West Valley College_
Department of Psychology___
Michelle D. Reed

General Psychology

General Information:
Classes will be held twice weekly in Room LA/SS 21. Students who fail to attend the first class session will be dropped from the roster, unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. After the first session, students who stop attending, but fail to formally drop the course with Admissions & Records will receive an F on their transcripts.
Course Description:
General Psychology provides students with an understanding of human behavioral and cognitive activity from a biopsychosocial perspective. Lecture Format: 3 units. Acceptable for credit: University of California; California State University. Course Number: Psych 001.
Course Objectives:
The student will be required to demonstrate an ability to analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate basic concepts in psychology both in testing formats and practical applications. By the completion of this course, one must be able to explain the biopsychosocial determinates of behavior, critically analyze and evaluate research findings in selected topics of psychology, and identify the fundamental aspects of abnormal psychology.
Office Hours:

Regular office hours will be held in Social Sciences office 2d on Mondays from 12:30-1:30 P.M., Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 P.M., and Thursdays from 8:30-9:00 A.M. Appointments may also be scheduled on an individual basis. Students needing to schedule individualized appointments should call my voicemail a minimum of 24 hours in advance, in order to ensure I have received the request in time. Students are encouraged to discuss any difficulties or questions they may have regarding the course content. Prior to the beginning of the semester, students may also contact me via my e-mail address: michelle.reed@westvalley.edu. Once the term begins, all email communication will occur from within Canvas at: https://wvm.instructure.com/login/canvas

Disability Statement:
West Valley College makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. College materials will be available in alternate formats (Braille, audio, electronic format, or large print) upon request. Please contact the Disability and Educational Support Program at (408) 741-2010 (voice) or (408) 741-2658 (TTY) for assistance.
Testing Format and Policy:
Students will be given eleven online chapter quizzes during the semester based upon the Myers reading assignments; the lowest chapter quiz will be dropped at the end of the term.  In addition, students will be given four in class exams during the course, which will cover both lecture material and supplemental materials (videos, handouts, etc). The first three exams will consist of multiple choice, fill-in and short answer, as well as essays.  The final exam will be in an objective format only.  

Students requiring a make-up exam will receive a 7.5% off their exam score, if taken by the next class session. For exams taken after that time, additional deductions will be taken for every calendar day. Makeup exams must be taken within 10 calendar days of the original test date; otherwise, a zero will be recorded for the given test. Students are allowed only one makeup exam during the term.
Grading Policy:

Student exams will be graded on a slight curve, which is very close to a traditional percentage grading system. At the end of the semester, student test and paper scores are totaled. This final point total is used to formulate the overall grade out of 800 possible points. Although participation is not formally averaged into the grading process, it may be taken into consideration if the student's overall score falls on the border between two grades.

Category Total Points Per Category
10 Chapter Quizzes 300*
2 Exams 300
Final Exam 200
Participation 50
Total Possible Points: 850*

*Although it is highly unlikely to occur, the instructor reserves the right to alter these (*) areas depending upon the needs of the class.

Cheating Policy:
Students caught cheating will receive an F for that exam or project. The zero will be averaged into the student's final grade. Additional repercussions from the college may also occur under such circumstances.
Required Texts and Materials:
Image of a book cover with people helping each other up a mountain.Myers, David G. & DeWall, C. Nathan. (2015) Psychology (Eleventh Edition).  ISBN-10: 1-4641-4081-2 Available in either an ebook OR a traditional textbook version, whichever you prefer.
                    .Styron, William. Darkness Visible ISBN: 0-679-73639-5 (a small book)

                    .A 16 page Blue Book (8 1/2 x 7"), Scantron (Form 882), No. 2 pencil, and a non-erasable pen are required for all exams.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
Outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of how biological, social, and cognitive factors interact in the etiology and treatment of mental disorders.

Outcome: Identify and explain the functions of the main parts of a neuron and of the major brain structures.

***Please note: the instructor reserves the right to change any portion of this syllabus during the semester to meet the needs of the class .