extra credit)
The Journal will include
  1. An article related to topics outlined in class/book.
  2. Summarize article:
    1. Include hard copy of article
    2. Reference the article following the APA style
    3. Summarize the article
    4. State your opinion on the content/findings
  3. Typed doubled space summaries, 12 pt. Font, one (1) inch margins on all sides.
  4. Submit paper attached to the front of the article.
Recommended Journals: (online versions subscriber only)
*Psychology Today
Journal of Social Psychology
Journal of General Psychology
*American Journal of Psychology
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
American Psychologist
Journal of Applied Psychology
*Journals are available in the library periodical section


The Psychology Department requires that all students taking traditional “in-class” courses meet a minimum attendance requirement in order to earn a passing grade. Class attendance is defined as “attending class from start (no more then 10-minutes late) to finish.”

Students not meeting the Minimum Class Attendance requirement will receive a “WP” or “WF” as their final grade (depending on their class average).

3-Credit Classes

Important: For 3-credit classes meeting once per week, students must complete a minimum of 11 classes (attending entire class) in order to meet the Department’s MAP requirement. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their attendance.

Important: For 3-credit classes meeting twice per week, students must complete a minimum of 22 classes (attending entire class) in order to meet the Department’s MAP requirement. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their attendance.

Important: For 3-credit classes meeting three times per week, students must complete a minimum of 33 classes (attending entire class) in order to meet the Department’s MAP requirement. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their attendance.


  1. Distance Learning, TV, Independent Study, Career Information, and Student Success classes do not have to meet the MAP requirement.
  2. School closings (storms, power, etc.) or instructor absences are counted as a completed class (counts toward the MAP requirement).
Be on time and attend class. Exceptional attendance may earn you extra credit.  Participation is also rewarded. Research shows that students who attend class regularly tend to do better than students who do not. Class work cannot be made up.  In order for class sessions to be lively and productive it is essential that you come to class having done the assignments and being prepared to anticipate. Classes will generally be lecture, discussion and group work. If you are not prepared it will be a very quiet and boring semester. Obviously attendance in body, mind, and spirit is absolutely essential. Attendance and participation will be taken into account in your final grade; in fact grades may be increased or decreased by as much as a whole grade for exceptionally good or poor attendance/participation.
There will be no make-up exams.
NOTE: General Psychology is classified as a reading course. There may be times where videos/movies may be shown. Students are responsible for all assigned reading material on the dates indicated. Some of the material will not be reviewed in class but will appear on your exam.


Student Conduct

Students should also refer to the following web page for a complete description of Classroom/Conduct rules and regulations.  You are expected to know them and abide by them.

Violation of any of these rules (including those in the Student Disciplinary Code) may result in discipline that could include expulsion from this course.

Students with Special Needs
Any student with a documented disability may arrange reasonable accommodations.  As part of this process, students are encouraged to contact the office of Disability Services for Students as early in the semester as possible.