|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.
|Physiological Psychology provides students
with an understanding of human cognitive and
behavioral activity from an in-depth biological
perspective. Lecture Format: 3 units. Acceptable for credit: University of
California; California State University. Course
Number: Psych 007.
|The student will be required to demonstrate
an ability to analyze, synthesize and critically
evaluate biological psychology concepts both in
testing formats and practical applications. By
the completion of the course, one must be able to
explain the physiological substrates of behavior,
critically analyze and evaluate research findings
in selected topics of neuropsychology, and
identify the fundamental aspects of abnormal
psychology on a physiological level.
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the term begins, all email communication
will occur from within Canvas at: https://wvm.instructure.com/login/canvas
|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
Students will be given four exams during the
course, which will cover both lecture material
and reading assignments. Each exam will consist
of multiple choice; fill-in and short answer
questions, as well as essays. Exams will be given
at the beginning of the class period.
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.
Student exams and papers 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 term paper scores will
be totaled. A final grade will be calculated
based upon the total points earned out of 875
possible points. Although attendance and
participation is not formally averaged into the
grading process, it may be taken into
consideration if the student's overall score
falls on the boarder between two grades.
||Total Points Per Category
|Total Possible Points:
*Although it is highly unlikely to occur, the instructor reserves the right to alter these (*) areas depending upon the needs of the class.
|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
|Kalat, James W. (2016) Biological
Psychology (12th Edition or later) ISBN: 9781305105409
|Hull, Elaine M. Study Guide for Kalat's
Biological Psychology (Recommended, not required)
|A 16 page Blue Book (8 1/2 x 11"), Scantron (Form 882), No. 2 pencil,
and a non-erasable pen are all required for all
|Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
- Analyze, synthesize and critically evaluate biological psychology concepts both in testing formats and practical applications.
- Explain the physiological substrates of behavior, critically analyze and evaluate research findings in selected topics of neuropsychology, and identify the fundamental aspects of abnormal psychology on a physiological level.
**Please Note: the
instructor reserves the right to change any
portion of the syllabus during the semester, in
order to meet the needs of the given class.